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Secret Stories from the Museum

Posted on 20 Nov 2013
A new Wimborne-based cultural project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will bring together two local theatre companies, State of Play and Persuasion Arts, in partnership with the museum, early in the New Year.

'Secret Stories from the Museum' offers disabled people over 18 the chance to join a series of creative drama workshops at the museum, guided by disabled and non-disabled theatre professionals.

"Participants will have the chance to explore some of the fascinating objects in the museum’s collection" promised Tam Gilbert, of Persuasion Arts "and create new stories about them through drama, mime, movement and music."

Tony Horitz, Director of State of Play, explained that this was only the beginning of the project: "We’ll then use the stories people have created as part of a new show celebrating the lives of disabled people in East Dorset", adding that "The performances will be at the Priest's House Museum’s Open Learning Centre later in 2014."

As well as making the show, the organizers plan to document the creative process in a blog and to create a book and/or DVD to be housed at the museum for the future, as a legacy of the project, helping to make Dorset a more inclusive place to live.

Emma Ayling, Curator at the museum said: "This project is a wonderful opportunity to involve groups in the local community, who have previously found it difficult to make use of the museum, collecting their stories and helping them to access and benefit from the collections that the museum holds."

The drama workshop dates are Saturdays 4, 11 and 18 January 2014, from 10am to 12pm. Places are limited and must be booked by the 9 December. For further information or to book a place please email Persuasion Arts at info@persuasionarts.co.uk or call on 07968 583401.