News from the Museum

Beyond the Castle Walls

The Beyond the Castle Walls project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Libraries, Arts and Heritage. It's a community participatory project which extends what the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum offers.

Creative Commission

Flying into History
On Wednesday 28th May, while most people were tucked up in bed, our Education Officer Alice was busy working with a team of specialists installing a large scale artwork in Maidenhead Library. The piece consists of 60 planes that were created by artist Sarah Hubacher and Art Foundation students from East Berkshire College. The planes are covered in gold and silver leaf and screen printed with images and texts from the Museum's collection that reflect the Borough's remarkable aviation history. We are delighted to see it up in Maidenhead Library and hope people enjoy seeing it hanging there. Creative Junction CIC were commissioned to find the artists for this project. They also ran two artist led ventures, one called 'Bringing postcards to life', and another called 'Living Archive', which involved music and memories with support from the Spencer Denny Centre.

Flying into History Flying into History

Windsor: A trading history
On Wednesday 11th June we installed our second public artwork. This time it is a mural painted by local artist Gordon Collett which is displayed at Windsor Library. In the spring he worked with school children from the Borough to get artistic inspiration from the Museum's collection. Thanks to Wessex Primary, Wraysbury Primary, St Edward's First and St Edward's Middle schools.

Installation by Gordon Collet of Windsor: A trading history

Decade Events

The 1980s event on 15 February 2014 was the last of our decade events and proved very popular, attracting over 400 visitors. Particularly popular was the 'Fame' style dance act by Susan Handy's School of Dance, who also performed at the final extravaganza on Saturday 12th April on Bachelors Acre. The final HLF event gave a taste of decades from the Victorians to the 1980s and included activities, dance, live music, and displays of project achievements by staff and volunteers. By the end of the 2 year project we hope that over 6000 people will have learnt from, been inspired by or at the very least enjoyed our activities and events in addition to our museum visitors.

'Fame' style dance act by Susan Handy's School of Dance


The project has depended upon the support of some great new volunteers. The extended group of volunteers has benefited from training sessions, involvement with oral history, community work and links with education. Overall, 94 volunteers have contributed 499 working days to the project so far.

Engagement with schools and young people

The Schools Programme was publicised in the Autumn School's Bulletin. Langley Academy brought students to participate in our Court in the Act session, which proved very popular and resulted in 3 further bookings in 2014. A selection of local schools and a youth group engaged with the Creative Commission, where museum objects inspire art-work. These young people also worked with the Spencer Denny Day Centre on an intergenerational music project. One of 3 family trails is now available - the age 0-6 trail is complete and you can come to the museum and try it out.

Court in the Act Session

Oral History interviews

We have recorded 42 interviews so far with some fascinating stories revealed. The project is now nearing its target of 50 interviews. Editing is progressing well and many interviews have now been 'burnt' onto CDs and shared with the interviewees. If you know of anyone who would like to record their memories, or want to know more about this project, please contact us on 01753 743950.

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Kingsmead Quarry Prehistoric Finds on Display

On Wednesday 5th March 2014 some of the important prehistoric finds from the CEMEX Kingsmead Quarry, Horton went on public display for the first time at the museum. The important discoveries have been made over the last 11 years during excavations conducted by Wessex Archaeology. Central to the new display are the finds from a rich Beaker burial. The museum is also temporarily displaying a Bronze Age Globular Urn, an ornate Roman bowl and a delicate Roman shoe.

The event was officially opened by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Andrew Jenner and the Mayoress, Mrs Julia Jenner. The launch was held at a special exhibition in the Guildhall, which was followed in the evening by a well-attended public lecture given by lead archaeologists, Gareth Chaffey and Alistair Barclay entitled - Kingsmead's 'Queen' a woman of importance: Talk and display of prehistoric finds.
People will be able to see the display of prehistoric finds over the coming year.

Mayoress Mrs Julia Jenner, Mayor Councillor Andrew Jenner holding Prehistoric Beaker, Gareth Chaffey of Wessex Archaeology, Margaret Kirby Service Manager Arts and Heritage

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Modified: 2014-06-26
Published: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:10:39
Author: Amelia Evans
Editor: Paul.Noakes
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