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What’s On January - April 2018

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Exhibitions Permanent displays Walk through a history of Wycombe with our permanent collection. See our internationally-known chairs and the history of Wycombe District’s furnituremaking heritage. View our Art Gallery, featuring works of local significance and visit our old kitchen, and imagine how it was used when Castle Hill House was a family home.

Beers, Bacon Badgers and Bhajis Traditional and New Food in Wycombe District

Until September Upstairs temporary exhibition space

This exhibition celebrates everything edible and delicious in Wycombe District from prehistory to the present day. Did you know that Wycombe District had its own chocolate factory and that cherries were once a local speciality? Or that Tudor dinner guests were expected to bring their own cutlery? Find out all about local specialities such as Bucks bacon badgers and lardy cakes, as well as newer menu options from the Caribbean and Pakistan. With lots of hands-on activities for all.


Exhibitions The Art of Dying Monday 6 November - Sunday 15 April Downstairs exhibition space

Return of the Terrifying Trench Until January 2019

Our reconstructed World War 1 trench is open again by popular demand for the whole of 2018 – the centenary year of the end of WW1. The terrifying trench gives an idea of what life was like on the front - enter if you dare, to hear the sounds of artillery and spot the trench terrors such as rats and flies and learn what you would need to help you survive.

Coming soon: An exhibition about High Wycombe Cemetery by artists Cally Trench and Alex Dewart and local historian Sally Scagell. The first burial at High Wycombe Cemetery - of a baby called Emily Smith - took place in 1855. Since then hundreds of local people have been buried there. This exhibition shows drawings, films and paintings made in response to the cemetery, and explores its history and the stories associated with its most remarkable monuments.

20th Century Furniture From 19 May

This mini exhibition is an introduction to Wycombe’s furniture industry in the 20th century, especially how the two World Wars influenced chair designs. It is also an opportunity to find out about plans for our furniture project. Working with Bucks New University we want to talk to people about their memories of the local industry, create new exhibitions and celebrate our unique local furniture heritage in new ways. Get in touch if you have memories to share we would love to hear from you.


Big Days Out Cally’s Board Game Evening Thursday 15 February l 6 - 9pm Bring your family and friends to play Cally Trench’s original board games, including Gravestones and Dry Bones. Book in advance or drop in, and stay as long as you like. Suitable for all the family. Tickets: £3.50 adults, 50p children

A Beginners Guide to Stargazing

For All Children to be accompanied by an adult

Mad Science! Sunday 18 March Sessions start 12.30pm & 2.30pm Bubbling potions, yummy sweets, spectacular experiments, and gooey slime to take home and treasure! Join our mad scientist’s workshops to celebrate British Science Week. Mad Science is 6+ Children must be accompanied by an adult. Book l Tickets £10 per child or 3 for £25

Walking Wycombe with Willie Saturday 17 March l 7 - 9.30pm Our family friendly beginners evening starts with a talk from Dr Sandy Giles from Wycombe Astronomical Society on how to get to know the night sky and finding your way around it using known stars and constellations. This will be followed by some time spent looking at the stars through telescopes from the museum grounds with local Wycombe Astro experts. Your ticket will include a Wycombe Museum beer, alcoholic hot chocolate or a soft drink alternative, local homemade veg or meat lasagne & salad. The Museum will open for visitors to look around from 6pm. Dress warmly with layers. The presentation and food will be served in the museum event room, but some time will be spent outside. Final booking date for tickets with food 10th March 2017. Walk in tickets without food may be available after this date – please contact the museum directly. Book l Adults £17.50, Under 15’s £10.00, Under 5’s £3.00


Saturday 24 March Saturday 14 April Saturday 19 May (Part of Chiltern Walking Festival and Wycombe Arts Festival) 10am - 12.45pm

Join Walking Willie for a 2.5hr walking history tour around Wycombe, departing from and returning to Wycombe Museum. The museum will be open at 10am for a 10:15am departure, so pick up your take away drinks before you go! It is a gentle walk but be aware there are some hills involved. We are welcoming donations to our partner organisation Street Kids Direct. Drop In l Free

Big Days Out

For All Children to be accompanied by an adult

Archery & Den Building

Date for your diary:

Sunday 8 April l 11 - 5pm

Chiltern Crafts and Wildlife Sunday 3 June

Become a woodland hero at our family fun day. Put on your best Robin Hood outfit and aim for a bullseye in an archery workshop or perfect your forest hideout with a den-making session – complete with a campfire and hot chocolate to keep you warm.

