Grant puts museum in the picture

Faye Claridge in action at Marton
Faye Claridge in action at Marton

A village museum has received lottery funding to help it make a photographic record of its work.

The Marton Museum of Country Bygones has received a Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage1 grant for its project, Children Then And Now: Marton Museum Reinterpreted by Artist Faye Claridge.

The £7,200 grant will be used to commission an artist to take photographs of village children with artefacts from the museum.

The artist, Faye Claridge, will be relating the museum’s collection of thousands of rural life objects to photographs taken by Sir Benjamin Stone, an eminent photographer active in Warwickshire and beyond for four decades from the 1870s.

Stone was well known for his photographs of English customs and Faye will recreate some of this work with children from Marton using clothes and objects from the museum. This will form the basis of an exhibition at the Library of Birmingham, where the Stone collections is house, next year.

The project will be publicly launched on September 13 at the Marton Rural Traditions Festival. This free day will include a photography exhibition, real ale, morris dancers, traditional games, cakes and of course the opportunity to look around the museum.

Museum spokesman David Fry said: “We’re very excited to be working with such an interesting artist on this project and the festival day is going to be a really fun way for hundreds of new people to see what Marton Museum of Country Bygones has to offer.”