Posted: 9th August 2018
The East Riding Museums stand at Driffield Show had leaflets, both promoting the service in general and specifically advertising particular sites and our provision of activities for under 5s. We took the replica of one of the swords from the Iron Age South Cave weapons cache, along with information about the replica and about the original weapons and their discovery. We also took a portable display case, and a mystery object. The case was filled with a selection of objects from the North Wolds, including one from the Driffield area.
The mystery object, a massager, was for a guess the object competition, to win a family pass to Sewerby. We engaged fully with every participant, and of the 35 who entered, 16 indicated on the form that they wanted to be informed about future events. We had 6 correct answers, and a variety of incorrect ones, ranging from a grain press, to a coffee grinder, to a device to be attached to a spike for poking husbands who fart in bed. We estimate that we had around 150 to 200 people visit the stand in total.
We also took a mat, created for the Humber exhibition, and a variety of children’s activities, including an explorer pack borrowed from the Guildhall. This proved to be a particularly good way to engage people, as children tended head straight for it, allowing us to talk to their parents about the extent of provision for children across all our sites, especially under 5s material.
This related to the NPO aims of revealing hidden stories and reaching out. Reaching out was what we spent all day doing at Driffield Show. The first stage in seeking to reveal hidden stories, in relation to the North Wolds project, was to go through the catalogue and identify items which relate to that area, and the resultant list was used to find objects to fill the case. We were also able, via conversation and pull up banners, to introduce the idea of future projects in which we might seek to invite contributions from the public to learn more about our collections.