Three girls at a table drawing and colouring in Three girls at a table drawing and colouring in
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A young girl standing in front of a display case of ancient objects. She's looking at a piece of paper with a treasure hunt on it A young girl standing in front of a display case of ancient objects. She's looking at a piece of paper with a treasure hunt on it
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A man holding a baby and four young girls looking at an Egyptian sculpture of a cow A man holding a baby and four young girls looking at an Egyptian sculpture of a cow
Two boys and a girl standing in front of an ancient Egyptian mummy in a case. They're looking at a mural on the wall behind it. Two boys and a girl standing in front of an ancient Egyptian mummy in a case. They're looking at a mural on the wall behind it.
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The museum curator is showing small, Egyptian objects to some children The museum curator is showing small, Egyptian objects to some children
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Looking down at some ancient Egyptian objects on a table. Two hands are in view, holding a couple of the objects Looking down at some ancient Egyptian objects on a table. Two hands are in view, holding a couple of the objects
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Looking down at a girl sitting at a table holding a small, alabaster cosmetics jar from ancient Egypt Looking down at a girl sitting at a table holding a small, alabaster cosmetics jar from ancient Egypt
Two young girls at a table looking at an ancient Egyptian cosmetics jar Two young girls at a table looking at an ancient Egyptian cosmetics jar
The museum curator is showing small, Egyptian objects to some children The museum curator is showing small, Egyptian objects to some children
The museum curator holding out an ancient Egyptian necklace The museum curator holding out an ancient Egyptian necklace
Two young girls sitting at a table, holding a small, ancient Egyptian statue Two young girls sitting at a table, holding a small, ancient Egyptian statue
A young girl sitting at a table looking at a small, paper label A young girl sitting at a table looking at a small, paper label

 

Comedian W.C. Fields once, famously, said “never work with animals or children”, because of their unpredictability. Having spent an afternoon photographing children in the Garstang Museum, I would have to disagree.

Museum curator Dr Gina Criscenzo Laycock asked me to help her get some photos of children in the museum for her to use for promotional purposes. So, I gathered together a gaggle and brought them up to the museum for a session.

Gina had printed out some colouring-in and a museum treasure hunt for the children to do. They dove straight in, colouring and drawing until we handed out the treasure hunt quizzes, which they loved. They spent quite some time exploring the museum, finding the objects in the quiz; the younger ones just ticking off objects when they found them, the older ones answering the accompanying questions also.

When we’d finished with the treasure hunt, and after a quick lunch break, Gina took object-handling sessions with the children. She’d chosen a few objects that were sturdy and capable of being handled by children. They were just fascinated! The older children had already learnt about ancient Egypt at school, but even the younger ones who weren’t so familiar with the culture were entranced.

We had such a fun afternoon. Gina organised some great activities, and the children were just brilliant. They were fun, enthusiastic and involved, but also respectful and helpful. I’d work with them any day.

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