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Full Steam Ahead for a Crafty Weekend

Preparations are well under way for the 9th Museum of East Anglian Life Steam and Crafts Weekend to be held on the 8th and 9th August 2015.

Steam-&-craft-2014_4191-(4)Visitors will be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the machines of yesteryear, as well as a range of crafts and skills, many of which are experiencing a revival at the present time. We are pleased to welcome the Kinetic Science Foundation who will be running Mini Experiments with steam and bubbles, whilst our Steam and Grease volunteers will be offering “Drive a Tractor for £10”. The Museum’s 75 acre site will be buzzing with working machinery, demonstrations and plenty of live action, as well as all the usual displays, exhibits, historic buildings and our latest temporary exhibition, Edgelands – Photography by Tom Owens, ARPS.

Lisa Harris, Curator at the Museum says: “Passing on the knowledge and experience of those who have worked with machines and equipment in the past is vital if we don’t want it to be lost. With just over a week to go until the event, plans and preparations are taking shape and excitement is growing”.

During the weekend, the Museum will also host its 13th Steam Engine Driver Training Event. This special opportunity teaches students the basics of engine ownership, maintenance and use, whilst encouraging them to work alongside experienced local steam engine owners.
Visitors will be able to Natter with Nettie our resident researcher, print their own traditional poster to take home, take photos to enter in our My Museum photographic competition as well as checking out the range of attractions that the Museum offers.

The Museum of East Anglian Life is open until the end of October, Tuesday–Saturday 10:00–16:30, Sunday 11:00–16:30, with Abbot’s Hall open throughout the winter too.

For more details contact the Museum on 01449 612229 or check out our website on www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

Ipswich24 readers can get a free child entry to the Museum this summer when they buy their entry online, simply add the discount code CHILDFREE24
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