Blogs for February 2015

Discover the story of the boats built on Scilly at the Maritime Museum, Cornwall

Posted on Wednesday 18th February, 2015

Discover the story of the boats built on Scilly at the Maritime Museum, Cornwall

In a fascinating talk at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth on February 9, Richard Larn OBE will be telling the almost forgotten story of the shipbuilding industry which thrived on the Isles of Scilly in the 18-19th century.

A more unlikely place to have had a successful shipbuilding industry cannot be imagined, yet the Isles of Scilly built 153 ships between 1774 and 1891. Being located 28 miles from Land’s End and 47 miles from the nearest port of Penzance, the industry was totally reliant on imported materials. There was no local timber, no pitch, no tar, no canvas makers, no foundry. Much was salvaged from shipwrecks, otherwise everything was bought in. Surprisingly, this industry proved financially rewarding, creating wealth and employment.

The talk, entitled Built on Scilly is part of a programme combining a lecture and lunch, which explores different historical and nautical themes. The lecture and set lunch is from 12.30pm at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, on Monday February 9 and costs £16. To book your place please call 01326 214546.

Little Pirates and Fairies Half Term at Paradise Park

Posted on Wednesday 18th February, 2015

Little Pirates and Fairies Half Term at Paradise Park

Paradise Park is expanding its Pirate Week this year to include ‘Fairies’ to add a little bit of magical fun! The quiz trail will run from 14th to 22nd February. When you have completed the quiz you can claim your sweet treat – there are chocolate gold coins and pink and white marshmallows to reward little pirates and fairies!”

Don’t miss the chance to meet Long John Tredinnick and his loyal band of parrots while you chart your course on your quest to find where the hidden treasure.

If the weather is foul take advantage of the JungleBarn indoor play area with rope bridge, climb the nets, fly down the slides, and the little ones can enjoy the toddler’s zone.

In fine weather you will see free flying macaws plus daily parrot feeding time with the colourful Rainbow Lorikeets. Plus otter and penguin feeding and carrot time in the Fun Farm.

Fishy Fun at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall

Posted on Wednesday 18th February, 2015

Fishy Fun at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall

This February half-term at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth get your claws into creative crafts inspired by sensational sea creatures.

The fun kicks off with the Incredible Crustaceans Supersized Weekend on February 14-15. Meet the team from the National Lobster Hatchery to learn about these surprising sea creatures and make your own creations come to life using stop-motion “Claymation” in the crustacean animation workshop.

Over the weekend there will also be the chance to find out about the ancient art of Cornish lobster pot making with tradition pot maker George Chambers and work with local artist Geraldine Jones to create willow sea creatures and add them to a giant lobster pot art installation. And especially for Valentine’s Day make your own ‘living willow’ heart to take home and plant in your garden.

Throughout the week, from February 14-22, make giant lobster claws, fabulous fish masks and more with the Museum’s aquatic art activities. Plus search for the shells in the Museum’s galleries and discover the creatures hidden inside.

On Tuesday February 17 there’s Story Time with Sally Crabtree, who’ll be casting her line into the sea of songs and making treasures from her cargo of creativity. And on Thursday February 19 Douglas Dapper, the Story Explorer will be delving deep to discover how sea monsters come in all shapes and sizes.

All the activities at the Maritime Museum over February half-term are free with your Museum entrance ticket. For more information on opening times and admission prices visit www.nmmc.co.uk or call 01326 313388.

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