Outlook – Heritage and Culture Events for Adults and Young People

August

Show and Tell: Living Jurassic Fossils in Warwickshire

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 22nd August 1pm – 1.30pm

Plants and animals that have hardly changed since the age of the dinosaurs are living amongst us in Warwickshire today. This talk will discuss what they look like and why they’re living here, illustrated with real examples from the museum collections. FREE drop in, no need to book.

September

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 5th September 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Have a go at knitting or crochet at the museum for a good cause. Join fellow crafters for an afternoon to develop your skills, make friends and make items that will be donated to a local charity. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.  10% off in the cafe.

 

Creative Weaving

Market Hall Museum – Thursday 6th September 7pm – 9pm

Explore texture and colour through warp and weft with artist and weaver Emma Price. This workshop is an ideal introduction to weaving your own cloth. Perfect for beginners, no experience needed.  All equipment and materials provided. £27

 

Heritage Open Days – Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum and St John’s Museum

Saturday 8th September 10am – 5pm

Guided Tour of the Fusilier Museum 2pm

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire) tells the story of the county infantry regiment from 1674 to today’s Fusiliers. Discover an exciting mixture of real objects, models and hands-on activities. St John’s Museum will also be open to visitors with an opportunity to see the kitchen, Victorian school room and Warwickshire at War gallery. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Heritage Open Days – Chesterton Windmill

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 10.30am – 4.30pm, last entry 3.30pm

A unique chance to look at Chesterton Windmill, a local landmark that was built between 1632 and 1633. Subject to weather conditions.  First come, first-served basis. Small charge for parking. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Recollections: Dementia Café

Market Hall Museum – Monday 10th September  2pm – 3.30pm

ReCollections is a Dementia Café using museum collections and creative activity to engage and inspire people living with dementia and their carers. Join us for object handling, crafts, games and socialising. Refreshments provided, donations welcomed.

 

Heritage Open Days – Behind the Scenes – Museum Store

Museum Stores, Montague Road Warwick

13th September, Geology Tours at 10am and 11.30am

Friday 14th September, Costume Tours at 10am and 11.30am

Learn more about our collections behind the scenes at our Museum Stores and find out how we care for and store these fascinating items. On Thursday join Jon Radley, Curator of Natural Sciences, for a look at our geology collections and on Friday, join Sara Wear, Curator of Social History, to see some of the historical costumes in the collection. FREE, donations welcomed.

 

Heritage Open Days – Hands on Warwickshire – Meet the Volunteers

Market Hall Museum – Saturday 15th September 10am – 3pm

Meet our wonderful team of volunteers and let them share with you some of their favourite items from our collections. Drop-in throughout the day to handle the objects, explore the museum and find out about volunteering at the Market Hall Museum. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcomed. Suitable for all ages.

 

Heritage Open Days – Behind the Scenes – Archives

Warwickshire County Record Office

Saturday 15th September, Tours at 2.30pm and 3.30pm

Find out how we care for Warwickshire’s precious documents at the County Record Office and go behind the scenes to visit our strong rooms. FREE donations welcome.

 

Selina Cooper: Working Class Suffragist

Market Hall Museum – Monday 17th September – Talk 2pm – 3pm, Museum closes at 4pm

Family historian Jennifer Cranfield talks about her great aunt, who was one of the few women suffragists who spoke on a national platform. £7.50

 

Show and Tell: Digital Preservation

Warwickshire County Record Office – Thursday 20th September 1pm – 1.30pm

The digital age has been gathering pace for a while, and for better or worse it seems it’s not going to stop. Come and hear about some of the challenges of preserving digital records and what the record office is doing to tackle archiving in the digital era. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Family History: Elusive Ancestors

Warwickshire County Record Office – Saturday 22nd September 10.15am – 12.45pm

Family historian Jennifer Cranfield shares some ideas on how to break down those brick walls and move forward with your family history research. £12

 

Show and Tell: The Sheldon Tapestry

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 26th September 1pm – 1.30pm

Join our talk to hear about the Sheldon Tapestry map of Warwickshire. Find out about the conservation work done to protect the Elizabethan tapestry and what we learnt about it. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Local History Forum

