On the spot
The museum is a hugely valuable resource for us. My pupils have done the sculpture trail and the walled garden workshop, and we haven't scratched the surface of what's on offer.
Today's quills and thrills workshop fits in nicely with work we're doing in class. We've been discussing Celtic art and the monks of Lindisfarne, and this raised the subject of illuminated lettering. I wanted the children to find out what a skilled and painstaking process it is. What better way than to try it themselves?
Back at school, we used computer software to draw illuminated letters. The results were very striking. Today we've done it the traditional way. I've been impressed by the children's level of concentration, and by the quality of the work they've produced. They've had a fabulous time.
I had a go at writing with a quill pen myself. It's really difficult. I got blobs of ink everywhere. For the monks, the creation of a beautiful manuscript was an act of worship, and that comes over in the quality of their work.