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Our work with Amy’s Care on the Cumbria Sky Map continued last week with an art session, see what they got up to on the new blog post.

Cumbria Sky Map

Last week was our second session with the Amy’s Care group at Tullie House, and our first artist session with Alex.


We were excited to see the Sky Map parasol, which is currently being painted lovely cloudy shades of blue by the other groups. Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished, and everyone’s artwork gets added!

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We also looked at the map, which the other groups have added to with things from their sessions. We’re hoping to see the Carlisle section later today.

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The Kendal group also sent us a lovely message from their session. It was great to hear how they’ve been getting on.

This week we were painting eagle eggs, based on what looking at the real ones last week.

Alex showed us how to make lovely speckles and textures with wax crayons and watercolours, and we were a very productive…

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The Cumbrian Sky Map Project arrives in Carlisle!

Eloise and Catherine have been working with Amy’s Care and our other CMC venues to bring the Cumbrian Sky Map project to life – read about it here

Cumbria Sky Map

‘Sun, sea and the sky; kites birds and clouds.’…as Helen said; ‘the clouds often come out in the Summer as well as in the Autumn! But the time has really flown by this week as the season changes. We certainly were talking about flight in our first session last week we had our very first session at Tullie House, working with the Amy’s Care Group.


We had a very creative afternoon, looking at some of our objects, including the beautiful Golden Eagle Eggs used by Artist Uta Kogelsberger for her project. We all thought they were quite big, and it was interesting to look at how different the two eggs were. One was white and the other was very speckled. Andy even thought that the egg looked a bit like Alastair!


‘Big, speckled, golden brown, they fly and hatch. Fluffy like a baby hamster!’- Jeanette


We also spent some time…

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Job well done!

Enjoying the special view of the exhibition.

Guest blogger Mary, Project Co-ordinator of Treasures of Cumbria, tells us about the latest exciting milestone from her Cumbria-wide projects.

On Friday 5 December volunteers travelled from as far as Barrow-in-Furness for a special view of the One day in Cumbria exhibition at Tullie House.
After enjoying scones, cake, tea and coffee, the volunteer researchers were thanked by Director Hilary Wade for the special contribution they made to the project. She acknowledged that without their skill and enthusiasm, the exhibition would not have been possible. Hilary also thanked Cumbria County Council archives and libraries and partner museums, Lakeland Arts, the Dock Museum, Penrith and Eden Museum, Beacon Museum and the Haig Pit Mining Museum for their support.
The group made their way up to the exhibition and admired the timeline and items from the collection. They filled out their own updates of what they’d done on 5 December 2014 for inclusion on the contemporary timeline.
Both the 1914 and 2014 timelines are now on show.
Project coordinators Mary Ann Lancaster and Stuart Appley said a few words in the exhibition, sharing what an enjoyable experience it had been to work with such talented participants.
There was also an opportunity to attend a first screening in the Lecture Theatre of Your Country Needs You, a film created for the project by Comely Media. This film responds to research into life in 1914, and follows one man in Dalton-in-Furness as he struggles to decide whether to enlist.
The event was a lot of fun, with many people enquiring when we’ll be getting started on A day in 1915!
There are only 4 days remaining of the exhibition, which now features both the 1914 and 2014 timelines. The project will be published online at this week.

One Day in Cumbria is ready to go

Guest blogger Helen tells you about this exciting take on the space.  If you keep reading to the bottom, there’s a way we can all get involved and make a bit of history:

One Day in Cumbria is the latest temporary exhibition to appear in the Shed at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle.  Installation started earlier this week, where project co-ordinator Mary Ferguson unpacked the new panels and timeline banner, and organised the space ready for the new displays.  

The One Day in Cumbria project marks the Centenary of the First World War.  It has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: then and now programme, and centres on research into daily life and industry in 1914.   People around Cumbria are invited to help make history on 5 December this year by sharing their updates about life on the same day in 2014, and the final results will be shown on an interactive timeline, at comparing and highlighting changes in the county 100 years apart.

The current exhibition at Tullie House forms just part of the One Day in Cumbria project, by displaying the research that the volunteers have been working on since October.  The Shed gallery space also provides a place for visitors to ask questions, find out more and to take part too.    
The One Day in Cumbria volunteer researchers have visited museums, libraries and archives across the county and discovered a wealth of information about life in the area that is now Cumbria.  From tales of fundraising in local schools to stories of Belgian refugees fleeing a devastated homeland to settle in temporary homes, the project highlights the way that local people supported the war effort, each other and those most in need in the early days of the war.
The First World War broke out in August 1914. By December that year, people at home were beginning to feel the effects of the war. But much of life continued as normal. No-one could predict, at this time, how long the war would last and how many lives it would claim.
Do we prepare for and celebrate Christmas in the same ways now as people did then? Is sport just as important or does it play an even bigger part in out lives? Do we still know our neighbours the way people did 100 years ago?  We’d like you to get involved in this exciting experiment.  Submit your story through the website or by using the #onedayincumbria hashtag on Facebook or Twitter.
The Exhibition runs from 25 November to 13 December 2014

On 11 December, the Consortium will publish two 24-hour timelines of life in Cumbria. One will chart life on 5 December 1914 and the other the same day, 100 years later. Help make history.
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