COMMUNICATION EXHIBITION DRAWS TO CLOSE BUT STILL LOTS TO SEE AND DO AT MUSEUM

The current exhibition on Communication – It’s Not All About The Tablet at Crewkerne & District Museum ends on September 1st but there is still lots of other activities to take part in, before the last special exhibition of the year 1918 Remembered begins on September 8th. Crafts for children continue on Thursday August 16th from 1pm – 3 pm with the theme of barn making. For those who are interested in finding out about the history of local pubs, guided tours by a group of the museum’s younger volunteers takes place on Tuesday August 14th and 21st, meeting at the museum at 7 pm for a look around before embarking on the Historical Pub Crawl. Over 18’s only and tickets at £3 each available from the museum beforehand.

This year’s Art In The Museum, summer art exhibition begins on August 20th and runs until 31st, it is open to view on Mondays to Saturdays from 10am until 4pm with free entry. Entry to all museum visitors is also free every Friday in August, providing a great opportunity to see the current exhibition on communication before it closes. Exhibits and artifacts show how we communicate today through digital devices has changed dramatically over several hundred years. Visitors can discover the history of the postal service in Crewkerne from the 1600’s when it was customary for inn keepers to carry official letters for a minimum fee of 1d per mile. They had to provide horses and stabling and be ready to serve the Crown at all times.

In later years, telegrams took over as a quicker method of communication and telegraph boys were regularly seen on the town’s streets. The exhibition provides interesting facts about all the different ways of communicating, covering radio transmissions, telephones, postcards, typewriters, newspapers, flags, time capsules and 150 years of the railway in Crewkerne, from the time of steam engines to diesel trains. It also poses the question on graffiti, which although thought to be of modern times was used in a similar form by the people of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome as an effective way of communicating.

Historical guided walks around the town have proved popular. The next one takes place on September 13th at 10 am and includes a museum visit and coffee prior to the walk. Tickets cost £3 each. For more information on the activities and exhibitions at Crewkerne & District Museum, please call 01460 77079 or email crewkernemuseum@hotmail.co.uk

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