Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket seeks helpers to break longest caterpillar world record

The Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket is looking to break a world record for the longest Suf

The Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket is looking to break a world record for the longest Suffolk puff caterpillar. Picture: MICHAEL STAMPER - Credit: Archant

A Stowmarket museum is looking for individuals, community groups and schools to help set a Guinness World Record for the longest Suffolk puff caterpillar.

Suffolk puffs. Picture: MUSEUM OF EAST ANGLIAN LIFE

Suffolk puffs. Picture: MUSEUM OF EAST ANGLIAN LIFE - Credit: Archant

People can get involved by making and submitting Suffolk puffs – a circle of material gathered in on itself to form a smaller, double thickness, puffy circle – to be included in the Museum of East Anglian Life’s great big caterpillar on October 23.

The activity, supported by the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme, is part of the museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations, marking its original opening in 1967.

The museum has puff-making workshops running on August 25 and October 21, which are free with museum admission, and puffs can be submitted to the museum up until October 21.

Lisa Harris, collections and interpretation manager, said: “Puffs were particularly popular in the 1920’s and 30’s when they could be joined together at the edges to make quilts.

“The technique has seen a revival in the last few years with many children in the 70’s and 80’s given toys made from puffs threaded onto elastic.”

For more information on how to get involved with the record-breaking attempt and downloadable instructions on puff making, click here.

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