FENLANDER: Teenage detectives on the history trail with new Young Curators Forum

YOUNG people from Wisbech and March have come together to investigate how life has changed in the area since 1900.

A group of 13-19-year-olds has set up the Young Curators Forum and is embarking on an 18-month project financed by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

They are meeting at Wisbech Museum on Saturday from 10am-noon and are inviting others to join them to find out more about their work.

The project, which is being run by the arts organisation Atelier East, will see the group scouring parish records and historic documents, collecting photographs and interviewing elderly residents.

They will be trained in range of skills including photography, research methods and curatorship, and will gain a recognised arts award.

They aim to create two exhibitions – one for the museum and another travelling display to tour round the community – as well as a photographic record for the Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network.

The group is also planning a day trip to London to see various attractions.

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Brandon Mattless, lead young artist with Atelier East and a member of the Fenland Youth District Council, said: “We want to involve anyone who is keen on things like photography, painting or drawing and is interested in finding out more about our heritage.

“If you fancy joining us, come to our meeting tomorrow or e-mail us.”

• Anyone who can’t attend tomorrow’s meeting but would like more information on the project should contact Brandon Mattless or Karen Harvey at info@atelier-east.co.uk

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