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Fossil Handling At Scarborough Museum

Fossil Handling At Scarborough Museum

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 9:34am 13th April 2017.

Scarborough Museums Trust is hosting a number of activities over the Easter period, including fossil handling and art exhibitions.

Until the 18 April there is the chance explore prehistoric times and delve into facts about dinosaur footprints and even handle some of the fossils. 

Experts are on hand to guide visitors through all the geological finds at the Rotunda Museum and also present some selected items from the museum's collections.

There is also the chance for interested geologists to handle specimens and learn more about geological formations that provide metals and minerals used in everyday life. 

Starting today, there's a creative workshop at the Scarborough Art Gallery inspired by their new exhibition, 'Light-Texture-Mark-Making a Lasting Impression.'

At the workshop, art enthusiasts can learn how to create their own collagraph or collage using different techniques under the guidance of a visiting artist. 

Jennifer Dunne is the Collections Manager at Scarborough Museums Trust. 

She said:

"The fossils are always really popular. The fossil handling sessions which we run most school holidays are always really well attended.

We find that people are really interested in being able to actually handle the fossils because it's a chance not just to look at things in a case, but to actually get a sense of how things feel.

It's a much more different experience. 

The geology talk is going to look at how minerals and geology are used in industry, which is relevant for the North Yorkshire area with things like the Potash Mine and Sirius Minerals."

A full list of upcoming events can be found below:

Lasting Impressions: a selection of works from the Printmakers Council Archive
A captivating exhibition of selected works from the Printmakers Council archive, many of which have never been on public display before, which demonstrate a range of printmaking techniques. The Printmakers Council is run by artists to promote and develop printmaking and includes artists from around the world.
Free with the SMT Annual Pass


Until 17 April 

Sci-Fi Scarborough

In association with the Sci-Fi Scarborough Convention 2017, the ‘Gallery on the Edge of Forever’ will be showing the work of talented local artists, and winners of the Sci-Fi Scarborough school art competition.

Free with the SMT Annual Pass


5 April, 3May, 7 June


2pm – 4pm

Visitors are invited to create their own knitted square which will form part of a knitted seaside wall-hanging from knitted squares and sea creatures, to go on display as part of the ‘A Day at the Seaside’ exhibition at the Art Gallery from 1 July-24 September. During the session there will be people on hand to show how to use basic knitting techniques and provide the wool, needles and patterns.

Free with the SMT Annual Pass


13 April

Light - Texture - Mark

Making a 'Lasting Impression'

10.30am - 12pm

A creative printing workshop linked to the Lasting Impressions exhibition. Meet at the Art Gallery, visitors can gather inspiration before working with an artist to create their own collagraph or collage using different techniques.

Free with the SMT Annual Pass

- no booking required. Suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied at all times

19 April - 14 May

Scarborough’s Schools: ‘Illustrating the Seaside’

Visit the gallery’s exhibition showcasing some of the illustration work produced by primary school children across Scarborough. Working alongside local artist Karen Thompson, pupils have created art work inspired by Scarborough’s seaside heritage as part of ‘The Big Draw 2016’. 

Free with the SMT Annual Pass


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