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Lovely little town. Lots to See.

Lovely little town. Lots to See
Browsing the visitors book in Abingdon County Hall Museum there were a number of comments written in characters that appear to be from Asia.

In 2019 the estimated population of China was 1,420,062,022. India was 1,368,737,513. India will soon overtake China. Both are about 20 times more populous than the UK.

One comment in the book has been translated “Lovely little town. Lots to See”.
Lovely little town. Lots to See
MG is now owned by a Chinese Company and so the MG exhibits could be of interest.
Lovely little town. Lots to See
There is a rich history of wood carving in China and India so visitors could be interested in the carved mirror.
Lovely little town. Lots to See
The building itself and the painted staircase are very striking to any visitor. There will be a new temporary exhibition from 11th January called Mr Hemmings Hat & Other Curiosities – celebrating 100 years of Abingdon museum’s collections.

Peace and War – an exhibition of children’s art

Peace and War
There is an exhibition at Nicolas Church, in Abingdon, called Peace and War. On one side there are pictures done by school children in Abingdon, and nearby villages, on the theme of Peace.
Peace and War
Trinity Learning asked schools and school children to make pictures, what peace means to them?
Peace and War
Peace
People sitting quietly
Everything is awesome!
Appreciating my favourite book
Crossed legged on the carpet
everyone getting along well.
(by Oliver aged 6)
Peace and War
On the other side are pictures from children in Dafur, in a refugee camp. They were given pencils and paper and asked to draw their hopes and fears.
Peace and War
A lot of the pictures show the conflict they had known.

This exhibition is on until Saturday.

OXRAIL 2019 exhibition

OXRAIL exhibition
The OXRAIL (model railway) exhibition was at Abingdon & Witney College today. There were 39 railway layouts; a number of trade stalls selling modelling kit; and a vintage bus giving rides outside. It was organised by the Oxford District Model Railway Club.
OXRAIL exhibition
There was a chance to see Ealing Road, featured on the Channel 5 TV Series The Great Model Railway Challenge.
OXRAIL exhibition
The Snake Bend Railroad was the largest model and was to be found upstairs in the college’s Art Workshop. Different modellers follow standards about how the modules join up and then create a model depending on who can bring their modules.
OXRAIL exhibition
There were also a number of small layouts that appeared to travel in suit cases.
OXRAIL exhibition
The models were enjoyed by children
OXRAIL exhibition
and adults alike. People could drive the trains on some of the layouts.
OXRAIL exhibition
A lot of painstaking effort goes into each model and I was surprised to find out how many people I know have their own model railway at home. They have gained skills in planning, engineering, woodworking, electrical circuitry and miniature painting.
OXRAIL exhibition
Even though Abingdon has no railway station, there are conservatories, attics and spare rooms across Abingdon filled with tiny trees, scale buildings and model railways.

Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition (during Mental Health Awareness Week)

Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, from 13th-19th May. It was also the Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition at the Mind Centre at Abingdon Charter.
Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
As well as the art round the walls, there were people playing guitars, refreshments and a raffle. There was also a table for drawing or painting for anybody who wanted to have a go.
Oxfordshire Mind art exhibition
The Mind art group meets on Thursdays. One person, who recently joined, told me that the last time they did any art was almost fifty years ago at school. Art helps them clear their mind and relax. Sketching for three hours makes time fly by. The group are of mixed abilities and very welcoming.