Winter skies and shadows
Public events in the BM125 programme are trotting on like reindeer across cold starry skies. In November, we took favourite things in the museum (the Bear!) or places in Buxton (the Dome) and turned them into laminated sheets of shadows and colour to put in our own windows at home
More recently, we made mobiles, asking visitors “what would fly in your winter sky”. Out of the comments came the poem below and a whisper, rattles and whoosh of drawings, ribbons and hanging pine cones
Become snow clouds in the sky above
My house with its garden giraffe.
There’s a cat sitting there,
Watching flowers and a yellow snail.
I live in a forest of green pointed trees,
An owl watches from a fir tree’s shelter
As the Grinch creeps down
To steal a snowman all in green.
A star shines over the forest
As the owl spreads silent wings,
Into the sky where a bold red fox
Holds a bright blue star,
And a red castle floats in the clouds.
But rain clouds become snow clouds
And bright thoughts become sleep
As a star shines over the forest
And a jingling sleigh lands on my roof.
Words from the summer have been recorded and are posted as very short films on you-tube. Why not step into a moment of summer sunshine with the haymeadow spell, or pause for a longer wander across the fields of the Upper Dove Valley
Coming up in 2019, there will be a twilight walk in Buxton Country Park in February (planning still in progress – we’ll update soon!) and several mermaid events in half term. There will be a “beautiful mermaids and wonderful monsters” session on Thursday 21st Ferbruary. On Saturday 23rd, we’d like to challenge visitors to step away from their everyday mermaids and make some merfolk who challenge images and assumptions, using our own Buxton Museum Mermaid and our Peak District mermaid stories for inspiration
Mre details on those and some other very exciting BM125 events will follow soon!