Maidstone and The Weald MP Helen Grant recently paid a visit to Maidstone Museum meeting Lyn Palmer, Public Programming Manager for Maidstone Borough Council.
Mrs Grant came to view a special exhibition marking Black History Month at the long-standing Maidstone institution. 'Identity-Through the Lens' offers a selection of previously unseen, rare daguerreotypes from the 1850s. The artefacts on show feature the First Nation people of America and Hawaii.
Helen felt the display was a fitting tribute to Maidstone's own Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. In fact on Saturday 21st October, the museum hosted a special event for the local community where attendees heard first hand from curators. Maidstone Police also attended in order to promote the recruitment of BAME persons to their force.
Speaking about the instillation, Lyn Palmer said:
"We're delighted to welcome members of Maidstone's BAME community to the museum on Saturday for 'Identity', an event linked to our exhibition of rare old photographs of indigenous peoples. The curators spoke about the photos and the costumes within them and following this, BAME community members held a Q&A session about their identity, wearing their traditional dress."
Before departing the museum, Helen was offered the opportunity to have a sneak peak of the newly refurbished 'Ancient Lives' gallery which considers the everyday routine of Ancient Egyptians and Greeks through a series of themed displays and interactive stations.
The star of the gallery is Ta-Kush, an ancient Egyptian woman and Kent's only mummy. Ta-Kush has recently undergone new investigations which has provided the museum with greater information on who she was when she was alive.
"We truly have a wonderful resource on our doorsteps with the Maidstone Museum. It is not only a fount of knowledge for local people but it's also a very warm and inviting space. This would be a wonderful day out for families and the main museum is absolutely free of charge. I would therefore encourage anyone and everyone to pay a visit."
For more information on what's on at Maidstone Museum and visiting information, please visit their dedicated website here.
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