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‌What's On

This is a selection of upcoming exhibitions, activities and events at MUSA's venues. For a full list of events please visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/museum/events/ 

You can see also download the full Whats On guide January to June 2018 (PDF, 4,125 KB).

Booking information

All events and exhibitions are free but some must be booked. To book please email museumlearning@st-andrews.ac.uk or call 01334 46 1660.

If you would benefit from an audio description before or during an event please let us know at the time of booking.

 

Exhibitions

Encountering Africa: Henri Gaden’s Life and Photography in Colonial French West Africa, 1894 - 1939

MUSA
5th October 2017 - 25th February 2018
 
Henri Gaden was a French colonial officer who lived in West Africa for 45 years. An ethnographer, linguist and gifted photographer, Gaden captured on camera a rich variety of encounters with Africa – from landscapes, architecture and trade to military campaigns and colonial life at numerous outposts. He also documented everyday village life, local music, dance and ritual. Gaden’s striking photographic images, exhibited for the first time, provide rare insights into colonial French West Africa and its people.
  

Family Programme

Out of the Box: Africa

MUSA
Every Sunday in January, 1pm-3pm (All ages)
 
Inspired by our temporary exhibition, Encountering Africa, find out about the vast continent of Africa. Learn about traditional jewellery by making your own, or help us complete our African savanna by drawing some West African wildlife!
 

Baby MUSA Time

MUSA
First Friday of every month, 10:15am-11:15am (0-5 years)
 
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 babies, pre-school children and whoever looks after them. The MUSA Learning Loft provides a place to relax, park your buggy and enjoy time with your children.
 
Friday 2nd February    Dressing up
Friday 2nd March        Space Explorers
Friday 6th April           Funny Faces
Friday 4th May            Light and Dark
Friday 1st June           Our Bodies
 

Big Ears Little Ears Concert

MUSA
Thursday 15th February, 10:30am-11:15am & 11:45am-12:30pm (3s and under)
Join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Trio to hear live performances up-close in a relaxed, tut-free, child-friendly atmosphere. Suitable for 0-3 years with accompanying adult. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential as places are limited. Contact www.sco.org.uk for tickets.
 

Winter workshops

Fun-damental Physics

MUSA
Friday 16th February, 1pm-1:45pm (3-6 years) & 2pm-3pm (7-12 years)

Get messy and prove Newton wrong by discovering non-Newtonian liquids which misbehave and break Newton’s law of velocity. Or try making your own lava lamp without using heat and learn some fundamental physics along the way. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.

 

Oddities and Unknowns Tour

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Saturday 17th February, 11am-12pm (age 7+)

There are some unusual specimens in the Bell Pettigrew Museum store, and some that defy identification. A selection of these specimens and body parts will be brought out for display, with prizes for anyone that can help us identify what they are! Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but advance booking required. Children must beaccompanied by an adult.

 

Super Star Solar Systems

MUSA
Saturday 17th February, 1:30pm-2:15pm (3-6 years) & 2:30pm-3:30pm (7-12 years)
 
Make up rhymes to remember the order of the planets in our solar system and then try making your own travel-sized model! Learn how to make and launch your own rocket by experimenting with common household items. 5,4,3,2,1 blast off! Takes place at MUSA. Free, but booking essential.
 

Adult Programme  

Creative workshops

StAnza Book Group

MUSA
Thursday 18th January, 2pm-4pm
 
Every March, StAnza’s spring festival brings a wide range of poetry to St Andrews, presenting poets from around the world. In 2018 the book group will launch at MUSA to read and discuss some of the poets who will feature at the festival. Members of the School of English at the University and StAnza will lead sessions each considering the poetry of several poets. For further information email stanza@stanzapoetry.org  or telephone 07391247661.
 

Precious Prints

MUSA
Saturday 20th January, 1pm-3pm

Join us at MUSA for an art activity that’s sure to fill you with creative energy! Learn the basics of linocut printmaking and discover how to make visually stimulating compositions inspired by a range of contemporary prints in our collection. Suitable for all abilities. Free but booking essential.

West African Dance Taster

MUSA
Sunday 28th January, 12pm-1pm

Come and try traditional, vibrant West African dance with Raquel Ribes from Dance Base. The live drumming and energetic movements will leave you uplifted and buzzing for the rest of your day! Suitable for adults and young people aged 14+ No dance experience necessary. Wear comfortable loose clothing and bare feet. Held at MUSA, free but booking essential.

 

Talks and Tours

Astounding Astronomy

St Andrews Observatory
Thursday 1st February, 6:30pm-7:30pm
 
 
Take a closer look at the University’s observatory by joining us at the James Gregory Telescope. The telescope is the largest in Scotland, and is used solely for research. Built in Scotland, learn about the telescope’s 50 years in use and how hundreds of researchers have studied the night sky using it. The observatory is located off Buchanan Gardens. Free but booking essential.
 

Reduce, Reuse, Recyle

MUSA Collections Centre
Wednesday 14th February, 1:15pm-2pm

 

As the Green Film Festival kicks off in St Andrews come behind-the-scenes at the MUSA Collections Centre where you’ll be amazed by the imaginative re-use of packaging in everyday objects made by the Berbers of Morocco. Held at the MUSA Collections Centre, 87 North St, free, but booking essential.

Oddities and Unknowns Tour

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Saturday 17th February, 11am-12pm

 

There are some unusual specimens in the Bell Pettigrew Museum store, and some that defy identification. A selection of these specimens and body parts will be brought out for display, with prizes for anyone that can help us identify what they are! Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but advance booking required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Marine Life

Bell Pettigrew Museum
Saturday 24th February, 11am-12pm

 

This tour will focus on the lives of animals that are associated with the sea. The marine environment is the largest habitat on earth and most major animal groups have marine representatives. The collection of marine specimens in the museum is substantial, including specimens collected by William Carmichael McIntosh and D’Arcy Thompson, both major figures in the development of natural history at St Andrews. Held at the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Free, but advance booking required.

 

Performances

Hetty Buchanan String Quartet

MUSA 

Sunday 11th February, 2:30pm-3:15pm (All ages)

Immerse yourself in music at MUSA with the talented musicians of the University of St Andrews scholarship ensembles. The students work to create these unique concerts inspired by the objects on display at the museum. Performances are held at MUSA and are suitable for all ages. Free, no need to book.

 

Big Ears Little Ears Concert

MUSA

Thursday 15th February, 10:30am-11:15am & 11:45pm-12:30pm (3s and under)

Join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Trio to hear live performances up-close in a relaxed, tut-free, child-friendly atmosphere. Suitable for 0-3 years with accompanying adult. Held at MUSA. Free, but booking essential as places are limited. Contact www.sco.org.uk for tickets.