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Music and Mime - Every Friday (term time only)

09/11/2018 10:30 - 11:30

A fun music and signing group for babies and toddlers at Poole Museum.Sing nursery rhymes, make music and learn simple signs for everyday communication. Suitable for babies and toddlers (0-3 years old)

Every Friday (term time only)  

Booking is not essential, but spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. FREE

Call Poole Museum on 01202 262600 or email museums@poole.gov.uk for more information.

Museum Memory Club - Every Friday 2-4pm

05/10/2018 14:00 - 16:00

 Are you living with memory loss or dementia?
Join us for a social afternoon of reminiscence, friendship and support. Our weekly club is held in our learning suite, and is led by a specialist reminiscence facilitator in association with Prama.
Advance booking essential. £2 per week, payable on the day.

To find out more and book your place call Anna Shiels on 01202 633971 or email anna.shiels@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

Made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Please note: On Fri 5th and 19th July the Museum Memory Club will be at Old Rope Walk Hamworthy BH15 4AH


Art Detectives Exhibition Trail

26/01/2019 - 22/04/2019

Discover and explore our Calm Before the Storm exhibition with this fun art detective trail.

Free. Available during museum opening hours. (10am-4pm)

Scaplen's Court Garden Opening

04/05/2019 13:00 - 29/09/2019 16:00
Adjoining Scaplen's Court is a delightful walled garden providing an oasis of colour and tranquillity. Originally designed by George Dillistone in 1930, it was restored by volunteers in 2000 as a herb and physic garden. Volunteers continue to keep the garden looking beautiful and it will open to the public from the 4th of May. 

Free entry, open daily from 1 - 4pm. 

Art Detectives Exhibition Trail

18/05/2019 - 29/09/2019
Discover and explore our Henry Lamb exhibition with this free, fun detective trail. Look for clues in the paintings, solve puzzles and draw your own sketches!

Available during museum opening times (10am - 5pm). Free activity.

Find Out About Your Finds

24/09/2019 10:30 - 13:00

Please note, there is no Find Out About Your Finds on the 3rd of September 2019.

Have you got a mystery object that you've dug up in your garden or found while out for a Sunday walk? If so, bring them along to our free drop-in session at Poole Museum and get your questions answered by a specialist. 

Claire Pinder and Ciorstaidh Trevarthen, from Dorset Council's Historic Environment Team, will be here to identify your archaeological finds and help to solve the mystery!

Free, no booking required. Donations welcome.

Dorset Architectural Heritage Week Tours

14/09/2019 10:00 - 16:00
From Friday 13th of September to Sunday 22nd of September members of the public can learn more about the historic buildings of the county. Poole Museum will be organising guided tours of St James Church, the Town Cellars and Scaplen's Court. Please keep an eye on our website and dahw.org.uk for dates, times and booking arrangements.

Free entry, booking required. Donations welcome.

Museum Make and Take: Hallowe'en Children's Crafts

01/10/2019 10:00 - 31/10/2019 16:00
Make your very own Hallowe’en themed creations to take home with you. 

Decorate your own lanterns, friendly ghouls and petrifying pumpkins! 

Self-led, free family activity in our family area. Donations welcome.

Fun Palaces

05/10/2019 10:00 - 16:00
All aboard! Come along to Poole Museum for a day of free events for children and grown ups. 

A whole range of imaginative and fun-filled community led activities to have a go at – be it crafting, storytelling, poetry, dancing, music, art or science. 

Find out more at www.funpalaces.co.uk Illustration by Emily Medley.

Objects On Tour: Wessex Women

19/10/2019 10:00 - 05/01/2020 16:00

In our latest tour, our four partner museums have chosen objects that tell stories of ‘Wessex Women’ from the past.

Come along to the museum to view our latest object and take part in a family trail.

Creative Ways to Wellbeing Course

21/10/2019 13:30 - 09/12/2019 15:30
A creative course specially designed for people experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 

The course will be based around the Five Ways to Wellbeing; using art to help you Connect, Learn, Take Notice, Give and Be Active. 

If you face mental health challenges, enjoy art and creative activities and are keen to improve your wellbeing, this course could be for you. 

Booking essential. Contact Anna Shiels, E: Anna.Shiels@bcpcouncil.gov.uk, T: 01202 633971.

Victoria and Albert Q&A with Lord and Lady Fellowes

25/10/2019 16:00 - 17:00
Join Poole Museum Foundation for an afternoon of Q&A with Lord and Lady Fellowes. 

Set in the historic Guildhall Tavern, Julian Fellowes, acclaimed writer of Downton Abbey and The Young Victoria, will share his in-depth knowledge of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert before taking a short walk to Poole Museum for the private view of the Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour exhibition. 

Ticketed event: £12 per ticket for Poole Museum Foundation members, £15 for non-members. To book tickets, contact Christine Spader, E: Christine.Spader@bcpcouncil.gov.uk, T: 01202 262607.

