River exhibition to make a splash in Warwick - The Leamington Observer

River exhibition to make a splash in Warwick

A NEW river exhibition has launched in Warwick in time for Easter.

Displays across the entire ground floor of the Market Hall Museum explore the unexpected and extraordinary stories of life on and in Warwickshire’s waterways.

The exhibition features River Monsters that lurk below the water and a look at people’s work and lives along the rivers and canals of Warwickshire from prehistoric times to now.

The displays explore Shakespeare’s link to the River Avon, including Royal Shakespeare Company costumes worn by Dame Judi Dench and David Tennant. Items from the Warwickshire collections are also on display showing river wildlife and fossils from Warwickshire’s ancient riverbeds.

Sara Wear, curator of Human History, said: ‘We hope our Tales from the Riverbank exhibition gives visitors a flavour of the history, sights and sounds of the waterways of Warwickshire. We have drawn from all parts of the museum and Record Office collections, as well as some amazing costumes from the Royal Shakespeare Company.”

And a series of family and adult events are planned to run alongside the exhibition starting with a family event called Wild Rivers on Thursday April 3.

Families can explore the wildlife that call rivers their home, make a flying kingfisher, test their skills at building a beaver dam, and see up close exactly what lives in the water. Storyteller Pyn Stockman will also be running storytelling sessions.

To book tickets visit warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice

The exhibition is sponsored by Warwick Boats and the Leam Boat Centre.

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