Traditionally, for one evening during February half-term, museums and similar organisations in Cambridge and beyond, open their doors for Twilight at the Museums. This popular after-hours event invites families to explore the collections by torch light and experience a variety of specially themed activities.
This year, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, it will not be possible to run Twilight in quite the same way. However, local museums, including the Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey have responded by creating a range of Twilight inspired activities that can be enjoyed at home from February 15th. In addition to 12 downloadable activity sheets, there are plenty of additional crafts, games and things for families to try, all available on the University of Cambridge Museums website. Inspired by the museums’ collections, the activities are designed to bring some Twilight fun to these long dark evenings. Families will be able to learn about the science of shadows through shadow puppets; try out a bit of star gazing; or even experiment with colour and recreate the northern lights. There are even ideas to help plan an ancient Roman evening at home. Working in partnership with Cambridge City Council Children and Young People’s Participation Service, activity sheets and supporting craft resources will also be distributed to families in Cambridge who might not necessarily be able to access the programme online.
Bespoke activities have also been developed for families who have children with special educational needs and disabilities. The activities will be available online and are accompanied by additional resources which will be sent to families for free.
Although our buildings are presently closed to the public, we are still keen to find different ways of connecting audiences with our collections and ensuring that we continue to be a useful resource to our local communities.
Find out more here.
All activities will be available from February 15th.