Outlook – Heritage and Culture Events for Adults and Young People

April

Anne, Countess of Warwick’s papers; seances, sketches and secrets…

Warwickshire County Record Office – Monday 1st April 6pm – 7pm

Archives are places where century-old secrets are kept, many still waiting to be carefully unpicked and revealed. One such archive, which hasn’t been thoroughly researched since it’s owner’s death in 1903, is that of Anne Greville, 4th Countess of Warwick. Anne was a remarkably energetic and talented artist, who played a leading role in the redevelopment of Warwick Castle’s interiors after the disastrous fire of 1871. Alongside her artistic pursuits and correspondence, evidence shows that she was also interested in contacting the dead. Join Adam Busiakiewicz, a PhD researcher who has been making all sorts of discoveries in Anne’s archive. £7.50

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 3rd April 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: Oliver Cromwell Letter

Warwickshire County Record Office – Wednesday 3rd April 1pm – 1.30pm

An opportunity to view a letter from Oliver Cromwell the future Lord Protector of the Commonwealth written when he was in his twenties and discovered in one of our major collections. FREE, donations welcomed to support the Record Office.

 

Bringing Home the Hoard – Fundraising Evening

Market Hall Museum

Friday 5th April 7pm – 10pm

Help us raise £62K to buy a major Roman coin hoard, found in Warwickshire.
Meet guest speaker Dr Stanley Ireland of Warwick University, see the pot that the coins were found in and treasures from Roman Warwickshire. Tickets: £20, includes a glass of prosecco and  canapés by Yes Chef Dining. Enter the raffle and auction to win some amazing prizes – all profits from the tickets and the bar will go towards the campaign. Book tickets by visiting or calling the museum on 01926 412500.

The hoard, made up of 440 silver denarii coins was uncovered during an archaeological dig at a Roman site on the Edge Hill in 2015. They were buried in a ceramic pot over 1900 years ago, under the floor of a building. It has been declared as Treasure and now Warwickshire Museum needs to raise £62,000 to acquire the hoard for the county. We have four months to raise the cash.  Applications have already been submitted to major grant givers, and condition of the purchase is that a minimum of £3,000 needs to be raised locally.

 

Recollections: Dementia Café

Market Hall Museum – Monday 8th April 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 to support the cafe. Spaces are limited so please book.

 

Market Hall Museum Lates

Thursday 11th April 7pm – 9pm

Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month for activities, workshops, talks, music and more. Cafe and bar open. See hertiage.warwickshire.gov.uk/markethalllates for details of each month’s theme. Free event, donations welcomed to support the museum.No need to book, just drop in.

 

Presenting Your Family History

County Record Office – Saturday 13th April, 10.15am – 12.45pm

You’ve found your ancestors, now explore different ways to present your research. Family historian Jennifer Cranfield leads this workshop on displaying your family history in a new way. £12

 

Show and Tell: Eggs and Nests

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 17th April 1pm – 1.30pm

Join curator, Jon Radley, for a seasonal look at some of the eggs and nests in the museum collection. We can’t guarantee any chocolate birds’ eggs we’re afraid. FREE, donations welcome.

 

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 17th April 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.

 

Crochet Workshop: Warwickshire Dinosaur – SOLD OUT!

Market Hall Museum – Thursday 25th April 7pm – 9.15pm

Join this exclusive workshop with the TOFT team and crochet your own colourful Cruxicheiros Newmanorum – Warwickshire’s own dinosaur.

Curator of Natural History Jon Radley will also give a brief talk about the dinosaur and its discovery. This workshop includes everything you need to crochet your Warwickshire Dinosaur, as well as demonstrations of the skills and techniques used. The TOFT team will be on-hand to help you learn how to read a crochet pattern, how to start and finish each body part and how to sew them all together along with any special stitches or techniques to complete the design. £37

 

Heritage Afternoon Tea

Market Hall Museum

Sunday 28th April 12.30pm or 1pm

Step back in time and taste cakes and bakes from the past. Using original recipes from the Warwickshire archives ‘Caking and Baking’ have recreated recipes from Mary Wise’s mid-18th century cookbook for you to enjoy. Recipes from Mary’s cookbook and kitchen gadgets from our museum collections will also be on display for you to view. The museum is closed to the general public during this event so you will be able to wander through the galleries throughout the event. Museum closes at 2.45pm.

