Bolton Museum has announced a week of family events this half term to celebrate the opening of their new local history gallery.
Throughout the October half term week, events will have a Victorian theme with costumed characters from 12pm until 4pm and crafts at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.
On Saturday, October 23 the museum opens its new gallery – The Bolton Lives Gallery, to the public. There will be live music with the Union Street folk band; and an appearance from Queen Victoria and her Lady in Waiting from noon. There are also craft activities from 1.30pm until 4pm.
On Monday, October 25 all eyes have to be facing the front as we have a visit from a Victorian schoolteacher. Monday was traditionally ‘wash day’ during Victorian times, and there will be activities based around this tradition throughout the afternoon.
Find out about Victorian medicines and remedies when a Victorian ‘quack’ doctor pays a visit to the museum on Tuesday, October 26. Families can also have a go at drawing real medical objects from the era.
On Wednesday, October 27 a mill worker will visit the museum and people will get the chance to create an industrial landscape picture.
A Victorian policeman will be visiting on Thursday, October 28, while Major Horton – a gentleman from the Victorian era –will be attending with his very own ventriloquist on Friday, October 29. Visitors will have the opportunity to make a policeman’s helmet and a puppet.
Storytelling takes place everyday (except Saturday) at 11am, and there are also free quizzes throughout the week. Visitors are advised to book in advance for all events and craft activities to secure your place.
For those keen to learn more about Bolton and its history, Green Badge guide Suzanne Hindle is offering a guided walking tour of the town, starting from the museum. Suzanne will be leading adult tours at 11am and family tours at 2pm on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30.
Tickets cost £2 for adults and £1 for children and can be booked by calling (01204) 332 211 or visiting the museum front desk.
The new and improved Bolton Lives gallery is split into three zones. Zone one is about the story of Samuel Crompton and the impact of his famous invention, the spinning mule. The second zone shows how the landscape of Bolton has changed over the last few hundred years. The final zone focuses on the lives of the town’s residents through the years.
Bolton’s historic halls also have a range of activities throughout half term, from a special Vampire Week at Smithills Hall to Halloween crafts, after dark activities and a ghost investigation at Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum.
Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, said: “With such a wide range of activities taking place at Bolton’s museums, there will be something for everyone to enjoy this half term.
“In particular, the new gallery, Bolton Lives, will provide a fascinating insight into the town through the ages, in a superb setting, and I would encourage everyone to go along and see for themselves.”