Celebrate 200 years since the first recorded sighting of Antarctica! Meet scientists from the UK Polar Network, be inspired by the region and get creative. Co-commissioned with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as part of its cultural programme ‘Antarctica In Sight’.
Sun 5 April, 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
What do you know about life in the oceans around Antarctica? Come and discover the Colossal Squid who makes its home in the freezing waters and help create a colossal artwork at the National Maritime Museum.
Mon 6 April, 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
Create a story of your adventures through the Antarctic. Create a collaged story inspired by the journeys of explorers and scientists, and record your own adventure through the frozen continent.
Surviving the Antarctic
Tues 7, Thurs 16 April, 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
Imagine you have just arrived on the freezing Antarctic continent! What would you need, what would you want? Build your home, sledge or anything you think is necessary for survival and help build a community. Or, help create an Antarctic atmosphere as you play with light, colour and shadow.
This session will be delivered in British Sign Language and spoken English for all families.
Wed 8, Wed 15 April, 11:30am | 12:30pm | 2pm
Explore the folktales and myths around the frozen Antarctic. Discover snow, seals, whales, stars and sea birds through stories, smells and sounds that will bring the region to life before you!
During this workshop we will be using objects and different sounds, making this a great session for families where an adult or child has a visual impairment.
A Penguin’s Journey
Thurs 9, Tues 14 April, 10.30 | 11.30 | 1pm | 2pm
Journey across the Antarctic in this story inspired by Percy the Penguin in the Polar Worlds gallery. Who else might you meet as you explore the frozen continent?
Suited to under 5s
Pop Up Landscapes
Fri 10, Mon 13 April, 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
Imagine your own Antarctica and create oceans, ice and animals in a pop-up scene celebrating the first recorded sighting of Antarctica 200 years ago.
Sun 12 April, 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
Have you met Ponko and Percy yet? Head up to the Polar Worlds gallery to find out all about these two penguins before heading to the Learning Space to create your own penguin puppets to take home.
Fri 17 April, 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
Discover some of the smallest creatures in the Antarctic waters. Find out about microscopic phytoplankton and their love of cold, polar water. Discover their role in the food web and create your own using UV paint.
During this workshop we will be using UV paint and working with contrasts, making this a great session for families where an adult or child has a visual impairment.
Meet an Antarctic Scientist!
Fri 17 and Sat 18 April (timings tbc)
Meet a scientist from the UK Polar Network and find out all about the work they do in the Polar Regions and ask all your most important questions!
Heart of Antarctica
Sun 19 April, 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
Help bring the Antarctic environment to life at the National Maritime Museum. Be inspired by the ‘Polar Worlds’ gallery and turn the Learning Space into the Antarctic. What will you add to this polar habitat to help it thrive? And what can we do to help Antarctica thrive in the future?
1. The Learning Space is a step-free room and can be accessed using automatic double-doors.
2. The Learning Space has seating. Benches are used and chairs can be requested.
3. General information about the Museum's access can be found here