If I could talk I would tell you stories
A group of local primary school children have brought to life a series of objects from the Eastern Museum at Kedleston Hall using poems, stories and short films. Their take on the objects show the collection in a new light and are the basis for this new exhibition at Kedleston Hall.
Working with Dr Corinne Fowler from the University of Leicester, year six children from Curzon Primary School picked out six objects to write about. In response, the children created poems and stories to sit alongside the pieces which are part of the collection of items Lord Curzon accrued during his time in India.
The children were joined by pupils from Wheelers Lane Primary School who helped make a series of short films about the objects.
The result is a child's-eye view which gives a new voice to this collection housed in the Eastern Museum.
The poems, stories and films sit alongside the objects in the exhibtion on the ground floor at Kedleston until 1 November 2020. Some of the works can also be seen here online.
The Eastern Museum Collection
Kedleston Hall was the childhood home of George Nathaniel Curzon. He was Viceroy of India between 1899 and 1905, ruling in the name of the British monarch.
Lord Curzon travelled extensively and this 'Eastern collection' contains many objects from his travels in South Asia and the Middle East. Many were gifts received during the Delhi Durbar – a vast procession celebrating Edward VII becoming Emperor of India.
This exhibition is part of Colonial Countryside, a child-led writing and history project in partnership with University of Leicester, Peepal Tree Press and the National Trust.
The project assembles authors, historians and primary school pupils to explore country houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections. 100 primary children have visited 10 National Trust houses. Each child has crafted fiction and poetry.
The project director is Dr Corinne Fowler. The additional information is based on research by Dr Joanna de Groot.