Despite the extended closed season Making Waves Together has been busy working behind the scenes in preparation for extra special re-openings at both Lowestoft Maritime Museum and Lowestoft Museum.
Lowestoft Maritime Museum is continuing to build on their AFSM Family Friendly Award and has created two additional characters for 2020. We are planning to use the herring girl as a starting point to introduce visitors to wider social history, while our gender-neutral lifeboat person reflects more modern sea-faring roles. We have developed a suite of resources and activities around these new characters, who stand alongside our faithful Captain Crabbe and Admiral his cat. Younger visitors can dress up as their favourite character at our costume station, follow museum-based adventure trails or even use our hand-held passes-de-tetes to snap a selfie.
At Lowestoft Museum we are eagerly anticipating the return of the Somerleyton Hoard, which is currently housed the British Museum, to its home county. This Late Bronze Age hoard comprises gouges, sword components and includes very rare examples of socketed axe heads complete with the preserved flax fragments which would have been used to haft them. The team at Lowestoft Museum has worked hard to meet the stringent loan standards required by the British Museum and can’t wait to share the new exhibits with their visitors.
By Patricia Day
Seaside Heritage Project Officer