Exhibition: Merry in Maytime
22 April, 9:00 am - 23 June, 5:00 pm
Wanting to explore our collection but not had the chance to visit us yet?
Worry not! We’ll make it easier by coming to a place near you over the next couple of months!
Merry in Maytime is a travelling exhibition investigating folk customs of Cambridgeshire people around the month of May. The exhibition includes original artefacts from our Museum, oral histories, local stories, photographs of seasonal celebrations, and a specially sung traditional Cambridgeshire May Carol. Cambridgeshire is rich in traditional celebrations; this exhibition explores the origins and development of May Day, the curious custom of Beating the Bounds, and the life and costume involved with Jack in the Green May processions.
Download the single HERE! A Traditional May Carol from the village of Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire. Collected in 1898 by the Reverend Alexander Campbell Yorke.
We’ll be touring from 22 April – 23 June at the following locations and there will be a FREE launch event at each from 6:30-7:30 pm (see below for dates), with entertainment and refreshments:
St Mary’s Church, Burwell
Monday 22 April – Sunday 28 April, 9:00am – 6:00pm
Launch event Monday 22 April, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
All Saints Church, Barrington
Monday 29 April – Sunday 5 May, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Launch event Monday 29 April, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Soham
Tuesday 7 May – Sunday 12 May, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Launch event Monday 6 May, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
St Mary’s Church, Fowlmere
Monday 13 May – Sunday 19 May, 9:00am – 6:00pm (church not accessible between 10:30am – 12:30pm on Sunday 19 May)
Launch event Monday 13 May, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Wisbech
Tuesday 21 May – Saturday 25 May, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Launch event Tuesday 21 May, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Denny Abbey & Farmland Museum, Waterbeach
Tuesday 28 May – Sunday 23 June, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Launch event Tuesday 28 May , 6:30pm – 7:30pm