Evolution revolution 

Johnny Ball pointing at skull
Johnny Ball up close with a primate skull

An evolution revolution is taking place at Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive this summer, where a fantastic range of events are planned as part of the museum’s fascinating exhibition Simple Beginnings: the Story of Evolution.

A packed programme of events and special activities will be taking place throughout the summer, which is sure to excite the whole family. And with the museum open every Sunday in August from 10am until 4pm, there will be even more choice of when to come along.

On Tuesday July 28 and Thursday July 30, visitors can get hands on with Ice Age Britain – part of the National Festival for British Archaeology celebrations taking place from July 18 to August 2.

These two special days will feature opportunities to handle remains of animals that lived in Britain – including mammoths, rhinos, wolves and hyenas – before the last ice age at 10am and 2pm. Visitors will also enjoy the chance to make a mask of an ice-age animal from 1pm to 4pm.

From August 4 family arts and craft activities will take place every Tuesday and Thursday until September 3, from 1pm until 4pm. Activities include making and playing an evolution board game, making bug masks and moth mobiles and making a collage.

Visitors are advised to book their place on the day of the event, but with places limited they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Each Monday from July 27 to August 31 families can listen to some nature themed stories at 11am, while every Wednesday during the same period there will be a chance to join visitor volunteers for object handling sessions in the exhibition gallery from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

On top of all this entertainment there is also a free Charlie’s Voyage quiz, an exhibition family trail and a dressing up area all day everyday, so there’s always something to do at the museum throughout the summer holidays.

Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult Services, said: “These events give a fun way for people to learn about one of the most important scientific theories in history.

“The range of activities means that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone, and I hope that everyone takes the opportunity to get involved.”

There are also plenty of activities going on at Bolton’s other museums including Summer Sunshine Crafts which will take place every Wednesday from July 29 to September 2 at Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum.

Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum is open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm until 5pm.

And at Smithills Hall on Friday August 21, there’s a fantastic bat hunt taking place, where visitors can join the search for our mysterious nocturnal friends.

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