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29 Jun 17

Host school pupils open their exhibition

The end of June brought with it a big celebration. The pupils from Sudbury Primary school gathered with their family, along with staff from the school, to officially open their exhibition in our 'Gallery 8'. We had a lovely presentation, with lots of cheering as the children received their 'Mini Curator' badges. The ‘Mini Curators’ then they took their family members up to the gallery to give them a tour and show them the objects that they chose, which are displayed alongside the project work inspired by their choices. All had a great time and big thanks are due to all, but especially to the enthusiastic children and staff at Sudbury Primary School, and to our inspirational Learning Officer, Kat Ralls. You can also see the children explain and talk about the exhibition in their film. You can visit the exhibition at the Museum until the 2nd of October 2017.

19 Jun 17

Schools Rule

It’s been a busy couple of months again… In April we held our third meeting of the Community Panel, and spent a good couple of hours chatting about how we can get out there, and in to local groups, to engage and capture knowledge for the project. We’re looking forward to developing this strand of the project and hoping for some really exciting community involvement. We’ve also been on full throttle prepping for the opening of the ‘Host Schools’ exhibition. Pupils from our local school, Sudbury primary, are being little stars and helping us out by being our first ‘Host School’ for the project. They’ve become enthusiastic and creative mini curators and we’re now about ready for the grand opening at the end of June. Look out for scrumptious sweet wrappers, completely cool characters and picturesque Polaroid pics in the exhibitions gallery from July until the beginning of October.

a retro curly wurly wrapper

20 Mar 17

Computer crazy!

This month, some of our museum team made the short trip over to Nottingham, to visit ‘Game City – the National Videogame Arcade’. It was really interesting to see how they’re using vintage computers there to engage visitors in learning about the history of games development. As well as having a go on lots of old video games, they also offered us a go on their ‘HTC Vive’ virtual reality headset, which was an enlightening experience! We’ve already added an early Sega Megadrive and Sinclair Spectrum computer to the displays in the project gallery, and we plan to add more technology. It’s great to hear parents talking with their children about what computers were like when they were young. Hopefully they’ll be lots of ways we can work with Game City in partnership in the future. Many thanks to Iain at Game City for an excellent tour of the site.

the early days of gaming