1. A short animation made by KS3 students at Coomeshead College, Devon. Based on screens donated to Newton Abbot Museum, the students have animated their own screens from symbols they have designed to express elements of themselves.
    For more information on the project visit: heart-of-oak.info/
    Thanks to Lucy Richards for help during the sessions.

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  2. Made with 11 participants in two hours, as part of the Heart Of Oak project, with Newton Abbott Museum. heart-of-oak.info
    The workshop was to make something creative as a response to carved wooden screens that could date back as far as 1534. The participants were mixed in age and ability. Made in conjunction with the Moveable Feast Workshop Company.

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  3. Hugh Harrison and the conservation team unpack the Sandford Orleigh screen from storage and set about the delicate work of conserving and preserving this 16th century artifact. The conservators will be working throughout the year on the screen to restore it to its former glory with the aim of returning it to Newton Abbot - the first time it will have been seen in public for over 150 years.

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  4. Artist Doug-King Smith and his mentee Oscar Holland worked with people at the base of the clock tower in Newton Abbot during market day. Lots of people, both local residents and visitors to Newton Abbot came to see what was going on and to turn their hand to carving themselves. People guided by Doug and Oscar carved oak leaves and acorns onto oak panels and got a sense of what might have been involved in the carving of the original screen! The panels will be added to by two groups in Newton Abbot in 2012 - parents and children at Decoy Primary School and parents and children from the local Woodcraft Folk Group.

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  5. Artists Tony Gee and Anna Cantoni worked with staff and children at Bearnes primary school across two days. The children learned about the Sandford Orleigh screen and worked to imagine the stories of the wood carvers, how they found the wood to work with and what was meant by the images that they carved into the wood 500 years ago! The children made beautiful puppets, giant story books, and magical poems to tell their story and to share with others in the school.

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Heart of Oak

Kate Green

Newton Abbot Museum is hosting an amazing year-long project in the town. A rare, renaissance, 16th century screen is the focal point of the project with a major conservation project and accompanying arts workshops bringing local people in touch with their…


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Newton Abbot Museum is hosting an amazing year-long project in the town. A rare, renaissance, 16th century screen is the focal point of the project with a major conservation project and accompanying arts workshops bringing local people in touch with their heritage.

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