Monday, July 16, 2012

Collection Point - Unleash your inner curator at the River Festival

Miniature wooden horse from The Higgins Collections

The River Festival is on the 21st and 22nd July 2012. At this years River Festival we would like your help to choose objects that will be going on display when the museum reopens in Spring 2013

One of the new displays in The Higgins is a very large display case that will hold objects that have been chosen to go on display by members of the public. The information labels will also have been written by those that have chosen the objects. We want people to unleash their inner curator.

The Higgins holds large and varied collections, with objects from all over the world. There are over 100,000 objects in the collections and only space to display a fraction of them. The Collection Point display case will offer people the chance to engage with collections that might not be on display otherwise. It will give everyone the chance to make decisions about what goes on display at The Higgins.

Below are some of the objects in the collection.
Eggs collected by Mr Janion Steele-Elliot
Porcelain figure of a head mounted on a cork

We're getting the ball rolling by inviting people to choose the first objects to go on display in the Collection Point case at this years River Festival.

We will be based close to Castle Mound, from 11 am until 5pm during the festival. Members of the public will have the opportunity to look through a shortlist of objects from the collection, choosing their favourites, some of which will go into the Collection Point case. Everyone who chooses an object will be encouraged to write a display label explaining their choice, to be shown alongside it.

We can't wait to see you there.

Download the River Festival programme here 

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