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New exhibition inspires family-friendly workshops

Published on 14 July 2017

A PROGRAMME of family-friendly workshops inspired by New Walk Museum’s major new summer exhibition gets under way next week.

All the workshops tie in with Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour 1875-6 – which opened last Saturday – and will offer different craft activities on most Mondays throughout the school holidays.

The programme kicks off on Monday (17 July) with an opportunity for families with young children to create their own Victorian-style sundials.

Suitable for children aged five and over, Splendiferous Sundials runs from 10am until 1pm. Tickets are £3 – and please note that children must be supervised at all times.

Book your place by calling the museum on 0116 225 4920

Each workshop will be followed by some free family activities. From 2pm, professional storyteller Ruth Fraser will entertain youngsters with stories from South Asia – and at 3pm, there’s a chance to take part in a Royal Portrait Drawing session, with plenty of free drawing materials and lots of inspirational artefacts to sketch.

The summer programme continues at 10am on Monday 24 July with Clay Play ­ – an opportunity to create beautiful Indian clay pots. Pre-booking is essential and tickets are £3.

A full list of family-friendly workshops taking place at New Walk Museum as part of the Splendours of the Subcontinent season is set out below.

All workshops run from 10am until 1pm and cost £3. Places must be booked in advance by calling the museum on 0116 225 4920.

• Monday 17 July: Splendiferous Sundials

• Monday 24 July: Clay Play – Indian Pots

• Monday 31 July: Beautiful Barges and Charming Carriages

• Monday 7 August: Royal Regalia

• Monday 14 August: Stately Shields

• Monday 28 August: Indian Paper Flowers

Admission to Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince’s Tour 1875-6 – which features more than 70 extraordinary items – is free of charge and the exhibition continues at New Walk Museum until Sunday 29 October 2017.

The collection tells the story of the grand tour of the subcontinent made by the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VII) in 1875-76.

Visitors will be able to see some stunning works of art, including a dazzling turban ornament – or ‘sarpech’ – decorated with emeralds and diamonds, and an exquisite enamelled gold inkstand, inlaid with diamonds, rubies and sapphires.