CHILDREN’S laughter filled the building when Bexhill Museum staged its Family Fun Day.
More than 500 youngsters took part in the July 26th event, staged in support of Bexhill Carnival.
Ten volunteers from the staff of Hastings Direct, which is supporting the carnival, joined museum volunteers in running a day-long series of activities at the free event, organised by museum audience development project manager Rachel Heminway-Hurst.
There was a queue for much of the day outside a gazebo in Egerton Park behind the museum’s open rear door. In the gazebo’s shade children were having their faces painted in multi-coloured designs.
Indoors, the Education Room was a scene of busy activity as youngsters learned how to place decorative ribbons on a traditional Green Man. Others were busy making pirate eye-patches, masks and wrist-shakers to wear at the Carnival.
The dressing of the Green Man themed with activities in the adjoining Costume Gallery. There, story-telling was linked to this year’s museum Folklore, Farming, Festivals and Fertility exhibition.
Museum curator Julian Porter delved into a box of museum artefacts to produce – magician-like- objects steeped in folklore.
Children handled a ?hag-stone knot? and a 6,000 year-old stone age axe head and learned how in times past fossilised Sea Urchin was known as Fairy Loaf and thought to bring good luck.
Others were touring the Sargent Gallery in quest of museum quiz answers or cranking handles in the Motor Heritage Gallery to find how petrol, steam and electric motors work.
The museum family fun day was also supported by Orbit Housing Association.