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 Children and Young People’s update

Our Creepy Creatures session at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History the October half term was a roaring success (pictured). We got to explore the museum and touch things that no one else is allowed to, like the T-rex head used in Walking with Dinosaurs.

Image: Hanging out with the T-Rex in the museum, practising our roars.

Afterwards we made ingredients for our own spells for Halloween. We also got the chance to handle some huge cockroaches, who had very tickly feet. For some reason not everyone was keen on holding them!

We have another Explore & Make museum session in February half term, I’m sure we’ll tell you all about it next time.

Over the Christmas period 32 of us went on our traditional panto trip. We saw Jack and the Beanstalk at the Oxford Playhouse (oh yes we did!), with a Touch Tour beforehand. We booed and hissed with the best of them, and look forward to going back next year.

You may already have spotted Ellie at the JR hospital – she’ll regularly be at our Sight Desk on the Thursday mornings when the paediatric low vision clinic is running so that she can meet the families attending. Pop by to say hello!

After the success of last year’s Arts Award held at the Natural History Museum, we’re excited to announce that we will be taking part again this year, based at the Ashmolean. This accredited course is offered by the Arts Council and Trinity College London and involves two Saturday sessions (see below for details), which will give participants a chance to have a go at different forms of art, explore the Ashmolean and handle lots of museum objects. Each child will complete their own portfolio, which will be assessed as part of the project, and which they can then take home at the end. The course is open to visually impaired children aged between 6 and 11 . A parent/guardian must accompany each child.

Dates / times for the Arts Award course are as follows:

Saturday 24th February 2018 10am – 2pm
Saturday 3rd March 2018 10am – 2pm

There will be an additional Family Workshop Day open to everyone on either 17th or 24th March 2018 (tbc).

Lunch will be provided by the museum for both parents and children.

Where: Ashmolean, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH

Booking contact:

For questions or suggestions relating to activities and support for children and young people, please contact: