Pop in to the Pop-up Museum
- 19th August 2015
After months of planning, researching and worrying, the Skills for the Future Trainees are pleased to announce the pop-up museum is finally ready to open. Sarah, the trainee based at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service will be on hand alongside the other 6 trainees to welcome you to the museum, and here she tells you a little more about the temporary museum in Reindeer court.
‘It has been an exciting week as all the preparations of the last few months have come together. We collected the key on Monday and took delivery of furniture. This was the bit I was most involved with, so once the furniture had arrived and I had cleaned the cobwebs off it, I left the others to transform it, and what a wonderful job they did. The trainees decorated the empty shop space, designed panels, and set up for the activities that will run from Thursday to Saturday in the pop-up museum. By Monday afternoon this empty shop looked like a real mini museum and it is beautiful.
‘I can’t wait to get into the shop tomorrow. The first day’s activities include ‘Digging Up The Past’ where children (and the young at heart) can brush away sand to reveal treasures. These will include the sort of archaeological finds we recently discovered at Lich Street. There is also the opportunity to make mini museums from shoe boxes, handle objects from different museums, and chat to the trainees.
‘Every day that the pop-up museum is open there is an opportunity to see the panels designed by the trainees. These reveal treasured artefacts chosen from each project placement by our volunteers or visitors. The whole display is a lovely way to bring together all the placements in one place and to show the public what great historical things there are to see in Worcester.
‘For the adventurous there is the opportunity to become a ‘History Hunter’ and follow a trail around the city looking for clues for entry in a prize draw, and for those who prefer a sedentary activity, join us for ‘Stories Under The Pear Tree’ on Saturday only 11am – 12 noon with local storyteller Cat Weatherill.’
The pop-up museum opens to the public tomorrow, so why not pop in and check out all the hard work. It will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am-3pm with FREE activities and events. For further details, find the pop-up museum in the Worcester Festival brochure or follow it on Twitter.