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More to museums this summer

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A brand new and expanded museum programme for adults launches this summer.

Red House Glass ConeDudley Museum’s Service ‘Let’s do this’ programme has taken the familiar adults at museums programme and added a range of classes, talks, reading groups and creative sessions for adults.

A new Creative Glass session, allows participants to make something in fused glass with a different artist or theme each month, starting with seascapes on 7 July, Picasso faces on 27 July and covering cityscapes, aboriginal art, Dali, Manga and Clarice Cliff throughout July and August. Sessions run from 1 – 2.30pm, cost £10 and must be booked in advance.

The service has also introduced jewellery making workshops, where students can learn a new skill and walk away with a completed piece of jewellery using seed beads and wirework techniques. Classes include making a ladybird necklace on 6 August, a unicorn necklace on 20 August, with themed jewellery classes later in the year for Halloween and Christmas. Sessions cost £10 and run from 10.30 – 12.30. These sessions are suitable for ages 11+.

Reading on the Rocks is a new monthly book group, with the chance to read a book and share thoughts with new friends over a cuppa at Dudley Museum at the Archives. The first session will be held on Wednesday 18 July from 2 – 3pm and is free. Other sessions run on Wednesday 12 September and Wednesday 17 October.

The final addition to the programme is a multi-media wreath session at the cone, making glass flowers and felt leaves which are wired into a wreath. This is made up of two, three hour sessions in November and December, costing £30 for both sessions.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise said:

This revamped programme provides a wealth of activities for people to enjoy. Whether they want to learn a new skill, make new friends or simply find out more about the borough’s art and history, there’s something for everyone.
Museums are not simply buildings to house paintings and artefacts, they can also be places to socialise, learn and have fun and this new programme will help to do just that.

Old favourites return with the Treasures of the Museum talks, taking people though the history of items in the collection, with behind the scenes access and hands-on activities. Sessions run on Wednesday 18 July and Wednesday 19 September.

The familiar adult crafts session continue with the chance to make a beaded bracelet on Friday 13 July at Dudley Museum and fabric flowers at the cone on Friday 7 September. Both sessions run from 10.30 - 12.30 and cost £6.

Dudley Museum @ The Archives is based at Dudley Archives & Local History Centre

Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ. Opening hours are 10am – 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Red House Glass Cone (RHGC) is based at High Street, Wordsley, DY8 4AZ. Opening hours are Monday – Friday,10am - 3pm and Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 4pm.

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