Museum Late: Sports Lab

Feb 23 2011

Museum Lates: Sports Lab © Chris SaundersIn the Sports Lab exhibition we had curator Alistair McLean giving guided tours and sharing his natural history/sporting expertise.

Everyone got their hearts racing on the dance mats, batak and bike interactives – with some intense competition on the leader board for the evening spurred on by prizes donated by the Sheffield Steelers, the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships and the Sheffield Sharks. Whoop!

Lee from Sheffield FC talked about the history of the oldest football club in the world. Amazing to think that the rules of football as we know it were actually pioneered in Sheffield! As one audience member said ‘It made me proud to be in the city with the 1st football club. Excellent, very friendly.’  (Lee will be back with members of their Centenary Team who played  in 1957 to celebrate the clubs 100th birthday. This free talk will be at Weston Park on Thursday 14 April from 1-1.45.)Museum Lates: Sports Lab © Chris Saunders

We had Jan from Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food ‘Pass it on’  scheme sharing recipes for healthy sports snack bars. Each batch was cooked up in the cafe ovens and brought up for everyone to taste… the smell of them wafting through the building was fab! Everyone was given a goodie bag with all the dry ingredients needed to make the bars up when they got home –  I’m going to have a go at making them this weekend.  Soooo much cheaper than buying snack bars and much tastier most of them  in the shops.

We had live music from the brilliant James Bingham Quartet from Sheffield University – spotted a few sporting theme tunes in there. At the end they told me it was the first time they’d performed together as a group – and I was gobsmacked! They sounded fab and were true professionals… The evening was rounded off with a quiz by the Museum Lates: Sports Lab © Chris Saunderslegendary Quiz Master McLaine which had everyone testing their sporting knowledge.

So all in all, a fun evening – or as one happy punter said, it was ”fascinating, memorable, enjoyable’. You can see the rest of the photos from the night on Flickr

The next Museum Late event is on Wednesday 30 March at the Millennium Gallery from 6-8pm. Hope you can make it…


© Chris Saunders.


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