Students in Swaffham are being encouraged to take part in a new project to mark 800 years of the town’s market next year.
The Friends of the Swaffham Museum have this week launched their inaugural research awardfor young people to undertake original study on a specific theme.
The subject of the first award is “the market”, to coincide with the 800th anniversary of the first known written reference to a Swaffham market, when King John asked for it to be scrapped if it interfered with another market in 1215.
However, museum manager Sue Gattuso said the project did not have to be based around Swaffham’s market.
She said the project could be completed in a range of media, including photography, video, paintings or construction, as well as written work.
She added: “In these days of easy access to information from the web, we want to encourage students to link original sources and good research with their own ideas and creativity to discover facts and perceptions for themselves.”
The award is divided into three age groups: eight to 11, 12 to 15 and 16 to 18. Cash prizes will be given to the top three entrants in each category.
The competition closes on December 1, 2015. More information is available online at www.swaffhammuseum.co.uk or by phoning 01760 721230.