In the past, museums would invite honorary curators to select artefacts for exhibitions and displays. Warrington Museum & Art Gallery has revived this custom and selected a group of nine honorary curators to help in the refurbishment of Gallery 7, known to many as ‘the bird room’ From 2013-2014 they were given unprecedented access to the ‘behind the scenes’ areas of the museum. As a result they have learned much about how their local museum works. They have all come up with projects that show the rich potential of the museum’s collections to tell stories and make people think.
The results of their hard work are on display in The Cabinet of Curiosities gallery at the museum and also on this website. The project represents nine people’s voices and shows us their interests, enthusiasms and determination to say something different about their museum. The gallery is a space to celebrate the richness of the Museum’s collections through changing displays. It will encourage visitors to think about Warrington, its people and how they are connected to their museum.