Den-Making & Fire Lighting sessions 11am - 12.15pm, 12.45 - 2pm, 2.30 - 3.45pm Recommended 5+ Children must be accompanied by an adult Book l £6.50 per ticket

Archery sessions 11.30am - 12pm, 12 - 12.30pm, 12.30 - 1pm, 1 - 1.30pm, 1.30 - 2pm, 2 - 2.30pm, 2.30 - 3pm, 3 - 3.30pm For adults and children 7+

A family fun day including creepy crawly handling, a workshop on the ancient art of copper smelting and local traditional crafts.

Copper Smelting Workshop (See page 10 for information)

Book l £9

Quiz Night Fundraiser


Saturday 24 February l 6.30pm help raise Bring family and friends for a fantastic evening of fun and food to and care for money for Wycombe Museum. You’ll help us improve our displays holiday activities and s session learning g engagin offer to our collection, plus continue includes a Tickets for children. Come with a team or alone and meet new people. ve. alternati veggie a or Carne Con Chilli special hearty dinner of of our chef’s Book l £12 per person


For Adults

Events Memory Lane Tuesday 6 February, 13 March, 10 April l 11am

The Art of Dying: Drink and Draw Thursday 18 January l 7.30 - 9.30pm Spend an evening with artists Cally Trench and Alex Dewart. Find out more about their work and do some drawing yourself over a drink from our café. Drawing materials supplied – just bring your imagination! See and for more on the artists. Book l £6.50

This event is an opportunity for people of all ages to meet socially and share their stories of the past. They are free, drop-in, and last about 45 minutes. All are welcome. Drop In l Free

Archaeological Finds Surgery Wednesday 7 March 12 - 5pm

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Active Listening Saturday 20 January l 10am - 1pm

Bring along your archaeological finds to be identified and recorded by Arwen James, the Bucks and Milton Keynes Finds Liaison Officer. Your find could add to our knowledge of the past on the Portable Antiquities Website. For more info email or call 01296 624519.


Relating is one of Action for Happiness’s 10 Keys to Happier Living and to connect with someone, you need to really listen. How good are your listening skills? Join us and learn the difference between hearing and really listening. Explore how you can become known as that special person: a good listener. Book l £12 Email to book

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Events Talk: The Story of Castle Hill House Tuesday 30 January l 7 - 8.30pm

A Dress to Die For Thursday 15 March l 7.30 - 9.30pm A catwalk show of mourning costume. Follow the fortunes of one Wycombe’s chairmaking family through 100 years of mourning fashions with local historian Sally Scagell. Book l £7

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A Tasting History of Gin Friday 23 March l 7 - 9.30pm Discover the history of the home of Wycombe Museum. Follow the historic progression of the site, the architecture of the house, and the lives of the people who lived at Castle Hill House before it became the home of Wycombe’s history. Book l £6.50 l £4 for Friends

Monuments to Mourning Sunday 4 March l 2 - 3.30pm A guided tour of High Wycombe Cemetery. Discover the stories behind some of the cemetery’s larger monuments on a tour with local historian Sally Scagell. Wear sensible shoes for wet grass. See www.galaxypix. com/Sally/Losttheplot for more on the history of the cemetery. Book l £5

Explore and experience the history of gin. From Dutch courage and Gin Palaces to the modern gin revival. If you enjoy gin, this evening could be just the tonic for you! Gently stirred (but not shaken) into the mix will be canapé-sized talks on gin history. Snacks will be served. Gin was traditionally known as ‘Mother’s Ruin’ - why not spoil your mother with a ticket for Mother’s Day gift with a difference! Booking is essential. This is an adult only event. Please leave your car at home as alcohol will be served. Let us know when booking and by Friday 16 March if you have any dietary requirements. Book l £22

Sponsored by Griffiths Brothers Gin of Penn Street


Events Foraging to Farming: Food in the Stone Age

Date for your diary:

Tuesday 17 April l 8 - 9pm

Thursday 31 May l 1.15 - 2pm

How did our eating habits change when humanity transitioned from being foragers and huntergatherers to farmers? Has this huge change to our diet been for the better? Find out from prehistorian Kim Biddulph about the original palaeodiet, and what our prehistoric ancestors were eating in and around Wycombe.

