Free

Essential Information

Type Family fun
Location
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times 11 - 18 February 2024 | 11am-4pm
Prices Free

Come along to the National Maritime Museum this February half term, where we'll be putting on a range of fun creative events for families during LGBTQ+ History Month.

Check out the full programme below, as well as everything else that's going on at the National Maritime Museum and our LGBTQ+ Family in Residence programme!

All events are drop-in and take place in the Learning Space, located on the ground floor of the National Maritime Museum.

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Quilt and sewing accessories

Collaborative quilting

Sunday 11 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm

Learning Space

Help create a patchwork quilt to celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the Museum's collection. We will explore the many stories in our galleries and bring them together in a communally made quilt. 

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Lined up oil pastels or different colours

Merfolk pastels 

Monday 12 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm

Learning Space

Learn about merfolk myths from around the world in this creative workshop. You'll make your own merfolk using creamy, tactile oil pastels.

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Paper pieces making up a rainbow

Pride peg dolls

Tuesday 13 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm

Learning Space

Dress up a peg doll to take home. Make a mini you and express yourself, or create a character and take inspiration from some LGBTQ+ heroes with connections to the Museum and south-east London.

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Solar Flare X1 from AR2994 in 'Motion' by Miguel Claro

Free to be me suncatchers

Wednesday 14 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm

Learning Space

Learn about our 'Person of the Sea' and create your own personalised suncatcher to celebrate all of the things that make us 'free to be me'. 

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Ponko the penguin from front

Penguin pride

Thursday 15 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm

Learning Space

Learn about penguin pride and make your own pocket penguin to take home!

During Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to the Antarctic in 1910-13, scientists first discovered same-sex behaviour between penguins. They decided to cover up their findings by writing them in Greek alphabet code.

The story was forgotten for decades until it was finally published in 2012. Today, penguins feature on the symbol for the organisation Pride in Polar Research – there’s even a book about a same-sex penguin couple who lived in Central Park Zoo! 

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Collage of three historical images, an old drawing, a painting and a photograph, with symbols over them like scissors and pencils

Polar Explorers' Sea Chest

Thursday 15 February | 11am - 1pm | 2 - 4pm

Figurehead Space

What did polar explorers wear on their long voyages into the Arctic and Antarctic regions? Come and make your very own paper doll outfits in this drop-in craft session.

Together we will explore examples of Victorian and Edwardian fashion - both civilian and seafarer clothing - as well as historical and more modern polar gear.

We will also touch upon the role of drag within the context of historical polar exploration. You will have a chance to practice your colouring skills with our pre-made paper doll outfits, as well as showcase your creativity and make brand new clothes for the paper doll sailors!

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(Source of pencils, crayons, tape, pins, colorful papers Picture)

Welcome aboard

Friday 16 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm

Learning Space

Join us to design, collage and print your own ship's badge to show that everyone is welcome aboard our ship.

What symbols might show that everyone is welcome? What colours would you use? What name would you give our ship?  

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A drag performer with brightly coloured wig and nautical inspired dress reads from a picture book

Out at Sea festival

Saturday 17 February | 11am-4pm

Join us for a family festival celebrating LGBTQ+ histories through live performances, storytelling, talks and creative workshops.

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A family adding to a large collaborative art piece

Letters from home

Sunday 18 February | 11am-1pm | 2pm-4pm

Learning Space

Design a postcard inspired by stories of the sea and LGBTQ+ iconography to express affection to someone important.

What’s On

Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Image showing mountain and rocks in foreground, with rippling emerald aurora in the sky behind the mountain, which is reflected in a pool of water
Exhibitions

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

See the world's greatest space photography at the National Maritime Museum
Open daily | 10am-5pm
Adults £10 | Concessions £6.50 | Children £5 | Free for all visitors from 13 March
National Maritime Museum
Women of the RNLI
Black and white portrait of a woman leaning against a boat
Exhibitions

Women of the RNLI

Celebrate 200 years of saving lives at sea at the National Maritime Museum
2 March - 1 December 2024
Free
National Maritime Museum
Play Tuesdays
Family fun

Play Tuesdays

Bring your under 5 on a different adventure every week! Explore the Museum together through song, dance and stories
Term time Tuesdays | 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm
£4 per child and accompanying adult | Under 6 months free
National Maritime Museum
Women's History Month 2024
a cameo with a painting of a Indian Queen with gold surround
Events and festivals | Women's History Month

