SALISBURY Museum has recently been awarded £33,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for new project aiming to inspire youngsters.
The money, which has been raised by National Lottery players, is being used for the City Story: Historic Past, Creative Future project.
It will be engaging young people with Salisbury history and costume collections at the museum using art.
The City Story Project will enable young people from the Salisbury area to work with inspiring artists to learn new skills and use the objects in the museum’s collection as inspiration.
The project includes two afterschool clubs for 11 to 18 year olds, a series of workshops for young carers and sessions for secondary schools and colleges.
City Story project officer Katy England said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“The extraordinary objects in the museum tell a fascinating and detailed story of the City of Salisbury over the last eight hundred years. The young people taking part can work with inspiring artists and learn new techniques as well as discovering the story of the City for themselves.”
As part of the project the young people will be focusing on the Salisbury history collection, which contains a range of objects dating from 1220, right up to the 1950s. These include a large number of everyday items found when clearing the open drainage channels that once ran through medieval Salisbury, such as keys, knives, seals, spoons, badges and buckles.
The history of Salisbury collection also includes finds from important sites in the area, such as artefacts from the Royal Palace at Clarendon, the deserted village at Gomeldon and the pottery kilns at Laverstock.
Other inspirations include relics of the ancient guilds of Salisbury, civic objects and collections of Salisbury-made bells, clocks, guns and cutlery.
The young people taking part will be using the museum’s collection of historic clothes and textiles for inspiration as well. This includes many items made by local people and represents various aspects of life in south Wiltshire like farming, sporting, military history, church and domestic life.
A selection of the work created will be put on display at an exhibition at the Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in autumn 2017 and those taking part will learn the skills needed to put on the exhibition.
Some of the young people will also work towards their bronze or silver Arts Award as part of the project.
Anyone wishing to take part in the project should contact Katy England on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01722 332151.