Out of this World Space Day at Museum

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The River and Rowing Museum transported into ‘Space’ on Thursday for their half term family day with lots of super sonic activities.

Families could enjoy a series of craft activities around the museum which had a space and Clangers theme to mark the opening of the brilliant new exhibition; Clangers, Bagpuss & Co. This new exhibition brings together the original puppets alongside archive footage, sets and storyboards, photos, scripts and amazing filming equipment (a stop-motion film camera, adapted using a small motor and bits of Meccano used to film the Clangers).  There’s even an original penny slide whistle on display which was the voice of the Clangers! As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and the Clangers, the exhibition goes behind the scenes of some of Smallfilms other creations: Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog and Pogles Wood.

Science Oxford ran a space show in the morning exploring the universe and workshops in the afternoon saw children making and testing straw rockets and Mars egg drops – designing a way to land an egg without causing it to smash!

Helen Cook, Head of Learning at the museum said, “The River & Rowing Museum was packed with families exploring the galaxy at our Space event.  Visitors got creative designing a Clanger with its own lunar landscape while budding engineers made and tested rockets – the record flight was 7.5m!  We partnered with Science Oxford to offer a space show and hands-on workshop where children could design a carrier to land an egg on Mars – there were a few smashed shells by the end.  Feedback on the day said it was out of this world!”

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