Last Friday, the Cabinet of Curiosity was returned to Lowestoft Museum, having spent the last couple of months in the Record Office in Lowestoft Library. Whilst at the Museum, it was lovely to see that they have put up the Suffolk Puff panels in the Domestic Room, alongside the original Suffolk Puff quilt.
Then it was back over to Pakefield Primary School – where the children were soon very busy, painting their Lowestoft Folk Story Bags.
The bags will be dry and ready for the great reveal later this week. This is when the children strip away the tape and letters, revealing their designs beneath; it’s always really exciting to see what emerges.
Last week, when asking the children about their expectations for the project, they were asked if the term ‘folk heritage’ meant anything to them.
They all responded that it didn’t mean anything – which is often the case, at the beginning of the Lowestoft Folk programme.
First, they studied pictures of the Scallop Shell created by artist Maggi Hambling, after which they looked at photographs of some of the decorated shells exhibited in Lowestoft Maritime Museum.
The Museum shells were painted by local sailors and fishermen, with several of them depicting the boats on which they worked.
Inspired by these images, the children then decorated their own shells – with some remarkably beautiful results. Here are just a few of them …