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  • Festival of Ideas 2008

    Thursday 23 October 2.30 – 8pm
    Captain Cook Study Day

    Saturday 25 October 10.30am – 4.30 pm
    The Big Idea Drop in activities and demonstrations all day. Use the Museum’s amazing collections to inspire your artwork. Take part in the Big Sort, looking at ancient stone tools. Celebrating the Big Draw and the Festival of Ideas.

    Saturday 25 October 10.30am – 12 noon
    Cabinet of Curiosities: Children’s Creative Writing Workshop Explore the idea of collecting and hoarding, with poetry writing and box making. For ages 8-14. Places must be booked in advance. Please call 01223 746769 or email the Outreach Organiser.

    Tuesday 28 October 10.30am – 4.30pm
    New Ideas About Old Ideas A day of drop-in activities, demonstrations and events looking at ancient and modern technology. Including, at 2pm a special guest appearance by Michelle Paver (author of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series). Michelle will be in the Museum to talk about her books
    and to sign copies of her new book, Oath Breaker.

    Wednesday 29 October 4.30 – 8pm
    Drawing’s Not Boring! Try our drawing activities and discover your hidden talents. Special late afternoon Museum opening for families, celebrating The Big Draw with artist Alex Hirtzel.

    Thursday 30 October 6pm
    Cabinet of Curiosities Talk by Chris Draper, illustrator and Anglia Ruskin lecturer. Museum curators and museologists continually ask how do we collect and why? However accumulation is an important part of the creative process and artists and designers interact with their objects in quite different ways. Chris Draper’s studio houses thousands of objects and his collection is core to his practice. Chris talk about his temporary Cabinet of Curiosities (on display in the Museum) which explores the imaginative connections between objects.

    Friday 31 October 10.30am – 12 noon; 2 – 3.30pm
    Cabinet of Curiosities: Children’s Creative Writing Workshop Explore the idea of collecting and hoarding, with poetry writing and box making. For ages 8-14. Places must be booked in advance. Please call 01223 746769 or email sjh201@cam.ac.uk

    Saturday 1 November 10.30am – 4.30pm
    Baskets Activity Day Basketry demonstrations, talks and handling sessions. Craft activities and workshops. With Debbie Booth (demonstrating 10.30 – 1.30) and Eleanor Clapp (demonstrating 2 – 4.30pm). Dr Liana Chua will give a talk from 12 noon, entitled ‘Will the real tambok please stand up? The life histories of a Bornean basket’. Debbie will be giving an illustrated talk about baskets in Arnhem Land, Australia from 2.30 pm.

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