A new series of free talks is commencing at Bolton Museum, Aquarium and Archive this month.
The talks will explore a fascinating range of topics using objects from the museum’s collections.
Visitors can delve into ‘The Mrs Manneville mystery and other stories’ on Friday 26 February. The talk is based on objects which have interesting stories connected to them, ranging from a notorious 18th century divorce case, to First World War espionage.
Bumblebee enthusiasts can find out where bees live and what they do in ‘The secret world of bumblebees’. Specimens from the museum’s collection will illustrate the many different species of bees which exist and visitors can pick up a free identification guide. The talk takes place on Friday 26 March.
The borough’s architectural history can be discovered in ‘Meet the Simpsons: The Story of Bolton architects Jonathon Simpson and Son’ on Friday 30 April. The museum holds a large collection of architectural drawings of the many houses, churches, schools and pubs across Bolton which Jonathon Simpson and his son James Lomax built. There will be an opportunity to view these after the talk.
On Friday 26 June explore ‘Cabinet of Curiosities: objects from the natural world’. The museum’s curator of natural science will talk about objects from the natural history collections, including weaver bird nests and sea horses.
For those wanting to discover more about the Co-operative movement, they can attend ‘More than just a shop: The Co-operative movement in Bolton’ on Friday 30 July. The talk will explore the history of the movement in the borough and how it continues to affect the lives of local people.
Visitors can find out about Bolton Central Library’s rare book collection in ‘Beautiful Books: Bolton Libraries book rarities’ on Friday 27 August.
On Friday 24 September there will be an opportunity to learn about the history of Bolton’s police force in ‘Evenin’ all: A look at Bolton borough police records.’ Police records will be available to view, as well as discovering about female police officers who were introduced to the force around 1919.
All talks take place on the last Friday of every month at 1pm until 1.30pm and will be
conducted by members of staff. They will be held in Learning Studio One at Bolton Museum.
Refreshments are provided and visitors are welcome to bring their own lunch. No booking is required.
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