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19 Dec 18

The final days of our special exhibition

We only have the Christmas period to go until the closure of our fantastic exhibition ‘Black Dolls: The Power of Representation’ which, due to popular demand, was extended to the 6 January 2019. In these last days we have been looking through the huge number of drawings and comments from visitors. It is clear that our visitors have spent extended time in the gallery considering the subject. We have really enjoyed reading through these responses and are very pleased to see thank you messages to us and our partner, Museumand, for the exhibition. We hope as many visitors as possible are able to visit in the last few days. Due to the amazing response, we are now looking with Museumand at its potential for touring to other museums across the country. It will be wonderful to share it, so watch this space!

Black Dolls exhibit at Sudbury Hall

19 Nov 18

Sparking memories

As a museum we love to have visitors coming through our doors and exploring our collections on site. However, we know that our collections are particularly interesting to some groups of people who are not able to physically make it to our site. So we spent the past year researching and developing a small collection of objects that can be taken off site directly to those groups. Some of our staff have been on training to learn how to run specialist sessions for people with dementia and we have two upcoming sessions booked with patients at the hospital in Derby. The objects in our new outreach collection have been picked for their ability to spark a range of memories. From seaside buckets and tales of summer holidays, to ink wells and a school tie, the objects encourage participants to share stories from their childhood.

A collection of items such as bears and buckets to help spark memories

26 Oct 18

Unusual visitors

A tremendous month of celebrations and events, starting with a celebration of Black History Month with Museumand and our ‘Have Your Say Saturday’. The day began with a packed gallery and then moved down to Sudbury’s Parish Rooms for a series of thought provoking and inspirational talks. Catherine Ross of Museumand opened the session with an engaging talk sharing tales of work on the exhibition. Dr Sheine Peart of Nottingham Trent University followed with an exploration of perceptions of childhood and self-identity. Sian Jones of Queen Margaret University and Jeff Bowersox of University College London then spoke about representation within toys and related academic research. The day was finished off with an inspiring talk from Saffron Jackson-Kerr, the creator of the Jamaican Patwa speaking Zuree dolls. We’re thrilled to announce that due to its popularity, ‘Black Dolls: The Power of Representation’ has been extended to 6 January 2019. For our second event, the sound of sonic screwdrivers filled the museum as we fearlessly celebrated the arrival of the Dalek. We were joined by the 15th Cyberlegion and Staffordshire Tardis, who scared and delighted our visitors with a range of characters from the Doctor Who series. Representatives from our locally based fan group, the Whoovers, also came along and shared their knowledge of Daleks through the decades. There was definitely a real buzz around the property, with many visitors spending their whole day with us. Take a look at #SudburyDalek on twitter to see more photos of the day.

Members of the 15th Cyberlegion in costume outside Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire