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About this event

Our Hands on Base is open on Saturdays mornings for fun sessions that will explore different themes using objects from our handling collection. Themes will include animals, costumes, masks, music and toys to name just a few.

Take part in a series of challenges that could have you trying on clothes, playing music, drawing and of course exploring objects. 

Drop in anytime between 11am to 12.30pm. Sessions are mainly aimed at families with children but everyone is welcome. 

September

  • Sat 7 Sept: Masks - find out about some of the special occasions that people wear masks for, then try on some of the masks from our collection
  • Sat 14 Sept: Masks - find out about some of the special occasions that people wear masks for, then try on some of the masks from our collection
  • Sat 21 Sept: Autumn Colours - find out how animals and plants adapt to get ready for winter and then explore taxidermy animals and amazing seeds from our collections
  • Sat 28 Sept: Autumn Colours - find out how animals and plants adapt to get ready for winter and then explore taxidermy animals and amazing seeds from our collections

October

  • Sat 5 Oct: Animals - find out how and why animals change their bodies or behaviour to survive in the wild and then explore taxidermy animals from our collection
  • Sat 12 Oct: Animals - find out how and why animals change their bodies or behaviour to survive in the wild and then explore taxidermy animals from our collection   
  • Sat 19 Oct: Carnival - Join us to explore how people around the world celebrate carnivals, have a go at some samba dancing and try on some carnival costumes
  • Sat 26 Oct: Our regular programme won't be running but look out for other activities that will be happening as part of our popular Halloween Fair

November

  • Sat 2 Nov: Carnival  - Join us to explore how people around the world celebrate carnivals, have a go at some samba dancing and try on some carnival costumes
  • Sat 9 Nov: Festivals of Light  - find out how and why different cultures celebrate festivals of light, then explore some of the objects from our collections used in these celebrations
  • Sat 16  Nov: Festivals of Light - find out how and why different cultures celebrate festivals of light, then explore some of the objects from our collections used in these celebrations  
  • Sat 23 Nov: Toys  - find out why toys and playing are so important, then have fun playing with some of the toys from our collection
  • Sat 30 Nov: Toys  - find out why toys and playing are so important, then have fun playing with some of the toys from our collection

We will be taking a break from our regular Saturday sessions in December.     

January

  • Sat 4 Jan: Flying Animals  - find out how different birds and animals fly and then touch taxidermy animals from our collection
  • Sat 11  Jan: Flying Animals - find out how different birds and animals fly and then touch taxidermy animals from our collection
  • Sat 18 Jan: Chinese New Year - find out how Chinese New Year is celebrated, then try on masks and costumes from our collection
  • Sat 25 Jan: Chinese New Year -  find out how Chinese New Year is celebrated, then try on masks and costumes from our collection