York Museums Trust

Summer Fun 2016 at York Museums Trust

York Castle Museum – Tommy’s Troops

Learn about the life of a First World War soldier as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Tommy’s Trench

Daily, 11am – 4pm

Meet our First World War soldier and help him build a section of trench wall. Find out about the daily life of a soldier on the front and be put through your paces in a drill session.


Tommy’s Trail

Daily, 50p per trail

Follow the trail through the 1914 Gallery to find out about soldiers in the First World War.


Make a Periscope

Daily, 11am – 4pm

Make a periscope to take down and peep over the trench wall outside in the Mill area. Self led family activity.


‘When the Somme Ran Red’

Fridays, 29 July, 5, 12, 19 and 26 August, 11am – 4pm

In commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, 1916. Meet actor Chris Cade who tells the story of WW1 soldier Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore. Join the veteran soldier as he looks back on his life, including his time in the battlefields of the Somme.
No need to book. Activities included in museum admission unless stated otherwise.


Yorkshire Museum – History in the Making

Join us as we carve and mould our way through history! The Yorkshire Museum is home to some of the most impressive Roman artefacts in Britain. Try your hand at Roman sculpture with a different material each week throughout August.


Soap Sculptures

Monday 1 August – Sunday 7 August

Be inspired by our Roman jet pendants. Carve your own portrait into a mini bar of soap to take away with you. Then you can wear it or wash with it!


Amazing Maize Modelling

Monday 8 August – Sunday 14 August

Have fun with this natural modelling material. Just add a little water and these a-maizing pellets will stick together allowing you to build a mini human sculpture, piece by piece.


Junk Modelling

Monday 15 August – Sunday 21 August

Let your imagination run riot as you reuse and recycle a variety of materials to create a sculpture inspired by the Roman objects in our collection.


Clay Sculptures

Monday 22 August – Sunday 28 August

Join us in our final week as we work with a more traditional sculpting material. Why not make a head pot or a Roman god?


Activities are available daily on the dates above at 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.
No need to book. Activities included in museum admission unless stated otherwise.


York Art Gallery – Garden of Easels

With a ‘Teenage Art School’ in the brand new Artists Garden and a ‘Fancy Dress Summer’ in The Studio, all ages can get creative this Summer.


Arts Award Discover

Take part in the Summer Holidays Studio Drop-in: Fancy Dress Summer activities and collect a fun fact sticker that will go towards your Arts Award Discover, for 5 to 9 year olds (although any child can take part in activities).

Look out for other activities at: Yorkshire Museum, York Castle Museum, York Minster and York Explore Libraries. With three or more stickers you can earn an Arts Award Discover certificate.

Click here for further details or pick up a Summer Reading Challenge leaflet at one of York’s Explore Libraries.


Teenage Art School

Tuesday 2 August – Friday 5 August
Daily, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Art for a Garden – inspired by the forthcoming installation created by Charles Holland of Ordinary Architecture in the Artists’ Gardens. Take part in a series of practical art workshops led by local professional artists. Whether art is a hobby or a subject you are studying, Teenage Art School will help you develop your skills and explore new materials.

Suitable for age 14 to 18. FREE, places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Call 01904 687633 or email groupbookings@ymt.org.uk


Teenage Art Show

On display from Thursday 11 August – November (TBC)

Come and see work created by Teenage Art School participants on display in the Project Gallery at York Art Gallery.
Entry to the Project Gallery is FREE.


The Garden of Easels

Monday 29 August, 11am – 3pm
Artists Garden (behind York Art Gallery)

Be an artist in the beautiful surroundings of the Artists Garden. All materials provided with gentle guidance on hand. Free, all ages and abilities are welcome.


Summer Holidays Studio Drop-in: Fancy Dress Summer

Monday 1 August – Wednesday 31 August
Daily, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Be inspired by William Etty’s painting Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball and dress up, draw your own portrait, design a paper costume and add your work to our collage.

Free with gallery admission, no booking required.


Click here to download the ‘Summer Fun 2016’ leaflet.


YMT Card

3 Top Attractions Only £22 for a Whole Year!

Enjoy unlimited visits to all York Museums Trust attractions this Summer and for a whole year for £22 (or less), and remember – kids under 17 go free. Click here to find out more.

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