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Saffron Walden Museum to create a portrait reflecting the lives of Uttlesford people

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Uttlesford residents are being offered the chance to feature in Saffron Walden Museum's next exhibition, From Death Masks to Diaries, when it opens in November.

The show aims to explore the many faces of portraiture, from stamps and coins, diaries and death masks to fingerprints and photographs.

As part of the exhibition, staff at the museum want to create a portrait of Uttlesford now, reflecting the rich and diverse lives of the people that call the district home.

Saffron Walden Museum (16957341)
Saffron Walden Museum (16957341)

The museum is looking for people who would like to help to create this portrait, through having a life cast made of their finger or a portrait photograph taken, combined with oral history recording.

Material generated by the process will be on display in the exhibition and will then become part of the museum's collections.

There is currently a small display at the museum which shows some of the life casts which have already been made and how they will be displayed in the final exhibition which opens on November 16.

Saffron Walden Museum (16957343)
Saffron Walden Museum (16957343)

Those interested in participating should come to a drop-in session at Saffron Walden Museum from 10.30am to noon on Thursday, October 3, or visit the museum team at the Saffron Walden market on Tuesday, October 8. Alternatively, contact Charlotte Pratt, learning outreach officer, to arrange an appointment – email cpratt@uttlesford.gov.uk or call 01799 510333.

More information can also be found on the museum website

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