School and Group Visits to the Museum
A large project was developed with Spetisbury Primary School (a Blandford Pyramid school). Three senior citizens were interviewed about their WWII experiences by Samantha Kelly’s Sycamore Class.
The interviews were filmed and also digitally recorded by a member of the museum Living History project. The class followed up with a trip to the museum and a tour by museum staff of the remaining WWII defence structures in Blandford.
On 23rd February an evening premier of the children’s history film was shown at the Blandford Museum. Parents and guests were invited to come in 1940s dress and rationed food item and tea made by the children. The Mayor also attended and there were about 60 guests. This project is being used as an exemplar for future projects with other pyramid schools.
A request for the development of a similar project called “Romans” has been made, which will include projects, visits to the museum and other sites and an evening event for the children and families. It has also prompted the museum curator to propose a permanent exhibit at the museum which will highlight school and individual student’s and local young people’s projects on a revolving basis.
Group and student projects
The Scouts recently celebrated a 200 year anniversary and want to combine their work on their history, museum archival photos and data and interviews of residents who have been involved in scouting through the years to create a body of archival data, which will form an exhibit on Scouting in Blandford.
The “What it means to be British” filming by two Blandford School students involved eight members of the community, who were interviewed in groups of four. That film is currently being edited along with footage the students obtained by interviewing their classmates at Blandford School. This will form part of a temporary exhibit at the museum this summer.