Easter is almost here, and with the school holidays starting next week we’re so excited to share our Easter activities with you, and share some Easter objects from the collection!
Chocolate Tin Crafts (and some tins from the collection!)
Join us from the 11th-15th of April for our Chocolate Tin Craft sessions, where you can make your own replica chocolate tin from World War 1! Chocolate tins have been sent to soldiers as presents during several conflicts throughout history. Rations were an important part of a soldier’s life during a conflict, and could be huge morale boosters. Chocolate and tobacco were sent in novelty tins to soldiers, often at Christmas, to keep spirits high and provide a quick energy boost!
We have several chocolate tins in our collection, including this gift tin from 1900 given to Private E W Norris of the Dorsetshire Regiment. This tin has Queen Victoria’s portrait on the lid, as it was her Christmas gift to the troops fighting in the Boer War.
This tin dates from 1914, and was given to Sergeant George Barford of the 2nd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment. This tin has the portrait of Princess Mary on the lid, just like the tins you can make at the Keep over the Easter break!
Easter Art-efact Trail
Our Easter Art-efact trail will also be running from the 11th-22nd of April!
Grab an Art-efact trail book from the front desk to help you find Easter eggs next to objects in the gallery. Draw your best picture of the object, and at the end of the trail, make a mini frame to mount your favourite drawing!
If you can find all of the eggs, enter your masterpiece drawing in to our prize draw to be in with a chance of winning a Keep Military Museum goodie bag and Easter Egg! Submitted entries will all be displayed on an online gallery on our website.
Easter Opening Hours
We will be closing on Easter Sunday, but we are open on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, and Easter Monday!
Keep an eye on our social media pages for more Easter objects from our collection and archive, and check out our What’s On page for more information about events and activities at the Keep over the Easter period!