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25 June 2021
Schools' Summer Show opens this Saturday at Wisbech Museum
While restoration works have closed the main galleries of Wisbech and Fenland Museum for the summer, the Wisbech Schools' Summer Show exhibition and the library housing the manuscript of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens will be open for visits on Saturdays from this week. (June 26)
The summer schools' exhibition is the culmination of a series of artist-led workshops in May and June involving more than 250 children and organised by the museum.
Participating schools were Peckover Nursery, Nene and Ramnoth School, Orchards C of E Academy, and St. Peter’s C of E Junior School.
Each school worked with one of three local artists - illustrator Abigail Hookham, ceramicist Louise Beale, or manga comic artist Irina Richards.
Pupils' work is displayed in the exhibition alongside the objects from the museum's collection which inspired it - a Palissy-style earthenware dish and W.S.Elgood’s collection of butterflies and moths.
The workshops were delivered both in-person and over video conferencing platforms as museum staff tested out new ways of working under the current social-distancing restrictions, and was funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Left - Ceramic plaque made by a schoolchild artist inspired by the Pallisey-style earthenware dish.
Also visitors can see a pop-up exhibition of work created by a group of Year Seven pupils from Thomas Clarkson Academy centred around Dickens' life and the priceless manuscript of Great Expectations which was gifted to the museum in Victorian times.
On display for three Saturdays starting on June 26, this temporary exhibition has been funded by the Museums Association and Esmée Fairbairn Sustaining Engagement with Collections Fund.
You can visit the Schools’ Summer Show and museum library on Saturdays from 26 June until 28 August, 10am to 4pm.
Advance booking of a free timed-entry slot is recommended via the What’s On section of the Museum’s website here
Above left to right - Ceramic pieces and pictures created by local under-11s at the workshops and a young visitor exploring the exhibition: The Elgood Collection of butterflies was brought out of climate-controlled storage as an inspiration for the children's work.
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