Show Me the Money! - first in series of Family Saturdays at Norwich Castle
26 January 2018
Fun events, activities and talks are on offer to Norfolk residents through a series of family events planned for Norwich Castle in the next couple of months.
Four themed event days are planned, offering all family members the chance to experience high-quality learning opportunities through exciting talks, hands- on activities and exploration. The events are all offered free of charge within the usual museum admission prices and run from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Kicking off the series is Show Me the Money, on Saturday 3 February, looking at the origins and history of money, from the days of bartering through to our modern cashless society. Two local metal detectorist groups will be showing visitors their finds and there will be discussions about archaeology. Families can take part in a treasure hunt through the museum galleries, listen to coin specialists and archaeologists and have a go at finding their own treasure using metal detectors in the Castle Rotunda and put their finds in date order. People can 'make their own money' and learn more about its origins and use during Money Talks. So if you ever wondered exactly why Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees this could provide the answer.
Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, said: “All members of the family can learn something about these fascinating themes at Norwich Castle's ever-popular Family Saturdays. The Archaeology Day Show Me The Money! is a rare chance to learn more about the origins of money and take part in fun activities along the way.”
On Saturday, 3 March, the family Saturday title is borrowed from author AA Milne and ushers us into Spring. Rabbits, Friends and Relations is a must if you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between rabbits and hares or how they were farmed and hunted in past times, this is the event for you. There will be a show and tell with museum curator Dr David Waterhouse about the evolution of rabbits, a look at medieval rabbit hunting techniques, a 'hare' –bands craft activity, costume and textile displays featuring rabbit themed outfits and a rabbit trail to hop along to through the museum. There will also be a preview of six of Norwich’s Go Go Hares, going on display in the summer to raise funds for the charity Break. A Hare-Dresser will be on hand to create some vintage hair styles, with donations going to Break.
On Saturday, 17 March, the museum is hosting a Science Day called Transformers, featuring hands-on alchemy and experiments that can be tried at home. Discussions will include what happens to the human body as we age, a show and tell about how a chrysalis turns into a butterfly and a demonstration of mummification. Crafts and storytelling, a look at the evolution of arms and armour and explorations of how to date the castle will also be available.
On Saturday 24 March, visitors can enjoy a King of the Castle event featuring a giant castle building competition, learning how to bow and curtsy on a royal catwalk, and craft making including swords, shields and elaborate castle top hats.
As well as enjoying all the fun of the family days, visitors can also enjoy the permanent collections during their visit to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. There is also the latest exhibition, Square Box on the Hill which opens in early February.
For more information and admission charges visit: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk