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Whitchurch Silk Mill collaborate with Whitchurch Primary School to produce inspired artwork display

 On March 14th Whitchurch Silk Mill unveiled their Hoarding’s Gallery featuring artwork from Whitchurch Primary School’s Year 2 pupils.

 Thanks to Heritage Lottery funding, the Silk Mill visited the local school last November, to educate and inspire the pupils about the historic Mill. The Mill’s Visitor Experience Manager, Activity Coordinator and four Mill volunteers dressed up as Victorian Mill workers as they joined Whitchurch Primary School on their historical Victorian Day.

 After a joint introductory session with the pupils, which involved setting the scene of an 1877 Silk Mill, the Mill Team divided up and ran different sessions with each class. These included learning about the value of silk, the Victorian schoolroom and a weaving skills workshop to challenge the children, and see if they would make good mill workers. One pupil commented: “When the people came from the Silk Mill I enjoyed using the looms.”

 Following on from the visit, the Silk Mill asked the children to create artwork inspired by what they had learnt about the Mill, so it could be displayed on the building’s hoardings. The artwork featured the Mill building’s, silk, local wildlife and other interpretations that captured the essence of the Mill.

 The Mill used designers to create the hoarding banners, so all-72 pieces of art could be included. The banners are now displayed on the Mill’s hoardings and are open to anyone who wishes to pop down over the next couple of months and see all the wonderful artwork.

 The children visited after school last week to see their creations and Town Mayor John Buckley was also invited to see the display. The children had fun creating their artwork with one saying: “I liked drawing my picture of the Silk Mill because we could use pastels and paints.”

 The whole project was made possible through support from Heritage Lottery Funding. Lisa Gale, Visitor Experience Manager said “this was a lovely project to work on as it allowed us to engage with the children beyond the Victorian day. The children were able to express their creativity and feel a sense of ownership, seeing their work on display outside the Mill – making the connection between our outreach session and the building itself.”

 Currently, Whitchurch Silk Mill is under redevelopment until Summer 2018. However, the pop-up shop and café remain open and the building’s hoardings now have a fantastic display for the public to view, courtesy of Whitchurch Primary School’s Year 2 pupils.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 April 2018 09:25  
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