Start your BookBench Trail at Bassetlaw Museum

Visitors to Bassetlaw Museum can now discover a trio of unique BookBench sculptures that are currently on display across the district as part of the North Notts Journeys trail.

The trail, organised in a collaboration between the North Notts BID and global creative producers Wild in Art, features 40 book benches created by local schools together with artists and businesses, with designs inspired by themes found within many books including journeys, adventure, freedom and pioneering spirit.

Bassetlaw Museum is currently exhibiting benches that have been designed by students at North Wheatley C of E Primary and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.

Sam Glasswell, Curator at Bassetlaw Museum said: “We are incredibly excited to be showcasing the creativity and talent of the students in our community by displaying these eye-catching sculptures at the Museum.”

“A number of the benches along the trail have illustrations and information relating to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower setting sail and it’s fantastic that people learning about the history and heritage of the area through these distinct benches.

“While you’re here you can also learn more about the Mayflower Pilgrims at our dedicated Pilgrims Gallery. We hope that visitors to the Museum enjoy taking a look at the sculptures we have on site and have fun exploring the district to find the rest of the BookBenches.”

Completing the trail gives people the opportunity to be active and spend time outdoors, whilst exploring areas of Bassetlaw that they may not have visited otherwise. The colourful benches can be found at museums, on the high streets, shopping centres, cultural hubs and libraries throughout the district.

The benches will be on display until 5 September 2021 before being returned to the schools that have played a key part in the project. 

More information on the trail and a virtual, downloadable map marking the locations of the BookBench sculptures can be found on the Physical copies of the map can be picked up from shops, Bassetlaw Museum and other cultural establishments in the region.

Those inspired by the BookBench designs and themes can enter the North Notts Journeys story competition for the chance of winning a variety of Wild in Art prizes. To enter submit a letter, poem, short story, comic, recorded podcast or short film (applications to this have now closed) centred around a real-life or fictional journey or adventure.

Last Updated on Wednesday, December 29, 2021