Lots at Newarke Houses Museum in Leicester in May


Posted on Friday, May 13, 2022

THERE IS a busy schedule of talks, events and exhibitions at the Newarke Houses Museum in Leicester this month.

On Sunday May 15, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the life and legacy of the early 19and Century writer, artist and abolitionist Susannah Watts, who wrote and published the very first guidebook to Leicester in 1804 and was active in the movement to abolish slavery.

Historian and Blue Badge guide Virginia Wright will explore the life of Susannah Watts (1768-1842) in an hour-long lecture beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online at leicestermuseums.org

Also at the Newarke Houses Museum, there is one last chance to see an exhibit created to mark the 80and anniversary of the “Leicester Blitz”.

The exhibit documents the night in November 1940 when 108 residents of Leicester lost their lives.

Objects, pictures, paintings and stories – often in the words of those who were there – capture the impact of the bombings that targeted Leicester in 1940 and 1941.

The Leicester Blitz ends on Sunday (May 15) and entry is free.

Aircraft enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy a family event at Newarke Houses on Sunday, May 22.

The RAF Museum Midlands team will be on the move, bringing artefacts from the collections of the RAF Museum Cosford to Leicester and sharing their fascinating stories.

There will also be free arts and crafts and coloring activities for the youngest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As part of the event, there’s a free talk at 2pm that celebrates Caribbean pilots, recounting the stories of some of the incredible black people who joined the RAF – from Robbie Clarke, Britain’s first black pilot of the First World War, to Corporal Sonia Campbell, who serves in the RAF today.

The museum’s focus then shifts from the RAF to the Rabbits, as Newarke Houses hosts The world of Peter Rabbit™ story time trail.

On the occasion of the opening of the course on Saturday May 28, children from 5 years old will be able to make clay animal models, inspired by the characters of Beatrix Potter.

Seats for the Clay Sculpting Fun Day must be reserved in advance, with timed sessions taking place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.

A charge of £3 will cover the modeling activity and includes a bunny-themed craft pack to take home. It is advisable to book early as places will be limited.

More information is available at leicestermuseums.org/RabbitsGalore

Storytime Trail The World of Peter Rabbit™ brings a magical visitor experience to Newarke Houses Museum. Little rabbits will be able to crawl under the garden gate, hide in a watering can and see their reflection in a mirror pool, just like Peter Rabbit.

The interactive walkthrough was produced by publishers Frederick Warne & Company as part of Peter Rabbit’s 120and birthday parties this year.

Storytime Trail The World of Peter Rabbit™ opens May 28 and runs through July 24. Free entry.

More information is available at leicestermuseums.org/PeterRabbit

Finally, on Monday, May 30, Newarke Houses Museum prepares for Jubilee weekend with a drop-in activity day for young children.

A fee of £3, payable at the door, applies for craft activities.

Jubilee Fun runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Newarke Houses Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the museum on 0116 225 4980.

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