Summer Photography Courses

Capturing Colour

Monday 13th

Ages 8-13 with 1 parent per family

Today’s course focuses on finding the colour in our every day surroundings and capturing it through our camera lenses creatively.  Our students will learn how to use camera mechanics such as aperture and shutter speed to make their images pop and we will visit the Museum’s Great British Seaside photography exhibition to view Martin Parr’s colourful seaside images to inspire us. Our students will finish the day with a colourful set of inspiring images.

World Oceans Day at the National Maritime Museum

World Oceans Day will be a fun and educational event geared towards 7-11 year-olds (but with something for everyone!) consisting of live music, character actors, workshops, digital interactives, participatory dance, a participatory pledge “mechanic”, prizes, takeaways, new boat interactives, and “ask an expert”. Informally celebrated since 1992, World Oceans Day was officially recognised as a UN day since 2008.

World Oceans Day Lecture: Jonathan White - Tides

After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White vowed to understand the tide.  He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly?  He read a book, then two.  Ten years later, he had read three hundred books and criss-crossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world.

Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum



Celebrate Chinese New Year with us and enjoy traditional Chinese performance arts including a Lion Dance and Kung Fu. There will also be a performance from the Nanjing Little Red Flower Dance Troupe.

Location: Under the Propeller & Great Map

2pm – 3pm 

Calligraphy workshop

Come and learn the traditional art of calligraphy, or ‘beautiful writing’, in this workshop for all ages.

Location: Group Space

Time: 11am – 11.45am | 12pm – 12.45pm | 1.15pm – 2pm | 3pm – 3.45pm

Ship-Keeping Weekend at Cutty Sark

Activities take place between 10am -5pm and will include:

  • Planking and caulking
  • Knotting and splicing of rope work
  • Steaming bending and roving timbers
  • Axe hewing and spar making demonstrations
  • Barge sailing

The masterclasses will be delivered by tutors and instructors from the IBTC, and will take place in the dry berth of Cutty Sark and in the ship keepers workshop 10 minutes’ walk from the ship.


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