Today (Monday 18 May) is International Museums Day, organised annually by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and East Riding Museums are marking the occasion, despite their facilities being closed at the moment.
Through to Sunday, 24 May, East Riding Museums will be celebrating Creativity and Wellbeing Week, an annual celebration of the health benefits of being creative.
East Riding Museums will be sharing information on some of their museum objects and encouraging people to get creative on the theme of 'Lost and Found'. This theme draws upon items from the museum collection that are made of valuable materials, which were probably lost by previous owners, and have been found by metal detectorists or members of the public before becoming part of the collection.
The campaign will also share information about the benefits of creativity for wellbeing, which is increasingly important in current times.
East Riding Museums are also encouraging people to stay well using the 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'. For more information, visit www.ActiveEastRiding.co.uk and follow the link to 'East Riding Museums - Ways to Wellbeing'.
In addition, Beverley Art Gallery is celebrating International Museums Day in two ways: today (Monday 18 May), the gallery will start tweeting from its brand new dedicated Twitter account @BevArtGallery, and will also be launching a new podcast 'It's in the BAG'.
The first series of podcasts will be devoted to the artists Fred and Mary Elwell, but the idea behind the podcasts is to introduce all the different artworks and artists from the gallery's collection, so there is a great variety of topics that listeners can look forward to. Each episode will be just a few minutes long, so that listeners can dive into the world of art for a while even during a very busy day.
The podcasts will be available on the new website, Active East Riding : https://www.activeeastriding.co.uk/#its-in-the-bag
as well as on the gallery's social media - @BevArtGallery, @HelenaCurator, and Facebook Helena Cox - Curator, and Instagram HelenaCoxCurator.
Curator Helena Cox said : "I am really thrilled to introduce our new Twitter account and to be launching the podcast series! It is really important to us at Beverley Art Gallery to make sure we reach out to our visitors even at this time of our temporary closure. We want to make sure we are contributing to the wellbeing of our community, and opening new social media channels is a way for us to be in touch with more of our visitors and followers.
"The podcast is a welcome alternative to guided tours and talks, which we normally hold in the gallery. I love the idea that although the building might be closed, you can now access all of our collection online, and from the comfort of your sofa you can have a listen to the podcast taking you on a journey of discovery through the gallery's repository of beauty!"
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