Using Collections to Write Poems: a Museum Staff Workshop by Helen Clare

On Monday the Visitor Team at Manchester Museum were involved in a poetry writing workshop led by Helen Clare, Manchester Museum’s Poet in Residence. Here is a post from the Learning Team about how they got on.

It’s National Poetry Day on Thursday 6th October, so how about having a look at some of Manchester Museum’s objects and getting inspired to write some poetry of your own!

Learning at Manchester Museum

Our Poet-in-Residence, Helen Clare, invited Museum staff to engage in a workshop to help them to create their own poem.  She shared with us the techniques she has used in creating her own poetry, which included the creation of ‘poemlets’ that we blogged about earlier this year. The activity also demonstrates that these techniques can be shared with visitors to facilitate using the collection as inspiration for creative writing.

helen-on-gallery Helen on Manchester Gallery sharing her poem writing techniques with staff

Using this poemlet technique as a starting point staff were asked to find 3 or 4 objects that inspired them on from our Manchester Gallery and then use a line from their resulting poemlets to develop a longer rhyming poem. In the spirit of sharing, here’s three of my poemlets and the resulting poem I developed using various lines from each.

Once upon a time in Manchester,
Sharp and clean but only…

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