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Photo of set design of Little Red Riding Hood, with a cozy home's interior, with bed, rocking char, wardrobe and floor lamp

#InWithLakeside

From activities for all the family to videos and blogs celebrating Lakeside’s collections and the fabulous community of which we’re a part, stay #InWithLakeside to discover and explore during strange times.


While our doors may be closed, Lakeside’s team, associate artists and the many fabulous companies and artists we work with continue to work hard to bring you insights, activities, recommended reading and music playlists, and much more to help nourish as many souls as we can during strange times. Stay #InWithLakeside.


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Cartoon stingray, fish and crab group together on right and background is the ocean floor covered in coral and sea plants. Keywords in corner: TO DO: ages 3-6

LET'S EXPLORE

Dupa and Kit are the very best of friends. They love exploring the great wide ocean and discovering new treasures. One day, not everything is quite as it seems when a new neighbour comes to town. What will become of their adventures when they meet Crabby? Find out in this short story and fun craft activity.

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Heather Birleu wearing black dress is in spotlight in overhead shot. A white illuminated circle surrounds her as she dances. Keyword in the corner TO WATCH

BODY OF WATER

Our friends from the contemporary cross-genre ensemble, Propellor, left audiences in awe with their wonderful performance of Loom in March 2020. Now, in collaboration with dancer, Heather Birley, they return with an atmospheric piece entitled Body of Water.

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Image of the print The Cradlel Hymn that depicts King George IV with an adult face but child body in a baby cradle with politicians surrounding him.  Keyword in the corner TO WATCH with a play sign

GEORGIAN DELIGHTS: THE CRADLE HYMN

If you thought that the Georgians' were just polite and dainty you might be surprised by this satirical caricature of George IV in The Cradle Hymn. In this discussion, Jeanice Brooks of the University of Southampton revisits the savage mockery of the King, music's role in gentile Georgian households and the culture's playfulness.

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Rainbow kite flying through air across blue sky and sea. Keyword in corner: TO DO: all ages

MINDFUL ACTIVITIES FOR WHEN YOU'RE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

Life has been different for the past few months and it won't be a surprise if you're feeling a little bit worried about going back to school again. Enjoy these activities designed to help you relax, reflect and very importantly, have fun.

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Dr Nigel Gaunt faces camera for interview in cafe setting. Keyword in the corner TO WATCH

GEORGIAN DELIGHTS: INTERVIEW

Head back to the Georgian era and reign of the colourful and controversial King George IV. Join Dr Richard Gaunt as he re-considers the Cato Street Conspiracy, the aborted attempt to assassinate the British cabinet, by uncovering its motivation, history and consequences.

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Boy in gallery looks at artwork on wall. Art is by Lowry. Boy looks straight ahead at a painting of a man's face. Keyword in corner: TO DO: ages 8+

OUT OF STORE FOR KIDS: MAURICE COCKRILL

Learning about paintings isn't just for grown ups. Explore more about an abstract landscape painting by Maurice Cockrill called Little Fires and then try your hand at creating your own using our artistic guide.

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Man sitting on bench outside in green coastline reading a book Keywords: TO READ

READ SOMETHING NEW WITH CM THOMPSON

Looking for a new book to get your teeth into? Tired of the same? CM Thompson, Box Office Assistant, may have just the answer to help you navigate through a mountain of possibilities.

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Old artwork of fox and rabbit based on renard lies story. Keyword in the corner FOR FAMILIES

AUDIO BOOK: THE RABBIT'S TALE

A short story re-told by Nicky Rafferty. Find out what happens to Rabbit when he goes out for a day of fishing.  Why do Rabbit's have powder-puff tales and long floppy ears?

Image credit: The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1962 

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Dr Nigel Astor on right interviewing Lady Antonia Fraser who sits on the left . Both seated on a sofa with cushions above and framed paintings on wall behind. Keyword in the corner TO WATCH

GEORGIAN DELIGHTS: INTERVIEW

Author of The King and the Catholic: The Fight for Rights (1829), Lady Antonia Fraser discusses more about the Catholic emanciaption during King George IV's rein with curator of the Manuscripts and Special Collections Georgian Delights Exhibition, Dr Richard Gaunt.

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 Detail of an painting by Maurice Cockrill, an abstract painting of circles and waves using black, white, yellow and red. Keyword in corner: TO READ

OUT OF STORE: MAURICE COCKRILL

Towards the end of Maurice's Cockrill's 'landscape' phase, he painted Little Fires before turning towards abstraction. Enjoy this week's Out of Store series which gives exclusive insights into the University’s Art Collection. Nicholas Alfrey, Honorary Research Associate at University of Nottingham shares a painting by an artist he knew well.

 

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Engraving of an 18th century social gathering by William Hogarth

OUT OF STORE: DAVID BLACKBURN

The dry-stone walls that criss-cross the beautiful landscape of Yorkshire Dales reflected in the black lines of this abstract drawing is just one of the fine details Neil Walker, our Head of Visual Arts Programming has noted about this art work from 1995. In the 'Out of Store' series he brings to light some of the art works in the University’s collection.

