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Autumn Under 5’s at Islington Museum

Under 5s workshops

  • Messy Play: a range of creative and messy crafts. Messy play is messy – bring a change of clothes! Under 5’s. £2 per child.

  •  Storytelling: join our interactive stories, explore historic objects and get creative! Under 5’s. £2 per child.

For more information please contact Rebecca Campbell-Gay at rebecca.campbell-gay@islington.gov.uk or 020 7527 2837

15th  September 2016, 10am-11.30am
Messy play: Golden Autumn
Come and explore autumn in all its glorious colours. Decorate our giant collage tree, create your own sculpture with leaves and twigs, and get cosy in our den!

29th September 2016, 10am-11.30am 
Storytelling: The Great Fire of London
Stories at 10am and 10.40am

London is burning! Come and find out what went wrong, build your own mini Tudor London with Lego and make a clay pot to take home.

13th October 2016, 10am-11.30 am
Messy play: African textiles
Travel to another continent and learn how fabric is made. Then create your own patterns using centuries’ old techniques like tie-dyeing and block printing.

27th October 2016, 10am-11.30 am
Storytelling: Fighting Fires
Stories at 10am and 10.40am
What does a day in the life of a firefighter looks like? Find out about these modern-day heroes who keep us safe as well as the animals that help them!

10th November 2016, 10am-11.30am
Messy play: Fire Fire!
Explore warm colours in our sensory containers, put out fake fires with glittery water, make your own fire engine to take home and much more!

24th November 2016, 10am-11.30am 
Storytelling: Bonfire Night
Stories at 10am and 10.40am
Bonfires, bright lights and fireworks, but what is the story behind Bonfire Night? Come and take part in our interactive story to find out about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.

8th December 2016, 10am-11.30 am
Messy play: Frosty Wonderland
Get warm in our winter wonderland: play in our sensory messy containers, make your own Christmas cards and print your own giant wintery wallpaper.

22nd December 2016, 10am-11.30 am
Storytelling: Decorating Christmas
Stories at 10am and 10.40am
It’s that time of the year again and we are celebrating it with stories and crafts. Expect lots of tinsel, sparkles and fun!

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A Sense of Place

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In 2015/16 Islington Museum partnered with Morelands Children’s Centre on ‘A Sense of Place’, kindly funded by Islington Giving Supporting Families Programme and the Bunhill Councillors.

Over 5 day long workshops we worked with local families from the King’s Square Estate. Families joined us at Islington Museum for an interactive storytelling session with Dani Bradstreet. In the storytelling sessions we explored our local buildings, transport networks and parks. We pretended to drive the tube, ride historic horse buses, visit local buildings and play in the park with our local guide, Finsbury the fox. There was lots of masking tape, colourful scarves, ‘rain,’ and music involved.

Families then looked at historic images of the local area. They were fascinated to see how the King’s Estate has changed. While many of our older participants were able to share lovely stories about their memories of the local area. We used these images as inspiration for our own drawings.

The adults then used cutting tools to turn the archival images and our drawings into stencils. While the children got messy with play dough, giant drawings, watercolour experiments and printing.

Our project artist Sarah Pimenta worked with families to do mark making on pieces of fabric using tools as varied as leaves, bricks, stamps and hand prints- a particular favourite with the babies!

 

Sarah then screen printed the stencils on top of the fabric. She was guided by our very enthusiastic helpers!

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The resulting printed have been turned into a fabric book telling the story of our local area through art and written memories. To see the beautiful screen prints in this tactile artwork follow this link.

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Sarah also took the artworks and re-interpreted them as a digitally printed map of the local area. This beautiful art piece celebrates the creativity of our local families and the things that make our local area special to us. A copy of the map will hang in both Islington Museum and Morelands Children Centre for our family audiences to enjoy.

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The exhibition of the artwork was opened on the 5th July 2016 by our artists and the Mayor of Islington. The private view was a success with everyone:

‘This is the best party ever!’

‘What a fabulous event, so wonderful that so many families came to the museum to celebrate our great project!’

‘Really fun, it was lovely to see all the work together and lovely to see everyone again and share memories.’ 

‘When I told the children this morning, they said, ‘mommy, mommy, let’s go now!”

‘It’s been lovely to come and see all the work, the food was great and nice to meet the Mayor, great she got involved with the kids.’ 

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