Last week, The Rifles Museum hosted our first in-person activities since the start of lockdown – over a year ago. How time flies! This Summer half term holiday, we were making wooden Riflemen dolls, which have proven a favourite in the past.
However, this holiday’s activities were a little different. Due to social distancing, it was not possible to do our usual Make and Take activities – making something on site and then taking it home. Instead, we decided to go for a Take and Make – taking activity packs to complete at home.
Each pack contained an unpainted wooden doll, instructions, a handout on the uniforms of The Rifles, some photos to copy and a collection of craft supplies. After gathering up all bits and pieces that go into a pack, I laid everything out in the Regimental Headquarters’ conference room and put them together.
The activity day was originally planned to be hosted in The Rifles Museum on Wednesday 2nd June (one of our ‘Wonderful Wednesdays’). However, as we had some packs left over, we decided to extend the fun for another, unplanned activity day on Thursday.
We saw many families over the course of the activity days. So good to see you all back in the Museum! Hopefully, your Riflemen dolls worked out well – we’d love to see them! Send pictures of your finished dolls to The Rifles Museum’s social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
Thank you to everyone that took an activity pack and donated so generously. Your support helps us to continue to host events in the Museum.
Looking forward to seeing you for more fun family activities this coming Summer Holiday!
James Fenton – The Rifles Museum’s Activities Officer