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Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories: Green Museums

A Panel Discussion

Thursday 14 May 2015, 6pm - 7.30pm

Location: The Polar Museum

What do we mean by 'green'? The environment is a vast series of subjects. The museums of Cambridge hide a history of how we have understood the environment and the problems it now faces, deep in their archives and in the objects in plain sight.

As part of Museums at Night, join us for a discussion to find out the secret environmental stories hidden in our museums.

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Ages 16+

See also other Museums at Night events across the university museums.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 20 May, 24 June

10am – 10.45am


Join us on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. 1 year olds and under are free.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Please book by emailing stating your child's full name and age.

Shackleton's Cat

Shackleton's Cat

A new interactive opera for children aged 7-11 and their families

29th May 2015, 2pm and 30th May 2015, 11.30am & 2pm

English Touring Opera are delighted to be performing their engaging new children's opera at the Polar Museum this May half term. Featuring nine performers including singers and players, Shackleton's Cat tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs and a puppet cat.

Shackleton's Cat is created by ETO's award-winning team: composer Russell Hepplewhite, writer and director Tim Yealland and designer Jude Munden, with thanks to the Scott Polar Research Institute for historic information and resources.

Tickets: £5 adults, £4 children. Running time: 1 hour


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