Discovering Precious Cargo

Nov 11 2011

Museums Sheffield’s Youth Partnership Coordinator, Graham Moore on the Precious Cargo Discovery Day

During the October Half Term holiday, Museums Sheffield gave visitors to Weston Park their first introduction to Precious Cargo, a major project linked to the London 2012 Olympics Stories of the World initiative. The project will result in a complete redisplay of the museum’s Treasures Gallery to open in March next year.

Across the UK, Stories of the World sees young people working with curators, film makers, artists, writers and musicians to explore and reinterpret museum collections, giving a new perspective on the stories they tell us about our place in the world.

In Sheffield, Museums Sheffield is collaborating with young people to tell the stories of objects that have found their way across the globe to the city. Precious Cargo links Sheffield’s collections to its people, looking at what they treasure and how these objects came to the region. Showcasing material from across the World Cultures collection, Precious Cargo explores Sheffield’s cultural past and celebrates the diversity of the contemporary city.

The Precious Cargo Discovery Day saw WestonPark play host to a day of family craft activities, curator-led object handling sessions, gallery tours and a chance for community partners to show their precious objects and share their stories.

As soon as the activity room doors were opened children and their families packed out the space in a flurry of creative activity, producing masks and kites inspired by original Chinese designs. Downstairs, curators led family groups through some of the World Cultures objects giving them a unique opportunity to handle of some remarkable objects.

During the afternoon more than 50 community partners shared a range of inspiring stories, objects and music. By the end of the day more than 450 people had learnt about Precious Cargo and participated in activity across the museum.

The word on Precious Cargo is out – we’ll keep you updated as we work towards the big launch in March!

Image: © Shelley Hughes



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