08 September 2011
A group of lucky youngsters from across Caerphilly county borough recently had the opportunity to 'take control' of the Winding House, with the return of the 'My Museum!' young volunteers project.
Following the success of the project last summer, another group of young people aged between 9 and 14 became mini-curators for the week, discovering how museums look after their collections and picking a selection of objects to go on display in the gallery.
The objects were based around the theme of domestic life and the young people also developed their learning and knowledge of this topic with fun activities comparing washing, ironing, cooking and cleaning today with the past.
The culmination of the week was the redesign of a large exhibition case in the museum's main gallery. The children not only chose the objects for display, they also helped decide how they should be laid out in the exhibition case, before seeing the case officially unveiled in front of friends and family on 19th August.
The objects selected include a 1950s washboard bought from the Bargoed Emporium, a late 19th century washing dolly and a 1930s butter churn. They will remain on display in the West Gallery of the Winding House.
For further information on the Winding House, please visit www.windinghouse.co.uk
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