A big thank you to all of those who came to last night’s Crime Prevention evening at Marton Village Hall. Carol Cotterill (Warwickshire Rural Crime Coordinator), PC Paula Haden and Mark English (Crime reduction officer, Warwickshire Police) shared their experience and gave advice to community members. All three also brought loads of free security goodies for Martonians to take away.
Marton Parish Council will also further research the possibility of becoming a “Supported Village”, which aims to further increase vigilance and resistance to rural crime.
Children from Knightlow School have published a book of short stories and poems inspired by local heritage, including many curious objects from Marton Museum of Country Bygones. Working together as authors and illustrators, pupils aged between 4 and 11 made the pocket-sized book to send to children in some of the poorest regions of the world.
Objects from the museum were loaned to the school to help children use local stories and history as a basis for their creative writing. The results include time travel adventures, unexpected discoveries in old suitcases and even marriage thanks to a dusty hat.
The paperback is being sold – at £6 per book – to pay for copies to be gifted to children globally, with an emphasis on sending them to under-resourced schools in developing nations. Appropriately titled ‘Knightlow to the World’, it has already been sent to schools in four continents.
This is the fifth year in a row Knightlow pupils have worked with the charity STORIES4SCHOOLS but is the first time every child in the school has contributed to one book. To celebrate this achievement, the whole school organised a special book launch, attended by Cllr Sally Bragg, Mayor of Rugby, and representatives from Marton Museum.
Copies of ‘Knightlow to the World’ are available from www.stories4schools.com or from Faye at 13 North Street. Profits from each £6 sale will support the charity’s work to promote reading, creative writing and global education.
Marton Museum will once again be participating in the Heritage Open Days event which falls this year on the weekend of 12th and 13th September. This has been an enormously successfull event for us in previous years, attracting a huge number of visitors from across the county and further afield. We will be open on the Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 5.00pm and admission will be free. Refreshments will be served in the Cricket Pavilion. There will also be some vintage tractors on site and interactive exhibits suitable for the whole family. Disabled access is available. The Museum contains a unique and extremely interesting collection of a large number of exhibits dating from the 17th century onwards and covering domestic life, agriculture, crafts and handicrafts all collected locally by one man, George Tims, throughout his lifetime. Following his death the collection was passed into the care of Marton village. The Museum can be found in Louisa Ward Close, Marton CV23 9SA. For more information contact museummarton<at>gmail.com
If that weekend is not convenient for you don’t forget that the Museum is currently open every Sunday afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm until the 13th September. Admission is free but donations are welcome. We’d love to see you!
Marton Museum of Country Bygones is now open for the summer, every Sunday afternoon until 13 September from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. Admission is free but all donations gratefully received. We look forward to seeing you there. We would also like to see you at Birdingbury Show on 11 & 12 July where we will have a stall inside the marquee, so no problem if it’s raining!
Many of you will remember seeing Faye’s wonderful exhibition “Children Then And Now: Marton Museum Reinterpreted by Artist Faye Claridge” which took place as part of The Marton Rural Traditions Festival held in tandem with the The Heritage Open Days event at Marton Museum last September. Faye photographed village children with artefacts from the Museum to create a contrast with a similar project carried out in the nineteenth century by Benjamin Stone who was recording dying country traditions and whose collection is held in the Library of Birmingham. Some of Faye’s photographs have now moved to the Library of Birmingham, together with some of the artefacts from the Museum and can be seen on Floor 2 until 31 May 2015. More of the pictures are also exhibited at Compton Verney, where Faye has created a stunning 5-metre corn dolly “The Kern Baby” which can be seen in the Capability Brown grounds until December. Next May this will tour to the Library of Birmingham to link with the Benjamin Stone Collection that inspired Faye, alongside a larger exhibition of her photographs from Marton, prior to a high profile exhibition in London. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund the photographs will also form part of Marton Museum’s permanent collection. A display at the Library of Birmingham currently tells Kern Baby’s story ahead of the sculpture touring there next year.
The project has been a great success in raising the profile of our Museum and creating innovative ways for families to access the collection. Faye’s work is increasingly in demand, being discussed at conferences and requested for exhibitions, so we’re hoping interest in the Museum will grow even further as a result.
You are strongly recommended to visit Birmingham Library and Compton Verney to see Faye’s work for yourselves. Both destinations are well worth a trip in their own rights if you haven’t already been.