SUNDAY 23rd FEBRUARY '20, 11:30-14:30
'Meet The Collection'
Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust presents a touring museum and archive pop-up programme appearing across the Royal Borough of Greenwich, showcasing the treasures and hidden gems of the borough.
Meet the Collection will take two portable, immersive, pop-up exhibitions – ‘I am a museum’ and ‘I am an archive’ - facilitated by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust staff and volunteers on a tour across the Royal Borough. Sharing local stories, through objects and artefacts from the diverse and extraordinary collections of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, this tour will see these pop-ups stop in a range of settings spread across Greenwich to meet local communities, including Severndroog Castle.
Encouraging conversations about local history and showcasing the shear breadth of the Royal Borough’s collections, each portable display of intriguing and curious artefacts, will be designed to entice adults and families to open doors and drawers revealing treasures inside, whether Anglo Saxon bangle, Roman pottery sherd, Georgian grocer’s token, wax seal or 1950s theatre programme. Manned by staff and volunteers, each pop-up will offer visitors the chance to handle real objects, to discover hidden stories; and to create their own response to what they see and hear, through spoken and written word, art and craft. Throughout the project, staff and volunteers will collect the public’s feedback through photography, postcard comments and film.
Meet the collection tour will culminate in a celebratory take-over day, ‘We are a Museum Collection & Archive!’, at the Trust’s Jacobean Mansion, Charlton House. This playful celebration will feature Greenwich residents’ personal responses to their encounter with the collection during its tour. These responses, in the form of art, craft, written and spoken word, will litter the building so that visitors can wander and explore each room to find words and images projected, film footage of the public talking about objects they’ve met; and the community’s art and craft displayed alongside the artefacts that inspired them. The day will feature star objects from the collection, with snapshot curator talks as well as adult and family art and craft activities.
Please note that due to the large number of spiral steps in the Castle, access for those with mobility issues will be difficult. Buggie parking will be available and all children must be accompanied by an adult, of course. There is limited free parking at the public car park, so we advise travelling by public transport.