This year’s winners of Amersham Museum’s Jean Archer Award gathered for an awards ceremony at Amersham Museum on Sunday 11th September. Overall there were 13 winners between 5 and 11 years old and 10 children attended the museum on Heritage Day with their family to be presented with a prize and certificate for their hard work.
The competition was themed to tie in with the 25th anniversary of Amersham Museum being open to the public. Children were asked to create a model or piece of artwork, poem or piece of writing to reflect Amersham from earliest times to present day and beyond. All winners had visited the museum with either their school or family and undertaken their own research to complete their work.
Chairman, Gary Gotch was impressed with the standard of entries: “We were delighted to see such diverse and fun responses to the competition. Entries took 25 years as a theme and ranged from models of Amersham 2500 years ago with Iron Age round houses, through to Amersham 25 years ago with old fashioned mobile phones as well as a glimpse of what Amersham might be like 25 years in the future. A number of winners focused on their favourite building in the town and several pieces of beautifully written creative writing were exhibited, demonstrating exceptional creativity and historical accuracy. Jean Archer would have been impressed”
The competition was created in memory of Jean Archer. Jean Archer was well known as Amersham’s first female mayor and a keen local historian. She lived in the town all her life and wrote many books about its history and local people. She was also responsible for re-starting the town band and helped to found both the Amersham Society and the museum.
The winning entries were on show in the window display of the museum over the summer and had proved to be a real point of interest for passer-by on the High Street.