Exhibition Explorers Family Trail

26/10/2019 10:00 - 05/01/2020 16:00

Discover and explore our Victoria and Albert exhibition with this fun Explorers trail. 

Designed as a passport to guide you round, you can look for key paintings, solve puzzles and draw your own sketches. 

Once your trail is complete, bring it to the front desk to receive your passport stamp!

Free trail, available during museum opening hours.

Where's Wally? The Big Museum Hunt!

26/10/2019 10:00 - 03/11/2019 16:00

Can you find Wally in our museum collections? Pick up a free activity sheet and get a special sticker if you do!

Join the search for Wally with your family during this October half term. Poole Museum is part of the national Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally book, Double Trouble at the Museum.

Free museum hunt, available during museum opening hours.

Victorian Hallowe'en Spooktacular!

31/10/2019 11:00 - 15:00
Visit the vile Victorian kitchen at Scaplen’s Court for some spine-chilling craft activities and scary stories. Meet the resident ghost and prepare to get spooked!

Dementia-friendly Exhibition Tour of Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

06/11/2019 14:00 - 15:30

A chance to view and discuss the paintings in Poole Museum’s temporary exhibition Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour. The exhibition takes a deeper look into public and private lives of the royal couple. The collection explores themes of family life, foreign travel and the spectacle of the British court.

This is an interactive session for those living with dementia and their carers. No previous experience or knowledge of art is required. A hot drink and cake will be provided in the café at the end of the session (included in entrance price).

Tickets are £3 per person. To book tickets, contact Rachel Martin (E: Rachel.Martin@bcpcouncil.gov.uk | T: 01202 262616).

Meet the Curator Talk and Tour with Carly Collier from Royal Collection Trust

09/11/2019 14:00 - 15:00
Join us for a talk about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s watercolour collection. Carly Collier, curator of our temporary exhibition, Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour from Royal Collection Trust will be exploring stories behind the watercolours. 

A chance to ask questions and find out more about the watercolours on show. Free event with limited spaces available. Advance booking essential via Eventbrite or at the museum’s front desk.

Image Credit: 'The Queen and Prince Albert Landing at St Pierre, Guernsey, 24 August 1846' Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

WWI In Poole Remembered

11/11/2019 10:00 - 16:00

Learn more about the Lottery Funded WWI project about those who fought in the World Wars from the Poole History Centre team. Help to build our community poppy wall by adding your own poppy to our display.

Dorset Art Prize Exhibition

12/11/2019 10:00 - 15/12/2019 16:00

The Dorset Art Prize celebrates and rewards excellence in art from across the county of Dorset. 

The Prize, established in 2014, hosted by Bournemouth and Poole College, offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. Local young artists submitted their artwork inspired by the theme, ‘reflection’. 

A selection of work is on display around Poole Museum. Free entry.

Have a Go with Watercolours

16/11/2019 13:00 - 15:00

Inspired by our current watercolour exhibition, Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour get creative and have some fun learning how to use watercolour paints. 

A free drop-in session for families, try different techniques to create your own masterpiece.

Step Back in Time: A Victorian Christmas

01/12/2019 11:00 - 15:00

Step inside Scaplen’s Court to soak up the festive atmosphere of a Victorian Christmas. Explore the building and enjoy some historical Christmas crafts. 

Seasonal refreshments available to purchase. Free entry into Scaplen's Court.

Museum Make and Take: Festive Candle Decorations

01/12/2019 10:00 - 31/12/2019 16:00
Make your very own candle decoration to take home and treasure. This fun, free collage activity is inspired by the painting titled, ‘The Queen’s Christmas Tree at Windsor Castle’ featured in the Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour exhibition. 

Self-led, free activity, available during museum opening hours.

Museum Make and Take: Sun-Catchers

08/02/2020 13:00 - 15:00

Get creative and make your very own sun-catcher to take home and hang in your window! Join us for a free, fun collage activity exploring Light-Up Poole’s theme, ‘Spectrum’. 

Use colours, shapes and a mixture of materials in this drop-in session. No booking required, donations welcome.

Mathmos Lava Lamp Trail and Lounge

20/02/2020 10:00 - 29/03/2020 16:00

Did you know the original lava lamp was invented in Poole in the 1960s by local company Mathmos?

To celebrate Light Up Poole 2020, Poole Museum has teamed up with Mathmos to create a range of engaging activities. 

Come and take a selfie at our ‘Mathmos Lava Lamp Window’ installation, enjoy swirling projections and follow the trail around the museum to our retro lava lounge for a chill out with a difference.

Free entry.

Leaping Lambs Easter Trail

04/04/2020 10:00 - 19/04/2020 16:00

Leap along to Poole Museum to find the hidden lambs in the cases and peeking from behind our collections. 

Complete the trail to collect your chocolatey prize!

Museum Make and Take: Easter Crafts

08/04/2020 13:00 - 15:00
Join us and make your very own felt finger puppet friends to take home with you this Easter holiday. 

Our Learning Activity Leaders will teach you how to make felt chicks, rabbits and egg finger puppets. 

Free drop-in session for families, no booking required.

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