Barrow’s Famous Moose to Make Special Appearance in Duke Street Exhibit

Barrow’s iconic moose head is set to make a return from the vaults for a special exhibition celebrating the historic sights and sounds of Duke Street. The artifact was previously displayed at Barrow Museum’s former location above the town’s library, and will be on display for one week at Duke Street starting from March 27 to April 1.

The multimedia exhibition, titled Re: Discover Barrow, is inspired by conversations with Barrovians about their memories of the old museum, Pass’s Department Store, and The Public Hall. Visitors will be transported through time with green screen technology, taking them back to historic photos of Duke Street from the Sankey and Francis Frith collections.

Andrew Deakin, of Barrow sound art organization Full of Noises, said the aim of the exhibition is to recapture the random and quirky atmosphere of the old museum and spark conversations about what a museum should be. The exhibition features 20 museum loans, including a Penny Farthing, alongside installations inspired by Pass’s Department Store, which traded on Duke Street until 1962.

The exhibition also features Margaret Hetherington School of Dancing, where artist John Hall captured the stories of former Barrow Mayor Pat Jones, who met her husband on the Public Hall dance floor. Memories of dances at the Public Hall will feature with scented smoke and ambient sounds, plus silent video and animation.

Chris Dennett of Artfly, whose screen has recently been helping put people into the watercolours of Minnie Pratt at The Dock Museum, said it’s fun to see yourself in sepia and walk with the people on the street, including some very naughty-looking lads in caps.

Charlotte Hawley, The Dock Museum’s Collections and Exhibitions Manager, said she is excited to see the moose head on display and hear people’s memories of it. The exhibition promises to be a nostalgic and interactive experience for visitors of all ages.

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