More than ever we need to dig deep into our adaptability and agility. Our work for the development of the Children’s Country House was planned to take place across this year and we expected to see lots of trialling and testing of interventions happening on site that would enable us to make key decisions about Sudbury’s future. Key to all of this was to ensure that children and young people were being consulted throughout and telling us what they thought and ultimately telling us what they wanted from us as a heritage space. We still hope to do some of this work, but we know that this may have to look very different.
Over the past couple of months, we have been working to adapt our plans to ensure that children are still on this journey of discovery with us as much as possible. Today we have launched several ways that children and families can have a say in the work we are doing, helping us ensure that we are creating something that has them at the forefront. There is also the opportunity for everyone to be included in our future exhibitions at the museum through some fun activities that hopefully will prompt some interesting conversations and kindle fond memories of our own childhoods.
The activities include:
- Tell Us – a questionnaire for children, families and young people to tell us their thoughts
- The Museum of You – an opportunity to help us build the Museum of Childhood collections through your stories
- Childhood Gallery – an online gallery of childhood pictures
- Childhood Music – a creation of music playlists that represent the soundtracks of childhoods through the decades
Alongside this we have also developed a programme of weekly social media engagement so people can stay connected with us while we are closed.
You can find out more by visiting our website and we would love for you to get involved.