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Recording St Andrews

Why not join in and record the world around you in St Andrews? Share your thoughts and digital artworks on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Remember to include #RecordingStAndrews 

Out of the Box

Pop into MUSA for our new Out of the Box activity in the galleries each month. Look inside the box to kick-start an exciting challenge, activity or craft. Take a closer look at objects, navigate the museum or solve the clues of our rhyming riddles. This is fun for all your friends and family. Activities are self-led, but MUSA staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Out of the Box - Graduation

Sun 14 June, 1-3pm (All ages)

Well done you've finished your time at University. Wait! The hard work is not over because you need to graduate. Tick off the list of tasks from the box in order to graduate and get your degree. Can you do it all in time?

Out of the Box - Shoebox Scenes

Sun 12 July, 1-3 (All ages)

This month, Out of the Box goes inside the box! Take a look at the scenes inside and outside shown in the Recording Britain paintings. Try to recreate a scene from an artwork in a shoebox, or create an entirely new scene from your own imagination. 



Baby MUSA Time 

First Friday of the month from 9 January, 10:15-11:15am

Held every month, Baby MUSA Time allows your little one to discover some of the fantastic things found in museums through stories, songs, art and messy play.  This drop-in activity is for pre-school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and have a tea or coffee. 

Animals           Fri 5 June 

MUSA Young Archaeologist 

Sat 31 January to Sat 27 June, 2-3.30pm (Ages 7-12) 

Fancy searching for clues in the ground with a trowel and toothbrush?  Then these events are for you! Join us on the last weekend of each month at MUSA to develop your archaeology skills andlearn about people of the past.  Free but booking essential.            

Aztecs                  Sat 30 May      
Cave Painting       Sat 27 June           

Recording Britain Workshops

Watercolour for Kids

Wed 22 July, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6), 11-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Where is your favourite place? Brush, stroke, dab, splash, spatter and wash watercolour paint onto paper. Create a picture of your favourite place for all to see. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Dig for Victory - Printed Posters

Thurs 23 July, 1.30-3.30pm

Showcase fantastic fruits and victorious veggies in your very own WWII style poster design. How will you encourage your friends to try new food? With a sponge of sprouts and a print of pineapple, you can create a colourful poster to take home. Held at MUSA. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

Evacuee for the day

Mon 3 August, 10.30-11.15am (Ages 3-6), 11.30-12.30pm (Ages 7-12), 
2-4pm (Drop-in activities for all ages)

Can you imagine leaving home for your safety? Travel back in time to the 1940s, when childhood was very different. Meet our WWII Evacuation Officer and find out some of the fun things and challenges that children encountered when they were evacuated. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking is essential for the morning workshops.


Sat 22 August, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6), 11-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Where do people stay safe when they face danger? Shelter! See if you can spot some WWII shelters in the artworks on display. Then, help us build our own copy of an air-raid shelter to learn how it would protect people. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.




V&A Dundee Talk

Wed 20 May, 5.30-6.15

Come hear about the upcoming V and A Museum of Design from its Director, Philip Long. Like the new Recording Britain exhibition, the new museum seeks to preserve the past but looks forward to the future. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential. 

Dad’s Army ‘The Deadly Attachment’

Join Captain Mainwaring and his platoon, of Home Guard servicemen, as they guard a German U-boat crew. While they wait for the military escort to arrive, however, things are not so plain sailing. This much loved classic is revived by the St Andrew Play Club, for four performances only, at MUSA. Duration 30 mins. Free, but booking is essential. Suitable for all ages.

Thurs 30, 5.30pm
Fri 31 July, 5.30pm
Sun 2 August, 1.30pm & 2.30pm

Recording Britain - Dr Helen Rawson

Thurs 10 September 5.30-6.15pm

Find out about the Recording Britain collection from Dr Helen Rawson, Co-Director of the Museum of the University of St Andrews and Curator of the Recording Britain exhibition. Discover how the Recording Britain scheme started and take a closer look at key themes in the artworks themselves. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Recording Britain Tours

Take a closer look at the Recording Britain exhibition with one of our exhibition tours. Led by MUSA curators and staff, there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss some interesting topics. Held at MUSA. Free, drop-in, no booking required.

Starting at 2.30pm
Tues 7 July
Fri 17 July
Mon 27 July
Fri 7 August
Mon 17 August
Thurs 27 August


Abstract Art

Sat 20 June, 1-3.30pm

Unleash your imagination and create your own piece of abstract art. Take a look at some abstract artworks from our collection and learn some new techniques to fire your painting. Try using acrylic paints and enjoy the fun and freedom that abstract painting allows. Great for beginners. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Make Your Own Sketchbook

Thurs 2 July, 5.30-7.30pm

Learn how to bind your very own hardback sketchbook with St Andrews Student Association Design Team. You can personalise it to hold your own thoughts and sketches or your notes for class. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking is essential.

Watercolour Workshop Series

Take on this watercolour challenge and paint St Andrews. Each workshop explores a different theme from our Recording Britain exhibition in the beautiful town around us. Watch your work progress whether you come along for one or all sessions. Free, but booking is essential. Meet at MUSA.

Watercolour for Beginners   4 July, 2-4pm
St Mary’s Quad                   11 July, 2-4pm
St Andrews Cathedral         15 August, 2-4pm