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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 

Families

Baby MUSA Time 

First Friday of the month, 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.   

Fri 7 August
Teddy Bear's Picnic        
Fri 4 September
Clothes       
Fri 2 October
Musical Instruments  
Fri 6 November
Time         
Fri 4 December
Little Stars and Angels  

MUSA Young Archaeologist 

Last Saturday of the month, 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.

Sat 25 July Castles
Sat 29 August Dig, Discover, Digitise       
Sat 26 September Picts  
Sat 31 October Bronze Age   
Sat 28 November

Experimental Archaeology 

Geology Week (27 July - 2 August)Image of children at boat-making workshop.

Junior Geologists

Fri 31 July, 10-10.45am (Ages 3-6), 11am-12pm (Ages 7-12)

Find out why geology rocks at this hands-on workshop where you’ll conduct your own experiments on rock samples and learn how they were formed. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

History Week (3 - 9 August)

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.

Ancient Astronomers

Thurs 6 August, 10.30am-11.15am (Ages 3-6), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ages 7-12)

People in the past used the stars and planets for all sorts, from predicting the future to finding their way home and discovering more about the universe. Join us at MUSA to find out more about space through the ages and become an ancient astronomer by making your own telescope. Booking essential.

Back in Time – A Family Walking Tour

Friday 7 August, 2-3.15pm

Come and meet some colourful characters from St Andrews’ past, including a bold bishop, a troublesome queen and an eccentric scientist (with his parrot). Not only that, there’ll also be singing, exciting stories and a competition complete with prizes. The whole family can join us on this walking tour of almost one mile, but be prepared to take part! Free, but booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Out of the Box – Drawing Detectives

Sun 9 August, 1-3pm (All ages)

Take a closer look at the fantastic pictures in the Recording Britain exhibition. Zoom in with a magnifying glass to find all the different things on the list, whether a horse and cart or WWII soldiers, and see if you can spot everything. Activities are self-led at MUSA, but staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Games Week (10 - 16 August)

Board Game Café

Mon 10 August, 12-4pm

Whether you love the strategy of Risk or the simplicity of Snakes and Ladders then the MUSA Board Game Café is for you! Drop by the museum to play some of your old favourites, or try your hand at something new. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Held at MUSA.

Archery Taster

Wed 12 August, 10.30am-11.15am (Ages 3-6), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ages 7-12)

Try your hand at archery with the expert help of coaches from the University’s archery club. Takes place outdoors. Please wear suitable clothing. Free, but booking essential.

Mystery of the Museum

Thurs 13 August, 1-2pm (Ages 3-6), 2.30-3.30 pm (Ages 7-12)

Dare you try and solve the mystery of the museum? Complete a series of exciting challenges in order to discover the location of the secret treasure! Will you be triumphant or will your rivals get there first… Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

Autumn workshops

Shelter!

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.

Foraging for Food

Sat 12 September, 2-4 pm

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.

Out of the Box – Ration Book

Sun 13 September, 1-3 pm (All ages)

What is your weekly shopping list? Times were different during WWII and many items were limited and even unavailable. Create your own WWII Ration Book and add up the cost of your WWII shopping list. Activities are self-led at MUSA, but staff will be happy to help you on your journey. Free, drop in, no booking required.

Back in Time – A Family Walking Tour

Sat 19 September, 2-3.15 pm

Come and meet some colourful characters from St Andrews’ past, including a bold bishop, a troublesome queen and an eccentric scientist (with his parrot). Not only that, there’ll also be singing, exciting stories and a competition complete with prizes. The whole family can join us on this walking tour of almost one mile, but be prepared to take part! Free, but booking essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Adults

Talks

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
Mon 27 July
Fri 7 August
Mon 17 August
Thurs 27 August

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.

Creative Workshops

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.

St Andrews Cathedral         15 August, 2-4pm

Board Game Café

Mon 10 August, 12-4pm

Whether you love the strategy of Risk or the simplicity of Snakes and Ladders then the MUSA Board Game Café is for you! Drop by the museum to play some of your old favourites, or try your hand at something new. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Held at MUSA.

PerformancesImage of performers on stage from the St Andrews Play Club Dad’s Army ‘The Deadly Attachment’.

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 Andrews 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