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Family programme    

MUSA Young Archaeologist

Sat 30 August to 29 November, 2-3.30pm (7-12 yrs)

For the budding archaeologists amongst you we’re back with more exciting hands-on sessions to develop your archaeology skills and knowledge of the past. Workshops take place on the last Saturday of each month at MUSA Free, but booking essential.

Pottery: Sat 30 August, 2-3.30pm

Metal Detectives: Sat 27 September, 2-3.30pm

Romans: Sat 25 October, 2-3.30pm

Greeks: Sat 29 November, 2-3.30pm 

 

Become An Animator: Dem Dancing Bones

Sun 19 October, 2-2.45pm (3-6s) and 3-4pm (7-12s)

Ever wondered how Wallace and Gromit works? Find out about stop-motion animation and help to make a video of some dancing skeletons inspired by our new medical exhibition at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. 

Big Draw: Portrait Silhouettes

Mon 20 October, 1.30-3.30pm (All ages)

Help us make a visual record of MUSA's visitors today by posing for a larger than life portrait silhouette, which you can paint in the colour of your choice and see displayed in MUSA's Learning Loft. Free, drop-in, no booking required. 

Big Draw: Gigantic Body

Weds 21 October, 1.30-3.30pm (All ages)

Help us construct a huge anatomical chart at MUSA, by cutting, colouring and collaging images of human body parts, using exhibits in the new medical exhibition as inspiration. Free, drop-in, no booking required. 

Puppet-making for Children

Fri 24 October, 10.30am-12pm (3-6s) and 2-4pm (7-12s)

Watch puppets come to life through stories and songs then create a puppet of your own from colourful scrap materials and learn how to operate it. This fun, hands-on workshop at MUSA will be led by professional puppeteer Sylvia Troon. Free, but booking essential.

Texture Trails

Fri 14 November, 1.30-2.15 (3-6s) and 2.30-3.30 (7-12s)

Create a fantastic mixed media artwork inspired by the Barbara Rae exhibition. Paint different textures using bubble wrap, leaves and whatever you can find. Wrap, coil, and twist string to create shapes you can print and pattern. Takes place at MUSA. Under 7s must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but booking essential. 

Inside the Body: Silhouette Animation

Sun 30 November, 2-4pm (Teenagers and adults)

What actually happens inside your body? Our friends from Clydebuilt Puppets show you how to use silhouette projection techniques to explore different aspects of your inner self, perhaps with surprising results… Be prepared to make some gooey inner bits and remember, we are made up of lots of water! Free, but booking essential.

 

Adult programme

Workshops

Open Air Monoprinting            

Sat 13 September, 2-4pm 

Take a leaf from Barbara Rae’s book and come outside into the fresh air where you can draw with a difference. Using the method of mono-printing, experiment with marks made to capture the sense of place and develop structure of what you see. Free, but booking is essential. Meet at MUSA. 

Big Draw: Portrait Silhouettes

Mon 20 October, 1.30-3.30pm

Help us make a visual record of MUSA's visitors today by posing for a larger than life portrait silhouette, which you can paint in the colour of your choice and see displayed in MUSA's Learning Loft. Free, drop-in, no booking required. 

Big Draw: Gigantic Body

Weds 21 October, 1.30-3.30pm

Help us construct a huge anatomical chart at MUSA, by cutting, colouring and collaging images of human body parts, using exhibits in the new medical exhibition as inspiration. Free, drop-in, no booking required. 

Screen Printing

Sat 8 November, 2-4pm

Ink up a silk screen with our friends from DCA and make marvellous prints. Learn some basic screen printing techniques and see why this magic medium has become the printing style of choice by so many artists, including our featured artist, Barbara Rae. Suitable for beginners. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. 

 

Exhibition Talks

A Blunt Saw and Gritted Teeth? Mediaeval Surgery Illustrated

Weds 29 October, 5.30-6.15pm

Medieval surgery is often likened to unhygienic butchery, but how far is this a true picture? This illustrated talk by Dr Angela Montford reviews the history and development of anatomical knowledge and discusses the operations that the surgeon of the Middle Ages was able to undertake.  

Telling Right from Wrong

Weds 12 November, 5.30-6.15pm

How do you navigate the moral maze when it comes to research, teaching and treatment in medicine?  Dr Morven Shearer, Academic Fellow in the School of Medicine, discusses the ethical implications of advancing healthcare and shares some of the insights gained through her research. 

There's Been a Murder! The Corpse in Crime Fiction

Tues 25 November, 5.30-6.15pm

Continuing with a medical theme, join Professor Gill Plain from the School of English for a fascinating examination of the changing presentation of the corpse (and the detective's response to it) in 20th and 21st century crime fiction. 

How Death Informs Life and Living

Tues 2 December, 5:30-6:15pm

Ian Parkin, Professor of Clinical Anatomy in the School of Medicine, discusses human dissection in the past, present and future and examines the ethical implications of using human bodies for medical research and the training of doctors.  The topic of the talk may mean that this event is unsuitable for children. 

Walks

In the Footsteps of Learned Gentlemen 

Sat 20 September, 2-3.30pm 

Hear of the science and scandal associated with 19th century experimenters and eccentrics Brewster, Chambers and Playfair as you stroll the streets of St Andrews. Begins and ends at MUSA. Total distance covered will be about 2 miles. Please bring water/windproof clothing. Free, but booking essential.  

Wild Food Foraging 

Sun 28 September, 2-4pm   

Find out more about our wild food heritage, healthy eating, free food and folklore on this fun and informative walk through St Andrews with Tony Wilson! Meet at Botanic Gardens Entrance, Canongate. Free, but booking essential.