Glittering year for museum

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Museum glitter SUS-151216-101715001

Bexhill Museum rounded off another busy year with an open day incorporating Christmas craft activities for children.

The Egerton Road museum’s Education Room was bustling on Saturday December 5 as youngsters clamoured to try their hand at painting model figures while others enjoyed making glitter globes.

Museum volunteers Di Knell and Nichole Zaaroura devoted time to supervising and helping the children in their artistic endeavours.

The completed model figures were later glued together and displayed in a glass case.

Creating glitter globes involved gluing a plastic figure inside the lid of a jam jar. The jar was then near-filled with water after which coloured glitter flakes were shaken into the water.

As soon as the glue was dry it was time to screw the lid firmly onto the jam-jar then invert it to see the glitter shower over the figure.

Young visitors also enjoying exploring the museum’s three galleries; busily seeking the answers to the museum’s young people’s quiz form among the fossils and stuffed animals in the Sargent Gallery, the wedding dresses and gas masks in the Costume and Social History Gallery and the steam, petrol and electric cars in the Technology Gallery.

The event brings to a close a busy year for the museum, which held a big exhibition to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and Bexhill’s strong links with the Napoleonic wars.

Volunteers will be hard at work during the Christmas- New Year closure period preparing a range of fresh exhibitions for the 2016 season.

Bexhill Museum is an independent museum and a registered charity. It is run almost entirely by volunteers.

The primary purpose of Bexhill Museum is to collect, conserve, display and interpret objects and associated information related to the history and natural environment of the surrounding area.

This work is undertaken for the benefit of the public and, in particular, the residents of Bexhill and district, local schools/colleges and visitors to the 1066 Country area.

The emphasis of Bexhill Museum’s activities is on education through displays and exhibitions in the gallery and by outreach work in the community.

Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard became a patron of the museum in 2007.

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