Lottery grant will help museum explore food and drink heritage - The Worcester Observer

Lottery grant will help museum explore food and drink heritage

Worcester Editorial 25th Jun, 2022   0

MUSEUM of Royal Worcester bosses are celebrating after they scooped a three-year National Lottery heritage grant.

The money will fund an exciting project to share Worcester porcelain’s food and drink related heritage through creative activities.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on taking their Pop-up Museum out into local communities with creative sessions, supported by volunteers.

The museum has recruited Kay Mullett and Emma Armstrong to work on the project as Community Outreach and Heritage Engagement Officers.

Kay is an artist herself and also teaches at Worcester Sixth Form College. Emma has previously worked for the National Trust locally as well as Severn Valley Railway.

In their new role, they will deliver creative and fun sessions over a number of weeks with youth clubs and adult groups at community centres across the city, run by Worcester Community Trust.

They will also be taking creative heritage activities into care homes run by Platform Housing. The award also means you will see the Pop-up Museum out-and-about joining in with city events, such as the Worcester Show.

Sophie Heath, museum director said: “The National Lottery Heritage Fund supported the Museum’s complete refurbishment which was finished in 2018. We are absolutely thrilled to announce this new award, which will allow us to share Worcester Porcelain’s food and drink heritage creatively, with people of all ages.

“We’re looking forward to going out into our local communities as well as supporting groups to visit us.

“Some of our creative sessions will explore Worcester porcelain materials, techniques and processes, such as painting a pot which is then glazed and fired, to casting ceramics by pouring liquid clay or slip into plaster moulds.

“The award means we can involve local artists as well as former-workers in sharing their skills and exchanging memories, experiences and factory stories and continue to inspire creativity,” she added.

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