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Sprites Camo

Once a month when the moon was dark and not a splinter of its form shone down upon the town the lamprey would come. Mothers gently tucked their children in tight, fathers bolted the hatches and doors, nobody went out, everyone stayed home as this was the night the Lamprey always came.

Until that was someone at the museum saw something which would change the town for good and their relationship with the bottom feeders.

This is a keyword Storywalk designed with the Museum of Somerset Taunton for The Making Somerset gallery with chapters by Trull Primary School pupils Lucy, Emily, Grace, Finn and Noah.

This digital walk was created through support from The Arts Council England, Rook Lane Arts of Frome and The South West Heritage Trust.
This Storywalk starts beneath the red cauldrons in the Making Somerset gallery. Your keyword to write in the space below is the first word written on the large red board.
 
Chapter one

The Professor

I am the professor
And beg you gather close
For we have an infestation here
For which we must make the most

There have been reports and sightings
Through these galleries wide and long
And with a little patience we might spy them
Though in truth I might be wrong

So steady your nerve and with a focused will
We shall endeavour to spot our quarry
But nothing shall befall our souls
So please no need to worry

First we must make a spy glass
With thumb and finger round
Then we shall search amongst the gallery treasures
To see if these creatures can be found
Chapter two

Lens Cleaning

But before we go hunting
Your lens must be perfectly clean
So pay attention to this method now
And your Sprites will be easily seen

Blow three times through your lens bright
Then blow three times again
Now blow three more
Just to be sure
And one through the lens of your friend

And with this tool we shall go hunting
To spy a natural Sprite
I'm told they are active during day light hours
And generally sleep at night

So get your Sprite spotters guide
And be thorough with these directions
And perhaps we'll see something amazing here
Besides these incredible collections
I am made by William Weston in a perpendicular style. I a the centre of the gallery and I have Windows. My keyword is what it is made from.
 
Chapter three

The Wyvern

It is generally best
When close to a Sprites nest
To be as quiet as a bird
So raise your hand
With thumb and finger as planned
As shush is the magic word

Blow three times through your lens bright
Then blow three times again
Now blow three more
Just to be sure
And one through the lens of your friend

X
As you peer through your spyglass you see tiny Sprites building a magnificent church, with lots of minuscule tools such as scissors and hammers. They were building it outside of the church courtyard grass of St Mary Magdalene Church which they were copying in great detail.
All of a sudden they were interrupted by a bumblebee. "What!" a Sprite cried, "What is it?"
They didn't know what it was.
To their dismay the bumblebee's stinger caught the top of the perpendicular church. There was a terrifying noise like no other. It was ruined.
The sprites panicked and grabbed their tools as quick as lightning. They grabbed a needle and thread and frantically attempted to fix the leather masterpiece.
Did they succeed?

X

Now make a mark
On your spotters guide
Before we move along
How many
How tall
What surrounded them all
And what if anything was wrong
I am wide and tall with lots of details. The keyword is what I am made from.
 
Chapter four

Who did the carving?

It is generally best
When close to a Sprites nest
To be as quiet as a bird
So raise your hand
With thumb and finger as planned
As shush is the magic word

Blow three times through your lens bright
Then blow three times again
Now blow three more
Just to be sure
And one through the lens of your friends

X

As you peer through your spy glass you see the Stone Mason carving the lamestone. He gets all the detail in the right places they carve slowly and carefully.

The sprites pretend to carve the lamestone so it lookes like they did it because they want to get all the attention.

The sprites decide to lay all the limestone carvings on the floor to let everyone trample on them because they didn't want them any more.
X


Now make a mark
On your spotters guide
Before we move along
How many
How tall
What surrounded them all
And what if anything was wrong
I am made of paper big and brown. You use me to study. My keyword is the 5th word on number 6 on the red board.
 
Chapter five

An inky day with a big book ....

It is generally best
When close to a Sprites nest
To be as quiet as a bird
So raise your hand
With thumb and finger as planned
As shush is the magic word

Blow three times through your lens bright
Then blow three times again
Now blow three more
Just to be sure
And one through the lens of your friend

X
As you look through your spy glass you see an old book binder, he was given a task by 15 sprites they wanted the book binder to make the biggest book he could make , so the sprites could register names for their master the bishop.

The sprites jump over the pages of the book, they have ink on their feet and every time they land on a page they write a name.

After a while the the sprites run out of ink , so they try using the remaining ink on their feet but instead of writing, all the words gets smudged what will the sprites do now and what will they tell the master?