Women's History Month 2024

Celebrate the lives and achievements of pioneering women
Throughout March
Free Entry
National Maritime Museum
Evening of Astrophotography
Image of many people standing around within a photography gallery with astrophotography images on the walls
Talks and tours | British Science Week

Evening of Astrophotography

Come along to a panel discussion to learn more about astrophotography, and enjoy a private viewing of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2023 exhibition.
Friday 8 March 2024 | 6pm-8pm
Adult: £12 | Students & Under 25: £8.50
National Maritime Museum
Character Encounters
Talks and tours

Character Encounters

Visit the National Maritime Museum every Saturday to discover a different character from history with their own fascinating story to tell
Saturdays
Free Entry
National Maritime Museum
Saturday Art Club
Close-up shot of a person's hands as they use a felt-tip pen to draw an intricate pattern on a small piece of wood
Workshops

Saturday Art Club

Join the weekly creative drop-in for young people aged 13-16
Saturdays from October 2023 - April 2024 | 10am-1pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
SENsory Sailors
Sensory Sailors
Family fun

SENsory Sailors

Come along and enjoy this brand new sensory play session for children with special educational needs
Once a month on Saturdays | 11am-12.30pm
Free | Pre-booking required
National Maritime Museum
Discover Sundays
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Family fun

Discover Sundays

Each Sunday come and explore the Museum's collection through hands on creative activities
Term time Sundays | 11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm
Free | Drop-in
National Maritime Museum
Tea in Transition: Natural Dyeing with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck
Dyed fabrics hanging from a line
Workshops

Tea in Transition: Natural Dyeing with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck

Our series celebrating tea continues with a natural dyeing workshop with artist and tea enthusiast Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck
Sunday 10 March 2024 | 2pm - 5pm
£7 Adult
National Maritime Museum
New Members' Tour
Talks and tours | Member events

New Members' Tour

Embark on a voyage of discovery around the Museum in the company of one of our volunteer guides
Various dates | 11am - 12pm
Free | Booking essential
National Maritime Museum
LGBTQ+ Family Network
Family fun | Identity

LGBTQ+ Family Network

A safe space for local LGBTQ+ families to meet one another, get involved in creative activities for all ages and explore the stories within the collection
16 March 2024 | 10am-12pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
Tea in Transition: Herbal Tea Blending Workshop
A red clay teapot and white cup on a black saucer, both placed on a table
Workshops

Tea in Transition: Herbal Tea Blending Workshop

Learn about the healing properties of a range of medicinal plants, and learn how to combine them into unique blends as you create your own herbal teabags
Wednesday 27 March 2024 | 6.30 - 8.30pm
£7 Adults
National Maritime Museum
Safe Harbour
A group of four with adults and children participating in a craft.
Family fun

Safe Harbour

Safe Harbour is a series of free workshops created to provide a safe space for foster and adoptive families with children under 13 years
Monthly: Next date 30 March 2024 | 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Ticketed | Free
National Maritime Museum
Caribbean Takeover
A quadrille dance performance, featuring a man and woman in bright red and white chequered cotton dancing arm in arm as a crowd look on
Family fun

Caribbean Takeover

Celebrate black history and culture in Britain with the Caribbean Social Forum as they take over the National Maritime Museum's grounds
Saturday 18 May 2024 | Across the day
Free | No tickets needed
National Maritime Museum
World Oceans Day
A sea turtle breaks the surface of the ocean
Events and festivals

World Oceans Day

A family-friendly celebration of our ocean hosted at the National Maritime Museum
Returning in 2024
Free
National Maritime Museum
Windrush Day
A female singer performs a solo as part of a choir performance. She is holding a microphone and is wearing a black dress with a multicoloured sash over her left arm, with a matching headscarf
Events and festivals

Windrush Day

Celebrate the anniversary of the Empire Windrush's arrival in Britain, and find your own Windrush connection at the National Maritime Museum
Returning in 2024
Free
National Maritime Museum
International Slavery Remembrance Day
A black and white illustration of Phyllis Wheatley, the first black woman to publish a book of poetry in Britain
Events and festivals

International Slavery Remembrance Day

Explore the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition at the National Maritime Museum
Returning in 2024
Free
National Maritime Museum

Images: Dinh Pham, Solar Flare X1 from AR2994 in 'Motion' © Miguel Claro, Katie Rainbow