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.