News from the Museum

Beyond the Castle Walls Video

Check out our video showing some of the great things that took place during the project, 'Beyond the Castle Walls'. The project was commissioned by the Libraries, Arts & Heritage Service for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aimed to encourage local, national and international visitors to the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum and urge new audiences to appreciate the history of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

Arts centre app to get children excited about Windsor history

The Firestation arts centre, based in St Leonards Road, Windsor, are creating an app with media artist Meg Mosley to get young children to value the Museum, get into history and have fun. Meg, in the guise of her alter-ego Megastar, addresses subjects such as the Women's Land Army during the Second World War, the Victorian era, and the 1960s and 1970s. The app is now in post-production and will be available on iTunes, Android and our website soon. Get a taste of the app by watching this video.

Community Case - Maidenhead Operatic Society

Three Curatorial Volunteers, Janice Carter, Lindsey Jennings and Pam Marson have set up the first Community Case in association with Windsor & Royal Borough Museum and the Heritage Lottery Fund project, Beyond the Castle Walls. The Community Case strategy was developed to enable community groups to propose and create their own displays with the help of the Museum. Janice, Lindsey and Pam decided their display would exhibit items from the Maidenhead Operatic Society. The display was set up on Wednesday 15th October in Windsor Library with the help of Lou Tait, Vice Chair and Director of MOS and Jenny Harris, Costume Designer. Later in the year the display will move to the Museum. Pop along to the Library and see the wonderful work they've done. A big thank you to all involved and to Alice Watson for developing the strategy.

Lou Tait, Vice Chair and Director of MOS, Lindsey Jennings, Curatorial Volunteer, Jenny Harris, Costume Designer for MOS, Janice Carter, Curatorial Volunteer and Pam Marson, Curatorial Volunteer

Community Case - Maidenhead Operatic Society

Windsor Fringe Festival Events

Marvellous Magna Carta

Our event on Saturday 27th September 2014 was hugely successful and fun. On the day, the re-enactment society, Historia Normannis talked to the public about 13th century clothing, weaponry, armour and food and what life was like. The Berkshire, Guild of Spinners Weavers & Dyers demonstrated how people made clothing and used materials such as felt in the 13th century. Steve Tyler came along with his Hurdy Gurdy and played some brilliant Medieval music for us. Chris Brown our Town Crier also talked to the public about the Magna Carta and its significance. Inside the Museum, families made Magna Cartas and King John crowns to take home. We had approximately 550 visitors and a good time was had by all! It was a great start to the celebrations for the 800 year anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in 2015. Keep an eye out for more Magna Carta events.

Steve Tyler, playing a Hurdy Gurdy Re-enactors Historia Normannis

Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers demonstrating felt work

The Mystery of the Magna Carta

Denise Steele, the author of a new children's book, The Mystery of the Magna Carta, read from the book and talked about how she created the story with apps. Children then made their own Magna Cartas and shields. Visitors were given a tour of the historic Guildhall by the Museum's Volunteer Stewards. The event was sold out and enjoyed by everyone who came along. Denise Steele and her colleagues Romeo and Paul with Councillor John Lenton and Wraysbury Parish Councillor, Mrs Margaret Lenton

Sixties Saturday

On Saturday 4th October 2014, the Museum hired a 1960s Juke Box and the Susan Handy's School of Dance came along and performed. There was a 1960s coffee bar in the Corn Exchange with lots of free refreshments. Inside the Museum children made Pop Art bags, pencil cases and glasses and also badges. Nicola James kindly lent the staff and volunteers 1960s clothing and a 1960s Scooter. We had approximately 300 visitors who all enjoyed themselves.

Susan Handy School of Dance 1960s Juke Box and clothing

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Modified: 2014-11-26
Published: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:03:49
Author: Amelia Evans
Editor: Paul.Noakes
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