Each year Weston Museum plays host to a number of events which provide opportunities for both enthusiasts and families to enjoy a great day out.
Weston Museum’s exciting new temporary exhibition on facial hair and tattoos through the ages features both historical and modern examples of self expression. A photographer has been out capturing some local faces to feature amongst the range of beards, mustaches and body art.
Come along and compare your own styles and artwork with others from across the area and across time!
The exhibition is free entry and will be open during standard museum opening times of 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week. There will also be a variety of activities and events for all ages running alongside the exhibition, with talks for those interested in learning more and pirate themed activities for families!
For all of human history, we have been doing things to make our bodies beautiful, in honour of our current exhibition ‘The Art of Self-Expression; facial hair and tattoos through the ages’, we will be showcasing decorating the human body.
We will be joined by some wonderful contributors who will be offering henna, body painting, special effects make up and colour analysis. There will also be demonstrations of production arts hair and make up from our lovely local college students, and even some drag make up demos! Kids can get involved too with some dressing up and there will be a competition to create the best tattoo design.
The main demonstrations and services will be on show between 10am and 4pm.
If you are interested in being one of our artists or stylists for a day or more during this event then email the team – you must be able to supply copies of all the relevant insurance and licenses to take part.
The Friends of Weston Museum host regular talks on topics of local historical interest. May’s talk is on ‘Castle House, Taunton’ by Chris Sidaway.
Talks are free to members of the Friends (details of how to join can be found on the Friends page), a small fee on the door applies to non-members.
Try your luck at our monthly quiz night; learn a little about your local history and have a laugh at the same time.
During our refurbishment closure, we travelled around the local pubs with our own brand of fun and interesting, but definitely not serious, quizzes. Now that we have our lovely building back, you can come in and join us here. You don’t need lots of historical knowledge; we promise to keep the questions simple, with only the occasional head scratcher thrown in. The quiz includes a mystery object round, so whilst you’re enjoying your drink from our bar of locally sourced drinks and nibbles, you can also have a guess at a selection of historical objects and replicas.
Only £5 to enter a team (of up to five people) and there is a prize for the winning team. Numbers are limited so you can book in advance to guarantee your team a slot, but if there is space then we won’t turn you away on the night. Join us from 6.30, ready for the quiz to start at 7pm.
Any questions? Just give the team a call or send us an email.
Bring your little explorers along to a friendly session at Weston Museum run by the lovely team from the YMCA. Take part in themed craft and sensory activities, which you can follow up by exploring the museum and its family friendly displays, as well as enjoying a bite to eat in the cafe.
£2 per family. Pay on the day, no booking needed. Please be sure to arrive nice and promptly between museum opening at 10am and session start time of 10.30am to get settled in.
That’s The Way To Do It: Punch and Judy Through The Ages is a new family friendly touring exhibition created in association with The Fedora Group. It tells the story of Punch and Judy, our nation’s most celebrated puppets, and their development over time.
The exhibition will evoke nostalgic memories of seaside holidays and reveal the stories of local Punch and Judy Professors, whilst exploring the meaning and relevance of Punch and Judy in the twentieth century.
The exhibition is free to enter, but visitors are encouraged to help support the museum through making a donation in one of the stands around the museum. The exhibition will be open during standard museum opening times of 10-5 Monday to Sunday.
Somerset and Devon have long been tourist destinations. The country air, market towns, beaches and fossil coasts are all key West Country attractions. Discover how people enjoyed their leisure time through a display of historic documents.
Free entry, this display will be shown in the museum’s Learning Space between 10 and 3.30.