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Exhibition: Merry in Maytime

22 April 2019, 9:00 am - 23 June 2019, 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 


Exhibition: Merry in Maytime


22 April 2019, 9:00 am
23 June 2019, 5:00 pm
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