Wycombe has been a town for nearly 800 years, since Henry III granted its first charter in 1237. Meet Frances Alexander, former mayor for a talk about the mills, market and mayor-making that make our town special.

Doors open at 7.30pm.

FREE l all are welcome

Book l £6.50 or £4 for Friends

Frances will be available to sign her book High Wycombe Then and Now.

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Action for Happiness Thursday 10 May 2018 Wycombe Museum is teaming up with Action for Happiness to become a Happy Café and we’d love for you to join us at our launch evening. The idea is simple and inspiring: a friendly and welcoming place to meet other people with a shared interest in promoting happiness and wellbeing. We are so excited to have the co-founder of Action for Happiness Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham speaking on the 10 keys to happier Living. Come along and share in the happiness. Museum open to visit from 6pm. Talk beginning at 8pm.


For Adults Mayor Making Talk

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Beers, Bevvies and Brewing Wednesday 20 June l 7.30pm Make sure you don’t miss out on our annual evening of light-hearted history, music and, of course, beer with Museum Curator Catherine Grigg and Chiltern Brewery’s Keith Knight.

For Adults

Workshops Bitesize Introduction to Crochet Tuesday 6 February l 11am - 1pm

Card Making Workshop Wednesday 21 February, 21 March, 18 April 10am - 12pm

Do you want to learn to crochet? This class, aimed at complete beginners, will get you started on your own projects. All materials provided, including take-home how-to guides. Refreshments included. Book l £27.50

Next Steps Crochet Tuesday 6 March l 11am - 1pm Already know how to chain stitch, double stitch and treble stitch? In this session, you will learn new techniques to get started on more advanced projects. All materials provided, including take-home howto guides. Refreshments included. Book l £33

Enjoy fun and friendly card making classes using different techniques and a wonderful selection of stamps, ink and papers. No experience necessary but also enjoyable for the experienced crafter too. Each class we’ll make 2 - 3 cards, plus a special treat. Book l £11

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Copper Smelting Workshop Sunday 3 June (as part of Chiltern Craft and Wildlife Day - see page 6)

Introduction to Crochet Course Sunday 14 January to Sunday 4 February 11am - 1pm This sociable four-week course will help complete beginners get to grips with crochet through fun mini-projects. All materials provided, including take-home howto guides. Refreshments included. Book l £88

Learn about Bronze Age metal extraction, and try out this ancient craft for yourself! Learn how to prepare ore, charcoal and crucibles and tend to your furnace to pour your molten copper in this full day workshop with Ancientcraft.


Holiday Fun

For Children

Children to be accompanied by an adult

Sessions start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Tickets l £3 l Now pre-bookable!

You can n ow book our worksho ps in advance!

Flicker and Flash

Medieval Madness

Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 February

Tuesday 29 May l 1.15, 2.15 and 3.15pm

Learn about electricity circuits and wire your own working model that will light up and flash with a flick of a switch!

Find out about the town’s medieval origins and the bizarre ancient Wycombe tradition of mayor weighing. Try your hand at calligraphy and make your own coats of arms sun catcher.

Easter Egg Hunt Thursday 29 March - Sunday 8 April Hunt the museum and garden in our Easter Egg Hunt! Complete your sheet to claim your sweet prize. With indoor and outdoor hunts, we’ve got you covered whatever the weather – why not try both? £1.50 with prize

Robin Hood Crafts Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 April Explore the World of Robin Hood with fun crafts. Make a Robin Hood or Maid Marian hat and craft your own miniature bow and arrow – how good is your aim? Don’t forget to come back for more Robin Hood fun with archery and den building on Sunday 8 April.

