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Story time at the Dales Countryside Museum

[Thursday 25 September 2008]

TALL stories, short stories and everything in between will be on offer at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes later this week.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority-owned Museum is taking part in a national festival called "Storytelling – bringing collections to life" that has been funded by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in partnership with the British Museum.

The national event marks the launch of the Cultural Olympiad, a four-year programme of culture across the UK leading up the 2012 games.

The free events at the museum – under the title of ‘Myths and Legends’ – start tomorrow (Friday September 26) and will run between 10am and noon each day, according to Museum manager Fiona Rosher.

“We will be using items from the museum’s collection of artifacts to inspire visitors to write their own stories,” she said.

“Saturday and Sunday are family sessions and, as children usually have brilliant imaginations, we’re expecting some fantastic stories.”

“We are hoping to get a good response and, if we do, we will stage some all-day sessions on producing digi-stories so that people can have a go themselves.

“As well as being a great way of interpreting the past, they can also be used to present family history or just be a way of sharing family events with people you might not be able to meet up with that often.”

The full list of events is:

  • 26 September: Digi-stories – an introduction for up to 15 adults or teenagers. An introduction to digital-storytelling, explaining what digi-stories are and how they are made. People will not be creating digi-stories on the day but, instead, will do a little creative writing using objects as inspiration and will be shown examples of digi-stories, some of which have been made for DCM. .
  • 27 September: Storytelling and writing – a session for families with storyteller and writer Rhoda Fraser using for inspiration a broom made of heather that forms the centre of an exhibition in the Museum called ‘Nest – a brush with the media’.
  • 28 September: Storytelling – a drop-in session with Rhoda Fraser who will be telling stories she has created using the DCM collection as inspiration.

Anyone wanting more information about the events can contact the Museum on 01969 666210.

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