Make and Create
It’s not often that librarians get to work under canvas but this year the UL took part in the Cambridge University Museums Make and Create Tent on Parker’s Piece as part of The Big Weekend.
The tent included stalls run by nine museums and collections from across the city – each offering visitors the chance to take part in a craft activity and learn more about the Summer at the Museums programme for younger visitors.
Those who stopped by the University Library stall had the chance to make and decorate their own concertina book, carefully instructed by volunteers from the Conservation department and Reader Services Desk team. The design of the books was inspired by the fold-out full colour representation of the Duke of Wellington’s funeral procession, which is currently on display in the Milstein Exhibition Centre. Whilst the original measures more than 20 metres in length, those created in the tent were on a smaller scale – but much admired!
Over 500 people visited the Make and Create tent during the afternoon and 125 concertina books were created. All the volunteers enjoyed meeting the families and we hope lots of participants will be inspired to visit the Damned Serious Business exhibition over the summer holidays.