A fossil hunter’s diary 2

“May 21st. Things here at the camp go from strange to stranger. This morning over a sadly frugal breakfast I received a letter, enclosed in which was an old print on a crumpled piece of paper. Who would have sent me this and why? Once again it worried me to the extent that lunch did not tempt me and it was not until dinner that I felt able to eat once again. This trip will see me wasting away! We continued excavating a small area around yesterday’s find but all the while my mind was on this scrap of paper, no doubt it was my empty stomach causing my imagination to link it to the fossilised creature we were uncovering. I told myself sternly that of course there couldn’t be a connection, but all the same I wonder at the earlier fanciful depictions of prehistoric monsters like this and shiver with anticipation to see what creature we are now discovering!”


A Fossil Hunter’s diary

“May 20th. A bright, cold day. Awoke from vivid dreams of an ichthyosaur’s nose to find my toes being nibbled by a wild dog. Bother these field tents! They provide so little in the way of protection from the elements. However the morning soon improved with the discovery of a rather strange find. None of us here in the camp are sure what it could be, a strange creature certainly, a completely new specimen and thankfully almost completely undamaged and complete! What a find, I could hardly manage any lunch. Come dinner time it remained a mystery still, perhaps once we return home all will seem clearer. I attach below a photograph of a detail, what a marvellous thing!”


The Fossil Hunter’s Field Tent, 1-4th June, 10am-4pm, The Museum in the Park, Stroud

The Fossil Hunter’s Field Tent

So the Planning Office has been relocated, highlighters packed neatly away and the printer sent to be fixed. Periscope are now busy planning their next event at the Museum in the Park, Stroud; ‘The Fossil Hunter’s Field Tent’, 1st-4th June!

field tent

This event will be in conjunction with artist Adam White’s solo show at the Museum ‘Paleontology is a Dangerous Beast’.

More details coming soon!

Talk: An introduction to Periscope

You are invited to hear more about who Periscope are and what we do in our informal talk this Sunday 7th May, 2pm at Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud. We’ll be talking about previous projects, future plans, what makes our events so special and what the thinking is behind our ideas. Come and chat to us, ask us questions and find out more all with a cup of tea and piece of cake from the SVA café. The talk is part of the 2017 Open Studios programme so lots of lovely artists to meet at SVA too, make a day of it! Hope to see you there!

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A week to go until the Planning Office opens…

The Planniflyer frontng Office grand opening is less than a week away! Come and visit the Museum in the Park on the 10th-22nd April between 11am-4pm and you can contribute to our research at the Planning Office. Inspired by spring and all the changes it brings, we’re looking into building blocks, cells, plant growth, nest building and all things related to growth and patterns.

Come and try our fractal generator, work from prints or from observation, read up on fractals, honeycomb and how plants grow, and add to our research boards. Draw, make, read, play, add, change, alter and observe!

The Planning Office, 20th-22nd April, 11am-4pm, The Museum in the Park, Stroud. A free, drop-in creative event for all ages.