Last week a lady and her husband visited us, all the way from Australia. That in itself is exciting! But then she told us that her Grandfather was in one of our football team photographs. We had a good chat, and exchanged details about the individual and other men in the photographs. I was able to add some extra information to our, unfortunately, rather limited records of ex-workers. I am hopeful that we’ll be in contact again, by email, and that her knowledge of family history will help with a World War One research project that we have in the pipeline. Piecing together the story of the Brickworks and the lives of the many workers and their families is one of the most enjoyable parts of working at the museum. If you recognise anyone in our historic photographs, or have information on a person who once worked here please do get in touch. We would love to add your stories to our archive.
Throughout the summer we have hosted Wonderful Wednesday activities for families. Playing to our strengths of STEM learning, art, clay and of course bricks; we have covered topics from adopt a brick, to terrific tiles, to making mosaic coasters.
One of our favourite, and most popular, sessions was our slime workshop. The brickmakers had to get the perfect mix of sand, water and clay to make the 20 million bricks a year produced at this site. We challenged our young visitors to get the perfect mix of PVA glue, borax and food dye to make good quality slime…and they smashed it! The education room is still, six weeks on, covered in glitter.
We also took advantage of the nice weather and challenged our young engineers to make paper boats capable of holding bricks, and set the chocolate brick challenge in which our amazing architects had to design packaging that was splash-proof, drop-proof and crush-proof. Every package was tested by being thrown off of the roof, into a pool of water, and then crushed… with a brick! We’re pleased to say that every chocolate brick survived the trials, though none of them survived being eaten by our participants!
We continue to strive to engage family audiences with varied and innovative activities. If you don’t already, please follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all of our events.
Gemma Ingason; Education Officer