Monday, 25 March 2013

Week 1: Creetown Flags (Part 2)

Family Tree - Creetown Heritage Museum

Museum - A building, place, or institution devoted to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value.
Value - The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something: Principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life.

Generations of Creetonian families are represented on the walls of ‘Creetown Heritage Museum’. My tour through 150 years of village history - was courtesy of a guide (born and bred in Creetown) who was able to point out his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins in the photographs covering the museum walls. Other Creetonians would be able to do the same.

Museums represent our collective history in the widest sense – so why do they often feel so impersonal?

By contrast, my visit to the Heritage Museum felt like being shown an extended family album. With the values of ‘kinship’ and ‘community’ placed centre stage – it celebrates generations of families and neighbours who have shaped and been shaped by Creetown.

Manned by volunteers, many of whom are self-confessed ‘newcomers’ to the village – they regularly assist people from all over the world in search of their Creetonian ancestors.

Family Tree – Creetown Primary School

The Ferrythorn. A Hawthorn tree, said to be as old as the village – an important Creetown landmark – former meeting place for local residents and waiting area for ferry travellers crossing the Cree.

Pupils at Creetown primary are growing their own 'Ferrythorn' trees at the moment. I've been hearing about their greenhouse – where they grow as well as sell their own vegetables. About their health food group and how they make food from the produce they grow. Their head-teacher, describes a school that is proud of its relationship with the local community – how Creetown residents regularly involve themselves in the life of the school and pupils are involved in activities that benefit their wider community. 

“The pupils work hard and they enjoy helping others - TEAMWORK is at the heart of what we do here”.

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