A crafty way to bring wartime history alive at Royston Museum

PUBLISHED: 08:32 04 December 2015

Activities and craft sessions at Royston Museum linked to the 8th In The East exhibitio. Trying on a uniform for size

Activities and craft sessions at Royston Museum linked to the 8th In The East exhibitio. Trying on a uniform for size

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The 8th in the East exhibition at Royston Museum, looking at the role played by American air force stations in the area in the Second World War, isn’t just for the older generation.

Activities and craft sessions at Royston Museum linked to the 8th In The East exhibition. Trying on a uniform for sizeActivities and craft sessions at Royston Museum linked to the 8th In The East exhibition. Trying on a uniform for size

One of the hit events was a craft activity session overseen by Andrew Fallon, during which young visitors made American soldier and Red Cross nurse finger puppets as well as making and decorating paper gliders based on the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber.

Museum assistant Amy Judd said: “The highlight of the morning was dodging all the paper planes as they took off from our balcony.

Activities and craft sessions at Royston Museum linked to the 8th In The East exhibition. Children created paper gliders based on the B-24 Liberator bomber and flew them from the museum balconyActivities and craft sessions at Royston Museum linked to the 8th In The East exhibition. Children created paper gliders based on the B-24 Liberator bomber and flew them from the museum balcony

“There were lots of great designs and some flew really far. Well done to everyone who took part.”

On Saturday, the project culminates in a 1940s-style Christmas party event called Comics, Crackers, Chewing Gum & Chaff.

Activities and craft sessions at Royston Museum linked to the 8th In The East exhibitionActivities and craft sessions at Royston Museum linked to the 8th In The East exhibition

Curator Jenny Oxley said: “We will be set dressing the museum as it may have looked when it was an American Red Cross service station and there will be lots of activities for all the family to enjoy.

“It’s a family Christmas event with a difference, which relates directly to the history of our town.”

There will be vintage 1940s style refreshments, music and craft activities and dressing up in period costume is encouraged, but not essential.

Admission to the event at the King Street museum, which runs from 10.30am to 4pm, is £2 for adults, £1 for children – find out more at www.roystonmuseum.org.uk.

Outside of the project, the museum has a busy December including Christmas willow weaving and rag rug wreath making workshops.

Saturday crafty kids sessions continue with a traditional Christmas decoration making session on Saturday, December 12. New Duplo creative play sessions for toddlers and parents on selected Fridays are also a new addition to the museum’s busy events programme.

For more information or to book a place at any of these events call 01763 242587 or email curator@roystonmuseum.org.uk.

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