Creative families make models of city landmarks

One of the brilliant creations at Portsmouth Museum's Build your Own Portsmouth craft day

One of the brilliant creations at Portsmouth Museum's Build your Own Portsmouth craft day

Kate Tame and Cllr Roger Price next to the current First World War  plaque inside St Mary's Church in Portchester Castle. 

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FAMILIES recreated some of Portsmouth’s famous landmarks using just cardboard.

Spinnaker Tower, Clarence Pier and Gunwharf Quays were all made by artistic visitors to Portsmouth Museum’s Build Your Own Portsmouth craft day.

They took inspiration for the small scale models from late 19th century artist Edward King, who lived in the city during the Second World War and painted the aftermath of the Blitz.

Jenny Staff, the artist who oversaw the project, said she believes it is vital the museum offers creative workshops as children don’t get always get the opportunity in school to show off their artistic talents.

She said: ‘It’s all about getting involved and having a go.

‘The children used simple materials and applied them with simple techniques to build replicas of the city’s most noticeable landmarks.

‘Activities like this help them with problem-solving and keeping them focused on tasks.’

After they had finished producing their models the children were then asked to write on a blue plaque why they had chosen those specific buildings, and why they were important to them.

Lights were added to the models and they were placed on a map showing where they are located in the city.

All the children were allowed to take their work home.

Gloria Boardman took her grandson Jake to the event. She said: ‘It was a terrific idea and very hands-on.

‘It really helps the little ones with learning simple skills like using scissors.’

Tracy Teasdale is the museum’s education officer. She said: ‘We have lots of events like this at the museum to encourage people to get involved and show their creative side.

‘We’ve had parents, grandparents and children of five to 11 years old coming along from all over the city.

‘There has been some lovely teamwork with a great turn out.’

To find out about other events call (023) 9283 4779 or go to portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk

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