Special Events


Out of the Dark

Crafty Networking

Thursday 30 July, 18.00-20.00

Jay Blades, Director of Out of the Dark, discusses the importance of getting new generations involved in traditional crafts, and the transformative effect it can have on their prospects. OTD is a charitable social enterprise repurposing discarded objects and giving them a modern twist whilst training, educating and employing young people form disadvantaged backgrounds. Jay will discuss how OTD founders set up the project and have built the support needed to allow it to continue and flourish.

Part of the Crafty Networking initiative

After hours tour

After Hours Guided Tours

Friday 7 & Thursday 20 August
17.30 – 19.00

An after-hours exclusive guided tour of the Museum, where you will be taken around by one of our expert guides (max per group 15 people) and then browse the Museum at your leisure away from the busy daily crowds.

Explore remarkable collections of hand-made objects from every continent and throughout human history. Discover masks, magic charms and amulets, jewellery, boats, baskets and body decoration, toys, tools, weapons, musical instruments and so much more.

Price £10 - Limited tickets (all children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult) | Book Now


Cult Screens: Cinema at the Museum

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September, 19.00

Enjoy a late summer weekend of film on the Museums' lawn. We've teamed up with Cult Screens to bring you an 80s classic and a recent hit that complement different aspects of the Museum's personality. On Saturday we screen Labyrinth (1986), following David Bowie and a host of Jim Henson creations through an eccentric fantasy world. On Sunday, we screen The Imitation Game (2014), a historical thriller exploring the life of master problem-solver, Alan Turing.

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Darning masterclass

Darning Masterclasses

Friday 18 September, 13.00 – 16.30 OR
Saturday 19 September, 10:00 – 13:30

Fully Booked

Learn to darn with Tom van Deijnen, aka tomofholland, best known for his Visible Mending Programme. Tom will teach Swiss and stocking darning techniques alongside his inspiring darning showcase, and talk about why darning and repairing clothes is important to him. You'll take home a comprehensive handout, two darning needles, skills to tackle any holey sock or thinning elbow and a beautiful darn as a badge of honour!

All practice materials provided. Participants must be aged 16+ | Price £10 - Limited tickets available.