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About this event

Our Hands on Base is open on Saturdays mornings for fun sessions that will explore a different theme every week 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.

  • 2 June - Bees: How much do you know about bees? Come along to this fun session and find out what you can do to help bees and take part in Friends of the Earth's 'Great British Bee Count.'
  • 9 June - Oceans: It's International Year of the Reef and 8 June is also World Oceans Day. Drop in to the Hands On Base and find out more about different animals that live under the sea and what we can do to help coral reefs. 
  • 16 June - Flying Animals: Find out how different birds and animals fly and then explore some of the taxidermy animals from our collection.
  • 23 June - Music: Celebrate World Music Day on 21 June by coming along and finding out more about the musical instruments in our collections as well as playing them.
  • 30 June - Puppets: We have lots of amazing puppets from different countries, drop by the Hands On Base and find out how they move.
  • 7 July - 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. 
  • 14 July - Fossils: Find out how fossils are formed, then touch some real fossils from our collection and see if you can name any of them.
  • 21 July - Toys: Find out why toys and playing are so important, then have fun playing with some of the toys from our collection.
  • 28 July - Butterflies: Drop by the Hands On Base and find out more about these amazing flying insects and explore some pinned butterflies from our collection.
  • 11 August - Masks: Find out about some of the special occasions that people wear masks for, then try on some of the masks from our collection.
  • 18 August - Stories: Explore some objects from our collections that may have inspired some traditional folk stories, then have a go at making up your own story.
  • 25 August - Costume: Find out why people in different parts of the world wear different kinds of clothes, then try on some of the costumes we have.
  • 1 September - Music: Find out why people from around the world play music and then  enjoy playing some of the instruments from our collection.
  • 8 September - 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.
  • 15 September - Oceans: It's International Year of the Reef and this weekend it is also the Great British Beach Clean, drop by the Hands On Base and find out more about animals that live under the sea.
  • 22 September - Costume: Find out why people in different parts of the world wear different kinds of clothes, then try on some of the costumes we have.
  • 29 September - Masks: Find out about some of the special occasions that people wear masks for, then try on some of the masks from our collection.