Spring Crafts Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 April Make a cute Spring creature spoon puppet.


Thursday 31 May l 10.30 and 11.30am

Explore Learning Workshops Monday 9 April

The Voyage of Discovery

10.30 - 11.30am

Learn all about navigation and rota tion, as you set sail on a voyage of discover y as part of Christopher Columbus’s crew . This workshop allows children to und erstand the concepts of rotation, direction and movement as they have to overcome the mat hematical challenges the crew face. Perfect for ages 6-8 Book l Free

Run Your Own Restaurant

12 - 1pm

This workshop will require the child ren’s best maths skills as they start their own restaurant business. Interpreting quantities, and converting units of measure ment, this workshop focuses on fractions, deci mals and percentages in a real-life cont ext. There is also an opportunity for the child ren to consider working to a budget and problem solving. Perfect for ages 9-11 Book l Free

Tiny Talk Time

For Children Children to be accompanied by an adult

Friday sessions start 10.15, 11.15am, 1.15pm Saturday sessions start 10.15, 11.15am Come along for stories, crafts and museum fun in this special time for 2 - 5 year olds. Can’t make it during the week? From January, we will be running repeat sessions on Saturday mornings! Tickets £3

The Tiger Who Came to Tea Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Friday 2 & Saturday 3 February


Friday 23 & Saturday 24 February

Old MacDonald’s Farm Friday 9 & Saturday 10 March

Billy’s Beetle

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 March

Spring Special

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 April

Forest School Fridays 26 January, 9 & 16 February and 2 & 16 March 9.30 - 10.45am and 11.15am - 12.30pm A toddler group out in nature - come along with your preschooler and join Fox & Cubs Forest School for lots of outdoor fun - including seasonal crafts, juice and biscuits! We meet in any weather and enjoy exploring, playing, building, finding bugs, mixing mud, cooking on the campfire and much more. Wear warm clothes, wellies and waterproofs. Book l £6.50 Block book 5 sessions l £27.50



For Children Children to be accompanied by an adult

Kid’s Crochet Workshop Make a Mother’s Day Wednesday 14 February l 11am - 12.30pm Gift Saturday 10 March l 11am - 12.30pm Show mum how much you love her and make a crocheted gift for Mother’s Day. Best for age 5+ but younger ones are welcome. Book l £5.50

Little ones learn to crochet! Work on a fun, bright project - a bracelet or keyring - and take home whatever you make. Best for age 5+ but younger ones are welcome. Book l £5.50

Learning Wycombe Museum offers learning sessions on site or in your school for a variety of curriculumrelated topics. They are an ideal way to introduce a topic or reinforce classwork, providing an interactive and memorable experience. For Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

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In Partnership With Sunday Assembly

Dosti Ladies Group

Second Sunday of every month

Tuesdays during term time l 10am - 12pm

Live better, help often, wonder more! Everyone’s welcome at Sunday Assembly - High Wycombe’s secular congregation, celebrating life with speakers, song, poems and more.

Dosti is an independent voluntary organisation that thrives on promoting, educating and engaging women in the community from all faiths to empower their individuality. Come along for refreshments, exercise and activities.

Find out more at Wycombe Sunday Assembly’s Facebook page or @S_Assembly_HW on Twitter!

Heart of Bucks First Monday of every month Dosti is an Independent Voluntary organisation that thrives on promoting, educating & engaging Women in the Community to empower their Individuality.

Wycombe Lotto Free funding consultations at Wycombe Museum. Consultations are aimed at non-profit charitable organisations working to benefit the communities of Bucks. To book an appointment call 01296 330134.

Coffee with Cops 11.30am - 12.30pm on the first Wednesday and second Saturday of the month Got any questions, comments, or thanks for your local police officers?

Set up to support community projects in the local area, Wycombe Lotto raises money within the community for the community. A ticket from Wycombe Lotto costs £1 per week - 50p of each ticket will go directly to your chosen cause! Well established birthdaygo coming To support the (10th Museum to up) - we offer a vast range of Diverse & culturally aware services: l one to one support Phone: 0789 434 7039 wycombe-museum l group support l l l l l

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