Week Beginning 22nd August

Young CSI Officers at Essex Police Museum

Our weekly list of up-coming family events in your local museums:

  • Saturday 22nd August

Pop over to Braintree Museum today for their Record Breaking day. Also, this weekend is you last opportunity to see the Doctor Who exhibition at the British Schools Museum.

  • Sunday 23rd August

Today there’s a story-time session for under-7’s at Verulamium Museum.

  • Monday 24th August

Barleylands start a week of “Crazy Entertainer” themed activities today.

  • Tuesday 25th August

Braintree Museum are having fun with Dragons and at Colchester Castle you can attend an audience with the ancient British King Caractacus. Harlow Museum has a range of activities available from Tuesday to Friday including an Archaeological Dig, Making Paddle Boats and Coiled Clay Pots. The Higgins has the first of two Arctic Explorer days and at Mill Green Museum you can make a Jungle animal mask. Verulamium Museum has activities about the Mildenhall Treasure in the morning and Badge Making in the afternoon.

  • Children taking photographsWednesday 26th August

You can make Greek Mosaics at Braintree Museum or visit the British Schools Museum to get “Creative with Science”. Essex Police Museum has a “Make a Zeppelin” workshop and it’s the final Arctic Explorer session at the Higgins. There is a Pop-Up Poems session at Hollytrees Museum or you can make a Safari Scrapbook at Hylands House. Royston Museum has a painting workshop, you can learn the legend of The Wicked Lady at Verulamium Museum or make an Owl of Minerva Pencil Pot at Welwyn Roman Baths.

  • Thursday 27th August

There’s a Pirate-themed workshop at Braintree Museum or you can meet Reptiles and Mini-Beasts at Colchester Natural History Museum. The John Bunyan Museum has children’s craft activities and Lowewood Museum has an Art in Clay workshop. At Mill Green Museum you can make a clay model of your favourite jungle animal, Verulamium Museum has a badge making workshop and there are Creative Crafts at Watford Museum.

  • Friday 28th August

Braintree Museum have a Pyramids-themed workshop, it’s the final day of Barleylands “Crazy Entertainer” week and it’s your last chance to enjoy Harlow Museum’s Archaeological Dig, Making Paddle Boats and Coiled Clay Pots sessions.

  • Saturday 29th August

Today Braintree Museum has a “Snakes Alive!” session.

Week Beginning Saturday 15th August

The Doctor and a Dalek
All the events taking place in our museums over the next week, all in one handy list!

  • All Week

All this week, the British Schools Museum are hosting a Doctor Who exhibition. This is for one week only, so don’t miss it!

  • Saturday 15th August

Today “The Vikings are Coming” to Royston Museum and the British Schools Museum open their week-long Doctor Who exhibition.

  • Sunday 16th August

Learn about Love Spoons at Mill Green Museum or become an archaeological apprentice at Verulamium Museum.

  • Monday 17th August

“Deadly Creatures” week starts today at Barleylands and runs through till Friday. It’s also the first of two days of “Secret Garden” activities at Shuttleworth Museum.

  • Archery School at Colchester CastleTuesday 18th August

Today you can make a dream-catcher at Braintree Museum, decorate a mug at the Higgins or take part in the Arts and Crafts Day at Stotfold Mill. Colchester Castle are hosting an Archery School and it’s the final day of Secret Garden activities at Shuttleworth Museum. Mill Green Museum have an Under the Sea theme and you can make your own crafty fish. Harlow Museum have Making Fossils, Making Waterwheels and Toys in a Jar every day until Friday. There’s also a full day of fun at Verulamium Museum with The Treasures of Sutton Hoo in the morning and Make Your Own Roman Fridge Magnet in the afternoon.

  • Wednesday 19th August

Explore Old Town Maps with Braintree Museum, take part in Victorian Craft Activities at Chelmsford Museum or make Fingerprint Art at Essex Police Museum. There’s a second opportunity to decorate a mug at the Higgins and there’s a stencil workshop at Hollytrees Museum. Mill Green Museum are continuing their Under the Sea theme and you can make a paper plate port hole and create an ocean scene. There’s a Dinosaur workshop at Royston Museum, Roman Coins at Verulamium Museum or you can make a Roman Hanging Door Sign at Welwyn Roman Baths.

  • Thursday 20th August

Braintree Museum has an Egyptian cartouches workshop today, Chelmsford Museum has a second day of Victorian Craft Activities or you can meet some furry and feathery animals at Colchester Natural History Museum. The John Bunyan Museum has children’s craft activities and Lowewood Museum has a Family Fun: Animal Sketches with James Ward workshop. Mill Green Museum concludes their Under the Sea theme with an opportunity to make a clay model of your favourite underwater creature. There’s a performance of the children’s classic “The Secret Garden” at the Shuttleworth Museum, creative crafts at Watford Museum or you can make your own Roman fridge magnet at Verulamium Museum.

  • Family craftsFriday 21st August

Today you can learn about African masks at Braintree Museum. It’s the final day of Deadly Creatures at Barleylands and the last chance to enjoy Making Fossils, Making Waterwheels and Toys in a Jar at Harlow Museum.

  • Saturday 22nd August

Pop over to Braintree Museum today for their Record Breaking day.

  • Sunday 23rd August

Today there’s a story-time session for under-7’s at Verulamium Museum.

Summer So Far…

We thought we’d share some pictures from events that have taken place so far this summer. We’d love to have some more though, so please feel free to send them to us!

Week Beginning Saturday 8th August

Craft Activities at Braintree Museum

There are fun family activities taking place every day across our 21 museums. Here’s what’s coming up over the next week:

  • Saturday 8th August

Pop over to Braintree Museum  for a spot of hula-hooping or visit the Family Fun Day at Lowewood Museum.

  • Sunday 9th August

Mill Green Museum are hosting an event with the Welwyn Bee Keeping Association today.

  • Monday 10th August

Today is the start of Barleylands’ “Birds and the Bees” week and Shuttleworth is being invaded by the Vikings.

  • Tuesday 11th August

From Tuesday to Saturday, Braintree Museum are having a week of drama activities. Harlow Museum has a range of activities available from Tuesday to Friday including an Archaeological Dig, Making Paddle Boats and Coiled Clay Pots. Today, Colchester Castle has Roman Food, you can make a moving gladiator picture at Verulamium Museum and Mill Green Museum starts their “Week of Weather” with the opportunity to design and make a colourful rain stick.

  • Wednesday 12th August

There are “Crafty Capers” at the British Schools Museum, Gliders and Fans at Chelmsford Museum and you can photograph a crime scene at Essex Police Museum. At Hollytrees Museum you can create your own kite or at Mill Green Museum you can make a stunning lightning picture and a noisy thunder clapper. Royston Museum has a pirate-themed workshop, Verulamium Museum are hosting Tots Tales and at Welwyn Roman Baths you can make Crazy Clay Face Pot.

  • Thursday 13th August

There’s a second opportunity to attend Chelmsford Museum’s Gliders and Fans workshop or you can learn about Fantastic Fossils at Colchester Natural History Museum. The John Bunyan Museum has children’s craft activities and Lowewood Museum had a “Family Fun” workshop explore the sculptures of Henry Moore. Mill Green Museum’s “Week of Weather” concludes with an opportunity to make your own sun-catcher. At Verulamium Museum you can make a moving gladiator picture, or you can enjoy “Creative Crafts” at Watford Museum.

  • Friday 14th August

The final day of the Archaeological Dig, Making Paddle Boats and Coiled Clay Pots at Harlow Museum and Barleylands “Birds and the Bees Week”. Braintree Museum’s Drama Week continues until Saturday.

  • The Doctor and a DalekSaturday 15th August

Today “The Vikings are Coming” to Royston Museum and the British Schools Museum open their week-long Doctor Who exhibition..

  • Sunday 16th August

Learn about Love Spoons at Mill Green Museum or become an archaeological apprentice at Verulamium Museum.

Week Beginning Saturday 1st August

Boy with a Museum Explorer PassportThere are fun family activities taking place every day across our 21 museums. Here’s what’s coming up over the next week:

  • Saturday 1stAugust

Braintree Museum are holding a WW2 workshop and Royston Museum are hosting a one-day exhibition about the High Street by their Youth Members.

  • Sunday 2ndAugust

Pop along to the British School Museum to see what lessons were like in Victorian classrooms,Hylands House are hosting a performance of Robin Hood and Mill Green Museum has a demonstration of natural decorative arts.

  • Monday 3rd August

Barleylands have a Treasure Hunters theme this week, with activities starting today and running through till Friday.

  • Tuesday 4th August

Today you can get creative with clay at Braintree Museum  or learn about Medieval Medicine at Colchester Castle. Harlow Museum have a range of activities available from Tuesday to Friday including Making Fossils, Making Waterwheels and Toys in a Jar. Mill Green Museum have a Jungle theme and you can make your own animal mask. Shuttleworth have a Carnival of the Animals theme today and at Verulamium Museum you make a Roman Keyring.

