A rock solid art display by Thetford Academy students

The Thetford Academy students at the museum

The Thetford Academy students at the museum - Credit: Archant

A collection of flint-inspired art pieces created by students from Thetford Academy has gone on display at a museum in the town.

Ancient House Museum is displaying the work of the Year 9 art students after they visited the building's Flint Rocks! exhibition.

They sketched, photographed and explored the museum's collections and took their ideas back to school.

Dan Morgan, regular museum artist, also gave the students a masterclass in using museum collections as a starting point for art.

It is a joint project between Jess Hunter, art teacher at Thetford Academy, and Melissa Hawker, learning officer at Ancient House and who said: 'I loved welcoming the students to the museum and sharing our flint and obsidian objects with them.

'I can't wait to see their unique responses.'

After the visit, Miss Hunter said: 'The students really enjoyed it and the atmosphere at school was all positive. The workshop was very beneficial and we will be continuing this technique in school.'

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The artwork will be on display throughout the summer.

Flint Rocks! shows how Grimes Graves was mined between 3,000BC and 1,900BC.

The flint extracted was used to make items including polished stone axes.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the flint was in demand by builders and musket makers.

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