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MHE Regional October Events 2008

Introduction

In October 2008 Maritime Heritage East held its first regional event at three museums in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, which attracted 750 visitors. The event worked with the Museum of the Broads, Felixstowe Museum and Walton Maritime Museum. The events ran over the October half term. They were designed to encourage new audiences to the museums, as well as raising awareness of Maritime Heritage East. 

 

This is the data collected using two different feedback forms. One counted the numbers of adults and children to the museums and the other was an optional feedback form encouraging visitors to rate their experience. More data was collected at some sites than others, as the events were tailored to the museums that hosted them.

 

There is also an extensive image bank of photos taken at all 3 events, demonstrating the range of activities and the fun had by all.

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Felixstowe Museum

Day Event  -  (Sunday 26th October)
Location – Felixstowe Museum
Times – 11.00 – 17.30

On the Sunday 26th October there was a programme of drop-in events at Felixstowe Museum. Talks and activities went on throughout the day led by the museum staff and freelancers. Admission to the museum was free all day.

The programme

The artist in residence Dean Regan did a sketching and painting workshop in the galleries.

Ken Higgs lead an activity on the lost art of knots. ‘Know Your Knots’ is an exciting opportunity for all ages to engage with the heritage of maritime towns and industries.

Merchant Navy Captain, Tom Mellors regaled visitors with tales of deep-sea life in the 1950’s and life on the ferries from Felixstowe.

 Anthony Vint related reminiscences of Royal Naval life after 1944.

Activities included:
Small wooden sea chest moneyboxes for painting.
Making paper boats and origami worksheet
Signal flags –Write your name in code flags worksheet
Lost and Found Trail/Quiz – Find the 12 ladybirds dotted around the museum.
Dressing up box.

Loans
Ben’s Chest from Lowestoft Maritime Museum
Time & Tide clothing handling collection
Jigsaw cut out fish from Lowestoft Maritime Museum


As an incentive for visitors to the museum to fill out a feedback form, the museum and MHE created a children’s gift bag, which was given out on the return of a completed feedback form to the shop.

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