  • Wednesday 5th August

The British School Museum is hosting an “Educating Teddy” event and at Chelmsford Museum you can meet a Medieval Nun. Essex Police Museum have an “Artists Impression” workshop and at Hollytrees Museum you can make a periscope. At Mill Green Museum  you can create a 3D jungle scene and Royston Museum has a Collage and Printing workshop. Stotfold Mill have pond-dipping today or you can make your own Roman-style pocket money pouch at Welwyn Roman Baths.

  • Thursday 6th August

Braintree Museum are running a kite-making workshop today, the Medieval Nun is back at Chelmsford Museum or there is a “Big Bug Experience” at Colchester Natural History Museum. The Bunyan Museum is offering children’s craft activities and Lowewood Museum has Weaving with William Morris. At Mill Green Museum  you can make a clay model of your favourite Jungle Animal or at Verulamium Museum you make a Roman Keyring. Watford Museum are having a creative crafts day.

  • Friday 7th August

Today you can make a Victorian Death Locket at Braintree Museum  and Barleylands and Harlow Museum are both still offering their previously described activities.

  • Saturday 8th August

Pop over to Braintree Museum  for a spot of hula-hooping or visit the Family Fun Day at Lowewood Museum.

  • Sunday 9th August

Mill Green Museum are hosting an event with the Welwyn Bee Keeping Association today.

Week Beginning 26th July

Chelmsford Museum

There are so many great things to do in local museums this summer, here’s a list of whats happening over the next week so that you don’t miss out!

  • Sunday 26th July

Welwyn Roman Baths are “Potty About Pre-History” and Mill Green Museum has a Handmade Jewellery demonstration.

  • Monday 27th July

Barleylands in Essex launch their Art Attack themed week on Monday 27th and it runs through to Friday 31st. Shuttleworth in Bedfordshire are holding the first of two Glamourous Georgians days.

  • Tuesday 28th July

Braintree Museum are holding a Gardening workshop, Shuttleworth have their second Glamourous Georgians day and at the Higgins you can create your own indenti-brick. At Colchester Castle you can visit the “Astrodome” and learn about the solar system. Mill Green Museum have the first of three “Under the Sea” theme days – today you can design and make your very own crafty fish. Verulamium Museum in St Albans has Roman Mask Making.

  • Wednesday 29th July

Braintree Museum are holding an Egyptian Headdresses workshop and the British Schools Museum have a Paper Play Session. Chelmsford Museum are celebrating all-things sea-side and Essex Police Museum have a Police Officer Peg-Doll workshop. The Higgins are having a second “Create your own indenti-brick” and at Hollytrees Museum you can make your own “Face Book”. Hylands House has a Scrapbook Safari workshop and at Mill Green Museum you can make a paper plate port hole and create an ocean scene. Royston Museum are doing Animal Art and at Welwyn Roman Baths you can make “Amazing Mosaic Picture Frames”.

  • Thursday 30th July

Braintree Museum are holding a Puppets workshop and Colchester Natural History Museum is being visited by some living snakes. Lowewood Museum has a print-making workshop and at Mill Green Museum you can make a clay model of your favourite sea creature. There’s also a second opportunity to make a Roman mask at Verulamium Museum

  • Friday 31st July

Braintree Museum are holding a Kings and Queens workshop and Royston Museum are hosting a Toddler Music and Dance session.

  • Saturday 1st August

Braintree Museum are holding a WW2 workshop and Royston Museum are hosting a one-day exhibition about the High Street by their Youth Members.

  • Sunday 2nd August

Pop along to the British School Museum to see what lessons were like in Victorian classrooms, Hylands House are hosting a performance of Robin Hood and Mill Green Museum has a demonstration of natural decorative arts.

Plenty to Do at Woburn Heritage Centre

Woburn Heritage Centre

Armed with your new Museum Explorer passport, are you looking for a place to visit, now that the summer holidays are here? Why not give Woburn Heritage Centre museum a go? Don’t be fooled by our size! We may be a small museum, tucked away in the quiet picturesque village of Woburn, but we have plenty to entertain, educate and enlighten our visitors – of all ages!

Housed in Old St Mary’s church on Woburn’s main street, Bedford Street, Woburn Heritage Centre makes the most of its rich surroundings. The museum, full of fascinating displays and artefacts, the mapped graveyard with well over a thousand graves, and even the village itself, are all used in the quizzes, trails and worksheets on offer in the museum.

“The Woburn Backpack Trail” is an opportunity to find out more about the Georgian village of Woburn. For a £5 refundable deposit, our younger visitors can take out a backpack full of useful detective equipment, such as binoculars and a magnifying glass, and use them to discover fascinating facts about the village. (Perhaps accompanying adults might like to take a “Woburn Village Trail” leaflet and discover a few things for themselves.)

