Exhibition prep

rvacc goes back to school

This week, we have been very busy in the Centre preparing for the School Days exhibition which opens on Saturday 1 October. The exhibition examines the history of school and features items from Limavady’s museum collection donated by Mrs. A. Witherspoon and Mrs. M. Buchanan as well as items lent by local schools.

Installing the exhibition has taken only a few days however preparations for the exhibition began some months ago. The first task I had to face was choosing the objects for the exhibition. Mrs. Witherpoon’s and Mrs. Buchanan’s collections of school material contain a whole host of interesting items and it was a tough job to pick out the items to display. Once the objects had been chosen, I had to carry out background research for labels and other interpretation in the exhibition. My research included a visit to the fascinating Causeway School Museum which gave me a real taste of what school would have been like in the early 1900s.

Once I had completed my research, it was time to write the labels and plan the case layouts. This can take quite a bit of time as it is important to make sure the key messages are put accross and that the items are displayed in the best possible manner. Activity sheets for visitors and school groups have also been prepared, giving those who visit the exhibition the best possible understanding of what school was like in the past.

Aside from objects, photographs and activity sheets, the exhibition will also feature oral history recordings that visitors will be able to listen to. John Hamilton from Causeway Museum Service (of which Limavady Borough Council is a partner) recorded both Mrs. Witherspoon and Mrs. Buchanan talking about their memories of school and excerpts from these recordings will be available during the exhibition’s run.

Installation of the exhibiton began on the Wednesday before the exhibition opened. All of the cases and display boards had to be moved upstairs to the O’Hampsey Studio where the exhibition is taking place. The objects were then brought up and put into cases or framed. Labels were then added to the exhibition. After much work, the exhibition is almost ready and will be open to visitors from 1 to 29 October.

By Victoria Newberry, Museum/Heritage Officer

This entry was posted on September 30th, 2011 at 9:42 am by Victoria Newberry

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