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EventBehind the Scenes at the Museum

26 May 2018, 10am - 4pm
Cost Free
Suitability All

So you think Museums are just full of stuff in cases? Think again!
 
Join us on a behind the scenes exploration with the scientists and curators who work in the museum day to day as they explain the busy work that goes on.
 
From cataloguing new species to research into climate change; mending old paintings to looking after Roman bones there’s a huge variety of work that goes on preserving the heritage of Wales for future generations.
 
We’ll be running stalls in the Main Hall for the curators to show off their interesting artefacts and behind the scenes tours into the labs and basements to show you how it’s all done.
 
With hands-on experiments and workshops as well you’ll get to see what really goes on behind the scenes!

The theme of the weekend is 'Year of the Sea'

                                                                                    Programme for Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Main Hall

  • There will be tables where you can meet and chat to curators from the Library, Palaeontology, Marine and Archaeology departments.
  • Marine biologists Teresa and Paul Naylor will have displays and interactive games that tell you about the amazing animals which live in British seas.
  • Play an archaeology game ‘Treasure or not treasure?’
  • Watch the High Captain - an amazing stilt juggler - at 11am, 1pm and 3pm!
  • Listen to water themed music at 1pm.

 

Oriel Suite

11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Free. 30 minutes long.

  • Meet the fascinating creatures living around our coasts in a family friendly talk by underwater photographer and film-maker Paul Naylor.

 

Clore Discovery Centre

  • Make a craft jellyfish. Suitable for younger children. £2 per person.

 

Natural History Gallery  

  • Play ‘Can I, can’t I eat that fish?’ game. Free.
  • Find out more about the impact of plastic in the sea with an interactive challenge. Free.

 

Behind the Scenes Tours

Take a very special look at the working areas of the Museum with the experts. £5 pp. Suitable for +12 years. Choose from –

  • 11am - Recent prehistoric finds through Saving Treasures with Adam Gwilt, Principal Curator: Prehistory.
  • 11.30am – The Mollusca collections with Anna Holmes, Curator: Invertebrate Biodiversity.
  • 12pm - Medieval finds through Saving Treasures with Dr Rhianydd Biebrach, Saving Treasures; Telling Stories Project Officer.
  • 12.30pm - Curating Roman Finds with Evan Chapman, Senior Curator: Archaeology.
  • 1pm – 500 million years under the sea with Dr Lucy McCobb Senior Curator: Palaeontology.
  • 1.30pm - The Red Lady of Paviland with Dr Elizabeth Walker, Interim Head of Collections Management.
  • 2pm – The museum library with Kristine Chapman, Principal Librarian.
  • 2.30pm - Recent prehistoric finds through Saving Treasures with Adam Gwilt, Principal Curator: Prehistory.
  • 3pm - Curating Roman Finds with Evan Chapman, Senior Curator: Archaeology.
  • 3.30pm - The Red Lady of Paviland with Dr Elizabeth Walker, Interim Head of Collections Management.

 

Family Gallery Tours.

These tours are shorter and aimed at a family audience. Free. Choose from –

  • 11am and 12pm – Explore the Dinosaurs in Evolution of Wales with Cindy Howells, Curator: Palaeontology.
  • 2pm – Life under the Sea - Marine Gallery with Teresa Darbyshire, Senior Curator: Invertebrate Biodiversity (Marine Invertebrates).

 

Foyle Art Room

  • Coastal print workshops – 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm £3 pp. 12pm and 3pm sessions are Welsh speaking.

All tours and workshops can be booked on the day only from the Welcome Desk.

All activities can be paid for in the Museum shop.

 

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Tompot Blenny © Paul Naylor - www.marinephoto.co.uk

Tompot Blenny

 © Paul Naylor - www.marinephoto.co.uk

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