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Summer Fun at Poole Museum

Poole Museum has a packed programme this summer to entertain children and adults of all ages.

This year sees an extended opening of one of the town’s most important historical buildings, Scaplen’s Court. It will be open everyday for visitors to explore from Saturday 27 July until Sunday 1 September (10am until 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 4.30pm on Sundays). Entry to Scaplen’s Court is free and provides a wonderful opportunity to look around one of Poole’s finest medieval buildings. This year access to Scaplen’s Court has been extended to cover a longer period, with the first day of opening to coincide with the Festival of British Archaeology.

Additionally, every Monday and Tuesday throughout August visitors are invited to step back in time with our period activities. Between 11am and 3pm our experienced team of explainers and re-enactors will be demonstrating crafts from the past and encouraging families to have a go at historical games and activities.

Activities will include finding out how the wartime wife made her rations stretch, making a Victorian high tea, lace making and dying, candle making, civil war pike drills and Tudor dancing.

Also on 27 July, the Museum team will be holding a fun packed open day at the Roman House at Upton Country Park, Changing Roman Rooms. This event is part of the Festival of British Archaeology. Visitors will be able to decorate and adorn the Roman House with wall murals and mosaics, using genuine Roman techniques. There will also be the opportunity to make wattle and daub hurdles, clay lamps and Roman bread. The event is free and will run from 11 am until 3pm.

Poole Museum Service will also be hosting a fantastic storytelling event as part of the Sting in the Tale festival. On 20 August at 3pm visitors are invited to watch the renowned storyteller Katy Cawkwell perform an enchanting version of Sleeping Beauty in the atmospheric setting of the Roman House at Upton Country Park. The performance will be suitable for families and must be booked. Tickets cost £4 per child and £5 per adult. Tickets are available to purchase in advance from Poole Museum Reception.V isitors may arrive from 1.30pm and picnic in the enclosure of the house.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, Borough of Poole, said: "The summer activities from Poole Museum this year really do have something to appeal to everyone. What better way to entertain the children during the summer than with a trip to one of the storytelling sessions.

"I look forward to welcoming as many visitors as possible to these events and cannot wait to try out the interactive trail for myself."

At Poole Museum, visitors can meet a curator and get up close to objects with exciting stories to tell at themed object handling sessions in the galleries.  These are free drop in events and will feature objects not currently on display. Visitors can drop in between 11am and 12pm on Tuesday 13, 20 and 27 August.

There is also an exciting opportunity to join the curators on tours of Poole Museum’s stores. This is part of ‘Hidden Treasures’, a nationwide programme of events showcasing the UK’s hidden collections. Tours run on 23 and 24 August. They are free but booking is essential as places are strictly limited. Book your place by emailing museums@poole.gov.uk or call 01202 262600.

Poole Museum will also be launching a new interactive trail inside the museum this summer. Visitors will be able to explore Poole’s links with the rest of the world using an iPod Touch which are available to hire from Museum reception.

As well as all this, Poole Museum’s monthly Saturday storytelling sessions will continue on the second Saturday of each month. Please enquire at the Museum for further details on 01202 262600 or follow on Twitter @poolemuseum