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Mystical messengers, a disappearing hen and sparkling summer fun

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Summer at the Museums 23 July – 2 September 2015

The summer holidays might be slowly coming to an end but there’s still plenty of activities to enjoy with Summer at the Museums.

Have you taken part in any of the Summer at the Museums’ events and activities? If so, we’d love to hear what you think – just click here to complete our short survey. In addition to that great feeling you will get from helping us plan for next summer, you will also be in with a chance to win a £50 voucher for Amazon! Looks like a win, win situation.

Friday 21 August

Big Trak Challenge
Centre for Computing History

Learn to program Big Trak bots and watch them move in response to simple commands.
***** PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*****

Dazzling Lanterns
St Neots Museum

Find out about life before electricity and make a clay lantern to take home.
11am–3pm, all ages
£3 per child – Drop-in 

Postcards From Around the World
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Visit the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to explore new places. Make arts and crafts inspired by objects and people from around the globe.
2–4pm, all ages
FREE – Drop-in

Museum Tour
Museum of Classical Archaeology

Step into the past and take a tour of the Museum of Classical Archaeology with our Curator.
2.30–3.30pm, all ages
FREE – Drop-in

Monday 24 August

Mystical Messengers
Great St Mary’s Church

Explore stories of heavenly messengers and make a winged card for someone you love.
11am–2pm, all ages
FREE – Drop-in

Children’s Tour
The Polar Museum

A tour especially for children. You’ll find out all about the Polar Regions, and everything from explorers to shamanism.
***** PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*****

Discovering the tropical rainforests at Cambridge University Botanic GardenOutdoor Drawing
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Get drawing with artist John Wiltshire who will share his tips for drawing plants and wildlife.
1.30–4.30pm, ages 5-12
FREE / Adults normal admission – Drop-in 

Tuesday 25 August 

CSI Classics – Detectives at the Museum
Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Museum needs young and willing detectives to help solve crimes, with storyteller Marion Leeper.
***** PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*****

Wednesday 26 August

Towers and Rockets
Cambridge Museum of Technology

Design, build and test your own tower and rocket. A range of experts will be on hand to provide advice and tips.
***** PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*****

Electronics Lab – Build a Bug
Centre for Computing History

Build a crawling micro-bug at this workshop for budding electronics engineers or anyone interested in learning to solder.
***** PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*****

Who Ate Harriet?
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey

Someone has taken Harriet the Hen. Can you piece together the clues and work out who it is?
12–4pm, all ages
Normal admission applies – Drop-in 

Glass & Precious Metals Fusing Workshop
Stained Glass Museum, Ely

Create artwork from glass and precious metals. Your piece will be fused in the kiln and available to collect the following week.
2–4pm, age 8+
£12 per child – Pre-book 01353 660347 /shop@stainedglassmuseum.com 

Thursday 27 August

10482317_358538340938138_2954096439514285655_oPhotographs Through the Ages!
Museum of Cambridge

Transform yourself for a Victorian ‘selfie’ using costumes and photo studio backdrops. Explore old and new photographs and create a personal scrap book.
10.30am–12pm / 2–3.30pm, ages 5+
£2 per participant (or 5 weekly workshops for £8)
Pre-book 01223 355159 /events@museumofcambridge.org.uk

Gadget Hack
Centre for Computing History

What happens inside your favourite gadgets? Take apart phones, music players, laptops and computers to find out.
***** PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED*****

Sparkling Summer Fun
Ely Museum

Celebrate the best of the season and join us for children’s crafts with a summer theme.
11am–12.30pm, ages 5+
£3 per child – Pre-book 01353 666655 / admin@elymuseum.org.uk

Pop-up Fun
St Neots Museum

Join us in getting crafty and make your own pop-up creature.
11am–3pm, all ages
£3 per child – Drop-in 

Who Ate Harriet?
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey

Someone has taken Harriet the Hen. Can you piece together the clues and work out who it is?
12–4pm, all ages
Normal admission applies – Drop-in 

Fun in the Thrifty 40s!
Burwell Museum & Windmill

Family adventures in wartime Britain. Blackout games, old fashioned toys and wartime craft activities.
2–5pm, all ages
£2 per child / 1 adult free with up to 2 children – Drop-in

For a complete guide to what’s happening across the summer, download your FREE Summer at the Museums programme here, or pick up one form any participating venue. You can find out more through our weekly updates blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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