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Fri 15 Dec - Sat 24 Feb

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap is a series of exhibitions and events in Bury St Edmunds and the latest project by Smith Row which explores connections between contemporary art and rail. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project celebrates the hidden histories of the people whose lives were shaped by the railway in Bury St Edmunds, particularly the women and families. 

The main exhibition is hosted by Moyse's Hall Museum and includes original posters, artwork and historic railway artefacts, many on public display for the first time. At Bury St Edmunds Railway station illustrated panels will reveal the hidden lives and memories of passengers and workers forged at the station in particular the women who worked in the refreshment room, the Railway Mission and the East Anglian artists whose designs epitomise the Golden Age of rail travel.  This is exemplified by the life and work of the renowned railway poster designer, Sybil Andrews (1898-1992).  It is the 25th anniversary of her death and there is growing interest in her life and art, particularly since the Sybil Andrews Academy opened last January.  It is all the more timely to uncover these histories as this country celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage in 2018.

Bury St Edmunds Station Supporters Group, Greater Anglia and St Edmundsbury Borough Council are kindly giving in-kind support to the project and we are keen to involve the wider community in Bury St Edmunds in the project so if you have stories and artefacts related to the station or Sybil Andrews we would be very interested in hearing from you.  Please contact Alison Plumridge on 07505746477 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The exhibition has been conceived and curated by Smiths Row and has been generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cllr Julia Wakelam of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.  We are also indebted to Greater Anglia, Moyse’s Hall Museum and Sybil Andrews Academy for their support. 

The accompanying programme of events includes family walking trails, a family print workshop and a Curator's Tour in Bury town. 

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