It has been a busy two weeks. Last week we hosted Rosie Etheridge from Jane Austen College for work experience. This is the first of a number of placements for this year. Work experience students spend time with learning, events, farm, front of house and curatorial teams. Thanks to everyone for looking after Rosie last week. She had a really nice time and her impression of the week has made a nice blog post:
Work experience really is important – for many young people it is their first experience of work can be a stressful and scary time. It can also set you up for a career – I did my work experience aged 15 at Gressenhall back in 1993!
I also had the pleasure of doing my last HLF funded outreach talk. I have been doing these for 3 years now! I delivered Voices from the Workhouse to over 40 members of the Martham History Group, including the descendants of Harriet Kettle. Despite the microphone breaking all went well. I am still taking bookings for this and a talk about Lorina Bulwer’s samplers – all good advertising for the museum.
On Friday 23rd March we held our Collaborate Inspiration Day. This year the theme of Beer and Brewing. We welcomed 19 different people to the museum to explore the theme and be inspired to create something for display in the museum in October half term. We have had a really wide range of ideas including a pub in miniature, bar stools made of beer cans and a series of photos of Norfolk pubs past and present. I really look forward to see how people get on. Regular updates will be posted on the Collaborate blog:
It is not too late to be involved – if you are interested in being inspired by your local get in touch! We are also looking for community groups to get involved – so do let me know if you think your group might be interested in an outreach session.
This week we have also continued work in the Collections Gallery – adjusting lighting, updating records with photos and beginning to research additional objects that can go on the top of the cases.
We have also created an bug themed escape style puzzle for In Touch With the Past for the Easter Holidays which has taken rather longer than originally expected. But the first visitors really enjoyed it this morning and so far everyone has escaped. Thanks to FOH for supporting us in this – and for trying it out several times to make sure we had it right!
Finally I met the Head of Art from Norwich School who was showing me some art work completed by Year 12 students inspired by Gressenhall:
I was really impressed by these and we are planning to show them on the big screen in the main hall as part of the May half term Create school holidays theme.