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Arts Council grant to help bring forgotten wartime stories to life
Thanks to grant from Arts Council England and support from Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire artist Sue Brown is set to start work on a fascinating new World War One commemoration project in collaboration with The Museum in the Park.
Sue Brown's project will help uncover the forgotten stories of the ordinary people who lived and worked in the Stroud Valleys during wartime. It will also provide visitors with opportunities to view postcards, letters and other artefacts from the Museum's stores which have never previously been on public display.
'The Museum in the Park is delighted with the news that Sue Brown has been successful in her bid for funding from the Arts Council for her project Echoes in Enamel,' said Alexia Clark, Collections and Documentation Officer.
'The project, which spans 3 years, will see Sue looking at World War One related objects from the Museum's collections and using them to inspire her creation of new artworks in enamel. Sue has used the Museum's own themes for World War One commemoration to guide her residency with the first project entitled From the Kitchen to the Factory being inspired by the Museum's photographs of female munitions workers at TH & J Daniels in 1918.'
The resultant work will be shown alongside original artefacts and Alexia hopes that the display will help the stories of these women to come to life and encourage visitors to engage with the Museum's collections in a new way.
The first stage of this exciting project will be installed at the Museum in early March with a workshop planned for May and further exhibits being created for 2016 and 2017. Other themes to be explored include the World at War, and the Home Front and inspiration will be coming from photographs, letters, postcards and medals amongst other artefacts.
For more information about the Museum's First World War Commemorations programme visit http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/world-war-one/
Sue Brown's blog can be found her http://www.suebrownprintmaker.blogspot.co.uk/
Photograph shows Sue Brown's work.
Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
Thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors will be able to step back in time to the sights and sounds of Ebley Mill for a dramatic new exhibition at The Museum in the Park in February 2018.
December Deep Clean
It’s almost December and we’re once again getting that deep-clean feeling. The Museum will be closing its doors for 2017 from December 4, when we’ll be sprucing the place up for a reopening on New Year’s Day. Read on to find out more about exactly what we get up in this month of closing.
Walled Garden Highly Commended
We are delighted to announce that Austin Design Works have received an award from the Landscape Institute for the Walled Garden project, here at the Museum in the Park.
Museum work showcased
Some of the Museum's work has recently featured in two national reports.
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