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A Necklace of Stars exhibition is on the move again!

Following a successful two months at Derbyshire Record Office, the Necklace of Stars exhibition is on the move again. The next stop on the tour is Dronfield Hall Barn, where you can see the full exhibition from the afternoon of 26 June – 4 September.

We are especially pleased to be showcasing the Necklace of Stars lullabies at Dronfield Hall Barn, as they will be played out loud in the space.

The lullabies were written and composed by project artists Matt Hill (musician) and Philip Davenport (poet), and participants of the project, following hours of phone call conversations. Participants’ voices were recorded down the phone line, and included in the music. Matt and Philip have since taken time to reflect on this process, in a very moving and insightful essay.

You can read their reflections here

We would love for people to experience viewing the quilt and exhibition content whilst listening to these beautiful lullabies. If you visit the exhibition at Dronfield Hall Barn, please let us know what you think by contacting project coordinator Nicky Bellenger,

Following Dronfield Hall Barn, the exhibition will visit the following venues:

Melbourne Creative Gallery, 5 – 25 September (inclusive of Melbourne Festival, 16 & 17 September)

Level Centre, end of September (date tbc) – 5 January 2024

Thank you to all venues on the tour so far, for helping us to showcase this wonderful work, created throughout the pandemic by isolated older adults, with our project artists Matt Hill, Philip Davenport and Lois Blackburn.

A Necklace of Stars exhibition is on the move again!

Image credit: Chris Webb

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