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Xmas comes to Verulamium Museum
19 December, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 23 December, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Get in the festive spirit with Christmas events for all the family at Verulamium Museum, from craft activities to a special treasure hunt.
In the week leading up to Christmas, the museum will be celebrating the Roman festival of Saturnalia. At this time of year during the Roman period, people stopped working, their slaves were given freedom to do as they liked and everyone exchanged presents.
The museum, inspired by this idea of merry-making, will be celebrating too from Monday 19 December to Friday 23 December.
Visitors are invited to come along between 2pm and 4pm every day to make paper wreaths and decorations to deck the museum’s colonnade.
Throughout the Christmas period, there will also be a special ‘12 days of Christmas’ treasure hunt around the museum. Can you find the 10 leaping sheep on our Samianware or five gold Roman coins? This is the perfect challenge to entertain the whole family during the Christmas holidays.
Councillor Annie Brewster, Portfolio Holder for Sports, Leisure and Heritage at St Albans City and District Council and Trustee of the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust, said: “Come along and enjoy these fun Christmas events at Verulamium Museum. They promise to offer great entertainment for all the family and a welcome break from Christmas shopping and festive preparations.
“If you are looking for ideas for Christmas presents, you might like to consider having a name carved into history at St Albans’ new museum and art gallery. Building work has now begun and we are offering people the opportunity to have their names engraved on oak panels in a Benefactors’ Wall of Fame. For a £250 donation, the name of a loved one can be etched into the oak panels that will line a corridor in one of the buildings major walkways. This offer is only available whilst there is space left. We have already received requests for over 700 names, all with fascinating stories of people’s links with St Albans City and District, past and present. It will be one of the most fascinating exhibits in the new museum and gallery when it opens in spring 2018.
“All the money will go towards the fundraising campaign for the museum being run by local charity St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust.”
For information about the £7.75m project to convert the Town Hall into a museum and art gallery and the Trust’s fundraising campaign, see: www.honoursboard.org.uk or call 01727 296148.
The idea for the engraved oak panels was inspired by the wooden walls in the old Town Hall’s courtroom and graffiti left by prisoners.