Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will come to life with African music and colour next week as it hosts another of its popular family days.
West African storyteller and musician George Fiawoo will transport visitors to West Africa with his stories and rhythms, on show at 10.30, 11.30, 1.00pm and 2.00pm on Tuesday, February 17, while a range of fun activities inspired by African objects from the Museum’s collection will be available throughout the day from 10.00am - 3.00pm.
Activities have been developed in partnership with the Museum’s new Young Curators programme, which gives 14-19 year olds the chance to get first-hand experience of a range of real museum projects. Members of the group will be on hand on the day to help families make the most of their visit.
Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for leisure said, “Uniques has provided a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our African collections and we’ve been really surprised by the quality of our objects and the fascinating local connections we’ve been able to make.
“Our activity day is a great way to share all this with families in our community and we hope they’ll be as inspired as we have been.
“It’s particularly exciting to see the Museum’s new Young Curators group involved in delivering activities to visitors. They have come up with some great ideas and it’s a really positive step to see young people so actively involved in the life of the Museum.”
This activity day has been inspired by the Museum’s African collections, which can be seen in a new display ‘Uncovering Africa’ from February 14 – April 19.
The Museum is one of five museums in Kent and Sussex that has received Arts Council England funding through a project called Uniques to explore parts of its World Art collections and has benefitted from freelance experts and curators from the British Museum in identifying and researching objects.
The Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4pm on Sundays from November to March. From April to October, it stays open until 5pm every day except Monday, when the museum is closed.
Other exhibitions currently running at the museum and art gallery include The Eyes Are Listening, All At Sea and Voyage - Paintings By Marine Artist Louis Dodd.
On March 8, the museum will host an illustrated talk by Steve Peak about The Golden Age of Sail and Maritime Hastings. The talk is free to attend but it is asked that any donations be made to the Hastings and St Leonards Museum Association instead. Visit www.hmag.org.uk for details.