X

Now make a mark
On your spotters guide
Before we move along
How many
How tall
What surrounded them all
And what if anything was wrong
I am a canvas, high up above. One thing can reach me and that is a dove. Lions are on me snarling. Think of the last place you will look then you might discover what we took. At the highest point of me are the Key letters.
 
Chapter six

Royal arms of Charles II

It is generally best
When close to a Sprites nest
To be as quiet as a bird
So raise your hand
With thumb and finger as planned
As shush is the magic word

Blow three times through your lens bright
Then blow three times again
Now blow three more
Just to be sure
And one through the lens of your friend

X
As you peer through your spy glass you see artists drawing,painting tirelessly for Charles ll. Once a blank canvas, now a work of art. Is Charles pleased? Only you can see.

You can see Sprites flying with the eagles,their transparent wings flapping. Giggling diabolically, they try and extract the unicorns horn with a shovel. The unicorns bucks and shakes but nothing will shift the demonic Sprites.

Along comes the noble lion, determined to shift those Sprites. It leaps and snarls, displaying it's wonderful claws. It hard work pays off, and it walks home with a Sprite in it's jaws. Then the scene dissolves and you hope the Sprite is going to be alright.

X


Now make a mark
On your spotter's guide
Before we move along
How many
How tall
What surrounded them all
And what if anything was wrong
You charge into battle with me on your head under Edward wyinelham's portrait. Which army am I from.
 
Chapter seven

lobster pot helmet

It is generally best
When close to a Sprites nest
To be as quiet as a bird
So raise your hand
With thumb and finger as planned
As shush is the magic word

Blow three times through your lens bright
Then blow three times again
Now blow three more
Just to be sure
And one through the lens of your friend

X

As you peer through your spy glass you see,a helmet made by a cavalier blacksmith warn on a cavalier soldier rapidly charging into war for Oliver Cromwell King Charles the 1st will fall repeating in your mind so he did and what a battle it was .King Charles the1st was behheaded well that's what the sprites thought flinging pikes everywhere like idiots and drawing patterns on it until one went to far and the front plate fell
X

Now make a mark
On your spotters guide
Before we move along
How many
How tall
What surrounded them all
And what if anything was wrong
E - Go find the geese on the pew ends, the keyword is the first from the red plaque.
 
Chapter eight

Pew Ends

It is generally best
When close to a Sprites nest
To be as quiet as a bird
So raise your hand
With thumb and finger as planned
As shush is the magic word

Blow three times through your lens bright
Then blow three times again
Now blow three more
Just to be sure
And one through the lens of your friend

X

Before you stands the timber end of a church pew and on it a delicate carving of a goose with her goslings. You look through your spy glass and see that the Sprites are checking the pew for live wood worm, there appears to be quite an infestation and it is important that no more live larvae are still eating it.

When you look closer you can see the deeper history of the pew, with Sprites cutting a large felled tree by hand. The oak is then cut into planks using a long saw with one person above pulling and another below pushing. Then there is an awful crash as the plank falls and traps a Sprite beneath.

Then the scene dissolves and you hope the Sprite is going to be alright.

X

Now make a mark
On your spotters guide
Before we move along
How many
How tall
What surrounded them all
And what if anything was wrong
Go back to the start beneath the red cauldrons, your keyword is the second on the very large red plaque.
 
Chapter nine

The Conclusion

Show me your charts
Show me your notes
We must compile and collect
This is such a rare occurrence here
All those Sprites which we have met

In all these cabinets and frames
In galleries wide and long
Our histories begin to unravel a little
And our roots become deep and strong

Using your spy glass resonator
To observe way back through time
These special Sprites
Reveal such delights
Not to celebrate would be a crime

But before we depart and leave this place
I have a question for you to ponder
Which artefact in these galleries great
Should we consider a little longer?

Which should we celebrate
Historically investigate
And where should our journey begin
What secrets to reveal
All that history to peel
Perhaps it's time we got stuck right in
Chapter ten

Important

Make a note on your spotting sheet
Of new artefacts you've spotted today
And which one, in your opinion
Should the Sprites take their time to play?

Now each of you must identify
A different place and spot
So when we reveal the Storywalk here
We'll have different places to stop

Spy it in position now
Note its shape and place
Take a little photo perhaps
And begin your Spritely case
Chapter eleven

Questions

Here are some questions about the story, read and discuss whilst some of the other groups finish and catch up.


Q – Which artefact would you like the Sprites to examine further?

Q – Should something funny happen in your scene, what could it be?

Q – If you look through your spy glass at other parts of the building, what can you see / would like to see?
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