Tours, kids' events and talks for adults

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has a host of activities lined up for adults and youngsters over half-term this month.

Waterside dinners, free tours, special exhibitions and talks, and kids’ activities are on the agenda.

Museum Tours Sunday 4 February
Free with standard admission price, these will take visitors around the new “Mad Dogs, and Englishmen?” exhibition as well as the recently renovated Falmouth Packet gallery. The guides will be Director Jonathan Griffin, Curator Jo Warburton, and Exhibitions Manager Ben Lumby.
Times:
11.00 – Mad Dogs, and Englishmen? & The Survival Zone
11.45 – Falmouth Packet Gallery
12.30 – Mad Dogs, and Englishmen? & The Survival Zone
13.15 – Falmouth Packet Gallery
14.00 – Mad Dogs, and Englishmen? & The Survival Zone
14.45 – Falmouth Packet Gallery

Call 01326 214558 to book a place in advance, or see reception when you arrive on the day.

Discovery Talk: Ralph Bird 28 February, 6.30pm
Boat builder Ralph Bird will be telling the fascinating history of the pilot gig, from 1790 to the present day. He will be exploring how gigs were used in rescuing survivors from shipwrecks, carrying flowers and goods, and even for weddings and funerals. He’ll also be charting the rise of gig racing as a popular sport, which peaked in the 1830’s and 40’s when high prize money was up for grabs in many ports.
Lecture £6. Lecture plus 2-course buffet £15
Call 01326 214557 for bookings

Free half term fun
The museum has a number of workshops, all free with the standard admission price. They include storytelling sessions, theatrical performances and creative ‘make and take’ activities “to entertain your little seamonsters”.
There will be something on every day of the February half-term holiday. More details available next time.

Curry Club 16 February, 7pm
Evening buffet with a wide selection of Indian and Indonesian dishes, including chicken korma kebabs, fruit curry, beef masala, samosas, bhajis, rice and poppadoms.
Price £9.95. Call 01326 214557 for bookings.

Special Exhibition: Reuben Chappell – ‘Pierhead’ Painter until 28 February 2007
This acclaimed exhibition finishes this month. It features a selection of famous ‘pierhead’ painter Reuben Chappell’s most significant paintings.

Sunday Carveries every Sunday 12-2pm
Traditional two-course carvery lunch and free entry to the exhibitions and galleries when you book in advance. Price £9.95.
Call 01326 214557 for all bookings.

Your Falmouth
There are just two weeks to go on this initiative, which invites people to lend their pictures of the Fal area to a temporary exhibition. The deadline for entries is Friday 23 February.

“From Edwardian strollers on Swanpool Beach through to postcards of the Cutty Sark, we have already had a positive response but are still on the look out for more pictures. So, if you’ve any old photographs hanging over your fireplace or a map of the town tucked away in a drawer, we would love to hear from you,” says a spokesman.

If you have a picture, document or photograph telling the maritime history of the towns, waterside or river which you are prepared to lend, contact Jo Warbuton on 01326 313388 by 23 February.