It’s Playtime At Crawley Museum

Teddy Bear in doll's cot

On October 30th Crawley Museum will be opening their latest exhibition, and for it to be a success they need everybody’s help.

To make it work the museum is asking everybody who can to come along and share their memories of the toys they loved as children. If you still have that old teddy, a doll, or train that made you happy when you were small, Crawley Museum would dearly love to be able to borrow it for the duration of the exhibition.

The exhibition itself includes display boards, video, and toys which you can touch and play with. But what it’s really all about is your own memories of dolls, bears, Meccano, Hornby and Airfix.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the toys which you remember, they’d still love to hear your stories of the way you used to play, or indeed the way you still play today.

If you have an abiding memory of a much loved toy, or you have a toy which you are prepared to lend to Crawley Museum for other people to see and enjoy, then please get in touch. If you are in a position to make a loan of your cherished toy, don’t worry! The toys which you provide won’t be among those which will be used in the toy box and played with by other visitors, instead your loans will be carefully put in a cabinet where they can be seen, but not touched.

For more details on how you can get involved with the Toys exhibition, what it involves, times and dates simply ask at the museum reception, call 01293 539088, or send an email to office@crawleymuseums.org

Crawley Museums AGM

CRAWLEY MUSEUMS CIO AGM

Tuesday 24th September 2019 – 7.30 p.m. at Crawley Museum.

All welcome.

After the business meeting, there will be refreshments followed by a talk by Holly Parsons, Curator.

Migration Exhibiton – September/October 2019

People waiting to cut the ribbon to open the migration exhibition

Our new temporary exhibition on migration is now up. Created by Crawley Campaign against Racism and Diverse Crawley, it runs until the 27th October 2019. Free entry, but donations always welcomed! Open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.30 to 4pm and Sundays from 2pm to 4.30

Industry Exhibition August 2019

Desks with typewriter and comptometer, with photographs of people working in factories.

Our current exhibition in our link gallery runs until 1st September 2019.
It is about Industry in Crawley.
It includes maps and photographs of Manor Royal, as well as objects form APV, MEL and Redifon, along with some items form pre New Town Crawley.

In the hands on area you can try your hand at using an old typewriter and a comptometer.

Make Your Own Factory

Photograph of children's craft activity with factory buildinh made out of cardboard boxes, model people, a tree covered in sequins and some plastic dinosaurs.
Children’s Activity

Are you looking for something to do this summer?
Why not come to our Learning Space and add to our factory?

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10.30-4.
Sunday 2-4.30

Runs until 1st September 2019

The activity is free but if you’re able to make a donation that would be lovely.

Candomblé ferramenta display

Image of four metal objects: double headed axe with lightning bolts; jewelled cutlass; three tridents on stand; small copper figure.

Have you been in to see our loan from the Horniman Museum yet?

Until 15th December, upstairs in our Link Gallery we have a display case with four Candomblé ferramenta.

“Ferramenta” or ‘tools’ are used in the religion of Candomblé. Each ferramenta represents a particular Orisha – a spirit or deity from the large Candomblé pantheon. Candomblé developed from the religions of enslaved African people from the 17th to late 19th century, in the Bahia region of Brazil.

West African, particularly Yoruba, religious understandings merged with other African and Indigenous American beliefs as well as Catholicism to produce a distinctive Afro-Brazilian religion which, through music and dance celebrates life and its continuance.

These four ferramenta were collected in 1998 as part of fieldwork undertaken in Brazil by Keith Nicklin, former Keeper of Ethnography at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

They are on loan to us from the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, London as part of its Object in Focus loans programme. Object in Focus gives access to the Horniman’s collections by offering objects on short term loan.

Inspired By Crawley Museum – Writing Competition (April 2019)

“Inspired by Crawley Museum”
Creative Writing Competition

As part of an exhibition in March and April 2019 we want to fill our temporary exhibition gallery with creative writing inspired by the museum.

Entries will be displayed in Crawley Museum during our March and April exhibition “Words, Words, Words: Writing in Crawley, Then and Now.”

We will award small prizes donated by local businesses and groups.

All entries should be inspired in some way by Crawley Museum.

There are 3 categories:
Short story – maximum of 1000 words
Micro story – maximum of 100 words
Poem – maximum of 30 lines

There are 3 age groups – 0 to 10, 11 -18, over 18

Entries can be in any language, but if you’re submitting in a language other than English please provide an English translation.

All entries should be typed or clearly handwritten.

Entries should be accompanied by an entry form and sent by email to:
Andrea@crawleymuseums.org with the words ‘Writing Competition’ in the subject header or by post to:

Writing Competition
Crawley Museum
The Tree
103 High Street
Crawley
RH10 1DD

Closing date: Fri 22nd March 2019

We’re looking forward to reading your entries!

Inspired by Crawley Museum

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Education and Community Liaison

I have been carrying out the role of Learning and Liaison officer for Crawley Museum over the last 12 months. This involves working on learning activities as well as liaising with members of Crawley’s communities. As part of my work I have run outreach sessions for schools, and have also drawn up the education session summaries for the sessions at the new museum when it opens. I am now working on activity sheets and am developing plans for a range of learning opportunities in the new museum, including children’s craft activities, preschool sessions, and adult learning opportunities. I am fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who are interested in helping with this, and we recently held a very interesting workshop on family learning. Some of the volunteers have also helped me with running stands at community events. These have included Armed Forces Day, the Crawley Big Seven-0 and the vintage picnics at Worth Park. We took along a selection of old photos of Crawley, and people really enjoyed looking at them and sharing their memories.

I have enjoyed getting to know a number of the local groups in Crawley and talking to them about ideas for temporary exhibitions and activities at the museum. This has included working with the Refugees Welcome Group on their community quilt project on happy memories, which will be displayed in the new museum. Other groups have included the Gurjar Hindu Union, the Polish Saturday School, the Crawley Campaign against Racism and the Crawley Inter-Faith Forum. I have represented the museum at events run by the CHAGOS (Cultural Heritage Across Generations) project which is led by social anthropologists from Edinburgh University, and have met with Raminder Kaur, who is planning to hold an exhibition based on her play Silent Sisters (about the partition of India) at the new museum. I have also worked with Southgate Forum, helping them to organise a community exhibition of photos of Southgate.

I’m very much looking forward to working more with people from all over Crawley in the coming year. If you know of any groups who would be interested in working with us please get in touch!

Andrea Dumbrell, Learning and Liaison Officer 

Being a Volunteer

The move to the new museum buildings at The Tree is an exciting time for anyone interested in local history, and offers a good opportunity for people to get involved in researching and talking about the development of Crawley. This is especially so as it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the announcement of the post-war New Town in 1947.

Being a volunteer offers excellent opportunities to indulge an interest in local history. I started working with the Museum earlier this year, and have been mainly involved in identifying and numbering items in the collection, and packing them for the move to The Tree. This has included everything from the remains of early pottery found during excavation work around Crawley, to modern ceramic pieces produced as local souvenirs, to scale models of buildings that are no longer standing.

I have also been able to put some of my professional skills to use in writing brief comments to go with some of the permanent exhibits for the new museum – a real challenge to put someone’s life into one hundred words!

Working with curator Helen Poole and her team, even in this small way, has been a real education, not only in the history of Crawley, but also in what needs to go on behind the scenes in a museum.

There is still a lot to be done before the new museum can open, so new volunteers are always welcome. And why not join Crawley Museum Society, and find out more about the history of our town, going back many hundreds of years.

Graham Crozier, Museum Volunteer.

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