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.
He has been married to Dame Mary Archer, Chairman of the Science Museum Group, for 51 years, and they have two sons, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.
He gained a Blue in Athletics at Oxford, was President of the University Athletics Club, and went on to run the 100 yards in 9.6 seconds for Great Britain in 1966. Jeffrey has served five years in the House of Commons and twenty-five years as a Member of the House of Lords.
Jeffrey is also an art collector and amateur auctioneer, conducting around 20 charity auctions a year, which last year raised £3.4m for good causes.
Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over
270 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).
His latest book, TELL TALE, is his seventh collection of short stories, and was published in hardback in November 2017. His 22nd novel, HEADS YOU WIN, will be published in 2018.
Lois was born and brought up in Cambridge, but spent most of her life in Manchester; she now lives in a small Somerset village by the sea. Lois writes full time and has just published her 12th novel through Kindle Direct Publishing. When not writing, she travels, especially to live music events and watches the world go by in her local pub.
Lois Elsden shares her thoughts on writing; the why’s the how’s and the what to do next. You will be thinking about the 6 P’ (plot, people, place, point of view, purpose, and pace) You will tackle a couple of these aspects of writing, concentrating on people and place – characters and settings
Best selling author Damien Boyd is a former solicitor turned crime fiction writer.
Drawing on extensive experience of criminal law as well as a spell in the Crown Prosecution Service, Damien writes fast paced crime thrillers featuring Detective Inspector Nick Dixon of Avon and Somerset Police.
Damien’s debut novel, As the Crow Flies, was released in April 2013 becoming an international Kindle #1 bestseller, with all six sequels reaching the Amazon top ten. Translated into German, French, Italian and Polish, the series has gone on to sell over one million copies.
Lois Elsden explains what blogging is all about; she describes the process, the purpose, its relevance and why it is fun. You will look at the different types of blog with some examples, the different purposes of blogging, style, audience and having a go! You will engage in some practical tasks and explore different ideas any of us could pursue.
Mark is an experienced teacher of Creative Writing. He is also a published author with over 20 short stories published, several poems and he has also had scripts performed. Having run workshops for writers at all levels of development, from absolute beginners to published writers, he now brings his knowledge and expertise to the festival! This exciting workshop will be the perfect way to kick start your writing! Don’t know where to begin? How do you create characters? How do I structure my story opening? Attend this workshop and leave with the tools you need to start putting pen to paper! This fun and informative workshop will put you on the right path to begin your literary project!
As part of Weston-super-Mare’s new Literary Festival, the museum will be hosting a Pirate Party!
Bring your kids in to take part in pirate themed activities and sessions, from crafts to storytelling and the chance to win a prize for the best costume. Timings for activities and details of how to book on to the free activity sessions will be released closer to the date.
We will have a competition to find the best World Book Day costume, so bring your children in after school to show off their outfits and have their picture taken. The pictures will go up on our social media and we will then pick a few favourites for everyone to vote on. The winner and two runners up will win museum goodie bag prizes!
The Friends of Weston Museum host regular talks on topics of local historical interest. March’s talk is on ‘Schooldays in a Village School at Stone Allerton’ by farmer Peter Tinney. 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.
Keep your kids busy in the holidays this Easter and join in with some pirate craft and dressing up!
Our exciting new exhibition ‘The Art of Self-Expression’ showcases the history of beards and tattoos. In honour of this great display, we are transforming into pirates (some of the most beardy and tattooed people we know!).
Pretend to be a pirate by doing some dressing up and trying out some fake beard styles of your own, then have a go at making some pirate craft bits. During the second week of the holidays, we will be joined again by the great ‘Rainbow Sands’; with them you can make your own piratey sand art – Check out their Facebook page here.
In the middle weekend of the Easter holidays, you can also take part in some pirate themed lego workshops – read more about them here.