Summer Learning Activities 2013

Photo:Stylish Shoppers event at the Museum of Cambridge

Stylish Shoppers event at the Museum of Cambridge

Photo:Stained Glass activity at Lynn Museum

Stained Glass activity at Lynn Museum

Photo:Stained Glass activity at Lynn Museum

Stained Glass activity at Lynn Museum

Photo:Animation event at the Museum of Cambridge

Animation event at the Museum of Cambridge

Photo:Animation event at the Museum of Cambridge

Animation event at the Museum of Cambridge

Photo:Paper Fen Lighter boats and boatmen

Paper Fen Lighter boats and boatmen

Photo:Stylish Shoppers event at the Museum of Cambridge

Stylish Shoppers event at the Museum of Cambridge

Photo:1940s design activity at Chatteris Museum

1940s design activity at Chatteris Museum

Photo:Bronze-Age Textiles event at Flag Fen

Bronze-Age Textiles event at Flag Fen

Photo:Bronze-Age Textiles event at Ely Museum

Bronze-Age Textiles event at Ely Museum

Photo:Bronze-Age Textiles event at Ely Museum

Bronze-Age Textiles event at Ely Museum

In the summer of 2013, the Fens Museum Partnership ran a varied programme of summer learning activities for it's ongoing project, Fenland Lives & Land. 

The programme began with a Bronze-Age Textiles event at Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre, in which participants of all ages had the opportunity to find out about textile production and value in ancient times and have a go at using Bronze-Age techniques to make a braid to take home.

 

Other events included a free public talk at the Norris Museum, St. Ives, in which Prof. Tim Sparks discussed his recent research on the work of a Victorian naturalist, the Reverend Leonard Jenyns, who turned down a place on the Beagle to study the Flora & Fauna of the fenland area. This talk was so popular that another date had to be added. The programme also included a number of craft activities for children at museums from Lynn and Ely to Chatteris and Ramsey Rural Museum which involved participants exploring the collections and handling some objects then creating their own versions to take home, for example paper Fen Lighter boats and boatmen, 1940s packaging and ancient fenland creatures. The last event of the summer was held at the Museum of Cambridge and gave visitors the chance to see their fen boats and characters come to life using contemporary stop-motion animation techniques. The film that was made will feature in one of our exhibitions, entitled Living on Land & Water.

 

The summer learning programme was extremely successful, with over 200 people taking part from all age groups and demographics. Participant feedback was also overwhelmingly positive. Comments included:

 

‘It couldn’t have been any better. I think it would be great if there was another workshop!’

 

‘I liked that is was great for all abilities.’

 

 ‘If you have any other similar events happening I’d be very interested in coming along. It was lovely to sit and talk with you’.

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