The Museum of East Anglian Life is marking the 50th anniversary of the museum with a special exhibition which captures an intimate portrait of the museum as it is in 2017.
‘Snapshot: the Museum at 50’ is a photographic exhibition which tells the stories of over 100 people who currently volunteer and work at the museum. It gives a behind-the-scenes picture of how a 75-acre estate with 20 historic buildings and 40,000 objects is run – from animal care to steam engine maintenance, from fine art to planting a Victorian garden.
‘The museum is like a village’, says Museum Director, Jenny Cousins. ‘There are people from all kind of backgrounds who generously give their time to make the museum the special place it is. Visitors will be surprised at the stories some of them have.
We have a team of former nurses, police officers, agricultural workers and teachers, the sons and daughters of factory workers, publicans and bakers. All the elements that make up a community, make our community and we can share that through this very special exhibition.’