BEXHILL Museum played a key role in the highly-successful Party In The Park venture. Volunteers welcomed more than 1200 visitors as the Museum threw open it doors.
Saturday, August 11th will long be remembered as a joyous occasion when families flocked to the park to celebrate the re-opening of the children’s playground after its transformation by Rother District Council.
For the Museum it was an opportunity as a partner organisation to give the public a taste of what it has been able to offer since its own extension and refurbishment was opened in 2009. The Open Day at the museum celebrated the World Art collections at the museum and the opening of the A Global Gathering exhibition.
For many of the people who took advantage of the open day and all the special attractions that volunteers were staging it was their first visit to the Museum - and a revelation.
A rare sunny day in an otherwise damp and dismal summer provided the opportunity to open the rear doors, giving immediate access for the public from the park.
Master Gambian drummer Musa M’Boob gave a dramatic illustration of the scope of the Museum’s world art collection by providing live music to welcome the public. He was accompanied by his 12 year-old son, Rilwan, and by Bexhill musician and composer Phil Thornton.
Youngsters worked in the sunshine to help Jane Churchill build their own version of the Kaiaimunu Man sculpture on display in the Costume Gallery. As the day progressed, a frame of withies was rapidly covered in pasted paper to create the Papua New Guinea wicker man.
Bexhill Classic Car Association had a selection of cherished motors lined up behind the Museum and children were fascinated by the variety of hand-made “toys” going round on the carousel with which Bexhill 100 Car Club members had won laurels in the recent town carnival.
Visitors thronged the Museum’s Motor Heritage Gallery, its Costume Gallery and original Sargent Gallery.
Throughout the day, volunteers were busy in the Education Room helping a succession of youngsters to enjoy the Crafty And Creative and Make A Shaker craft workshops using recycled materials.
A day of happiness, enjoyment, discovery – and unbroken sunshine – the Museum’s contribution to the highly successful Party In The Park fulfilled its key purpose in highlighting for the public in general and young families in particular all that the Museum has to offer them.