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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. 

  • 6 Jul: Fossils - find out how fossils are formed, then touch some real fossils from our collection and see if you can name any of them.
  • 13 Jul: Oceans – find out about different creatures that live in the Ocean and then get up close to some amazing objects from our collection. 
  • 20 Jul: 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. 
  • 27 Jul: Butterflies – find out how butterflies use colour to their advantage and how caterpillars change into butterflies.

  • 3 Aug: Masks – find out about some of the special occasions that people wear masks for, then try on some of the masks from our collection.
  • 10 Aug: Toys - find out why toys and playing are so important, then have fun playing with some of the toys from our collection.
  • 17 Aug: Movement - find out how and why people and animals adapt to living in different parts of the world and then try on clothes and explore taxidermy animals from our collection.
  • 24 Aug: Carnival – find out why and how people in different countries celebrate Carnival, and then join in the celebration by trying on masks and playing instruments from our collection.
  • 31 Aug: Puppets - find out how puppets from different countries are used to tell stories, then have a go at making the puppets move yourself.

  • 7 Sept: Music – find out why people from around the world play music and then enjoy playing some of the instruments from our collection.
  • 14 Sept: 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 Sept: 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. 
  • 28 Sept: Autumn Animals - find out how animals change their bodies and behaviour to get ready for winter and then explore taxidermy animals from our collection.