A moving and symbolic ‘Birds of Peace’ installation opens at Erewash Museum on 2 October – a poignant display that will see visitors able to create an Erewash Peace Dove as a mark of the borough’s remembrance for those who have lost their lives in war.
The dove will be in the museum’s War Gallery and visitors will be able to write their wishes and reflections for remembrance and peace – with the words becoming the bird’s feathers that help it take flight.
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Mary Hopkinson, will launch the Erewash Peace Dove at Erewash Museum on Monday 2 October at 11am. She will be joined by members of St John’s Church, Long Eaton and children from Ilkeston’s Chaucer Junior School. Artist Ann Levett who is making the peace dove will also be there.
The Dove will be in the gallery for nearly six weeks leading up to Remembrance Day on Sunday 12 November.
In addition, visitors can also make a Japanese origami paper crane to add to the museum’s ‘senbazuru’ – a display of 1,000 cranes – which will be created to make a peace wish for the world from Erewash.
Residents can make a crane in advance by the Birds of Peace article on ‘Latest News’ at www.erewashmuseum.co.uk - follow the link from ‘exhibitions’ to the ‘War Gallery’. Alternatively, origami instructions and paper to make the crane or write ‘feather’ messages for the Peace Dove will all be available at the museum.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“This will be a beautiful tribute and a very special way for Erewash to remember those we have lost in war. I’m sure it will capture the imagination of young and old and it will be wonderful to see this Bird of Peace develop over the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day.”
Everyone is welcome to take part when they visit the museum, or you can download our step by step guide to building an origami bird here. Group visits are welcome, but must be booked in advance to avoid overcrowding. Telephone 0115 907 1141.
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email email@example.com or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum. Follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum.