The Finsbury Rifles: From Islington to Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Private View and Storytelling Celebration!

Islington Museum is one of a number of partners around the country contributing to Away from the Western Front, a two year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project looks to explore the heritage of the men and women from Britain and its former Empire who served in the campaigns of Salonika, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Africa, during World War I.

Local young people researched the experiences of the Finsbury Rifles, a local regiment who traveled first to Gallipoli, and then on to Egypt, Palestine and Syria. The group explored the war diary in our archives, before working with Chocolate Films on a week long animation course to produce three stop motion films.

We are excited to announce a display of the young people’s spectacular animations opening on the 14th November, and would like to invite you to join us to celebrate. 

Bring the whole family (under fives welcome!) to explore animations made by local young people, create crafts to take home and take part in an interactive, imaginative storytelling experience! 

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Under 5’s Winter Activities Programme at Islington Museum.

Join us at the museum for some messy play and imaginative storytelling, as the leaves fall and the weather turns colder!

Outside of our monthly programming we also have fabulous dress up boxes, toy kitchen and shop, exciting toys and lots to explore and learn, all in a warm and welcoming environment. Do drop in and visit us!

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more info please get in touch with Rebecca:

02075273235 or Rebecca.Campbell-Gay@islington.gov.uk

Beastly Islington: Islington Museum at Moreland Chidren’s Centre

Beastly Islington: Musical Monday at Moreland Children’s Centre

Monday 31st July. Music sessions at 10am and 11am, craft drop in 10am – 12pm.

Come along to Moreland Children’s Centre for our special family music event.

Join musician Pal Rubinstein for a musical Monday. Dance to the melodies, learn new songs and join in on some old favourites, all inspired by the animals who have lived and worked in Islington.

Then get messy with our drop in animal themed crafts!

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For more info contact: rebecca.campbell-gay@Islington.gov.uk

 

Under 5’s and family events this summer

Join us for a summer of creative fun at Islington Museum.

Family Workshop: Sunshine Printing

10th August, 1pm—3pm, £3 per family

Come as a family and learn how to make prints using just sunlight, plants and water!
We will collect beautiful natural objects in the park before having time to experiment and create your own family artwork inspired by summer.

Under 5’s very welcome. Bring sun cream and water if it’s hot.

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Messy play: Victorian Seaside

15th August 2017, 10am-11.30am, £2 per child

Come along to our Victorian Seaside! Play Victorian seaside games, build colourful sandcastles and make seaside art.

Messy Play does get messy – don’t forget a change of clothes!

 

Family Workshop: Prints and Protests

22nd August, 10am—12pm, , £3 per family

The people of Islington have always stood up for what they believe in. Join us for a messy printmaking workshop to make beautiful banners telling us what you and your family think is important!

 

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Messy Play:Summer Garden

29th August, 10am—11.30am

Dig up wiggly worms in our messy soil, print with beautiful flowers and create colourful summertime crafts!

Messy Play does get messy – don’t forget a change of clothes!

 

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We look forward to seeing you soon! Have a lovely summer.

Family Fun this May Half Term!

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Join us this half term for one of our exciting family events, below, or simply pop in to say hello and play in our toy and role play corners!

Dance in Swan Lake

30th May, sessions at 10am and 11am. Under 5’s. 

Join us at Moreland Children’s Centre to take part in our special ballet class for all the family. Become a beautiful swan or a swashbuckling hero.

Then explore Islington Museum’s beautiful theatre collection with our ballet themed crafts.

Screen printing and Storytelling: Spanish Civil War

Family Workshop and Stories (under 5’s welcome)

1st June, 10am-2pm. Stories at 10am and 10.40am (if enough people).

Come as a family to discover the Spanish Civil War. Join in our sensory adventure taking aid to Spain, travelling across water and mountains.Then get messy making your own mono and screen printed banners.

Don’t forget a packed lunch and messy clothes. Booking required.

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To book or for more info please get in touch with us at:

Email: Rebecca.Campbell-Gay@islington.gov.uk

Tel: 020 7527 28 37

Under 5’s this Summer term!

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Join us for our Messy Play and Storytelling sessions.

We’ve got toys, role play, sensory stories and messy crafts for all, in a warm and welcoming space.

Messy Play does get messy – don’t forget a change of clothes!

Messy play: Radical Art

11th May 2017, 10am-11.30am

Come and see our giant banners from the Spanish Civil War. Explore our sensory journey to Spain and then get messy with paint, chalk, textiles and collage materials as you make your own banner

Storytelling: Spanish Journeys

18th May 2017, 10am-11.30am. Stories at 10am and 10.40am (if enough people).

Join our adventure to Spain, travelling across the water and mountains. Help make milk tokens, nurses’ hats and tasty clay food to take with you.

Messy play: Summer’s here!

22nd June 2017, 10am-11.30am

Come and celebrate the arrival of summer. Make your own sand pictures, use playdough to make a summer scene and paint giant flowers!

 

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Banners for Spain: Fighting the Spanish Civil War in London.

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Our upcoming exhibition tells the story of Islington’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War. In partnership with the Marx Memorial Library, the exhibition showcases six newly conserved banners for Aid Spain, artefacts from the archives and the stories of the Islington International Brigaders.

The exhibition is complemented by the free events programme below, offering the opportunity to learn more. Please book through Islington Museum or via our eventbrite page.

 

Events

Film: The Guernica Children

Thu 27 April 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 at the Marx Memorial Library, EC1R 0DU

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A screening of Stephen Bowles’ documentary to mark 80 years since the bombing of Guernica. With Herminio Martinez, one of the ‘Basque children’ refugees.

The film tells the story of the 4,000 Spanish children, refugees from the Civil War, who arrived in the UK in May 1937. While in Britain, they were cared for, fed and housed by the efforts of a vast voluntary organisation. Some later returned to Spain while others made Britain their home.

 

Walk: Islignton in the Spanish Civil War

6th May, 3rd June and 24th June, 11am, at Islington Museum, EC1V 4NB 

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Explore Islington stories of the Spanish Civil War and 1930’s political activisim with a local CIGA guide.

 

Talk: Britain and the Spanish Civil War

Tue 9 May 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 at Islington Museum, EC1V 4NB

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The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) had a profound influence on Britain. Some 2400 British volunteers fought in the International Brigades against Franco’s rebel forces, thousands of activists across Britain –including well-known artists and writers – campaigned and raised funds on behalf of the Spanish Republic, and almost 4000 Basque refugee children sought refuge in Britain in May 1937. However, despite this enthusiasm for the cause of the elected Spanish government, Britain’s Conservative-dominated National Government remained committed to the policy of Non-Intervention, while even the Left was divided over many issues raised by the Civil War.

This lecture will not only seek to explain why so many in Britain felt compelled to take sides on the Civil War, but also will explore some of the complexities of the conflict’s impact. Finally, it will ask whether the response to the Civil War –with such a remarkable depth of political engagement – makes this a unique episode in modern British history.

 

Workshop: Islington’s Banner for Spain

Sat 13 May 2017, 10:30 – 16:00 at Islington Museum, EC1V 4NB

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Join banner-maker Ed Hall to help make a banner about Islington’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War.

This workshop will explore the stories of Islington International Brigaders -Why did they go to Spain? What did they do there? We will then work with banner-maker Ed Hall to make a banner reflecting their experiences. The banner will go on display at Islington Museum during the Banners for Spain! exhibition.

To find out more about Ed Hall click below: http://visualarts.britishcouncil.org/watch-and-listen/artists-30496/ed-hall-banner-maker

 

Visit: The Spanish Collection

Thu 1 June 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 at Marx Memorial Library, EC1R 0DU

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Explore the Marx Memorial Library Spanish Collection with Archivist & Library Manager Meirian Jump.

Delve into the Marx Memorial Library’s unparalleled International Brigade Association archives and learn more about the Aid Spain campaign. Immerse yourself in the experiences of Brigaders fighting in Spain during the Civil War (1936-39) through photographs, diaries and artefacts from the conflict held at the library.

 

Talk: Artists for Spain

Thu 8 June 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 at Marx Memorial Library, EC1R 0DU

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Join art historian Christine Lindey as she introduces you to the Artists International Association and artistic responses to the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).

Christine Lindey has taught art history including may years as Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts, London and at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her book Art in the Cold War: from Vladivostok to Kalamazoo (1990) pioneered the comparative study of Soviet and Western art. She is a visual arts critic for the Morning Star and her fifth book- Art for All: British Socially Committed Art of the 1940s and 1950s, will be published in the Autumn 2017. The Artists International Association, from its inception in 1933 forms an important part of this book, and her talk will explain its socio-political commitment including its anti-fascist art and activities in support of the Spanish Republic.

 

We look forward to seeing you! Please book through Islington Museum. 

Art and Local History: create and explore with Islington Museum’s new class!

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Local History and Art Class – 12.30-15.30 at Islington Museum. 

Saturday 20th May 2017

Saturday 10th June 2017

Saturday 8th July 2017

Unearth amazing local stories, explore archival material and make art in our relaxed and friendly new classes.

Re-discover what makes this fascinating pocket of London so special, learn new skills and make friends over tea and cake.

No artistic experience is needed. These will be relaxed and informal sessions, with ample opportunities to make new friends from your local community. Sign up here.

These monthly classes are offered in partnership with the Local Initiatives Fund from Bunhill Ward.

If you have any questions please email rebecca.campbell-gay@islington.gov.uk or call Islington Museum on 020 7527 7988. 

Family Days at Islington Museum: Art Now!

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Join us this Easter and be inspired by our current exhibition, Art Now, have fun and learn creative skills as a family.

Family Day: Beautiful Adornments

Friday 7th April, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Be inspired by the beautiful colours, textures and patterns used by pupils to adorn jewellery, portraits, frames and sculptures. Then experiment with different materials and techniques to create your own dazzling responses.

Family Day: Explore Textiles

Monday 10th April, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Explore the textile works, from fabric printed frames to felt and tie dye. Then experiment with different materials and techniques to create your own tactile responses.

All ages welcome, including under 5’s.  £3 per family.

Please book in advance at: rebecca.campbell-gay@islington.gov.uk

 

 

Under 5’s at Islington Museum: Art Now!

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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

Messy Play: Art!

Thursday 6th April, 10- 11.30am, drop in.

Create your own sculptures, explore colour and texture and test different printing tools.

Storytelling: I’m an artist!

Tuesday 11th April, 10- 11.30am, stories at 10am and 10.40am (if enough people).

Come with us on an exciting sensory adventure to explore our exhibition, Art Now! Investigate the unusual materials, colours and techniques used, then experiment as a family to create your own artworks.