19 October 2016
Elmbridge Museum sings the praises of Royal Kent Primary School at launch of Wrens display
Last week Elmbridge Museum reached out into the Cobham and Oxshott Communities with the opening of a new ‘Wrens’ display in Cobham Library. The display was developed in partnership with Year 2 children from Royal Kent Primary School.
As part of their expanded learning and outreach programme in the community and following the school’s subscription to the Museum learning services, Elmbridge Museum devised a project that enabled the Year 2 children of Royal Kent Primary School to revisit some of their local Oxshott history. The Wrens, a family of renowned potters, lived and worked opposite the school in Oxshott and produced incredibly versatile and original works of art for over 100 years. The children explored Denise and Rosemary Wrens’ works and gained a real insight into their talent and craftsmanship before creating their own artworks inspired by the artists.
The children’s work is now on display until the end of January 2017 at Cobham Library in the showcase kindly donated by Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust. The new display created by the children with the support of the Museum Team was unveiled last night to much applause from everyone present for the occasion. Guests included the Chairman of Surrey County Council, Mrs Sally Marks and the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Tannia Shipley who congratulated the children on their artworks and presented them with a certificate in recognition of their creative input. As well as being lots of fun, this project was a great opportunity for children, not only to find out more about local residents who played an important artistic role in the local and national communities, but also to learn the basic skills on how to put a museum display together.
Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “I am really proud of the Year 2 children from Royal Kent Primary School who took part in this fantastic project. Congratulations to them all. They have done a wonderful job. It has been a great voyage of discovery into their past but also a fun learning experience. I hope it has sparked an interest in history and museums that will stay with them for many years to come”.
This event was a great opportunity to showcase the services of Elmbridge museum as a virtual and outreach museum; a museum that wants to 'bring heritage to the heart of the community.
More information about this project and an exhibition about the Wrens of Oxshott are available online at elmbridgemuseum.org.uk. Alternatively, you can also contact the museum on 01372 474 568 or email email@example.com.