Town’s past to come to life

Hidden histories and tales of Daventry’s past will be brought to life through a new project run by the town’s museum and youth centre.

Organisers are calling on the public to get involved with a unique project that will see the town’s history taken out of the museum and into the streets at special pop-up events.

Young curators from the town are gathering people’s stories and memories for inclusion in the permanent displays at Daventry Town Council Museum.

Artists from Glassball have been working with a group from the Phoenix Youth Centre to develop their skills in photography, video and web design, so they can collate the tales, momentos and other parts of Daventry’s past.

They have also been working with Daventry Photographic Society to learn the art of portrait photography to help create a Wall of Faces which will feature in the refurbished museum.

Cora Glasser, lead artist at Glassball said: “The young people are really looking forward to hearing stories related to Daventry’s past and using their new skills to curate the gathered material into the museum’s new displays. They are all very proud to be taking part in recording Daventry’s unique heritage for future generations to discover and learn from.”

If you have a story to tell, or want to be part of the Wall of Faces then an empty shop in Daventry’s High Street (formerly Cartridge World) is being converted into a temporary photographic studio with artefacts and photographs from the museum on display.

The mini-studio will be open this Saturday (February 

16) and then on March 2 and 16, with more dates to be announced. There will be tea and a free portrait for those who exchange their memories.

The project aims to produce artwork in public spaces, audio posts in sites around the town, a QR code-triggered treasure hunt, graphic displays and audio and video content for the museum.

Cllr Lynne Taylor said: “We’re really excited to be giving the next generation a chance to present their town through this project. They’re so creative and have a real passion for where they live. I can’t wait to see what stories they discover and how they bring them into the new museum.”