Lowestoft Museum has just received a brand new exhibit – the Cabinet of Curiosity – thanks to our Lowestoft Folk project, and the creativity and stories contributed by children from Oulton Broad Primary School and residents at Broadlands Residential Care Home.
Lowestoft Folk, brings together different generations to explore the folk art heritage and associated folk lore of Lowestoft through the collections held in Lowestoft Museum.
During the spring term, a group of ten 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 beautiful artwork 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 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 on Mondays 13th, 20th and 27th August and 3rd September from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Entry to the Museum – and the Cabinet – 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.