DING DONG: Evelyn Eastwell celebrates region's lost schools in yarnbombing display
DING DONG: Evelyn Eastwell celebrates region's lost schools in yarnbombing display Tessa Flemming

Graffiti puts fun back into the classroom

THE Warwick and District Historical Society museum pays tribute to the lost schools of the Southern Downs in their yarnbombing display for this year's Jumpers and Jazz.

Coined as 'graffiti art', the museum's yarnbombing is a little different to most, with a main display of 32 crocheted bells, one for each school that was a part of the region.

Museum volunteer Ev Eastwell said the display was a way to keep in touch with the town and Pringle Cottage's history, which was originally home to four schools over the years and was given to the organisation by school teachers Miss FHM and Mrs F S Pringle.

"We're trying to keep our display close to the history,” Mrs Eastwell said.

"There were a lot of sawmills and timber was a big thing back in the day and because people moved around areas, a lot of schools got opened and closed in the region.”

Mrs Eastwell is hoping the attraction intrigues Warwick residents and gives visitors a little more insight into the town's scholarly beginnings.

"I hope it can bring the history to tourists and attract attention throughout the community,” she said.

"We wanted to offer something a little bit different to what everyone had going.”

Mrs Eastwell said this year's yarnbomb was the biggest the museum had put on display.

"There's a little more to add every year,' she said.

"I was making a bell and a half every night for a while.”

During the festival, the museum will also have a number of different displays running, including heritage machinery demonstrations, butter making workshops, Saturday jazz with Debbie O'Farrell and afternoon tea.



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