Cost £15. Bar serving prosecco wine, beer and gin also available. Due to the nature of the old recipes there are no gluten or dairy free options. Please email hcwcommerical@warwickshire.gov.uk if any of your party require vegetarian sandwiches. Tables will be allocated with the number of spaces on this booking. If you are booking individually for the same party, please email hcwcommerical@warwickshire.gov.uk  with your party number. Book at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice

May

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 1st May 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: Bedworth Worsted Mill: an illustration of a 19th century mill

County Record Office Wednesday 8th May , 1pm – 1.30pm

Bedworth Worsted Mill was established by Sir Roger Newdigate in about 1790. The hand illustrated plans show real attention to detail, including illustrations of mill workers, overseers, and the machinery of the mill. View the plans and learn about the Newdigate family, their reasons for establishing the mill, and what life was like for those who worked there. FREE, donations welcome.

 

Market Hall Museum Lates

Thursday 9th May 7pm – 9pm

Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month for activities, workshops, talks, music and more. Cafe and bar open. Come along and play with a selection of board games. Order yourself a delicious takeaway pizza from Dough and Brew. See heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/markethalllates for details of each month’s theme. Free event, donations welcomed to support the museum.No need to book, just drop in.

 

Recollections Café

Market Hall Museum – Monday 13th May 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. £5 per couple, includes refreshments. Spaces are limited so please book.

 

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 15th May 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: Anglo Saxons in Warwickshire

Market Hall Museum Thursday 16th May, 1pm – 1.30pm

Discover more about the Anglo Saxon inhabitants of Warwickshire through the objects that they were buried with. What stories can their burial objects tell us? FREE, donations welcome.

 

Market Hall Museum Lates

Thursday 13th June 7pm – 9pm

Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month for activities, workshops, talks, music and more. Cafe and bar open. See heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/markethalllates for details of each month’s theme. Free event, donations welcomed to support the museum.No need to book, just drop in.

Museums at Night Twilight Taxidermy: Live Demonstration

Market Hall Museum Friday 17th May 7pm – 9pm

Join us for a unique evening exploring the art of taxidermy and the museum’s Spicer collection.

Come along and meet Taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long and learn about the intricate craft of taxidermy. Jazmine will be giving a live demonstration alongside a talk showing all the stages involved in creating a piece of taxidermy from beginning to end. Working as a Taxidermist since 2007 Jazmine creates taxidermy for both the gallery and museum context, and so her work sits between the realms of art and education. Jazmine’s love of natural history has led her to make work that respects the animal and focuses on the beauty of living things, giving the viewer the chance to explore nature up close. Offering an understanding of the animal and the taxidermy process itself promoting the scientific and cultural benefits of this intricate and evolving craft. Jazmine Calls herself an ‘ethical’ taxidermist to describe the way she produces work only using animals that have died from natural causes.

Curator Jon Radley will give a short talk, focusing on the Spicers, and their legacy here in the Museum.The Spicers were some of the greatest taxidermists that Britain has known. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries they practised their art, from workshops in Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa.

Cafe and bar will be open for refreshments. £15

 

Warwick Food Festival

Market Hall Museum Sunday 26th May 10am – 6pm

Browse stalls throughout the museum selling a variety of locally produced food and drink. Part of the Warwick Food Festival by CJ’s events.Free entry.

June

 

Market Hall Volunteers Showcase

Market Hall Museum Saturday 1st June 10am  – 3pm

Meet our Market Hall Museum Volunteers and enjoy a variety of talks, demonstrations and displays plus find out how you can become a volunteer.
Day includes:

*Meet Mike the Beekeeper and find out about the museum bees and their lives. Plus see how a traditional skep is made.
* Enjoy our 10-minute talks on, The Fire of Warwick  (10.30am & 1.30pm), The Roman Hoard (11.30pm & 3.30pm) and Industries modern art display ( 12.30pm & 2.30pm)
* Explore our range of handling boxes full of objects and artefacts from the museum stores.
* Try on costumes and hats from the past.
*10am -12noon Corn Dolly Make & Create, make a simple corn dolly find out their significance in folk lore and traditions. Free, suggested £2 donation.

Free event, suitable for all ages. Donations welcomed to support the museum.

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 5th June 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: Trinkets and Treasures: 13th  – 17th century

Market Hall Museum Thursday 6th June, 1pm – 1.30pm

Join volunteer and historian Christine to hear about some of the ‘treasure’ and exciting finds on display at Market Hall museum. Many of these pieces have been found by metal detectorists in Warwickshire and represent precious personal items that might otherwise have been lost to us. FREE, donations welcome.

 

Recollections Café

Market Hall Museum – Monday 10th June 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. £5 per couple, includes refreshments. Spaces are limited so please book.

