By Sarah Hutton and Neil Clarke
As the last few photographs are coming in, we are finally reaching the end of one of the biggest and far-reaching community projects we have been lucky enough to work on with the folk of Cambridgeshire – ‘My Mini Museum and Your Exhibit to go in it’!
1600 people had a go at making what makes Cambridgeshire special for them in miniature, and what an amazing variety of little boxes of creative brilliance we saw! From the lido on Jesus Green to punting on the Cam, from bowls of noodles to a very special cheeseburger, Cambridgeshire is clearly packed with places that mean something special to each of us and make it the place that we all call home.
For us at the Museum, the biggest joy was the huge number of brilliant people – close to 3000!- we got to meet as we went out and about around the county: the families at the Central Library, busy shoppers who stopped to chat to us on our stall at the Market Place, the whole of Barrington Primary School and their families, Brownie, Guide and Ranger groups, the revellers at Chinese New Year celebrations, the older people at the Independent Living Facility on Mill Road, the young people at Ross Road Community Centre, not to mention all the people who joined us for our 24 onsite and outreach making sessions or who ordered a craft pack to be mailed out to them and sent us back a photo or displayed it outside their house. Thank you so much to everyone, we loved meeting you and were bowled over by all the love for this special place!
And a final thank you to a very little, but important person, Sofia, who nobly let us display her creation ‘Jelly Mountain’ for four whole loooooong weeks (for those not in on the know, we have been reliably informed that this is the best room in Partyman World !). It worked Sofia, so many people loved it and were inspired to have a go – that mountain of jellies is winging its way back to you for permanent display in your house!