Come to the Museum and follow the trail around the site and read each poem displayed in its respective building. You can then vote for your three favourite poems and even contribute a line of your own poetry about the Museum which may be included in a crowd sourced poem.

In connection with Avoncroft Museum, Maggie Doyle will be conducting poetry workshops in schools around the West Midlands. Maggie said, “Worcestershire Stanza is really pleased that Avoncroft Museum has given us this public platform to display our poetry. I am very supportive of their initiative to encourage children to write their own poetry inspired by the Museum. She added, “Children don’t actually realise, that they have already encountered and enjoyed poetry, by singing nursery rhymes or by listening to rap music. They may have enjoyed reading rhyming books such as ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson who incidentally, is the current Children’s Laureate.”

One of the schools participating in Maggie’s workshop is Inkberrow First School in Worcestershire. The school recently visited the Museum to learn all about ‘Brick Making’ and ‘Homes through the Ages’, so they will combine this knowledge to produce their own poems about Avoncroft Museum. “We are very proud that Maggie Doyle has agreed to support us with encouraging schools to produce poetry about the Museum,” commented Tracey Ayre, our Learning and Events Officer.

Maggie will judge the best poems from each school which will then be displayed at the Museum. These poems, along with those from the Poetry Trail, will be published into a booklet to commemorate the Museum’s golden jubilee. Signed copies of the booklet (by Maggie Doyle) will be on sale in the Museum shop in time for those wanting to buy it as a  stocking filler for Christmas. You can follow the poetry trail throughout October up until January 2013.

Maggie Doyle of Worcestershire Stanza