Ghastly goings on at the Mine: A day of monstrous massive artistry and an evening of family spookiness

Visitors are invited to the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum on Saturday 27th October for a day of monstrous massive artistry and an evening of family spookiness as part of the Museums Heritage Lottery Funded events.

Jean, the Museum’s education officer said “hopefully visitors will be inspired to create massive monstrous masterpieces as part of the Museum’s free Big Draw based on local myths and legends on Saturday 27th October from 11am to 3pm. Inspiration will hopefully come from the creations of children from Year 5 at Handale School who have had a head start on everyone else, with the help of myself and volunteers from the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. They have been creating dragon heads based on the legend of the Handale Wyrm (a type of dragon); which tells of a dragon in Handale in ancient times that had a taste for fair maidens. The Handale dragon heads will be on display not only for the Big Draw but also for the Halloween party in the evening. During the day on the Saturday visitors will be able to turn up and using a projection technique put together mythical beast bodies, heads and legs to create their own monstrous massive masterpieces – no special skill required! These will decorate the inside of a building at the Museum ready for the Halloween party in the evening.”

“The evening Halloween party which starts at 6pm and finishes at 8pm will be a first for the Museum. The usual Museum tour will be replaced by a trail of spooky stories amidst the cob-webs, Victorian characters telling tales in the mine by candlelight and costumed drama with students from Prior Pursglove College. There might even be the odd local resident from days long gone come back to help with the performances….Music will also be the flavour of the evening with the vibrant sounds of folk-rock group Stormcrow, Cuthbert & Pettitt and local singer Sara Dennis. There will be songs about monsters, pirates, mining and morbid happenings. Tickets are on the door priced £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children; this also includes a free drink. Visitors are advised to dress warm and bring a torch – but not to use it during performances. The evening is less suitable for under 7’s.”

Jean Banwell, the Museum’s education officer said “I hope that visitors will enjoy a fun day and have an evening to remember bringing history alive the quirky way!”

Please further information please contact Jean the Education Officer on 01287 642877 or email her on . Jean is also keen to here from anyone who would like to volunteer with the education work, developing future events and generally have fun as part of the volunteering team at the Museum.

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