Crafts and living history at Hawick Museum

From a Daycare centre to a local youth club, Hawick Museum worked with a wide range of groups through their Next of Kin learning programme.

Six adults with learning disabilities from the Katherine Elliot Centre in Hawick spent an hour in the museum making felt poppies, working with feltmaker Anna Turnbull. Some participants looked at the First World War exhibits with a member of staff.

The poppy making workshop in action

The poppy making workshop in action

A group of Jedburgh Scouts visited the museum in the evening to take part in a session  led by Scottish Lowland soldiers of the Great War living history group. Participants spent time with a soldier learning about the front line, and then a female member to find out about life on the home front. The Next of Kin handling object resource was combined with objects brought by the history group, bringing the experiences described to life.

Jedburgh Scouts visit (2)

Scout with a member of the Great War living history group

In November the museum curator took the handling kit to Ancrum Village Youth Club. The young participants, aged 9 to 14, split into teams to study the objects and then reported their findings to the whole group.

AYC NofK handling session plane

Members of Ancrum Village Youth Club with objects in the Next of Kin handling collection

Next of Kin is currently at Low Parks Museum in Hamilton, where the handling resource is being used in workshops with local primary schools and reminiscence groups. On 2 April the exhibition will open at Grampian Transport Museum in Alford.


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