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November 2019

Fern Crazy

November 14, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park
Liverpool, Merseyside L17 1AP (for Sat navs please us L17 1AL). United Kingdom
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Victorian fern fever is coming to town! Discover the forgotten history of the fern craze through family-friendly activities and exhibits in an original Victorian glasshouse. Explore the passion for ferns that inspired ordinary Victorians, the challenges faced by city gardeners and the stories that captured a nation’s imagination. Drop in for exhibitions, crafts or to spot the fern fairies and be sure to join one of the family planting sessions to help create a permanent new fernery. Throughout the day…

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The Aquatic City’s Well of Ideas

November 14, 3:00 pm - November 23, 6:00 pm

Inspired by the Poet’s Box shops in which Dundonians once performed and printed their latest creations, this festival-long shopping centre hub will celebrate the city’s aquatic heritage through hands-on workshops, dramatic performances, film and visual art, and more. Get your hands inky with Pathfoot Press and their hand-operated letterpress. Watch some of Dundee’s most talented 'zinesters' hard at work. Explore ideas of place, environment, and climate change in writing workshops. Or join in making poems from found texts, and take…

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Hack a Robot

November 14, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Collection Museum, Lincoln, Danes Terrace
Lincoln, LN2 1LP United Kingdom
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Robot Lindsey is currently giving people tours around The Collection Museum, Lincoln - telling them about various artefacts and times past. Come and help improve what Lindsey does! Work with robotics researchers from the University of Lincoln to design a new tour for the robot. Then program the robot yourselves (with a little help if necessary), and see your tour come to life! Groups of 2-4 people will do the activity, with two groups at most simultaneously. This is a…

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Dear Memory…

November 14, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Powis Hall, Bangor University, Main Arts Building, Bangor University, College Road
Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG United Kingdom
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This interactive, creative workshop will use poems by Thomas Hardy and others about North Wales to consider the relationship between landscape and memory. How do we record our experiences and why do we choose to write letters or poems? Why are we so attached to certain places? How reliable are our remembered version of experiences or places? Get ready to write postcards of your own as we explore memories and create new ones! Ymunwch â ni am weithdy creadigol, rhyngweithiol…

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Layers of London ‘Pop-up’

November 15 - November 18
Feltham Library, The Centre, High Street, Feltham TW13 4GU United Kingdom + Google Map

Layers of London is an online history mapping tool where Londoners can explore crowd-sourced histories and historical maps of their local area. Users can also contribute their own histories to the website. Layers of London staff will be on hand at the library to discuss the project and help you add your stories to the online map. Bring your stories, histories, memories, research, ephemera and photographs! Please note the following opening dates and times: Friday 15 November, 10:00-16:00 Saturday 16…

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Antonia’s Story: A Secret History

November 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Brain Charity, Norton Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8LR United Kingdom
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Archives contain many secrets, waiting to be discovered. Yet accessing archives can be difficult. In this workshop, co-led by researchers with learning disabilities, you will find out how the story of Antonia Grandoni was discovered, a lady who lived with a learning disability 150 years ago. You will be able to see and try out the methods used to explore and analyse findings from a digital archive of very old medical books, and what this can tell us about living…

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Discover the Harp

November 15, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mansions of the Future, 15–16 St Mary's Street
Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN5 7EQ United Kingdom
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Get behind-the-scenes insight into the fascinating world of composing and performing music for the harp. With no specialist knowledge needed, this event gets you up close and personal with award-winning harpist Oliver Wass and composer Martin Scheuregger as they lead you through a hands-on workshop, performance and discussion where you get the chance to hear, learn about and even compose for the harp. 10:30 – arrival and free refreshments 10:45 – interactive workshop 12:15 – break for lunch (not provided)…

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Tracking Sounds and Soundtracks

November 15, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Riccarton Campus, Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh, Scotland EH14 4AS United Kingdom
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Discover a place in sound. In this workshop you will create a soundtrack for recorded stories or songs by sampling sounds of the surroundings – from woodland, lake and meadow to car park, laboratory and sports centre. This event is part of the 'Streaming New Voices' series, by Heriot-Watt University.

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Discover Your Creativity

November 15, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Rd
Swansea, Wales SA1 3RD United Kingdom
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Come along to this interactive writing workshop where you’ll have a chance to write poetry and prose on themes such as secrets, place and life in Swansea. Lines from individual works will be used to create a collage of what it means to both live and create in Swansea. Please note this event is specifically for adults who self-identify as having a disability or chronic health condition. This event is part of the 'Rediscovering Swansea: From Land to Sea' hub…

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Creating Your Family Story

November 15, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, City Centre, M2 5PD
Manchester, M2 5PD United Kingdom
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How do you create a story about your family? How do you write your past? This participatory and creative workshop will encourage you to think carefully about how you might try to ‘tell’ your family’s story through words, images and performance. Come along and unlock new ways of writing, investigating and retelling your family’s story. The day will consist of two linked interactive workshops to encourage creative responses to the past. You are encouraged to bring writing, memories, images and…

