May 31 2017
Fancy developing your creative skills? Want to learn something new? Or maybe just need some ‘me’ time? Then we might have the answer. Here’s our Events Producer, Rosie Eagleton, on our new programme of activities, classes and events just for adults at Weston Park Museum.
Weston Park Museum has always been home to a wide range of inspirational and educational activities for adults and families alike. This summer, our focus on providing enhanced experiences for our adult visitors continues as we complement our existing family programme with a range of new and surprising offerings. Every Tuesday, we’re exploring art, culture and life in Sheffield through a range of workshops, talks, classes and handling sessions.
If it’s only a lunch break that you can spare – why not spend it with us? Our series of lunchtime talks take place on Tuesdays, 1pm – 1.45pm.
For this season we’ve lined up a range of topics inspired by the museum’s displays. Join our Head of Collections, Sian Brown on 4 July to find out more about the renowned Sheffield artist Stanley Royle. Then on 27 July, Natural Science curator Alistair McLean will be exploring ‘What is a Natural History Museum For?’, as well as offering a guided tour of the What on Earth! Gallery on 27 July and 5 September.
If talks related to the collections aren’t your cup of tea, then why not learn something about Sheffield Life, in our series of sessions led by local heritage and history groups? On 6 & 20 June our Social History team are working with the Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trust to offer visitors a closer look at objects from World War II. The inimitable Ron Clayton joins us on 27 June, discussing his collection of Roman coins, rifle balls, trade tokens and more that he has acquired over the years and how he wants them to have a good home when he goes to the great North Stand in the sky. July sees a welcome return of the Ken Hawley Collection team from Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust to discuss A Tale of Two Diamonds and tool making in Sheffield, focussing this time on the Sheffield firm William Marples & Sons, (11 July).
If you fancy getting hands on and creative, there is still time to register for our WestonART classes, held every other Tuesday until the end of JuneExperienced tutor Carol Lambert takes a multi-disciplinary trip through the ages, using museum exhibits to inspire you in creating your own art works. Whether you fancy using the Anglo Saxons as inspiration for Watercolours, or mono-printing the 1540s, there are no end of objects to stimulate creativity in our gallery spaces.
Continuing into this season is our ever popular monthly Museum Book Club (Tuesdays, 1.30pm–2.30pm, see website for details), where the realms of fact and fantasy collide. Learning Officer and literary enthusiast Alison Creasey leads discussion on seminal novels of our time, in the lovely surroundings of the museum. In June we focus on Karen Joy Fowler’s complex and gripping work, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. July is a comparative session, looking at the complementary works of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, August’s choice is Wolf Hall whilst September tackles Rushdie’s masterpiece, Midnight’s Children. All are welcome to join to us!
We’re really thrilled to offer such a wide range of new opportunities in addition to our regular family programme. We hope there truly is something for everyone at Weston Park Museum this summer. Who needs the beach when we have so much right here on our doorstep!?
If you’d like more information on our Adult Programme at Weston Park, or are a group who would like to take part in our Sheffield Life session, give our Events Team a call on 0114 278 2674 or email us at email@example.com – we’d love to hear from you. Details of all events can be found at www.museums-sheffield.org.uk .
Image: Top: Painting at Museums Sheffield. Image © Andy Brown
Image: Middle Right: What on Earth Gallery, Weston Park Museum. Image © Andy Brown
Image: Bottom Left: Art classes at Museums Sheffield. Image © Andy Brown