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The Abbey from the North Green

Our “Arty Abbey” session invited families to explore the Abbey building using art techniques.

Sketching shapes and patterns was encouraged through games and challenges before families were invited to paint images of the Abbey or their favourite sections and patterns.

All families throughout the day were invited to contribute to a final montage of the Abbey’s West Front to encourage thinking about scale.

    Families started with sketching to encourage close looking

    Families started with sketching to encourage close looking

    Adults and children working together to create their masterpiece

    Adults and children working together to create their masterpiece

    Families contributed sections of an Abbey montage image

    Families contributed sections of an Abbey montage image

    Families painted and enjoyed the sun

    Families painted and enjoyed the sun

    This activity encouraged children to think big

    This activity encouraged children to think big

    The final image of the Abbey's West Front

    The final image of the Abbey's West Front

The biggest challenge we face is maintaining such a large physical collection of material within a historic building – believe it or not, there’s just not enough space for it all.

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Matthew - Keeper of the Muniments

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