Ferry Thorn is a public art project based in Creetown by The Stove Network- producing a sculptural piece for the town alongside community engagement events and projects.
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Monday, 25 March 2013
Week 1: Creetown Flags (Part 2)
Family Tree - Creetown
Museum - A building, place, or
institution devoted to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and
educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or
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
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
Family Tree – Creetown
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”.