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January 2010 News Update

The New Year has brought with it some exciting news for the museum project. Although the tour has officially ended, the caravan has been invited to attend several upcoming events. While the search for the right location for the museum continues, a series of mini exhibitions are being planned which will deal with regional folklore and customs. For example, the exhibition that is mounted in Scotland could look at the Burry Man, the exhibition in Cornwall could examine the Padstow May Day celebrations and so on. The aim would be to give a flavour of the sort of material the museum would hope to present and to be able to look at things in more depth than was possible with the touring caravan.

The museum's director has been invited to curate an exhibition of artworks to coincide with this years Folkworks Hexham Gathering. The show will open on May 29th and will run until July 3rd. Nine artists have been invited and a full list will be posted here within the next few weeks. It promises to show an exciting mix of work ranging from sculpture, painting, stained glass and print making. The show's title pays homage to the 1973 Readers Digest book which was an early influence for Simon as well as several of the artists involved.