Friday, 18 July 2014

Cowley Road Carnival

Here's our intern Hannah to report on the Cowley Road Carnival:

"We have just about recovered from our jam-packed day at the Cowley Road Carnival on Sunday 6th July! Our team consisted of the HLF Skills for the Future Trainees, the Pitt Rivers Head of Education, Andy McLellan, and the Museum of Oxford Education & Learning Officer, Carly Smith-Huggins.
Dream team of mask makers© Pitt Rivers Museum

To fit with the theme ‘Faces of Oxford’ we thought what better way to make this connection with our museum collections than mask making!  There was a wide range of templates to design your own mask, or your could decorate an existing design such as a mummy face to look just like the female mummy Meresamun at the Ashmolean, or you could even fashion a dinosaur face with matching feet for a stompingly good dinosaur at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

2.15pm selfie © Pitt Rivers Museum 
The sun shone all day as we busily helped over 200 visitors of all ages create their own masks. After the fantastic procession, we were ready for a wave of more customers looking for a fun craft.

As well as the making activity we also had a range of handling objects to further the faces theme and to widen the audiences knowledge of our collections, including: Javanese dance masks, a horse’s skull and fossilised dinosaur poo - a real hit with the young ones! 

Trying on Masks © Pitt Rivers Museum

Faces of Oxford © Pitt Rivers Museum 

Our visitors were also encouraged to use the carnival board painted by Charlotte Orr at the Pitt RiversMuseum. A brilliant way to get people to be ‘part of the collections!’  These are 'Faces of Oxford’ after all…

Overall it was a super successful day. I speak on behalf of the trainees when I say how pleased we were with how it went. We were satisfied with our decision to keep the craft simple so there was a fast turnaround with the masks made. A brilliant day, full of fun, crafty people in the surroundings of the bustling Cowley Road."

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