Learning about the history of a fairy tale

Children from Muir Street Primary enjoyed a visit to the Stories of Cinderella exhibition.' 'Pictured (front) Chloe Henderson as Cinderella and Ross Arthur as Prince Charming. Supporting cast behind are (l-r) Craig Cowan, Kori Turnbull and Jennifer Smith.
Children from Muir Street Primary enjoyed a visit to the Stories of Cinderella exhibition.' 'Pictured (front) Chloe Henderson as Cinderella and Ross Arthur as Prince Charming. Supporting cast behind are (l-r) Craig Cowan, Kori Turnbull and Jennifer Smith.

North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre in Motherwell has opened a new exhibition for the festive period called The Stories of Cinderella.

The exhibition takes a look at the various versions of the famous tale which dates back to the 17th century, but was made famous by the Brothers Grimm in their folk tale collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales published in 1812.

Aimed at younger children, it uses costumes, pictures, music and film to explore how the story’s been told in literature, verse, music, ballet and theatre.

Along with the displays, there will be a dressing-up box, a mouse-trail and even an ‘impossible task’.

Until the end of term, there will also be a programme of school workshops and pre-booked nurseries can enjoy a visit to Mr Christmas.

On Saturdays throughout there will be seasonal fun with low-cost craft activities and a free all-day showing of Cinderella films.

CultureNL learning and access manager Gillian Brogan said: “We always enjoy putting on a selection of seasonal fun at the heritage centre.

“Our Cinderella-theme this year is one for the younger child and it ties in very well to the show at the Motherwell Theatre.

“It’s a fascinating tale and we show how it has developed through the centuries to the present day.

“So come along, see round our displays, have a laugh with the dressing-up box and enjoy one of our Saturday films on the Cinderella story.”

School workshops can be booked by calling 01698 274590.

The exhibition is open Mondays to Saturdays from 9.30am-4.30pm and runs on to 31 January.

Admission is free.