Creative sessions to explore history

01 February 2019

Imaginative play combined with exploring life in the past is on offer to Norfolk children during February half-term.

Norfolk County Council’s Record Office is hosting two children’s workshops at its base next to county hall in Norwich. And Norfolk Heritage Centre is also hosting a children’s event at its base in the city’s Millennium Library.

Ready, Set, Go... will use documents from the Record Office as inspiration to create a board game. Ideas might include sea creatures, dragons or a game unlocking different rooms based on the plans, with each unique game being taken home to put to the test with family.

All materials will be provided and Ready, Set, Go… is on Thursday 21 February from 2-2.30pm.  The cost is £3.50 per child, under 3s free.  Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. vTo book a place call 01603 222599 or visit www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/events.

On The Nose offers a chance to find out more about the American aeroplanes stationed in Norfolk in the Second World War and the art of painting designs on the planes’ noses.  There was plenty of meaning behind the designs and children are invited to learn more about them and have a go at creating their own design.  There will also be a chance to get up close and personal with artefacts from the war, including an incendiary bomb.

On The Nose is on Friday 22 February from 2-3.30pm.  The cost is £3.50 per child, under 3s free.  Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult . To book a place call 01603 222599 or visit www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/events.

Heritage Holiday Fun: Send Me A Postcard, Drop Me A Line offers children a chance to explore the history of postcards and create their own.  Staff from the Heritage Centre will help children to understand the lives revealed by the archive of postcards and get creative with their own.  This free event in on Wednesday 20 February from 2-3pm in the children’s library on the ground floor of the Millennium Library. It is suitable for accompanied children aged four to 11 years.  Booking is not required.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Communities Committee, said:  "These activities offer a creative way for children to learn about the past and have a go to see how things were done.  They will be able to take home the crafts they make."

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