Over the last few days, the Museum Collections team has been getting into the Christmas spirit and hosted a special party as a big thank you to all our volunteers! Like most museums, we are greatly assisted by a dedicated team of volunteers and we wanted to do something really special to recognise their important contribution to the work of the Museum Collections Unit. The learning loft in MUSA was transformed into a Christmas grotto with lots of mince pies, nibbles and festive tunes!
We had a great afternoon doing some fun craft activities. Alison Hadfield, Learning and Access Curator, gave a demonstration on how to weave fantastic Christmas paper decorations. You can see a photo of some of us having a go in the picture below!
Helen, Emma Jane and Mary making Alison’s woven Christmas decorations!
We also had a lot of fun attempting to make a gingerbread house in the style of MUSA!!
To make a gingerbread MUSA, we baked sheets of gingerbread to make supporting walls and roof panels. Icing sugar was used to cement the walls together. We decorated the museum with lots of chocolate and sweets. If you look closely you can see that we crafted the 3 University maces out of jelly tots!
The decorating team (Meg, Amy and Kristina)! It was very hard work so we ate lots of sweets to keep us going.
Before the installation of the roof! We contacted some structural engineers and they advised us to use a chocolate flake as a supporting beam 😉
Here are some photos of the finished product! If you would like to see more photos go to our Flickr page:
Now we just have to eat it all!! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!