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Treasured belongings on display at theatre
A MOUSETRAP and the key of a foreign correspondent who was taken hostage are just two of the mementoes on display in an exhibition being held at Salisbury Playhouse.
The multi-media exhibition of items and images connected with the 1960s rounds off a project undertaken by Mind the Gap, the theatre’s group for older people.
Members have been working on the ’60s Stories project in collaboration with Btec students from Wiltshire College, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
They also performed a play written by David Haworth, with the students playing younger versions of Mind the Gap members, a video of which is included in the exhibition.
Group member Margaret Bailey said: “It was lovely, working with the youngsters.
For me the ’60s meant lots of dances and then saving up and getting married.”
She has loaned the exhibition an old mousetrap in a box as a memory of the ’60s.
Mind the Gap co-ordinator Rebecca Seymour said all the experiences included were very poignant – from the important memories of women for whom the 1960s meant motherhood to BBC foreign correspondent Roland Challis being taken hostage in Jordan.
Mr Challis, who lives in Coombe Bissett, was taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists in the late 1960s and has loaned the exhibition the key to the Amman hotel room where he was staying.
The project also includes memories from those attending Till Valley Day Centre in Shrewton and visits to museum and playhouse archives.
Ms Seymour said: “The aim was to bridge the gap between the generations using the performing arts.”
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