Every object tells a story
Inspired by the most inquisitive visitor ever who came and really tested my knowledge yesterday (perfect mental warm up for all the questions we'll get about the collections over the holidays) I thought it would be useful to give some suggestions for things to consider when exploring objects.
All objects have some kind of a story, and objects are all evidence of somewhere, something, or somebody ans as such all have stories to tell.
So when you're looking at an object for the very first time, thinking about some of these will guide your exploration:
Is it real or a model?
How old is it?
Is it man made or natural?
What might it have been used for/by whom/when/for what?
Does it remind you of anything you've seen before?
Some of our busy school visitors investigated and explored objects in the gallery, through careful questioning and research they discovered lots about their objects. Here is a selection of the labels they wrote
These photos are from february half term, but I'd forgotten to put them on the blog until now (in fact I thought I had put them on the blog already but I must have just popped a few on twitter...).
It may be hard to tell but the art work is based on the mural of Noah's Ark in the church here in St Fagans: National History Museum. I drew the ark on a large piece of paper and asked the children to add animals to it - some they had drawn themselves and some coloured in from pictures provided. I also drew a couple of pictures of a devil and a dragon based on those in the church and they went down a storm! I must remember to bring those nasty creatures back round about halloween!
There will be drop in art sessions over the may bank holiday, so please come by and say hello!