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A History of the World: Half-term events in Cambs
Twilight at the Museums
Grab a torch and see museums in a totally new light this half-term

As part of the BBC and British Museum series, A History Of The World, Radio Cambridgeshire and local museums are running loads of events in half-term.

Sue Dougan will broadcast her show live from Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum on Wednesday 17 February.

And if you have a historical object that's important to you, bring it along, we'll photograph it, and add it to the website for you.

Other local museum events include twilight tours and re-enactors.

Details of Cambridgeshire's 10 objects chosen to represent our county for A History Of The World can be found using the link at the bottom of this page.

Contact details for venues and museums mentioned on this page can be found in the list on the right-hand side of this feature.

Museum events in Cambridgeshire

Saturday 13 February

You can't usually touch the stuff in museums, can you? Well, you can at the Sedgwick Museum's Hands-on Saturdays on 13, 20 and 27 February.

Family learning and object handling sessions let you get your hands on some amazing rocks, fossils and minerals from the collections, and to investigate them close up.

Free drop-in sessions suitable for children from six years as well as adults take place from 10.30am-3pm.

Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 February

Imperial War Museum has lots on offer for families right across the half-term holiday.

Special events include wartime craft activities and costumed actors playing roles including land girls and bomb disposal officers.

You can find all the details of half-term activities on this page of IWM Duxford website.

Monday 15 to Friday 19 February

Seeing Stars is a week of science and astronomy-based fun for half-term at Peterborough Museum.

Themed family craft activities take place from 10.30am-12.30pm each morning (£1 per child). Plus, there are museum trails, your chance to find out more about the planets, and a show in the mobile planetarium (£2 per person). Plus you can meet a different costumed character from Peterborough's past each day.

Wednesday 17 February

Our main A History Of The World event takes place on Wednesday at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, presented by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Sue Dougan.

Come along and join Sue as she broadcasts the Afternoon Show live from the city's flagship museum.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Fitzwilliam in Cambridge is Sue Dougan's base on 17 February

Find out about some of the objects chosen to represent Cambridgeshire, including the beautiful Macclesfield Psalter and the Chesterton Lane Coin Hoard, and learn about the museum's conservation work.

Plus, we're sending the Girl Guides on a museum treasure trail to see what they can find - it's Chinese New Year on 14 February, and as it's the Year of the Tiger, we're setting them the task of finding as many tiger-related objects as they can.

Sue would really love you to come along and if you have an object that's important to your family's history - or the history of the wider world - and it's portable, bring it along, tell us your story and we'll take a photo and add it to the BBC's A History Of The World website.

Bring along the youngsters in your family to find out how the objects of the past influence our lives today.

Sue will be at The Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street in Cambridge, tripping over a hoard of Girl Guides from 12.30pm-4pm, Wednesday 17 February.

Twilight at the Museums: Bring torches and explore Cambridge's museums and the Botanic Garden after dark.

Enjoy a special family evening of torchlight trails and activities. Admission is free to all museums and the Botanic Garden.

Time: 4.30pm-7pm on Wednesday 17 February (from 5.30pm at The Fitzwilliam)

Museums confirmed as taking part are: Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences; Whipple Museum of the History of Science; Museum of Zoology; Fitzwilliam Museum (5.30pm-7pm); New Hall Art Collection; Cambridge and County Folk Museum; the Botanic Garden.

For more information contact the venues or try the Cambridge University Museums website.

The Extraordinary Egyptians are waiting to tell you their secrets at Wisbech and Fenland Museum from 10am-3pm.

Free drop-in activities include writing in hieroglyphs, making a death mask collage and learning about mummification. Sounds like fun!

Thursday 18 February

Become a medieval knight in shining armour and help save the castle - at St Ives' Norris Museum from 11am-3pm.

Try on armour, try out some weapons, take the knight's oath of allegiance and enjoy a display of castles made by St Ivo schoolchildren. And it's free!

Saturday 20 February

Cromwell's medicine chest at The Cromwell Museum: A costumed actor will explain what it was like to be a doctor in the 17th century, using examples from Oliver Cromwell's chest, which is one of our county's 10 objects chosen for A History of the World.

Throughout the week you can try out the museum's activity cabinet which contains replica 17th century costume, games, trails and there are also quiz sheets/colouring sheets for younger children.

The Museum is open daily, apart from Monday, throughout half-term week from 1.30pm-4pm and on Saturdays it's open from 10.30am-4pm. Entry is free.

To find out more about Cambridgeshire's top 10 man-made objects and to find out how you can submit your own artefacts, visit Cambridgeshire's History of the World index.




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