 

Folksongs and Folklore of Warwickshire and Worcestershire

Market Hall Museum

Monday 10th June Museum open 7pm – 9pm, Talk starts 7.30pm

The Coventry Carol may be well known, but many other songs and tunes from Worcestershire and Warwickshire are largely forgotten. Richard Churchley brings these songs and tunes back to life and explores their context and background in this talk at Market Hall. With an emphasis on fun and participation, come along and enjoy the songs as they were intended. £7.50

 

Show and Tell: The Willans Works: Volunteers unlocking the company’s power and influence

County Record Office Wednesday 12th June, 1pm – 1.30pm

Hear our volunteers present some of their favourite discoveries made in the papers of this Rugby based engineering company from its beginnings, its work during two world wars and its links to some of the influential pioneers of aviation. FREE, donations welcome.

 

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 19th June 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.

 

Family History: Ancestry and Find My Past

County Record Office Saturday 22nd June, 10.15am to 12.45pm

You may be familiar with these two popular websites for family history, but are you getting the best out of them for your research? Jennifer Cranfield shares tips to help you enhance your family history knowledge in this workshop. £12

 

Fascinator Making Workshop

Market Hall Museum Tuesday 25th June 7pm – 9.30pm

This evening workshop is the perfect way to dip your toe into the wonderful world of millinery! Using a fabulous material called sinamay, we will learn to make romantic roses, beautiful bows and luscious loops, before putting it all together for your finished fascinator to take away with you. Suitable for complete beginners. £30, includes all materials.

July

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 3rd July 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 Café

St John’s Museum – Monday 8th July 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. £5 per couple, includes refreshments. Spaces are limited so please book.

 

Market Hall Museum Lates

Thursday 11th July 7pm – 9pm

Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month for activities, workshops, talks, music and more. Cafe and bar open. See heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/markethalllates for details of each month’s theme. Free event, donations welcomed to support the museum.No need to book, just drop in.

 

Festival of Archaeology: Roman Tiddington Rediscovered

Market Hall Museum Monday 15th July Museum open 7pm – 9pm, Talk starts 7.30pm

This talk by Archaeology Warwickshire’s Eri Kleisoura will feature recent work at Tiddington which has uncovered evidence of the Roman settlement which was in existence between the 1st and 4th centuries AD. The excavations carried out by Archaeology Warwickshire revealed traces of a system of enclosures and post-built structures possibly associated with metalworking activities. £7.50

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 17th July 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: Moon Rock at Market Hall Museum

Market Hall Museum Wednesday 24th July, 1pm – 1.30pm and Thursday 25th July, 1pm – 1.30pm

This time 50 years ago, men had landed on the Moon for the first time and returned safely to Earth. After five more successful missions the programme stopped, and no-one has returned ever since. One of the legacies of NASA’s Apollo missions was a large quantity of rock and soil from the lunar surface, which has shed light on the history of the Moon and our own planet. This talk focuses on some lunar samples that are on display in the museum, and similar rocks found closer to home, here on Earth. FREE, donations welcome.

 

By the Light of the Silvery Earth: our moon in science and science fiction

Market Hall Museum Wednesday 24th July, 7pm – 9pm

A fascinating exploration of the science of the moon and space travel in science-fiction with Associate Professor Elizabeth Stanway from Warwick University’s Astronomy and Astrophysics group. Curator Jon Radley will also give a short talk on the moon rock specimen on loan to the museum for the summer. Part of our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the first moon landing. £7.50

 

Busking at the Museum – part of the Warwick Folk Festival

Market Hall Museum Saturday 27th July

Drop into the museum throughout the day to hear a variety of musicians. See www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk for details and timings. Free, donations welcomed to support our Recollections Dementia Cafe.

 

Festival of Archaeology: Ashlawn Road, an Iron Age and Roman Landscape

Market Hall Museum Tuesday 30th July Museum open 7 – 9pm, Talk starts 7.30pm

This talk by Archaeology Warwickshire’s Bryn Gethin will cover the results of two large archaeological excavations between Dunchurch and Hillmorton which have uncovered evidence of Iron Age and Roman farming along with Roman pottery production. £7.50

August

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 7th August  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.

 

Market Hall Museum Lates

Thursday 8th August 7pm – 9pm

Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month for activities, workshops, talks, music and more. Cafe and bar open. See heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/markethalllates for details of each month’s theme. Free event, donations welcomed to support the museum.No need to book, just drop in.

 

Recollections Café

Market Hall Museum – Monday 12th August 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. £5 per couple, includes refreshments. Spaces are limited so please book.

 

Show and Tell: Warwickshire’s Jurassic Sealife

Market Hall Museum Tuesday 27th August, 1pm – 1.30pm

Two hundred million years ago, Warwickshire was under a shallow Jurassic sea. Sea-life thrived, including a huge diversity of shellfish and at the top of the food chain – marine reptilian predators known as ichthyosaurs. This talk focuses on Warwickshire’s Jurassic past, illustrated by fossils and rocks from the museum’s collection. FREE, donations welcome.

Knit and Natter

Market Hall Museum – Wednesday 21st August 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.