Warwickshire County Record Office – Saturday 29th September 2pm – 3pm

The Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office welcome visitors for two local history talks. Mark Booth, a long-serving Archivist and now regular volunteer at the County Record Office will talk about Warwick Castle through researching into the archives. After an interval for some light refreshments, Rowan Fisher, Learning and Community Engagement Officer, and volunteer Sue Tall will give a talk about the “Warwickshire at War Project”, which uncovered everything from stories of Belgian refugees who fled to Rugby and set up their own community there, to letters home from Warwickshire men (and women) serving in some capacity on or near the Front. £3 payable at the door.

October

Warwick Words Festival – Austin Healey Motor Company

Warwickshire County Record Office – Tuesday 2nd October 10.30am – 12noon

The Donald Healey Motor Company is best remembered for the world famous Austin Healey sports cars – but did you know that the company was based in Warwick? Join Rob Eyre, Senior Archivist, as he explores the history of the company and its founder, Donald Healey, with reference to the archive material now held at the County Records Office, Warwick. £7.00, book via Warwick Words Box Office on 01926 334418

 

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 3rd October 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Have a go at knitting or crochet at the museum for a good cause. Join fellow crafters for an afternoon to develop your skills, make friends and make items that will be donated to a local charity. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.  10% off in the cafe.

 

Recollections: Dementia Café

Market Hall Museum – Monday 8th October  2pm – 3.30pm

ReCollections is a Dementia Café using museum collections and creative activity to engage and inspire people living with dementia and their carers. Join us for object handling, crafts, games and socialising. Refreshments provided, donations welcomed. Spaces are limited so please book.

 

Show and Tell: Make your own Paper Booklet

County Record Office – Wednesday 10th October 1pm – 2pm

Come and join our conservation team to create your own simple paper booklet (materials provided). Please note that some dexterity will be required and the session will last around an hour. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Family History: The Written Word

County Record Office – Saturday 13th October 10.15am – 12.45pm

Join family historian Jennifer Cranfield to find out how books and newspapers can help you to develop your family history research. £12

 

Warwick Words Festival

The Earls of Warwick in 25 Objects

Meet at Warwickshire County Record Office – Tuesday 16th October, 9am – 3.15pm

They were knights, warriors and kingmakers. But they were also scholars, poets, playwrights, actors, and patrons of the arts. Over 1,000 years, the Earls of Warwick shaped the cultural and artistic worlds they lived in, both locally and nationally.

Exploring the story of 25 objects in the town of Warwick and its archive, this Study Day will offer an alternative narrative of the Earls of Warwick. The objects include architecture, artefacts, historic manuscripts, music and readings to unlock the personal tastes and private lives of the earls of Warwick from the Norman Conquest to the present day

The day will include a delicious afternoon tea at the Thomas Oken Tea Rooms and access into Warwick’s historic attractions. Comfortable footwear is advised. The study day includes steep steps and walking. Adam Busiakiewicz and Aaron Manning are local historians of Warwick Castle and its Earls. £30. Book via Warwick Words Box Office on 01926 334418

 

Show and Tell – Archaeological Archives

Market Hall Museum – Tuesday 23rd October 1pm – 1.30pm

Join us for a talk about our archaeological archives. Find out about what we have, how it gets to us and what we do with it when it gets here. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Archives Online

County Record Office – Friday 26th October 10.30pm – 11.30am

Find out how you can use Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked, the County Record Office’s own online catalogue. FREE, donations welcome.

November

County Guitars Group

Market Hall Museum – Saturday 3rd November 12.30pm – 1pm

We will be welcoming the Warwickshire County Guitars Group after a special make and create session. The group, which is made up of guitar students aged 13 to 21, will be playing a set of Baroque and classical pieces. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 7th November 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Have a go at knitting or crochet at the museum for a good cause. Join fellow crafters for an afternoon to develop your skills, make friends and make items that will be donated to a local charity. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.  10% off in the cafe.