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Hack a Robot

November 15, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Collection Museum, Lincoln, Danes Terrace
Lincoln, LN2 1LP United Kingdom
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Robot Lindsey is currently giving people tours around The Collection Museum, Lincoln - telling them about various artefacts and times past. Come and help improve what Lindsey does! Work with robotics researchers from the University of Lincoln to design a new tour for the robot. Then program the robot yourselves (with a little help if necessary), and see your tour come to life! Groups of 2-4 people will do the activity, with two groups at most simultaneously. This is a…

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Facing History

November 15, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Little Man Coffee Company, Ivor House
Bridge Street, Wales CF10 2EE United Kingdom
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What did the convicts Britain sent to Australia look like? Drop in to explore facial, racial, age, gender, and disability diversity among runaway convicts in 1830s New South Wales. Create your own convict profile, see new portraits based on official newspaper descriptions of tattoos, scars, and other features, and help us give faces to the official records by drawing your own portraits. Booking is not required but you can register your interest here.

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Sounds From the Gardens

November 16 - November 17
Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill,
London, London SE23 3PQ United Kingdom
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Come along to two days of activities exploring the sounds of the Horniman Museum and Gardens and our impact on the environment. On Saturday there will be soundwalks, field recordings, composition workshops and participatory live performance. This will be followed on Sunday by sound-art performances exploring environmental change that will be broadcast from the Bandstand. You can also access out-door sound installations throughout the weekend and sounds of the local ecosystem will be brought into the Museum's Natural History Gallery…

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Museum of Me

November 16, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Centro Infantil Menchú, Casa Latina 10 Kingsgate Pl
Kilburn, London NW6 4TA United Kingdom
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This workshop consists of a three-hour series of activities, in which you are guided by activity packs, informed by work done at the Museo Nacional in Colombia. In the workshop, you will curate your own materials, think about the objects and images that represent you and your memories, and create your own mini museum. During the day explore issues such as museums and identity, museums as part of national or transnational identity and the curation of personal memory. The activity…

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Beauty School Drop In

November 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
One Colchester Hub, 81 Culver Street East
Colchester, Essex CO1 1LF United Kingdom
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Visit this historical beauty salon and discover how women have used hair and make-up to express themselves from the 1950s to now. The salon will highlight changes to women’s lives, celebrate the diversity of women’s health experiences and investigate ideas around femininity. At the event you can join craftivist activities and hear short talks on the histories of tanning and men’s changing hair styles. It is also a time for you to tell stories about the role beauty plays in…

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Discovering Caribbean Family Memories

November 16, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Archives+, Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square
Manchester, North West M2 5PD United Kingdom
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Manchester is home to a vibrant and diverse Caribbean community and during this workshop you can discover and become the keeper of your Caribbean family memories. Family histories are not just personal histories, instead they have wider significance for our understanding of the places and communities in which we live. This event will question how the stories we tell, and the memories that we preserve from one generation to the next, have the power to change our way of seeing…

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Sea Creatures, Great and Small

November 16, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4QB United Kingdom
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This take-over event at Dundee Science Centre will include all of the regular interactive exhibitions, plus some special water-themed activities, such as monstrous crafts and drawing, pop-up performances and talks, face-painting, and more. Artists from Dundee Comics Creative Space will help you create your own sea creatures, great and small. Come and see the new permanent whale and whaling exhibition for yourself! Suitable for all ages. Please note: hundreds of free tickets will be available to book on first come,…

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Drawn from the Ground

November 16, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Keswick Museum, Station Road
Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4NF United Kingdom
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Interested in art and alchemy? Fancy discovering the secrets of one of the world’s most curious minerals? Come along for a hands-on exploration of graphite at Keswick Museum in the heart of the Lake District. Learn about the special connection between graphite and the region’s geological and industrial past, and experiment with this precious substance. Following the ideas of Victorian art critic and geologist John Ruskin, we’ll use close-looking to reveal the mysterious qualities in graphite. Compare natural graphite with…

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Aaarrtt on the High Seas

November 16, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Alexandra Road Swansea SA1 5DZ United Kingdom + Google Map

All aboard for a fun-filled day of fantastical adventure on the high seas, celebrating the Glynn Vivian’s new exhibition 'The Mary Rose: People and Purpose'. Discover fascinating facts and sinister secrets about life on board this infamous ship in a series of workshops including animated theatre and creating your own Tudor play, digging for buried treasure, building a 3-Dimensional open world and designing and racing your own Tudor-themed self-propelled motor boats. You will need to keep your eyes peeled for…

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Warhol in Wolverhampton

November 16, 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street
Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 1DU United Kingdom
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Andy Warhol asked provocative questions for our post-industrial age: What is art? What is life? And what’s their connection? By withholding clear answers, Warhol asked his viewer, ‘What do you think?’ Come along to accept Warhol’s challenge! This event offers the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes and encounter unseen art from Wolverhampton Art Gallery's extensive pop art collection. Then get hands-on at your choice of three workshops where you can research gems from the collection. In what ways…

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