New museum exhibit to showcase Lowestoft's folk tales
PUBLISHED: 13:21 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:21 07 August 2018
A new exhibit is to be unveiled at a popular museum - thanks to a creative link-up between artists, school pupils and care home residents.
Lowestoft Museum will be showcasing a brand new exhibit – the Cabinet of Curiosity – as part of a project run by Suffolk Artlink that involves children from Oulton Broad Primary School and residents at Broadlands Residential Care Home.
The project, called Lowestoft Folk, launched in January this year as it brings together different generations to explore the folk art heritage and associated folklore of Lowestoft through the collections held in Lowestoft Museum.
During the spring term, a group of 10 pupils from Oulton Broad Primary School visited residents at Broadlands Residential Home each week for a programme of creative sessions led by professional artists.
Together, they listened to stories, shared tales of family remedies and old sayings, and created some beautiful artwork that was inspired by the Lowestoft Porcelain collection.
Their artworks and stories have all been creatively captured by the Cabinet of Curiosity, which is now installed at Lowestoft Museum following its first public outing at the Lowestoft Summer Festival.
Project officer, Candida Wingate, said: “Visitors really loved the craftsmanship of the Cabinet, it makes it all feel very special, and once they began to piece together the different exhibits and some of the stories behind them it really brought parts of the collections to life.
“Of course, we can’t tell you what those mysteries are – you’ll have to find out for yourself. Over the summer holidays, there will be special sessions at Lowestoft Museum where you can explore the Cabinet of Curiosity and find out more about the objects and stories that inspired it.”
Sessions take place from Monday, August 13 and for the following three Monday (August 20, 27 and September 3) from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Entry to the Museum, which is based at Broad House in Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad is free.
This autumn the Cabinet of Curiosity will be toured to schools, libraries and residential homes in Lowestoft.
Lowestoft Folk runs until September 2019, during which time it will work with three more intergenerational groups from schools, residential homes and sheltered housing units in Lowestoft.
For more information visit www.suffolkartlink.org.uk/lowestoft-folk