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Events & Activities

Festival of Archaeology 2017

Talk: In Search of Roman Thistleton
Thursday 20 July, 7.00-8.30pm
£2 including tea and biscuits, no pre-booking required
Peter Liddle will talk about the excavations at Thistleton that uncovered a Roman town, temple and villa. Although undertaken in the 1960s, these have never been published but they shed light on many aspects of Roman life locally. Recent investigations have helped to put these excavations in context.

Family Activities

We run regular family activities, crafts and storytimes during school holidays, see below for details on upcoming sessions. There is usually no need to pre-book, but do check! Even when we don’t have special sessions there’s always plenty to keep little (and not so little) ones entertained at the museum, so if you’re stuck for what to do come along and have fun in our children’s area, playing with the old fashioned games or doing a museum trail.

Summer Holiday Workshops

Invaders! Romans, Vikings and Anglo-Saxons
Wednesday 26 July, 10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Come and have a go at our archaeology crafts day (as part of the Festival of Archaeology). Try making our Roman mosaics, Anglo-Saxon beaded jewellery, Viking boats and more!

Exotic Animals
Wednesday 2 August, 10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Make beautiful and exotic birds including parrots and peacocks and animals from the jungle.

Wednesday 9 August, 10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Join us for our science-fiction themed crafts with super-heroes, rockets and robots!

Bee Creative
Wednesday 16 August, 10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Create cute butterflies, ladybirds and bees using a range of materials.

Out at Sea
Wednesday 23 August, 10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Go nautical with our swashbuckling pirate and mystical mermaid crafts.

All workshops are suitable for children 4-10 years. No need to book, just drop in. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Museum Trails

Why not try one of our ever popular free search trails around the museum, currently we have:

Pond Animal Hunt
Help us find the pond animals that have escaped the local pond and are now hiding in the museum! Claim your free sticker when you have found them!


Men in Sheds

Men in Sheds is a new project run in conjunction with Leics & Rutland Age UK. It’s place for skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. It’s a place of leisure where men can come together to work.

A Man in a WorkshopFor more information about the project telephone 0116 299 2273 or see the Age UK website.