St Neots Museum Spring Newsletter 2016
Welcome to our Spring newsletter, included are all our forthcoming events and information about future plans.
Our two themes for the first half of the year are the Great War, with our Heritage Lottery Funded Project to collect and share information about the war coming to an end in June and the Victorian period in our area with a Victorian theme for our summer festival and our first Murder Mystery event.
Easter Family Drop-in Activities
As usual we are offering drop-in workshops, a free Easter trail with a mini chocolate Easter Egg for every child who completes the trail and a free Family Activity over the holiday period – many thanks to the Friends of the Museum for providing the Easter Eggs.
Create your own sock bunny
31st March & 1st April, 11am – 3pm,
£3.50 per child
Try our monster challenge and see what you can make
7th & 8th April, 11am – 3pm, £3.50 per child
Free Easter Egg Trail
26th March to 9th April
Claim your free mini egg at the end of the trail
Exhibitions at the Museum
Our current exhibition by talented local illustrator Michael Kay ends on the
9th April, Michael Kay has an incredible talent for capturing fine details in his ink and crayon drawings, do call in to see the drawings if you haven’t already done so. Both the original works and prints are available and if you would like a drawing of your house or a much loved pet Michael also undertakes commissions.
Opening on the 13th April is Life Lines, an exhibition by a talented
group of local artists who make up the Buckden Life Drawing Group.
They present a stunning exhibition of drawings, and paintings
revealing the human body in all its beauty and complexity.
The group members are all people with a strong interest in
the discipline of traditional drawing based on human anatomy
as it was once taught in art schools.
Private View Invitation
The Private View for this exhibition is on
Wednesday 13th April from 7.00 to 9.00pm
The exhibition continues until 14th May.
Special events play an important part in bringing new visitors to the museum and building our audience base and this will be our first poetry event at the Museum.
Ted Bruning’s poems are funny and beautifully written, please do come along and help to make the event a success.
Phantastick Songs from the
World Next Door
Friday 22nd April
7.00 – 9.00pm
Come along to the local launch of Ted Bruning and Joe Elgie’s fantastic new illustrated poetry book.
Discover the amusing and sometimes dark poetry of local author and journalist Ted Bruning with stunning illustrations by talented artist Joe Elgie. Enjoy a glass of wine with nibbles and listen to some of Ted’s poems, with music by Matt Heiland.
‘But don’t be too frightened: all’s not what it seems.
These flora and fauna are tissues of dreams;
And the monsters we dredge from the depths of our brain
Fall asleep when we wake …or they’d drive us insane.’
Last Thursday of every month
Drop in event
11.00 – 12.00 noon
£3.50 per child
Next session – Thursday 31st March
As part of our programme of offering more events and activities to increase our audience are our new sessions for toddlers and their carers.
Devised by Lesley Sainsbury, our Learning and Access Officer, the sessions are a fun way to introduce children to museums, history and the pleasure of discovering new things and new environments. If you know any children aged 2 – 5 who might be interested do bring them along, as well as fun activities there are refreshments and a messy art creation to take home.
Thurs 28th April – Granny’s handbag
Thurs 26 May – The Eynesbury Giant
Thurs 30 June – Victorian Wash Day
Thurs 28 July – Woolly Mammoths
St Neots Museum Town Walks
Our Ghost Walks have now finished for the summer, but can still be booked by groups, they will resume in the Autumn.
St Neots and the Great War Walk
Wednesday 6th April
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday 11th May, 7.30pm
Tickets £5.00 per person
How was St Neots affected by the Great War 1914 – 18?
Discover the stories of the people that lived through the First World War and the local places they knew and loved.
Almost every building in St Neots town centre has a story to tell, join the Curator
for a walk through the town centre revealing the stories of the Great War.
Advance booking preferred, call the museum on 01480 214163 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to the Museum for 7.30pm
A walk through History
– The Story of St Neots
Wednesday 20th April
£5.00 per person
Step back in time to meet the people and places that shaped the town. Discover how the town got its name, why a local man assassinated the country’s Prime Minister, where the first people lived in our area
and how the town became world famous in the 1930s.
The walk starts at the Museum at 7.30pm and lasts about 80 minutes.
‘X’ Marks the Spot
St Neots Museum & ‘Mystery in History’ present
On Saturday 2nd July, 6.30 – 10.00pm
Tickets £30.00 per person, including three course meal and complimentary glass of fizz on arrival (or alternative) Tickets available from St Neots Museum
Come and enjoy a brand new Murder Mystery written for St Neots Museum.
The evening starts at the United Reformed Church and includes a delicious three course meal, made for us by the Friends of St Neots Museum, then continues around town, as you follow the clues and attempt to find the dastardly murderer!
Based around the dramatic St Neots Urban District Council elections of 1896 – but using fictional characters – the story unfolds – it is Saturday 28th March 1896, the night of the final hustings before the vote…and feelings are running so high that people may be tempted to resort to desperate measures to win the vote …even murder!
Tickets available from
St Neots Museum
Call in to the museum
or email us at email@example.com
or 01480 214163
More details from the Museum and on our website