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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Exhibitions

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

See the world's greatest space photography at the National Maritime Museum
Open daily until 27 August 2024 | 10am-5pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
Women of the RNLI
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
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
Safe Harbour
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 29 June 2024 | 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Ticketed | Free
National Maritime Museum
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
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
20 July | 10am-12pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
Maritime Madness: Art in the Park
Experiences

Maritime Madness: Art in the Park

Get ready for an afternoon of outdoor craft, making, and live performance, produced and curated by the 2024 Youth Collective
Saturday 27 July | 12-3pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
Young Creatives
Workshops

Young Creatives

Be part of our Young Creatives and ReThink Residency projects for young people during school holidays
Young Creatives: Monday 31 July – Thursday 01 August & ReThink Residency: Monday 12 - Friday 16 August I 10.30am to 3pm daily
Free
National Maritime Museum
International Slavery Remembrance Day
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
BSL Tour: Women of the RNLI
Talks and tours | BSL tours

BSL Tour: Women of the RNLI

Join historian and guide John Wilson at the National Maritime Museum, for a BSL tour of the latest exhibition Women of the RNLI
Friday 23 August 2024 | 2-3pm
Free
National Maritime Museum
Saturday Art Club
Workshops

Saturday Art Club

Join the weekly creative drop-in for young people aged 13-16 during term time at the National Maritime Museum
Saturdays from October 2024 - April 2025 | 10am-1pm
Free
National Maritime Museum

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