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Durham University

Special Collections

Family Activities at Palace Green Library

Family activity

Activities for parents and children.

Face Painting

Saturday 29th June 2019, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Botanic Garden

Face Painting

Fab Faces will be in the garden. Come along and have your face painted with flowers, butterflies, glitter or animals.

Inspired by our Western Art Collection

Saturday 29th June 2019 - Sunday 30th June 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

As Durham’s Summer in the City festival ends we will be making artwork in reponse to our art collection exhibition at Palace Green Library. Join us and take inspiration from all of the beautiful works that you have seen during June.

Little Bookworms

Monday 1st July 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Sparkling Flying Salmon

Saturday 6th July 2019 - Sunday 7th July 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Our exhibition Wild is all about some of the most beautiful animals in the British Isles. Salmon are famous for leaping high out of the water, so high that they look like they can fly! Make a Flying Salmon that will sparkle in the sky.

Little Bookworms

Monday 8th July 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Animal Games

Saturday 13th July 2019 - Sunday 14th July 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Make and play with your own classification game to help you learn all about animals in the British Isles. Test your knowledge and learn new facts with your friends and family.

Little Bookworms

Monday 15th July 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Stunning Stag Beetles

Saturday 20th July 2019 - Sunday 21st July 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Snap into our museum and explore our Wild exhibition. Stag beetles are wonderful creatures with wonderful crown like antlers on their heads. Make your own mini stag beetle with beautifully decorated antlers.

Little Bookworms

Monday 22nd July 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Nest Making

Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Using materials from nature build your own mini nest. From twigs, feathers and leaves, you can even add some sparkle to it. Try to imagine which birds might live in your nest and what they might keep safely concealed beneath their feet.

Collections, Care and Conservation

Saturday 27th July 2019 - Sunday 28th July 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

This weekend, join our Durham University Students and learn what conservation is. Collection care and conservation aims to help prolong the life of objects; it is important to look after and care for them so they can last long into the future.

Little Bookworms

Monday 29th July 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Follow the Footprints

Tuesday 30th July 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

When Zoologists are looking for animals they use lots of tracking skills. Following footprints is the easiest way to find your animal to study. Make your own prints for one of the animals in our Wild exhibition!

In the Wild Badges

Saturday 3rd August 2019 - Sunday 4th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Have you visited our Wild exhibition? Make your own badge as a souvenir to remember visiting our wonderful exhibition. Which animal will inspire your design for your badge?

Little Bookworms

Monday 5th August 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing

Prehistoric Pioneers

Tuesday 6th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Come and see our Museum Studies students’ exhibition in the Museum of Archaeology. Explore life in ancient Britain, from warfare to rituals, and the new way Bronze Age people buried weapons and treasure in hidden hoards. Curated by the MA Museum Studies students, this exhibition gives a face to prehistoric people and challenges the idea these were ‘primitive’ societies.

Walk on the Wild Side

Wednesday 7th August 2019, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Botanic Garden Visitor Centre, Michael Hughes, Head Gardener Durham University

Public Tour

Learn how the Botanic Garden is managed to encourage local wildlife on a tour with our Head Gardener

Creative Camouflage

Saturday 10th August 2019 - Sunday 11th August 2019, 10:00am - 11:00am, Palace Green Library

Find out how animals adapt to their environment. How do stripes and spots help creatures survive and thrive? Find out the answer by making your own camouflaged creature and a habitat for them to hide in.

Little Bookworms

Monday 12th August 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Durham Wildlife Trust’s Proggy Patterns!

Tuesday 13th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

The ‘My Wild Sunderland Proggy Mat’ is an artistic representation of Sunderland brimming with wildlife, clean air and healthy watercourses - but the mat is unfinished! We would like to invite anyone who shares our hope and vision for this future to add their thread to the mat and help us illustrate how we can all work together to create the future we aspire to.

Happy Habitats

Saturday 17th August 2019 - Sunday 18th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

In the North East we are surrounded by such beautiful landscapes all around us. Draw our animals into their natural or unbelievable landscapes. Why do these animals like to live in weird and wonderful places? Can you work out why?

Little Bookworms

Monday 19th August 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Our group for under 5s and their parents and carers includes fun crafts, messy play, storytelling and singing.

Every bee needs a house

Tuesday 20th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Animals live in all sorts of places, this week we would love you to make a bee house. Bees are vital to our world and we need to protect and help them.

Who says 'Twit Twoo'?

Saturday 24th August 2019 - Sunday 25th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

One of the taxidermy animals in our current exhibition is an owl! We would like you to create a Twit Twooing owl covered in beautiful feathers to take away with you. Which other birds can you see in our exhibition?

Rocking Recycling

Tuesday 27th August 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

We need to help conserve our world for all of the creatures living here. Use recycled materials to make your own creature inspired by one of the animals in our exhibition Wild! Make them as weird, wonderful and wild as can be!

Beautiful Bookmarks

Saturday 31st August 2019 - Sunday 1st September 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Start back the school term in style with a beautiful bookmark. You can use our Wild Exhibition to help make a cheeky animal bookmark to remember the page in your favourite book.

Autumn Hedgehogs

Saturday 7th September 2019 - Sunday 8th September 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

It will soon be time for many animals from the British Isles to hibernate. Help get that autumn feeling by making a hedgehog inspired by all of those beautiful autumn colours!

From Caterpillar to Butterfly

Saturday 14th September 2019 - Sunday 15th September 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Learn about the life-cycle of the caterpillar as it turns into a butterfly. You can even take one of these creative critters home with you. Butterfly’s wings are usually symmetrical and colourful. Can you make one out of pegs?

Where is my home?

Saturday 21st September 2019 - Sunday 22nd September 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Visit today and make your own matching game to play with your friends and family. There are many animals in our exhibition, Wild, can you work out what their homes look like?

Friendly Foxes!

Saturday 28th September 2019 - Sunday 29th September 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

In our exhibition you will find a beautiful red fox. Foxes live in many places, from the countryside to the city. Can you make a fuzzy friend today?