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Van brings past to life

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

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A TRAVELLING museum housed in a van is being used to bring the past to life in the Peak District for schoolchildren and community groups of all ages.

The History Van is the brainchild of Jenny Bland of Castleton, an experienced educator and a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce), who has previously worked in museums at Kelham Island and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.

Supported by the Peak District National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund, the History Van carries a collection of arteiacts including Billy cans and old parachutes, bobbins and spinning spindles, carpet beaters and dolly tubs. There is even a set of village stocks.

The van covers all periods from pre-historic cave-painting to surviving on rations during Second World War. Jenny uses historical events, traditions and bygone industries to create activities to suit audiences such as schools, Brownies, care homes, community groups and events.

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