S. Anselm's Children recorded their song all about Cromford Mills here on 8th March. The weather was cold and grey, but the children sounded great. The culmination of their entry to the National Gallery's competition - why not come and see the exhibition here from 17th to 21st March.
S. Anselm’s children in years 3 to 6 have been taking part in the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ competition, throughout their Lent Term. The children have been studying the famous painting called ‘An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump’ by Joseph Wright of Derby, which he painted in 1768.
With this painting as their central stimulus, the children have explored different sections of the picture linked to all aspects of the curriculum – from creative writing to science and art – leading them to create imaginative and creative pieces of work.
Cromford Mill is a very apt venue for the exhibition. Its creator, and pioneer of the Industrial Revolution, Sir Richard Arkwright, belonged to a group called The Lunar Society of which his contemporary, Joseph Wright was also a member. The Lunar Society’s members met to discuss new ideas and drive change in the ‘Age of Enlightenment’.
As part of their work the children have written and recorded a song about Cromford Mills, which was filmed here on at the beginning of March. The project culminates in an exhibition to be held in The Gothic Warehouse in Cromford Mill and members of the public are invited to come and see their work throughout the weekend on Saturday 17th March to Wednesday 21st March (inclusive).