Urban Canvas (“We..paint anything on anything”) provided Easter creativity and fun at the museum over the weekend. What could be more appropriate than mosaics?
More than two hundred attended, and just look at the results…
It will soon be time to wish Intern Sophie a fond farewell, when we seem hardly to have had the chance to get to know her!
Here is her latest blog – and it is yet another interesting one…
In my last post I wrote about the physical jobs I’ve been doing at the Salisbury Museum – moving, packing, drilling, painting and the like, as this was what I was focusing on at the time. However, throughout all of this I had small pockets of time up in the office (with magnificent views of the King’s House and Salisbury Cathedral) to get on with the desk-based side of things.
This has covered a wide range of jobs to support the de-installation of Constable in Context as well as the installation of British Art: Ancient Landscapes (open 8th April – 3rd September 2017). From drafting thank you letters and checking through the loans agreements, to researching all of the artists in order to write stewarding notes with interesting facts, it has given me a real insight into the less visible processes behind putting on temporary exhibitions.
Alongside my exhibitions work I’ve also got to know MODES, the collections software, testing some developing aspects of it, as well as working with the learning team, particularly on the Trowel Trail.
I have had great fun working on the Trowel Trail and now that it has launched, I hope many families will too. It is the new family trail that runs through all the permanent galleries and has a theme of archaeology. From a series of questions written by another volunteer, Ian, I was tasked with pulling it into a finished product. I enjoyed going around the galleries, trying to see things from a child’s perspective and testing the questions. I picked a simple colour theme that borrowed the navy of the museum’s logo and got going, drawing numerous trowels and employing free access images in combination with photographs of objects in the collection. With a few tweaks to the logo to follow consistency standards, it was done! Complete with the set of orange trowels in situ in cases, the trail has been popular with children I’ve seen using it, so hopefully this continues!
Sadly, my time on placement is nearly over – just some map designs, a questionnaire and environmental monitoring to go before I head back up north to Durham to finish my Masters degree, leaving a trail of orange trowels behind me. I have learnt just how much you can achieve in a week; that the buildings here are every bit as important as the collection; the friendliness of a small, close-knit team with an abundance of knowledgeable volunteers; and that the sun (almost) always shines in Salisbury – I’m sure I’ll be back soon.
Thank you Sophie
Hot off the press and in fact, not even published yet! Our own Richard Henry, Wiltshire’s Finds Liaison Officer, based here at The Salisbury Museum, was commissioned to write the latest in the series ‘Fifty Finds From…’, in this case, of course, Wiltshire.
The book is effectively an excellent history of the county from Neolithic to post medieval times, through discoveries that have been made by local detectorists and others, and which have been passed to Richard and his team to process for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Beautifully and copiously illustrated, one of the joys of this book is that we see the history of the county through the items owned and used, often manufactured by, the local people. At the same time, we see an early world which nevertheless had links far and wide, for many of these items were imported. What journeys they must have known!
Watch for a further review of this book in the coming weeks. Meanwhile you will be able to buy it via the museum shop after 15th March. Don’t miss it!
Meanwhile, museum PAS Volunteers (particularly Alyson Tanner, Claire Goodey and Jane Hanbidge) all have their work included here. Well done to all concerned, especially Richard himself.
Wow! It was a truly amazing day at the museum last week.
We had over 705 visitors, picking up 65,280 bits of LEGO and putting them onto 1,020 LEGO tiles. In exactly six hours we made a complete LEGO version of Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows. This is now on display in the Main Exhibition Galleries, opposite the real thing. The plan is for the work to stay there until the end of the month, when it will go on display in Salisbury Library.
…numbers? No – these are LEGO bricks! In this, the museum’s second collaboration with the family-owned Danish company LEGO, John Constable’s fabulous painting, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831) is coming to life today as a brick by brick construction. This is part of the museum’s Aspire programme of activities ( Aspire is the programme which has brought the painting to Salisbury and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund ) which continue until March when the painting moves on.
A lot of Volunteers are assisting with this epic undertaking today. Thank you!
Where is this new museum?
This all happened at Wyndham Park Infant School mini-museum – the culmination of an outreach project organised by our Learning Officer Owain Hughes with Sharina Yark, Wyndham Park History co-ordinator.
The idea grew from Owain’s suggestion (to the local primary school history cluster) that we can support schools in delivering their curriculum through visits to Salisbury Museum and outreach work from Owain and his team of volunteers.
In this case, the three Year 1 classes visited the Wessex Gallery and Owain’s workshops and the three Reception classes and three Year 2 classes each received visits and support in school. The climax of the project was the mini-museum. All 270 pupils contributed to a display in their school hall which opened for an afternoon with all classes visiting, as well as families dropping in to enjoy the exhibition of the children’s work.
As well as providing a vehicle for much enjoyable learning in school, the project clearly raised awareness of, and enthusiasm in the community for, our museum and the services it provides.
Thank you, Ian Dixon, Kate Wickson, Sue Bale and Catherine Hazard
Coo-Var Glow Wall at The Museum
As some of you may have seen or heard about, Salisbury Museum has recently become the owner of Britain’s biggest ‘glow wall’.
The wall is painted with Coo-Var Luminous Paint, which glows in the dark after exposure to light. All you need is an LED torch to shine onto the wall; you can then can draw or write whatever you want to. The markings begin to fade immediately, meaning that within a couple of minutes you have another blank canvas. As you can imagine, the wall has so far proved very popular with children (and the museum staff!). We have already used it for a school workshop, where we used stencils of objects in our collections to create luminous images.
The wall will next be out and open to the public on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February from 10am-4pm. I am currently making even more stencils, including a few inspired by Constable, to test out over the two days. If you know any children who would like to have go, or if you want to try it out for yourself, then come along!
Nicola (Aspire Trainee)
We were thrilled to receive this email from Robert in Romsey….
We live in Romsey, but my wife and I are quite frequent visitors to the Museum and have been very impressed by the range and quality of the exhibitions you put on and have enjoyed all we have been to. Last Saturday we took one of our grandchildren to the Christmas event and he thoroughly enjoyed it, as did we. Thanks also to all your staff and volunteers, who made the event so successful. Another excellent event – well done and thank you!
Father Christmas …and reindeer!
All this, together with music from members of Salisbury Baroque, seasonal storytelling from Salisbury Library and craft activities in the Lecture Hall. A great time seems to have been had by all.
On the evening of Wednesday 16th November the Museum hosted the Elizabeth House Social Club members, a club for adults with disabilities.
I was one of several volunteers there to guide people around and be generally welcoming and chatty! This was the second year this event has been held and people had clearly looked forward to coming , some hoping fish pie was on the menu again (it was, and very popular) and, in one case, delighted to re-acquaint herself with the bustards! Naturally food came first, the cafe coming up trumps as always, with lots of second helpings asked for and provided.
Afterwards we looked round the Constable exhibition (“Is it our Cathedral? That one out there?”). I escorted two ladies who wanted to see Dr Neighbour’s surgery, and also to put some distance between themselves and a very loud ( but very good) duo of trumpet and guitar. One lady turned out to be a great fan of Time Team and her friend was awfully fond of Julian Richards! Both knew an incredible amount about Old Sarum and Stonehenge and prowled happily round the Wessex Gallery. Eventually everyone ended up in the Wessex Gallery listening to the duo. For me the highlight of the evening came right at the end when R, a gentleman I used to work with and have known for years, sang ‘ Hallelujah ‘ with the guitarist. It was such a joyous evening. Thanks to all the Museum staff. Please do it again next year. I volunteer in advance!