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Staffordshire County Museum has a vast collection of historical puppets.

Exhibitions to take Staffordshire’s heritage into local communities

People across Staffordshire will get a taste of the county’s fascinating history in two new exhibitions set to tour the county.

The ‘Moving On’ project will include two themed touring exhibitions in 2017 and 2018, bringing to life the Staffordshire County Museum collections.

The first exhibition will use toys, games, clothes, textiles and domestic items to explore and tell the stories behind childhood in Staffordshire.

The second exhibition will draw on the county museum’s popular collection of rare and historically important puppets.

Both exhibitions are designed for family audiences and will be visiting community venues across the county. Pop-up displays will also be made for smaller venues with a team of volunteers being recruited to support the project  .

Staffordshire County Council’s Archives and Heritage Service are behind the project and have been awarded £102,000 by Arts Council England.

Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Archives and Heritage Service said:

We’re delighted with the funding which will allow us to take much of Staffordshire’s fascinating history out into local communities.

“As well as the two touring exhibitions, the funding will also help us to develop new resources and a website to help get more people interested in our history and heritage.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said:

In the Midlands we’re fortunate to have an exceptional mix of museum collections on our doorstep housing local histories and national treasures. We believe these museums – and the objects they keep safe – play a vital part in community life, helping us celebrate our heritage, deepening our knowledge of the world around us, and entertaining people of all ages.

“This latest investment from our Museum Resilience Fund is about helping our region’s museums become more sustainable businesses so their rich collections can be used and enjoyed for many years to come.”

The project will also include a new website with interactive resources and will be looking to engage with young people in rural schools and older residents in care.

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