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May Half Term 2015 at York Museums Trust

23 – 31 May 2015

Come along to this May half term see the brand new exhibition at York Castle Museum marking 200 years since the the Battle of Waterloo whilst at the Yorkshire Museum find out about William Smith, the founder of Geology and take part in some great map making and orienteering activities.

Activities are included in museum admission unless stated otherwise.

May Half Term at York Castle Museum

This year will be 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo. To mark the occasion and brand new for this half term is a display of original Napoleonic wallpaper depicting a scene of Napoleon in 1799 at the Battle of Arcole, with special activities for families to take part in.


Every day 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Discover the fascinating story of Waterloo by meeting a British Army Cavalry soldier from the Napoleonic Wars!


Waterloo in Wallpaper
Ever day 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Be inspired to create your own wallpaper scene for your bedroom using block printing techniques.


Napoleonic Wars
Various dates throughout half term*

Explore some of the eighteenth century artefacts from the museums military and costume collection.*Please note this activity is run by volunteers and may not be available every day.

Coffee Culture
Various dates throughout half-term*

Find out about Georgian coffee culture in the 1700s and early 1800s, with the chance to grind coffee beans and taste a sample of coffee!

*Please note this activity is run by volunteers and may not be available every day.


Marvellous Maps at the Yorkshire Museum

William Smith is known as the founder of geology. To celebrate the display of his original hand drawn geological map of Yorkshire, join us at the museum this half term for map making and orienteering activities.


Marvellous Maps Trail
Ever day 10am-5pm – 50p per trail with reward

Navigate your way around the museum in order to discover all the hidden Yorkshire Rocks and claim your reward!


Kids’ Curator Talk: The Meaning of Maps
Tuesday 26 May, 12.30pm-1pm

Find out all about maps with our Assistant Curator of Natural Science, Stuart Ogilvy. Discover how interesting maps can be; learn what they can tell us and the secrets of how to read them.


Meet ‘William Smith’
Wednesday 27 May, performances throughout the day

Join our ‘William Smith’ to find out more about Yorkshire rocks and fossils, with a chance to handle specimens from the museum’s collections.


Creative Cartographers
Every day 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Create your own watercolour maps, inspired by William Smith’s beautiful geological map of Yorkshire.


Marble-ous Maps
Thursday 28 may 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Join artist Mary Passari to try the art of marbling and create your own special map of Yorkshire using handmade papers.




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