The school summer holidays are generally long, sunny days, exploring the natural world, bike rides, trips to the beach and the park but with the challenges of this year it has meant that many of us have not been able to get away this summer and have used up all our creative inspiration during lockdown.
The River & Rowing Museum has come up with a great creative community project that you can get involved in called Flag Up my Hero which is asking people to make flag using their FREE kit for your special hero.
Whether you work in an office, work from home or are a stay at home parent, it’s always handy to have practical ideas to do together as a family.
Helen Cook, Head of Education at the Museum explains “’Flag up my Hero’ is a celebration of Henley’s heroes and a way to open to up the communication with your family about how they have felt during lockdown. Who has inspired them, what helped them through the home schooling and missing out on after school clubs and seeing their friends. Whether you have a family or not, it’s also good to reflect on the last few months and say ‘thank you’ to whoever has helped you.”
Now you can create a flag to thank them.
The kits are mini time capsules, to help capture a moment in time and represent the positivity of 2020. It’s been quite a year and one we’ll all remember, whatever your age.
The flags will then be flown from the Museum in the autumn, playing on the nautical tradition of boats ‘dressed overall’ – when boats are decorated with flags and pennants for a special occasion. The flags will be displayed in the autumn in celebration of all that is Henley for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.
If you can, pre-register on the Museum’s website to ensure that your kit is waiting for you on arrival at the Museum but, if not, then simply pick up your free kit from the foyer in the Museum, which is now open 10am – 4pm, Thurs – Mon.
The story of Grace’s flag (above):
“I started my daughter Grace’s flag while she was revising for her final law exams. Since lockdown she and the rest of the university students dispersed and had their lectures on line. She worked incredibly hard and at one point she visited when I had cut out various shapes of fabric. It was relaxing for her to arrange them and to chat about the fabrics – reminders of our clothes and various braids – and I decided to dedicate the flag to her!” Camilla Shelley
For details on how to register for ‘Flag up my Hero’ and create a flag in celebration of your very own lockdown hero, go to: https://www.rrm.co.uk/about/community/flag-up-my-hero/
With special thanks to Lady Sew & Sew