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Create a Seaside Sally at Henry Blogg Museum

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Rebecca Fletcher
Exhibitions Assistant at RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer.

Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Rebecca Fletcher

The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer is holding two free drop-in creative sessions on Saturday 6 and Saturday 13 April. Children are encouraged to visit the museum on these days to make their own seaside favourite.

Seaside Sallys are often seen at seaside resorts and consist of decorated frames with peep-holes for the face. The museum has stockpiled a vast selection of beads, papers, fabrics and much more for children to design holiday-makers, pirates, mermaids and RNLI lifeboat men. These sessions will run between 10am and 4pm.
This crafty activity complements a current exhibition at the museum which looks at the history of souvenirs and considers what makes objects special to us. Keepsakes, Key Rings and Kiss Me Quick! : A History of Souvenirs aims to create a feeling of nostalgia by recalling holiday memories whilst also creating new ones.

The exhibition includes plenty of child friendly activities. These activities range from dressing up hats to a strong man Seaside Sally, a Punch and Judy theatre and visitors can again be artistic by designing a postcard.

Jacqui Palmer, Museum Manager said: ‘We look forward to welcoming children and their parents to these drop-in events and hope to see a range of exciting creations.’

Exhibitions Assistant Rebecca Fletcher said: ‘I hope to see lots of families taking part. I had a lot of fun making a mermaid Seaside Sally and I am certain others will too. It will be a great opportunity for lots of family photographs.’

Admission to the museum and drop-in sessions is free, but donations are always appreciated. Please remember that the museum is closed on Mondays. For further information visit www.rnli.org/henryblogg.



Notes to editors

Admission to the museum and drop-in sessions is free, but donations are always appreciated.
The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum is open:
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am - 5pm


RNLI media contacts

• Rebecca Fletcher, Exhibitions Assistant
01263 511294 / Rebecca_Fletcher@rnli.org.uk
• Jacqui Palmer, Museum Manager
01263 511294 / Jacqui_Palmer@rnli.org.uk
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk 
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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