Driggsby a Whale’s Tale

Driggsby a Whale’s Tale is a project inspired by Driggsby, a juvenile Fin Whale found at Drigg, West Cumbria in 2014 and is now on display in Tullie House. Driggsby is thought to have died due to plastic ingestion, through high plastic concentration in her mother’s milk.

This 18-month project is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It is being run in partnership by Prism Arts and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

The project is working with reception classes from six West Coast schools to explore whale life cycles and ecology through myth, legend and storytelling. They have created their own book and are now working on a large scale art exhibition for Tullie House’s main gallery.

During the project the children and their parents have completed beach cleans, where each school cleaned a section of beach spanning from Allonby to Seascale.
During the beach cleans the children saw for themselves how much rubbish can be found on our coastline. They left with a greater understanding and appreciation for the environment and are keen to spread the message that, in their own words, “The ocean is not a bin!”

The pupil’s book contains a poignant short story which follows Driggsby the fin whale as she saves the seas by returning the moon clock to its rightful place. During her journey she encounters the plastic monster which spells disaster. It is a heart-warming story with a powerful message, and was written and illustrated by pupils taking part in the project.


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