An exhibition featuring
traditional celebrations such as Whit Walks, Bun Day and coronations
has been unveiled in Bedworth.
Children from the town were
today learning about the history of Founder’s Day, when pupils from
five Bedworth churches are traditionally given a currant bun.
Photos of their experience
will be added to the exhibition at the Parsonage Project in All Saints
Square to bring the display right up to date.
Founder’s Day is held every
year to celebrate the contribution of the Nicholas Chamberlaine
charity, which still helps the schools.
Year Two pupils from Hob Lane
school have been learning about Nicholas Chamberlaine and his charity,
and visited a permanent display at the project which has a life-size
mannequin of him.
Local historian John Burton,
who showed them round, said:
“Children and grown-ups
alike are fascinated to find out that Nicholas Chamberlaine was a
real person and not just the name of Bedworth’s biggest school.”
The tradition of Founder’s
Day is being explored in a new exhibition called “Celebrations!”
which opens today.
Local newspaper archives have
been researched to find reports of coronations, carnivals and other
It beings with Bedworth’s
celebration of Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee in 1897 and has
photographs of the occasions right up to today’s festivities.
People are being encouraged to
bring in more souvenirs to add to the exhibition.
Organiser Lynda Carnes said:
“We have a few artefacts
such as posters, souvenir programmes and commemorative items, but we
hope people will bring in their own souvenirs and photographs to add
to the exhibition.
“We have a lockable
display case in which to display them.”
The Parsonage Project will be
open extra hours from 27 May to 4 June as part of Warwickshire Arts
and Heritage Week.
Regular opening times for the
Celebrations! exhibition, which runs until 6 August are 10.30am to 1pm
on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday.
These will be extended to 5pm
for the special week, and there will be free guided walks of the
Bedworth Society “Town Trail” leaving from the Parsonage at 2pm on
both the Saturdays in the week.
information from Lynda Carnes on 024 7649 1981 or John Burton 024 7661