Saffron Walden Museum may be closed temporarily to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but staff are still busy working behind the scenes, creating online resources for those home schooling and self-isolating.
Regular posts on the museum social media platforms and monthly e-newsletter continue to entertain and inform. A new blog has been developed with themed collection articles as well as animated “how to” videos with crafts suitable for all ages, linked to the usual events programme. Online jigsaw puzzles, themed around the museum’s diverse collections have been made available, with users challenged to complete them against the clock. There is also a behind the scenes video filmed by Saffron Drones available on YouTube.
On Thursday 30 April, the museum is taking part in a nationwide arts and culture in quarantine event organised by the BBC in conjunction with the Museum’s Association and the Art Fund. The aim is to highlight online learning resources being created by museums using the hashtag #MuseumFromHome.
Saffron Walden Museum will be using the event to introduce a new project for this weekend (1 to 4 May) – Wallace’s Great Big Survey. The world around us is full of fascinating wildlife and objects from the past, and we want you to document them. Record what you find or see while working, playing or digging in your gardens, or what you can observe from your window or on your daily walk. Take a picture and fill out a form. Your finds and observations will be uploaded onto the blog to create a virtual museum of the archaeological, historical and natural finds of Uttlesford. The museum team will also try to identify some of the objects too.
Check out the blog page https://exploresaffronwaldenmuseum.blogspot.com/p/museums.html or email information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Wallace’s Great Big Survey (named after the museum’s mascot Wallace the Lion) and the best ones will be shared online.
The museum, in conjunction with the town’s Tourist Information Centre, is also continuing to encourage local people to submit their experiences of life during the outbreak for a project called CV Walden. If you are keeping a journal, taking photos, creating poems, songs or artwork and are happy to share them, they would like to hear from you. The intention is to create an online or physical exhibition of the collected material in due course. If you are involved in a local club or organisation, why not encourage your members to get involved too? Digital files can be emailed to email@example.com, and please put CV Walden in the subject line. Paper-based material will be collected at a later date.
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