St Ives museum explores playtimes in the past at family event

Historical dancers

Historical dancers - Credit: Archant

The Norris Museum in St Ives will hold an event exploring what people did for fun in times gone by later this month.

Playtimes in the Past will come to the museum on April 11, and is a drop-in session for all the family to enjoy.

The day will look at how Roman children, and adults, used to play as well as how different the toys of our grandparents are to those we have today.

The event runs from 11am to 3pm and will start with meeting people and playing games from throughout history, including Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Tudors.

At 12pm, there will be an opportunity to learn some dances from the 17th Century, before taking a look at some of the toys from the museum’s collection.


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Hannah Vandridge, learning and outreach officer at the museum, said: “Throughout history people have always found ways to enjoy themselves and have fun. Take a trip through time with us and discover all sorts of exciting things from early Roman board games to early teddy bears of the 1900s.”

The event is free to attend and will take place at the St Ives Corn Exchange, in Market Hill.

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