December 13 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Museums in Norfolk are hoping to encourage older visitors to come and share their childhood memories at a series of forthcoming events.
Strangers Hall, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Bridewell Museum will all be unveiling rarely seen collections during the next five days as part of celebrations to coincide with UK Older People’s Day tomorrow.
Visitors to the museums will have the opportunity to share their childhood memories and take a look at rarely seen collections with a series of special events that celebrate age.
Ruth Burwood, an adult learning officer with Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, said a liberty bodice dating back to the 1960s would be among the collections along with a Janet and John Off to School book which would be familiar to people in the over-55 age group.
She said: “The Strangers event will be a chance to reminisce about the past and get their hands on some collections. The event at the castle is a good opportunity to look around the exhibition and show us their personal collections and the Bridewell Museum event will be a great family day.”
There will also be past toys, including a cash register, typewriter, exercise books and birthday cards along with Hopalong Cassidy and Watch with Mother books.
While the Strangers Hall event tomorrow will provide the older generation with the chance to see some of the exhibits, the castle event on October 4 will give people the chance to have a look at the Curiosity exhibition and discuss their own collections and stories over cake as part of the tea, cake and conversation event.
The Bridewell exhibition on October 5 is intended as a family day out and grandparents will be able to get in free when accompanied by their grandchildren. Many of the items on show during the events have been donated by members of the public over the years.
Places are limited so booking is essential and can be obtained by phoning 01603 495897.
The three museums are part of Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, the joint committee that manages museums through the county-wide service.