Natural history on show at Great Cressingham Victorian School

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Great Cressingham will see a remarkable collection of natural history on show at Sally North’s award-winning Victorian School from next Friday to celebrate her 20th anniversary.

The collector is celebrating 20 years at her Victorian School, for which she has won two National Awards for excellence in heritage education, with a special exhibition called Fish Fossils Fur and Fowl.

Sally’s incredible natural history collection is the focus of her exhibition and is now all the more relevant to modern schoolchildren with the revival of nature in the Forest School curriculum.

She also has a working electro-magneto machine to demonstrate Michael Faraday’s first principals of electricity and a Victorian working model of a steam engine.

Her collection of childhood – books, toys, clothes and samplers – is enhanced by its setting in the carefully restored Victorian schoolrooms lit only by oil lamp and heated by a Tortoise stove.

Over 20,000 schoolchildren have visited for free with their teachers since the school opend in 1993, and hundreds of others have attended the open days and exhibitions.

The exhibition opens next Friday and runs until Monday, March 3, open 11am to 4pm daily.

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On March 29, Great Cressingham Village Hall will also hold a day exhibition called Wander Down Memory Lane which will feature old photographs, maps and books about the village over the last 100 years.

Admission is free and there will be a raffle – guests are welcome to take along any photographs or memories of their own.