Driggsby, the Tullie Whale, hangs in the atrium and is a huge (no pun intended) favourite with our younger visitors. Inspired by Driggsby the museum and partner organisation Prism Arts embarked on an ambitious project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project involved working with Early Years and Key Stage 1 school children in West Cumbria.
The children visited the museum, many for the first time, to see Driggsby and learn all about fin whales.
They then worked with artists from Prism Arts and learning staff from Tullie House to create drawings and develop the story, creating a colourful and imaginative book.
This book has now been the inspiration for the brand-new exhibition at Tullie House, which follows the story and immerses visitors in the underwater world the children created. Students from the University of Edinburgh used the children's drawings to create puppets and props to be used in the exhibition.
The children have also worked with Haltwhistle Film Project to animate their drawings, creating a song and soundtrack - all of which will be used in the exhibition and then made available to everyone to help spread Driggsby's story and the message 'The ocean is not a bin!'