Wednesday, 6 November 2013

SPOTLIGHT - Great Expectations at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum

If you're as interested in local history as I am, then you'll be pleased to know that one of our Fenland museums has been working in partnership with the Luxe Cinema on a new creative project and film that celebrate the fantastic collections at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.

The film, entitled Great Expectations, was created by the German media artist and film-maker Sabine Bürger, and gives viewers a chance to examine the permanent collection and peer behind the scenes at some of the seldom-seen aspects of this fantastic public space. 

As well as the the original manuscript of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the museum also holds a myriad of other historical treasures, and the film offers incredible glimpses into areas of the building not usually accessible to the public. Especially interesting is the footage of the beautiful nineteenth century library, and my favourite areas: basement storage room, filled with artefacts never normally seen by visitors to the museum!

It feels a bit like sneaking into the museum out of hours, but without all that illegal 'breaking and entering' stuff!

Great Expectations: A film about Wisbech and Fenland Museum will premier at the Luxe Cinema on Alexandra Road at 6pm on Tuesday 19th November. The film will be preceded by a short introduction from David Wright, curator of the museum, and after the screening, viewers will get the chance to chat with Sabine Bürger in a special question and Answer session, chaired by David Wright.

Tickets for this event are £3 each, and can be purchased directly from the Luxe Cinema.

And, if you're still unsure about whether you'd like to come along, here's a taster of the film itself: 

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