‘Dartmoor Rocks’ at museum

Wednesday 16th April 2008 10:00 pm

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AN exciting and innovative exhibition, dealing with the unique history of Dartmoor, opened its doors in Okehampton this weekend. 'Dartmoor Rocks' is the latest exhibition at the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton and has been put together in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. The exhibition is packed full of information, including how Dartmoor was formed 280 million years ago from molten magma. Museum curator Maurie Webber said: 'I hope it will give children a greater understanding of Dartmoor, how it all formed and how it happened, as well as helping them to learn and have fun. 'It's important for the museum to be in these kinds of partnerships with the Royal Albert Museum, Dartmoor National Park and renaissance South West. It is a one off opportunity and unique for the museum.' Running alongside the Dartmoor Rocks exhibition is the stunning 'Source and Inspiration,' a series of collaborative installations from artists that have been sourced on Dartmoor. The exhibition opened on Saturday April 5. To celebrate the exhibition's opening there was a free family fun day running at the museum. The day was open to all families and children were encouraged to come along in fancy dress with a 'rock' theme. The day included children helping artist Darrell Wakelam make a giant dragonfly sculpture, giant eggs and ended with a parade around Okehampton. The next workshop will be on Wednesday April 16 with another free family fun day where children will be able to make their own volcanoes then watch them erupt. The sessions will run from 11am to 1pm and 2pm until 4pm. Advanced booking is recommended and the museum can be contacted on 01837 52295. Special thanks are extended to Cornelia Murmela for putting together Source and Inspiration, Carol Love for workshop co-ordination and Mary Godwin at the Royal Albert Museum.