The recently mapped graveyard is a fascinating resource for children and adults alike. Our “Graveyard Detective” worksheet helps to focus children’s attention as they wander around the graves, some of which are hundreds of years old.

In the museum itself, there’s plenty to keep children amused. Our “Mouse Trail”, now in its second year, is very popular. Many adult visitors also enjoy taking part – even insisting on getting their certificates when they have successfully completed the trail! In addition, we have on offer quizzes called “Find the Face” and  “Museum I-Spy”, plus word searches, crosswords and colouring activities.

So – a trip to Woburn Heritage Centre is about as far removed from the image of stuffy, boring museums as you can get. It is a fun day out for all, with plenty to keep children of all ages interested, amused and occupied. And best of all – it is free!

Why not grab your Museum Explorer passport and come and find us at Old St. Mary’s Church, Bedford Street, Woburn? We have our passport stamp all ready.

Open April-October. Weekdays 2pm-4pm. Weekends and Bank Holidays 10am -5pm.

Summer Fun at Stotfold Watermill

Stotford Watermill

Now that Summer is really here, there is lots for young people to enjoy at Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve – from pond dipping to craft workshops, from grinding their own flour with a hand quern, to picnicking in the Nature Reserve and watching the creatures and plants that live there.  Young visitors can also follow the Milly Mouse Trail and discover the secrets of the Mill.  The season culminates in September with the Annual Haymaking Day, now in its third year.

One exciting new venture is the Mill’s participation in the Museum Passport scheme.  This aims to encourage visits to the Mill and to other museums in the area by showcasing the activities on offer.

Each child is given a passport at the first museum they visit, with a special stamp.  Every time they visit one of the museums on the list, or take part in one of the Children’s Challenges, they get another stamp. They can do as many challenges as they wish at each place!  And, once all the challenges have been completed, your child will get a special certificate recording the achievement.

So, come along with your children, to pick up a free passport and find out more about Summer fun for kids of all ages, in Stotfold and across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Details of events at Stotfold Watermill and Nature Reserve:

  • Pond dipping in the Nature Reserve, Wednesday, 5th August, Session 1: 10-12 am; Session 2: 2-4 pm. 

Find out about the exciting creatures that live in our ponds.  All equipment provided.  Suitable for children over 5, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  FREE, but must be pre-booked. 

  • Arts and Crafts Day, Tuesday 18th August, 10-4 pm

Create beautiful and ingenious art and craft items under expert guidance. Session 1: 10-12 am; Session 2:  2-4 pm  Pre-booking essential.  Cost: £2 per child.

  • Make hay while the sun shines.Saturday 26th September, 1-4 pm

Enjoy the traditional country craft of hay raking and making haystacks in the Nature Reserve. Come along earlier and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before you start.  Suitable for children over 7, who must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Suitable clothing and footwear required and bring a rake, if possible.  Free admission.

***Book via events@stotfoldmill.com or by telephoning 01462 734541 (answerphone).

Bedfordshire Museums

Bedfordshire is full of history and fantastic museums to visit and enjoy, some of which are featured in this year’s Museum Explorer Passport. From abstract art to amazing aircraft there is something for everyone this summer.

Here is a little bit more about the Bedfordshire Museums:

Higgins MuseumThe Higgins Bedford unites on one site three previous cultural venues: Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford Museum and Bedford Gallery. The buildings themselves date back 200 years. Visitors can enjoy watercolour, print and decorative art collections as well as archaeological finds, natural history, geology and social history.

 

John Bunyan MuseumThe collection now held in the Museum was brought together and put on display for the first time in 1946. It was housed in a room which had been used and made secure by the BBC during World War Two. A purpose built museum was constructed to house the large collection of artefacts and books relating to John Bunyan and officially opened in 1998.
This modern museum depicts John Bunyan’s life and times, including his imprisonment in Bedford. Visitors can wander through the displays and experience life as it was in the 17th century.

ShuttleworthThe Shuttleworth collection is a chance to discover a truly awe-inspiring collection of historic aircraft and vehicles dating from the first half of the 20th century. Explore the hangars, smell the engine oil, see the engineers at work and then return on an event day to be captivated by these incredible aircraft in flight, taking off from our traditional grass runway. The Swiss Garden is an outstanding example of Regency fashion it includes 13 listed structures, an adjacent woodland sculpture trail and three resident peacocks.

Visit the Mill and discover its thousand years of history. Visitors can get an insight into the milling process and the history of the Mill and its restoration. There are also trails for children to explore the mill as well as the chance to buy Stotfold Mill flour.

Housed in Old St Mary’s Church, the Heritage Centre houses a museum of the history of Woburn from its geological origins, through the centuries from Saxon times to the present day. Visit the centre and explore the museum and local area with fun family trails.