Would you like to make your own Museum?
Do you collect anything? Have you a special set of things you are proud of and look after? If yes then you are half way to making your own museum in your own home!
While at home you could use all the skills we in museums use to show and tell people you know about the things that you treasure. If this sounds difficult don’t worry we have created a simple set of notes which you can download on making your own museum and you can call yourself Curator.
While at home you could use all the skills we in Museums use to show and tell people you know about the things that you treasure. If this sounds difficult don’t worry we have created a simple set of notes which you can download on making your own museum and you can call yourself Curator.
Don’t forget – as the instructions say – to put the opening hours for your museum on the door where you are to display your collection. Otherwise visitors will be turning up at all hours!
If you take some photographs of your museum and send them to
Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, BATH BA1 2RH or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will choose the best one and there is a prize! Which is a special behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Museum of Bath at Work by the Curator Mr Stuart Burroughs for you and your family followed by tea and biscuits.
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Know Your Place?
An Exhibition for your Museum at Home
How well do you know about the places around your home and school? Very well? Not very well? One of the ways museums collect information for exhibitions they put on display for visitors to is work with local people to collect information about a part of the town or country.
At the Museum of Bath at Work one of the ways we have done this is to ask local people to draw up an alphabetical list of things – with a picture-which they can think of where they live. So people have sent us a list, from A to Z of things in say, Oldfield Park or Bathwick that they have seen and noticed where they live and have taken photographs of them or drawn them.
The local things – in ABC order- might be for example buildings or something natural like a wood or park they might even be a person or story you know about something local. You could ask your whole family to get thinking about this!
You might have A is for Avon (The River Avon), B is for Bus ( always late!) C is for Church, T is for Traffic (too much of it probably!) or G for Good place to sit in the Summer.
When you have a list (don’t forget something for X, Y and Z!) then write up the list (in your best handwriting!) and draw a little picture or take a photograph to show what or where it is.
If you’ve managed you’ve created your first museum exhibition. Congratulations! If you take some photographs and the list of things in ABC order and send them to Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, BATH BA1 2RH or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will choose the best one and there is a prize!
The Curator Mr Stuart Burroughs will put the winning alphabetical collection on display at the Museum of Bath at Work and will work with you – and your family- to make it look as good as it can be.
Conduct an Interview for Your Museum at Home
In most Museums there will be things – like your collections, exhibitions – like your alphabetical display and archives. Archives are collections of information which might be useful.
This might be a collection of special photographs or newspapers. It might also be a collection of interviews with local people. As we do a great deal of work with local people they are a useful source of information and we have around 500 interviews recorded on sound or film asking people about their lives and work.
This information is very valuable as the people being interviewed (who we call interviewees) have some special memories which only they can remember. I expect there are special events you can remember when you were small.
Anyway you might like to have some recorded interviews in your Museum at Home and so you might like to record an interview with a member of your family- Mum, Dad, Aunty or someone else you know- to see what they remember! You could do the interview at home – over the kitchen table for example- or use the internet through Zoom, Facetime or Skype.
The idea of the interview is a sort of conversation but where you ask questions and the person you are asking gives the answers. Not the other way around! The idea is to get as much information as possible so they should do most of the talking.
Make yourself comfortable, have a cup of tea and biscuit nearby and make sure the person you are interviewing is also comfortable – they might like tea and a biscuit too.
Here are some sample questions. You might think of some others!
- What is the earliest thing you can remember as a child?
- Can you remember your home when you were a child?
- Can you remember your first school? What was it like? How is it different to now?
- Can you remember your first job? What did you do? What were the other people at work like?
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