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MNH Christmas Workshops for School Children at Cregneash! 31 December 2008

The National Folk Museum at Cregneash was a hive of activity from 8th to 12th December when over 250 school children celebrated traditional Manx Christmas customs!School children making Wren biscuits.

Primary school children from Ballasalla, Manor Park, Victoria Road, Scoill Phurt le Moirrey, Murray’s Road, Ballacottier, St. John’s and Marown all participated in activities including singing and dancing, sewing festive tree decorations and biscuit decoration.

John (Dog) Callister demonstrated how to make a wren pole to accompany the ‘Hunt the Wren’ dance, which the children expertly performed following the workshop. They also sewed Christmas tree decorations, which were prepared by the Friends of Manx National Heritage, and decorated their own individual Wren biscuit gift; a contemporary School children making Christmas tree decorations.adaptation of the traditional custom!

Rachel Ashley, Deputy Headteacher at Victoria Road School said:

“All the children were very enthusiastic about the workshop and I liked the fact that we had things, like the wren pole, to bring back to school. It was good because we could then carry on with the dance and the song and really consolidate the pupils’ understanding”.

Anthea Young, Education Services Officer for MNH commented:

“I would like to thank the Friends of Manx National Heritage, MNH site staff at Cregneash, John (Dog) Callister and Sue Quilliam for their fantastic work in supporting the educational workshops.”

School children with their Christmas tree decorations.Manx National Heritage runs educational workshops throughout the year at various heritage sites, including the Manx Museum, House of Manannan and Castle Rushen. As well as school workshops, MNH Education Services also offer workshops for children during the half term holidays.

Next half term there will be a ‘Victorian Papercraft Workshop’ for children at The House of Manannan. Children from 5 to 15 years old will be able to learn the skills of Victorian paper collage in making picture frames and bookmarks. Workshops will run from Monday 23rd February to Friday 27th February inclusive at 10.30am and 1.30pm daily. Workshops last 1 ½ hours and spaces can be reserved by telephoning 01624 648000.

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