Museums at Night at Wisbech General Cemetery - May 2019
On Thursday 16th May 2019, The Wisbech High Street Project, supported by Lorena from Red Barn Creative, delivered our second Museums at Night event held at Wisbech General Cemetery.
As part of the projects Activity Plan, the purpose of these events is to encourage local residents to visit museums or historic locations around the town which they may have not previously been to or haven’t visited recently. “Museums at Night” is a twice-yearly national festival of late openings, sleepovers and special events taking place in museums, galleries, libraries, archive and heritage sites in the United Kingdom
Around 65 visitors of all ages (plus one dog!) were welcomed to the chapel to see the recent renovations undertaken thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and managed by the Wisbech Society. There was a tour of the cemetery grounds to learn about some of the families from Wisbechs past buried who are buried there as well as to hear about the several War Graves to be found.
For younger visitors there were crafts to make and take home with the theme of “Night Time Creatures” – including origami bats and “Fenland Fireflies”
Fens Falconry based in Wisbech brought an owl and a kestrel along and visitors had an opportunity to learn more about where the birds come from and how they live in the naturally in the wild. Our young visitors were fascinated to see the contents of an owl pellet!
A massive thank you to volunteers Penny Stocks, Aldo Ieurbino, Peter Freeman, Ray Johnson, Eric Somerville and Amy Norton. Without volunteers these events just wouldn’t be possible.
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