Skinningrove – a source of fun and cultural inspiration

image001Over the Easter holidays the Museum is offering free family activity sessions, and a tour based Easter hunt with prizes for children. After Easter, on Saturday 20th April at 2pm, visitors are encouraged to visit the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum to listen to a talk by the Skinningrove History Group, as part of the free Spring lecture programme. These activities are part of the Skinningrove Educational Heritage Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
For younger visitors during the Easter weekend, Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April, children touring the Museum who successfully complete an Easter trail, will receive a decorative Easter chick and chocolate egg, at no extra cost.
Free family activities are available over the Easter holidays on the 1st, 2nd, 11th and 12th of April from 2-4pm. On Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd at 2-4pm there will be family activity sessions with arty Easter craft activities with a Victorian decoupage theme. On Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April from 2-4pm we will visit the ice age to discover more about life in Britain when boulder clay which sits on Skinningroves cliffs was deposited and make a piece of ‘ice age art’. All children visiting over the school Easter holidays will receive one decorative Easter chick, subject to availability.
The final lecture of the Spring lecture series presented by the Skinningrove History Group will be on Saturday 20th April at 2pm and is entitled ‘Representations of Skinningrove’. John Roberts chairman of the Skinningrove History Group said ‘the presentation will aim to show how the village has been portrayed through creative and interpretative media including literature, photography, painting, maps and music. It will combine readings from fiction and non-fiction with the presentation of images of maps, photographs and paintings together with songs, all of which have been inspired and informed by the village and its people.’
Skinningrove History Group was formed in 2003. It aims to research, conserve and promote the social, economic and cultural history of Skinningrove and the surrounding area in order to provide access to such resources for local residents and visitors.
In 2006 the group produced and published ‘Skengrave’, a book containing written and photographic recollections of village life; more recently it has undertaken projects on census information and oral history. In 2011 the group devised Skinningrove Valley Trail and support from LEADER/Groundwork facilitated the publication of an accompanying leaflet and the emplacement of an interpretation panel in the village.
The Skinningrove History group provides displays at local events, supports walks and liaises with other organisations in order to engage in any activity that helps to promote the history and heritage of the local area.
Following the talk, there will be an opportunity to chat to members of the Skinningrove History Group and light refreshments will also be made available.
Anyone interested in events who would like further information should contact Jean Banwell, the education officer on 01287 642877 or email jean@ironstonemuseum.co.uk . She would be happy to add any email addresses to a mailing list to keep people up to date with events and activities at the Museum.
Jean, the Education Officer said “we have had excellent turns out for the last two lectures about the local Alum industry and forensic archaeology, and during half term our education room was packed with families enjoying making bird feeders and clay wildlife. I suggest anyone intending to come to future lectures arrives in good time to secure themselves a seat!”

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