Make a matchbox masterpiece for museum anniversary

An example of a matchbox creation, inspired by a doll on display in Lyme Regis Museum

LYME Regis artist Christine Allison invites creative adults to join her in making 100 innovative matchboxes to display in Lyme Regis Museum to mark the attraction’s 100th birthday.

The idea is to visit Lyme Regis Museum when it reopens in May and choose an object from all the exhibits on display. Then be creative and make, draw, write, sew, sculpt, paint or 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?

The matchboxes will be displayed next to the original exhibit you chose. In addition, participants are asked to write no more than 100 words about why they chose the exhibit and what they made.

You can join Christine in a visit to the museum to choose your object and then make your creative matchbox in one of four workshops to be held at The Hub in Lyme Regis.

The workshops will have 15 small tables placed two metres apart in a big airy space and participants will be asked to wear face masks.

The workshops will be held on Thursdays, May 20, May 27, June 10 and June 17 from 10am to 12.30pm. There are 15 places available 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 for completed entries is June 27.

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