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Family fun at museum

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 October 2009 | UPDATED: 08:44 01 August 2010

BECCLES and District Museum is holding a family fun morning on Monday to kick start the half term week.

Families and younger visitors will get the chance to join in a printing session led by a professional artist, where children can make their own postcards or prints, or help to create a frieze inspired by the museum's displays about Henstead and Hulver.

BECCLES and District Museum is holding a family fun morning on Monday to kick start the half term week.

Families and younger visitors will get the chance to join in a printing session led by a professional artist, where children can make their own postcards or prints, or help to create a frieze inspired by the museum's displays about Henstead and Hulver.

They will also have the chance to explore the Museum's displays, which feature the railway in Beccles, including photos, maps and documents, and old oil lamps, enamel signs, and timetables.

Other attractions include a bed from the Shipmeadow workhouse, a poacher's leg caught in a mantrap, items from a Victorian washday, and an old printing press from William Clowes. There is a complete set of teeth made from sugar, and Charles Darwin's signature.

The event takes place between 10.30am and 12.30pm and is free. Everything will be inside and under cover.

Half term week will also give the chance to see the Henstead and Hulver exhibition, which gives a flavour of what it was like in the villages over the years.

One part of the display features the Land Army girls who played such a vital role in the Second World War.

The museum closes for the 2009 season on Sunday, November 1, and there will be a small ceremony to mark the occasion.

The closing day will mark the end of another chapter in the museum's history, as curator John Brodribb hands over the reins to Pam Finch.

“I've enjoyed my time at Beccles and District Museum enormously,” said Mr Brodribb. “And I've had a great team of people to help. They have made it into a great attraction of which the town can be proud. I'm absolutely certain that Pam Finch will take it on to greater heights.”

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