Museum in a Matchbox

– ‘A creative centenary celebration in miniature’

Lyme Regis artist and Lyme Bay Arts member Christine Allison invites creative adults to join her in making 100 innovative matchboxes to display in the museum to celebrate Lyme Regis Museum’s 100th birthday.

The idea – visit Lyme Regis museum and choose an object from all the exhibits on display, then be creative and make, draw, write, sew, sculpt, paint, collage – something tiny to do with the object you have chosen and put it in your matchbox. The matchboxes will be displayed three quarters open so the contents you make can be seen popping out. Be fun, be creative, think ‘outside the box’, be innovative, be light hearted, be serious, be thought provoking – what will you do?

One of Christine’s ideas

The matchboxes will be displayed next to the original exhibit you chose. In addition we ask you to write in no more than 100 words about why you chose the exhibit and what you made about it.

Join Christine to visit the museum and choose your object and then make your creative matchbox in one of 4 workshops to be held at The Hub in Lyme Regis. The Hub is a big hall just along from the museum. We will work at 15 small tables placed 2 metres apart in a big airy space, also please bring a mask for museum visit and if necessary indoors.

Dates and times of the workshops are
Thursday May 20 and May 27 – 10am – 12.30pm;
Thursday June 10 and June 17 – 10am – 12.30pm

There are 15 places in each FREE workshop. All matchboxes, labels and art materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own art materials if you wish. Tea and coffee will also be provided.

Email Christine to sign up for a place in one of the workshops or to ask more about the project at

If you can’t attend one of the workshops but you would still like to take part, please email Christine and arrangements will be made for you to pick up a matchbox or receive a matchbox by post for you to do at home. You can visit the museum independently when it reopens on May 19 or take inspiration from something on the museum website  and then return your finished matchbox and words by post or in person.  The deadline is June 27.

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