Iris Festival – 27th March 2019, 3.30 – 6pm

We are delighted to announce our next Iris Festival – celebrating Classics, Art, Archaeology, Natural History and Science, and Anthropology – on 27th March, 2019, 3.30 – 6pm.

There will be a large area dedicated just to classics at the festival, with a wide range of visiting museums, such as the British Museum, Ure Museum in Reading, and Ashmolean, all bringing interesting exhibits to explore and handle, as well as Re-enactors Comitatus filling a whole room with ancient Greek daily life artefacts and re-enactments, a Roman mosaics room run by KCL Classics, a Roman medical room, and a variety of other things!

There will also be four other discovery zones: Natural History and Science, Art, Storytelling, and Anthropology. Each zone will contain activities, stalls, exhibitions, workshops, and a wide range of visiting museums with artefacts to handle and explore. There will be shows including animatronic dinosaurs, birds of prey, fossils pits, an opportunity to make your own prints at a vintage printing press, the Story Museum’s Little Shop of Stories, artists’ exhibitions, as well as a cafe serving refreshments and hot and cold drinks.

Visitors will be able to follow an exciting new model Dragonfly Trail as they explore the site, with each discovery zone containing striking decorations, workshops, stalls,  performances and activities themed on different aspects of museum learning.

The stalls, activities and exhibitions run from 3.30 until 6pm. It is free and caters for all ages. School groups are warmly welcome.

The following talks will also take place throughout the afternoon and evening:

3.30 – 4pm – Professor Richard Fortey, Natural Historian and Palaeontologist

4.15 – 4.45pm – Professor Helen King, ‘Ancient Greek Magic and Medicine’

5.15 – 5.45pm – Peter Randall-Page, Artist and Sculptor, Royal Academician

6 – 6.45pm – Will Gompertz, BBC Chief Arts Correspondent

The festival itself does not require booking unless you are visiting with a school group. Talks do need to be booked, and can be done so by emailing info@irisproject.org.uk 

For more information, please visit http://rumblemuseum.org.uk/index.php/what-s-on/183-iris-festival-of-naturalhistory-and-art-27-march-2019