 

Show and Tell: The Armistice in Warwickshire

County Record Office – Thursday 8th November 1pm – 1.30pm

The signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918 was a significant moment marking the end of over four years of conflict. Learn about how Warwickshire reacted to the news through original records held at the County Record Office. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Art from Warwick Castle

County Record Office – Saturday 10th November 2pm to 4pm

The Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office welcome visitors for a talk by Adam Busiakiewicz. Adam, an art historian working as a guide lecturer for the Wallace collection, is currently using the Warwick Castle archive at the County Record Office for his research into the Art collection at the Castle. His talk will cover the fascinating discoveries he has made so far. £5, light refreshments will be served.

 

Recollections: Dementia Café

Market Hall Museum – Monday 12th November  2pm – 3.30pm

ReCollections is a Dementia Café using museum collections and creative activity to engage and inspire people living with dementia and their carers. Join us for object handling, crafts, games and socialising. Refreshments provided, donations welcomed. Spaces are limited so please book.

 

Show and Tell: Horns and Antlers

Market Hall Museum – Tuesday 13th November 1pm to 1.30pm

A discussion around modern and ancient animals with horns and antlers. What functions do they serve, what do they look like and how do they grow? Specimens from the museum collection will be on hand for people to handle. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Family History: 20th Century Military Records

County Record Office – Saturday 17th November 10.15am to 12.45pm

Learn about the records and resources available for researching your military ancestors with family historian Jennifer Cranfield. £12

 

Portable Antiquities Scheme: 20 Years of Treasures

Market Hall Museum – Monday 19th November 7pm to 9pm

Since 1997 the Portable Antiquities Scheme has identified and recorded over 27,500 archaeological finds from Warwickshire. These finds include stone implements, metalwork, pottery and glass dating from prehistory to more recent times. They give us a glimpse into aspects of everyday life, including the economy, fashions, migration, trade and home life; all evidence of long forgotten communities and ways of life. This talk highlights some of the artefacts recorded through the Scheme, giving us an insight into the stories and ways of life of those past communities. £7.50

 

Explore Your Archive: Behind the Scenes

County Record Office – Tuesday 20th November 10.30am to 12pm

Find out how we care for Warwickshire’s precious documents at the County Record Office and go behind the scenes to visit our strong rooms. Join senior archivist Rob Eyre for a close look at our collections and to find out about the work of our archivists. £7.50

 

Stir-Up Sunday

St John’s House – Sunday 25th November 10am to 12noon

Make your Christmas pudding in our Victorian kitchen.  Find out what we used to cook and look at some of the recipes from our archives. Price includes festive refreshments. Please bring your own pudding basin. £20

 

Victorian Evening and Craft Fair

Market Hall Museum – Thursday 29th November 5pm – 9pm

Get ready for Christmas, browse stalls throughout the museum selling gifts, visit Father Christmas and take part in our childrens craft activity. Warm up with a mulled wine and mince pie from our outside stall and enjoy hot drinks and cakes and savouries in the museum cafe. 10% off all purchases in the museum shop. FREE entry.

December

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 5th December 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Have a go at knitting or crochet at the museum for a good cause. Join fellow crafters for an afternoon to develop your skills, make friends and make items that will be donated to a local charity. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome. 10% off in the cafe.

 

Show and Tell: Roman Coins

Market Hall Museum – Thursday 6th December 1pm to 1.30pm

A chance to get an up-close look at some of the coins from the South Warwickshire Roman Hoard. This talk will cover the iconography commonly found on coins from the period, in particular how figures such as Julius Caesar and Augustus used them to spread their own political messages and cultivate their public image. FREE event, no need to book, donations welcome.

 

Family History: Victorian Crime and Punishment

County Record Office – Saturday 8th December 10.15am to 12.45pm

Were your ancestors criminals or victims of crime? Join family historian Jennifer Cranfield for a look at available records to help explore your family history. £12

 

Recollections: Dementia Café

Market Hall Museum – Monday 10th December  2pm – 3.30pm

ReCollections is a Dementia Café using museum collections and creative activity to engage and inspire people living with dementia and their carers. Join us for object handling, crafts, games and socialising. Refreshments provided, donations welcomed. Spaces are limited so please book.