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Mind the Gap Exhibition at Moyse's Hall Museum

 Mind the Gap: Celebrating the Hidden Histories of Women, Families and Rail.

Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery Trust Ltd trading as Smiths Row has just received a National Lottery grant of £34,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a series of exhibitions and events in Bury St Edmunds called Mind the Gap.  Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project celebrates the hidden histories of the women, men and families whose lives were shaped by the railway in Bury St Edmunds through a series of events and two exhibitions. The exhibition at Moyses Hall opens on 15th December and run until the end of 24th February 2018.  

The exhibition at Moyse’s Hall Museum will include original posters, artwork and historic railway artefacts, many on public display for the first time. At Bury St Edmunds Railway station illustrated panels will reveal the hidden lives and memories of passengers and workers forged at the station in particular the women who worked in the refreshment and waiting rooms and the artists whose designs epitomise the Golden Age of rail travel. This is exemplified by the life and work of the renowned railway poster designer, Sybil Andrews (1898-1992). 

The 25th anniversary of her death, there is growing interest in her life and art, particularly since the Sybil Andrews Academy opened last January.  It is all the more timely to uncover these histories as this country celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018.

Bury St Edmunds Station Supporters Group and Greater Anglia are kindly giving in-kind support to the project and are keen to involve the wider community in Bury St Edmunds in the project so if you have stories and artefacts related to the station or Sybil Andrews they would be very interested in hearing from you. Please contact Alison Plumridge on 07505746477 or email: Alison.plumridge@smithsrow.org

The exhibition has been conceived and curated by Smiths Row and has been generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cllr Julia Wakelam of St Edmundsbury Borough Council with support from Greater Anglia, Moyse’s Hall Museum and Sybil Andrews Academy.