We're working with Derby Silk Mill, stakeholders and members of the community to get a better understanding of stories and objects. Senior Designer Nichola Ward tells us more about it:
Our Art of Artefacts workshops are open to all as part of the Silk Mill's co-curation project which aims to get ideas and input for how the museum is presented when it opens again in 2020.
Participants are being asked the following questions... (scroll down)
- How would you group the objects for display?
- How would you want to tell the stories about each artefact?
- How would you display the objects?
The best thing about this element of the project is being able to handle real objects from the museum's store.
We're asking visitors to group the artefacts in any way they like. There are no rigid rules. There is no wrong or right. A set of accompanying cards give details such as when each object was made, and who made it.
Part of the co-curation process is listening and learning from people inside and outside of Derby Silk Mill. It's a great chance for visitors to have their say... and maybe get dirty hands from the odd dusty object (gloves are available!)
So far, we've worked with kids, teenagers, visiting museum professionals, tourists and senior citizens, to mention a few.
We're currently working on grouping objects. Next is telling the stories, and then displaying the artefacts.
Come and join the Leach Studio team for a true 'hands on' activity! We hope to see you there!”
Tweet @leachstudio or @derbysilkmill and look out for the hashtags #arttoartefacts #DSMMoM