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11 Feb 2021

What you can do this February Half Term

While our museums and heritage sites remain close during the national lockdown, we have bought our museum activities to your home this February half term.

At Thinktank, we have three kitchen science experiments for you to try out and this month’s meet the expert Same Frampton, a PhD researcher at the University of Leicester. For the under 8s we have a couple of resources for you to try out in preparation for spring.

Missing the collection? Join Jane our Collections Conservation Team Leader on her talk about tapestries.

Kitchen Science

This half term is all about space and we have put together three science experiments that you can try out at home. Watch our short animate video to find out how to do the experiments and check out our webpage which explains how these concepts are used in space engineering today.

Meet the Expert

This half term meet Sam Frampton who is a PhD researcher at the University of Leicester. He will be explaining to us what interested him in space engineering and goes on to talk about the work he is doing around launching satellites here in the UK.

Science Event

A date for your diary on 18th February NASA’s Perseverance Rover touches down on Mars. Its mission is to search for signs of ancient microbial life. Follow its mission on the NASA’s website.


Minibrum Spring Activities

MiniBrum Spring Activities

Check out two of our spring activities which are for designed for families who have children under 8 years old.

When taking a walk around your local area, challenge yourself with our photo hunt how many different types of birds can you find or what mini beasts are around during this time of year? On a rainy day have a go at making a rainmaker; can you make the same or different sounds to rain outside. 

Visit our Spring Activities page to find out more. 

We love to see what you have made or how your experiments went; share with us on social media: @Thinktankmuseum.

Smile Stone Activity

What does our planet mean to you?

This half term we are looking for creative smile stones, finding out what the planet means to you. This could be about air quality, climate change, loss of plants or even ocean pollution. Share your smile stone with us on social media @thinktankmuseum #OperationEarth

Smile Stone Activity

Online Lecture

Join our Collections Conservation Team Leader Jane Thompson-Webb who will talk about the life expectancy of the William Morris Holy Grail tapestries. Explaining why they have not been on display since 2005 and what it takes to care for your own textiles.

The talk is taking place on 16 February at 6.30pm- 7.30pm, £12.50.

Find out more and pre-book your zoom ticket.