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Make it! Play It!
Summer holiday programme

23rd July – 31st August 2005

Get creative and play your way around the Empire and Commonwealth this Summer holiday, with arts, crafts and games popular throughout history and around the world.
See rare photographs and artefacts usually hidden in our archives, take a closer look at life in today’s Commonwealth and get hands-on with dozens of related craft activities.

Tuesday 26th July, Wednesday 27th, and Thursday 28th, come and watch a puppet performance based on the Malaysian tradition, and make your own shadow puppet.

Tuesday 2nd August, Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th, find out how the native Inuit tribes of North America live and see the crafts that help them survive.

Tuesday 9th August, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th, compare the art and culture of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand. Hear their creation myths and create your own piece of rock art.

Tuesday 16th August, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th, celebrate India’s Independence Day with us, take a look at India’s decorative culture, learn how to put on a sari or a turban, and decorate an elephant.

Tuesday 23rd August, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th, explore the craftwork of some of the different tribes of Africa, and have a go at communicating a message through your own beadwork.

*Make It! Play It! is suitable for adults and children of all ages from 5 years upwards


Summer at Pow Wow

Why not cool down this Summer inside one of Britain's most acclaimed indoor special exhibitions for families? Insider tip - look out for the fantistic value family season ticket that not only allows unlimited entry to the exhibition but also enables FREE entry to all Pow Wow events for a full 12 months!

Open every day, 10am – 5pm, including weekends and Bank holidays, throughout the Summer.

All events and exhibitions are included in the cost of admission to the Museum. Some events are timed. Please ring the Museum for details on 0117 9254 980

Pirates of the South West

22nd – 30th October 2005

Hide your treasure and sharpen your cutlass – the pirates are invading! A swarm of the most fearsome pirates ever to rule the high seas will be returning to the South West for 12 days of easting, fighting and family fun at the Museum!

Main event (every day):
Daily "Pirate Show" – a spectacle for all the family featuring all your pirate favourites that includes sword-fighting, kidnapping, punishment, and audience participation.

Children’s activities (every day):
Pirate look-a-like competition, Face painting, Make a pirate puppet, Pirate bouncy castle.

Family activities during the week (24-28 October):
Short talks and demonstrations on knot tying, flags and their meaning, and nautical instruments.

Suitable for all ages from three years upwards

Junior Antiques Roadshow

Sunday 6th November

'Antiques Roadshow - The Next Generation' is the special 'junior' version of the popular BBC ONE programme Antiques Roadshow. It is aimed specifically at young people under the age of 18 who are interested in knowing more about their own collections or family heirlooms. It's amazing what the children bring along - anything from mummified crocodiles to Douglas Bader's legs......

Adults are welcome to come to the Roadshow (and in fact anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult) but it is primarily an event for young collectors so any adults attending must be in the company of children or teenagers. Entry to the event is free, but it is by ticket only, which also offers a large discount on entry to the museum.

Application forms for tickets are available from the Roadshow office:-
BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR
or at the BBC Antiques website at


Bluebeard’s Christmas

21st December 2005 – 2nd January 2006

Experience a Christmas with a difference this holiday – come and visit Bluebeard in his grotto!! Bluebeard the Pirate arrives every day on his ship, and sits in his Cabin counting his gold…… Join our interactive tour, follow the clues to discover where he’s hiding, and receive some pirate treasure to take home!!

Tours take place hourly from 10.30 – 16.30.
To book a place, please call 0117 925 4980 or email:

Additional activities available every day include:

Face painting
Make a jewelled treasure chest
Pirate bouncy castle

Suitable for all ages from three years upwards



Our War - The Commonwealth at War 1939 -1945

Thursday 7th July 2005, 3pm - Chris Sommerville - the author of Our War discusses his fascinating and faithful memoir to the service of the Commonwealth's men and women in the Second World War. The event takes place just days before National Commemoration Day, the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War Two, falling roughly half way between  VE and VJ day. The writer will also be signing copies of his work.

Suitable for adults


History Now!    

Budding young historians aged 16 to 30-something get the chance to meet some world famous historians in this new lecture series. Hear about their latest research, discover how they made a career out of history and get first hand advice on how to become a historian of the future.

Wednesday 21st September 2005 – Professor John Enderby – history of the Royal Society, and science in the 16th and 17th Centuries.

Wednesday 28th September 2005 – Marina Warner – novelist and historian: focus on Caribbean and family history

Wednesday 30th November 2005 – Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch; focus on Church History.

Suitable for sixth form, university/college students and younger adults

All History Now! events take place from 15.30 –17.30pm. Cost is £3.50 per seminar (includes free Museum entry).
To book please call 0117 925 4980 or email:

Black History Month

1 – 31st October 2005

An engaging month of activities, arts, crafts and games exploring issues relating to black history. Themes include indigenous culture, the slave trade, migration and contemporary black culture.

Different activities designed for adults and/or children as appropriate. Check with the Museum for details of the full programme.

Friends’ Day

Saturday 8th October 2005

This year’s speaker is Richard Dowden, director of the Royal African Society. Check with the Museum for details of prices and for the full day’s programme.h

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