More details of the local events to celebrate the national Festival of Museums in May 2014 have been announced by Perth & Kinross Council.
The launch night for the weekend of fun for all ages on Friday 16th May at Perth Museum and Art Gallery will begin with a special puppet show ‘The Magic of the Mummy: Tales of Ancient Egypt’ presented by the Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre Company between 4pm and 5pm. Suitable for children aged five to 12 years old, the show will be given in the Museum’s Lecture Theatre. Tickets are free but limited to 90 places.
Following the puppet show, children can have a go at making their own puppet at a special workshop between 5.30pm and 7pm. Again suitable for five to 12 year olds (accompanied and supervised by an adult), the workshop is free to attend but requires a separate ticket and is limited to 25 places.
Running between 5pm and 8pm, youngsters aged three and over can find out about how the Ancient Egyptians made their mummies at ‘wrap your teddy’ workshops. Free and limited to 10 places each, the sessions will run from 5-5.30pm, 5.45-6.15pm, 6.45-7.15pm and 7.30-8pm.
At 8pm, there will be a special screening in the Lecture Theatre of the classic 1959 Hammer Horror ‘The Mummy’, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, telling the story of the supernatural revenge wreaked on an archaeologist who unearths the tomb of an Ancient Egyptian princess. This film, which lasts approximately 90 minutes, has a PG rating. Tickets are free and limited to 90 places.
All visitors to the launch event will have access to the Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibitions until 10pm, and can also enjoy free live music, other activities, and refreshments available at a reasonable price.
On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May, creative workshops for adults, children and will be held at the Ogilvie Halls in Alyth, Perth Museum and Art Gallery and The Fergusson Gallery: