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Invading Chatteris Museum: Heritage Open Day 2017

Writers Christine and Kathleen visit the exhibition and hold an impromptu book signing

On Saturday 9 September Market Place held a Special Exhibition Heritage Open Day event at Chatteris Museum to celebrate the Chatteris in Myth and Memory project and book, and the museum unveiled the Great Fire of Chatteris Screen Print Banner made in one of our workshops.

Our exhibition explored the project and the participants. Visitors were encouraged to take part in our museum trail competition and join in with our artist workshop. And a special guest made an appearance!

Ric Savage set up as bookseller once again. As the publisher of the book he knows it inside out so (although I would never accuse anyone of cheating) he was an obliging source of information for anyone who go stuck on our trail.

We were not expecting any of the writers to be there on the day as one of their number got married that day (congratulations Wendy). It was a wonderful surprise when Christine and Kathleen popped in for an impromptu book signing.

Students from Glebelands Primary Academy were particularly excited to see, for the first time, the subject of their poems. Gran Jagg’s monkey made an appearance in the museum for our trail competition, surrounded by the poems written about him.

The exhibition and museum trail encouraged visitors to learn more about the project and the book. The Great Fire of Chatteris Banner made in our screen printing workshop, an eye catching new addition to the museum, featured in the trail as did the museum collection.

Families enjoyed taking the trail on as a team and some got rather competitive with each other.

Visitors also got a chance to work with artist Kate Munro who held a day long workshop in the museum as part of Wysing Arts Centre’s New Geographies project. Kate encouraged visitors to think about places in and around Chatteris that were significant to them. Artists young and old used a range of materials to create representations of their chosen place and what it means to them. It was exciting to see the results of those who chose to use the printing technique. Using tools to imprint images onto foam circles, carefully covering their image in ink, then pressing the design onto card with the roller, produced some beautiful images. These pteri dish artworks were then placed on the map with an arrow linking them to their locations.

We had a fantastic (and very busy) day at Chatteris Museum. Thank you to everyone who came along, and to everyone at Chatteris Museum for hosting us.

Congratulations to our trail competitions winners Peter and Isabelle, we hope you enjoy your copies of the book!

It’s not too late to get your hands on a copy of Chatteris in Myth and Memory: Art Through Storytelling it is available to buy  at Savage Studio on South Park Street, Chatteris Museum, Chatteris Library, and the Old Bakery Tea Rooms and Resturant for £10.

For more information about the project, please contact Katherine Nightingale at fenland@cppmarketplace.co.uk.