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Events & Activities

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:

Around the World in Just Five Days!

Treasures Fit for a Pharaoh
Wednesday 25th July
10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Explore the world of the Pharaohs and make your own Ancient Egyptian treasures. Decorate a mini sarcophagus complete with mummy and make amulets and a Pharaoh’s headdress.
Part of the Festival of Archaeology 2018

Tropical Islands
Wednesday 1st August
10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Transport yourself to tropical islands and make beach postcards, exotic fish, sailing boats and decorate your own sun visor.

Howdy Pardners! America and the Wild West
Wednesday 8th August
10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Create crafts inspired by the Native Americans and Wild West including pictures, headdresses, masks and dream-catchers.

In an English Country Garden
Wednesday 15th August
10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Blooming lovely creations from birds, butterflies and insects to flowers and vegetables.

African Art and Animals
Wednesday 22nd August
10am-12noon & 1.30-3.30pm
£2 per child
Discover African art by making masks, jewellery and rainsticks and go on safari with our African animal 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:

‘Space Race’ Hunt!
Go on a journey through space! Find the planets around the museum and win a special sticker!


Burning Books

Saturday 8th September 7:30pm
What should schools do when they are losing so many teachers?

On Teach First student Kat’s first day at Hurstville Community College, Nicky Morgan announces forced academisation for all state schools. Kat is ready for the picket line but her attempts to join the NUT are met with contempt by union stalwart Janine. The Head Teacher is invisible and the staff are more concerned about losing their staff room, disappearing books and a History teacher who hasn’t been seen for weeks.

A powerful and humorous look at an education system buckling under government cuts and targets. A story of protest and the teachers who choose to fight back.

“Green has struck a chord with exhausted teachers up and down the country” – The Guardian
“Brilliant” – Huffington Post

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.