An exhibition created by schoolchildren, exploring the theme of 'Pershore heritage', will open to the public next week.

Number 8 Arts Centre's Schools' Exhibition, opening on March 21, will commemorate the town's culture.

The young artists and their families will be launching the exhibition with a celebratory preview event.

Annually, Number 8 Arts Centre commissions a local Worcestershire artist to give creative workshops at schools.

The result is a display of artwork in the professional gallery of Number 8.

This year, the creative baton was passed to art practitioner, historian, and educator, Maggi Davis.

The schools which participated were Abbey Park Middle School, Orchard Primary School, Holy Redeemer Catholic Primary School, St Nicholas Church of England Middle School, and Vale of Evesham School.

Processes involving various techniques were taught in each school, from sewing a button and ribbon onto felt, block-printing with ammonites to moulding clay for medals and creating 'stained-glass' pictures with foil and string.

Items such as a leather purse from the 1800s, ammonites discovered in the River Avon, delicate lace samples, and a commemorative medal, were all used as inspiration.

Wendy Berry of the Pershore Heritage Centre loaned these treasures to inspire the children.

The 2024 Schools’ Exhibition was supported by the Pershore Civic Society, courtesy of a legacy from David Wynn.

Chair of Pershore Civic Society, Michael Hodges, said: "David Wynn died in 2021.

"His wife Angela died in 2018.

"They lived at Fladbury Mill for many years and were keen supporters of the Arts and of the Civic Society.

"It was David’s wish that the 2019 Number 8 Schools’ Exhibition be held in Angela’s memory.

"It is only right that this year we are able to honour David in a similar fashion."

The exhibit, open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, continues until April 10, with admission being free.