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Forgotten wartime stories to be brought to life
Thanks to a 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.
This exciting 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.
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