The Civilisations Festival is an exciting partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts’ Civilisations series.
The new TV series is inspired by the original Civilisation programme which was presented by the art historian Kenneth Clark in 1969. This series explored the history of western art, architecture and philosophy. It is now being revisited in the new series which features historians David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Schama. The series will take inspiration from the original programme but will expand the scope to discover the visual culture of societies around the globe.
As part of the festival, Haslemere Museum will be showcasing a range of events on Saturday 3 March to engage and inspire adults and children. All the events will be focused on the various civilisations represented in the museum’s remarkable collection of human history.
Highlights will include insightful gallery talks by Collections Manager, Lindsay Moreton, based around the collection of local early Romano-British cinerary urns, which represent an interesting cultural transition period in the area.
There will also be object handling sessions where you can discover more about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. Guided by the expertise of museum volunteers, this is a unique opportunity to touch and explore a selection of objects from the Egyptian collection including shabti, scarabs and mummy wrappings.
In the afternoon, the Museum will also be running a fun family drop-in art workshop led by professional local artist Diana Burch. So why not go along and be inspired by the patterns and prints on objects from their extensive collection of Asian artefacts, and create your very own artwork.
To find out more about all the events taking place including timings and prices, visit the museum’s website