Welcome to our Victorian Travelling Museum

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J Vandegrift

Coming this August…

Welcome to the Victorian travelling museum, telling the story of the unique seaside history of the growth of Tendring resorts. The exhibition will be inside a beautifully decorated Victorian style side show wagon and will feature visual and audio displays, interactive props and activities, oral histories and individual displays for Walton, Clacton, Jaywick, Holland-on-Sea, Frinton and Harwich. All brought to life and animated by performers from the Grand Theatre of Lemmings as part of the Resorting to the Coast community project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Essex County Council.

The Lemmings and their talented team of artists, creatives and researchers have spent several months researching the seaside history of the coastal towns and tailored every day of the tour with stories specifically relating to each town they visit. This is a very special tour and has never been done before in Tendring.  Local volunteers have been trained in circus skills and will be taking part on various days so this is a real community event.

Tour highlights and special ‘extras’…

Walton Maritime Museum: To tie in with Walton’s wonderful Lenny Blease exhibition we will have a fabulous comedy magic show from Mark Mark Productions, two fabulous young magicians Luke Grint and Spike Lidington. alongside this we will have story tellers, stilt walkers and much more.

The Museum of Curiosities at Walton Millennium Square (old market place) on 30th August 10am to 4pm: The second visit of the Victorian travelling museum will take place on Market day.   The Walton Maritime Museum will be joining the troupe with a local heritage stall alongside the museum and a ‘Bucket and Spade’ train with more live entertainment and fun will bring families from Colchester to Walton at 9.54 am.

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