Hello, Elisha here!
Now that our Vintage in the Park event is finally over, it is of course time to update everyone on how the day went. In case people don’t know the full programme, we had two performances by the amazing Fox Wiggle and Sass on the stage, as well as vintage style stalls from Revolver Retro, Cogs and Gems, Zena Crafts and The Vintage Pattern Shop. There was also a raffle with fantastic prizes, including a custom made Fenwick style necklace and a large jam hamper from Wilkin & Sons Ltd. There was delicious cake and tea by Jacqueline’s Tea Room and hair and makeup from The Vanity Box Salon. Inside Hollytrees Museum we had a craft activity printing vintage-themed tea towels, object handling with items from the 1920s-50s, and a display case of accessories from the 1920s-60s.
As Scott previously mentioned, over 300 people visited Hollytrees Museum on the day. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t always play nice. Strong winds and the occasional, short downpour meant that the numbers sat on the lawn could have been higher (our picnic blankets had to be pegged into the ground to stop them blowing away – ah wonderful British weather). Despite this, the performances by Fox Wiggle and Sass saw lots of people gathered on the lawn and we even had some dancing! The sun also decided to be kind and pop out for a while.
Alex, Scott and I each had our own roles for the day. Alex was the Stage Manager, ensuring everything ran smoothly, as well as announcing the raffle and overseeing the object handling. Scott and I were Duty Officers, monitoring the lawn space and also doing some object handling.
It was a big team effort and we had help from different members of staff, as well as volunteers. Some of us dressed up for the vintage theme and I was lucky enough to get my hair done by the very talented Vanity Box Salon.
The object handling went very well, with around 180 people interacting with the collections. We tried to use items that showed how life developed and changed from the 1920s to 1950s. I asked visitors to guess what dates objects were from and the children guessed what they were used for (many were confused by the night dress, which was apparently ‘way too fancy’ to wear to bed).
The Vintage tea towel craft activity also proved a success, with a variety of visitors, both children and adults, making their own themed tea towel using lino print blocks. They decorated them with images of retro cameras, phones, kettles and other household appliances, and the finished products looked great.
Alex, Scott and I are very pleased with how our first big event went. Most visitors who responded to our surveys fed back that the elements they enjoyed the most were the music and the craft event. It was lovely to see the public smiling, enjoying the atmosphere and of course, the cake provided by Jacqueline’s Tearoom certainly sweetened the mood. Hopefully, Colchester Museums will be able to host more events like this (and fingers crossed, the weather will behave itself in future…)
A big thank you to everyone who braved the wind and rain and provided stalls for the event. Here’s some more photos from the day!
Till next time,