MGM 2002 Extended To Include Golden Jubilee

| 23 May 2002

Museums and Galleries Month 2002 has been extended until Tuesday June 4 to include the Jubilee Weekend.

"Celebrating the Jubilee has proved one of our most popular themes for events during the month. More than half of the 1500 MGM events relate to the Jubilee, Royal events, or a look-back over the past 50 years," said Chairman of the 24 Hour Museum and Joint Chairman of MGM2002, Loyd Grossman.

Left: Henfield Museum, Sussex.

Every part of the UK will have MGM Jubilee-related events and the range of subjects is very wide. Some museums have put together a display of objects and images from their collection to celebrate the Jubilee, as at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and at Henfield Museum, Sussex.

Right: Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hants.

At Whitchurch Silk Mill, Hants, there will be an exhibition of silk created and woven at the Mill to celebrate the Jubilee.

Left: don't miss the displays at Goldsmith's Hall, London.

in London will feature some of the most exciting commissions of recent years, including pieces made specially to commemorate the Golden Jubilee.

Right: Pendennis Castle, Cornwall.

On the Jubilee weekend Pendennis Castle in Falmouth will celebrate by offering free entry to everyone born in 1952, and to visitors who come dressed in 1950's style.

Left: weaving a tale from the past at the Linen Centre.

At the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum in Northern Ireland, visitors will be able to share their experiences of life in the 1950s.

Right: Cumbrian Jubilee celebrations are at the Beacon.

The artist in residence at The Beacon in Cumbria will organise a new media exhibition in video or light, working with young museum visitors on a Golden Jubilee theme.

Left: the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent will be celebrating our royal heritage through displays, a golden jewellery design competition, and a golden treasure trail.

The Guildhall Museum at Carlisle is focusing on the first Elizabeth in a day of Tudor Magic at the Court of Queen Elizabeth I.

The MGM 2002 website www.may2002.org.uk can be searched by location, subject and type of event.

As well as "Jubilee", this year's themes include "celebrating friendship" and "celebrating local history" - the latter to coincide with the first Local History Week.

OTHER EVENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY

During the weekend preceding Sway (Hants) Carnival Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Artsway is organising a workshop for children aged 7-11. This will involve working with artist Ray Brown to create carnival costumes around the theme of Commonwealth to wear in the Carnival walking procession.

At the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford: Connections - A Jubilee Exhibition is a special exhibition of collaborative works by local adult education groups.Oxford residents have used the collection as inspiration - from Islamic ceramics to the founding Tradescant Collection, to the Ashmolean building itself.

At the Bank of England Museum in London, visit Royal Portrait - A Celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. This exhibition explores the connections between the Bank and the monarch since 1694. Will include the new £5 note after issue. See the art of engraving banknote printing plates on selected days (ring for details).

Visit Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura to see 'Pillywiggins' - shadow puppets tell shady tales from the woods. In this storytelling event for all the family, shadow puppets bring the tales and secrets of the woods to life. After each performance children can find out about the puppets and have an opportunity to use them. Performances at 11:30am, 13:00pm and 14:30pm.

Get Face to Face with the Romans at the Hadrian's Wall Museums until June 6. The Jubilee trail features 50 mysterious faces to find among the treasures at Roman Corbridge, Chesters & Housestead.

The innovative Hat Works - The Museum of Hatting in Stockport has a Royal Hats exhibition until August 19. The exhibition offers visitors an exclusive opportunity to see over 100 hats created by twelve top milliners for HM the Queen, HM the Queen Mother and for various other members of the Royal Family.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Staffordshire has a Golden Jewellery Design Competition until November 29. See the award-winning brooch by a local designer for the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

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