 

 

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Photograph of Xenia Pestova Bennett playing miniature piano with grey top and green scarf. Keywords in corner: TO LISTEN

XENIA PESTOVA BENNETT: CHAMBER MUSIC FOR CATS

We're delighted to share two pieces from our friend, Xenia Pestova Bennett's latest EP entitled, Atonal Electronic Chamber Music for Cats. Enjoy listening alongside a wonderful animation by Nick Romero.

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Big bear and little bear made from black card against a blue sky, yellow moon and stars. Keywords in corner: TO DO: ages 5-11

LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE: MAKE A SHADOW THEATRE

Our friends at Little Angel Theatre have created charming short stories that play with shadow puppetry. Enjoy watching the short stories and then make your own shadow theatre to tell your own. Find the creative pack here.

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Female dancer wearing red top and black dungarees stands holding instruments. Keyword in the corner TO DO: ages 5-10

JOSS ARNOTT DANCE: STAY & PLAY @HOME

Our friends at Joss Arnott Dance have been busy creating some percussion sequences for us to learn at home. Grab your pots and pans and have a go at making some music with objects you can easily find at home.

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Henry Rushbury's watercolour painting of Custom House, 1932 which depicts old vision of London buildings situated on the banks of the River Thames with many long wooden boats in water.

OUT OF STORE FOR KIDS: HENRY RUSHBURY

Learning about paintings isn't just for grown ups. Explore more about a painting from the past, what kind of scene they painted and whether it still looks the same today. Enjoy getting crafty with activities inspired by what you see in the painting.

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a drawing of letters pencils and stamps with the title LETTERS OF SOLIDARITY

LETTERS OF SOLIDARITY: WRITING OPPORTUNITY

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature invites you to share your words of hope and be part of their exciting journey to showcase Nottingham’s young voices. Whether you tell us about your experience of lockdown, feelings attached to activism, the places of the city you miss the most, or just a message of love to your city, we want your letters of solidarity.

 

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A collage of Joss Arnott dance company's dancers' portraits wifh their logo and DANCE:CONNECTS written in the middle

JOIN JOSS ARNOTT'S DANCE:CONNECTS

Our friends at Joss Arnott Dance are inviting us to get connected through dance by joining in or watching together a choreographic response to PULSE!, originally inspired by Artistic Director Joss Arnott’s fascination with how as humans we create a series of connections that unite us. Suitable for all.

 

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Engraving of an 18th century social gathering by William Hogarth

PRAYER (NOTTINGHAM), 2010 BY JAMES WEBB

Prayer (Nottingham) was a sound installation produced for the Djanogly Gallery by South African artist James Webb in 2010. It consisted of over 45 recordings of prayers from different faith groups from this city, creating a rich aural tapestry of each person’s hopes, desires and entreaties.

 

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Photograph of children following instructor for a dance. Children with arms raised. Keywords: TO DO: all ages

DANCE WARM-UP WITH LOU

Start the day right with Louise from Lakeside's Learning Team. Lou will get you ready for the day ahead with a fun and accessible 5-minute routine that you and all the family can do together.

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Two puppet crabs (one big and one small) sit in a crafted under sea world of corals, plants and fish made from coloured card and craft materials

DON'T WORRY LITTLE CRAB

One very big crab and one little crab venture off to the bottom of the sea. Can you imagine the underwater world that they'll find? Our friends at Little Angel Theatre and Folded Feather have crafted this lovely story which includes a creative pack for you to make your very own crab puppet.

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Photograph of MABON band members smiling and holding instruments. White play button overlay. Keyword in the corner TO WATCH

MABON – THE LAST HUZZAH

MABON were due to retire gracefully this summer in a nationwide tour, The Last Huzzah! including performing at Lakeside. We look forward to welcoming them back but in the meantime enjoy a concert they've kindly shared filmed at Llangollen's iconic International Eisteddfod.

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PAUSE FOR A MOMENT

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Jessica Corner has asked us to share with you some pieces by many of our talented artist friends to allow you a moment to pause. We invite you to enjoy contributions from professional artists and some of our own over the next few weeks #WeAreUoN #InWithLakeside 

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Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva photographed in the Djanogly Gallery while installing her Making Beauty exhibition in 2016

COLLABORATIONS WITH ELPIDA HADZI-VASILEVA

Contemporary visual artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva has collaborated with Lakeside Arts and the University of Nottingham for years – visitors may remember the exquisite exhibition Making Beauty in the Djanogly Gallery, 2016 or the storytelling session on Wheee! 2019 around Eurydice Prevails, the art work of gilded inverted elm trees just outside DH Lawrence Pavilion. The artist gives us an insight into her work.

 

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Illustration of a Granny wearing a red and purple super hero costume with arms raised and a granddaughter in a green and red superhero costume. Stars surround. Keywords in corner: TO DO: ages 6-12

AIDY'S AWESOME ADVENTURE – THE STORY THIEF

Don't you just love a good story? What about one with your awesome Granny? This is a story about Aidy and her Granny and how they set out on a mission to stop a thief. Enjoy watching their adventure and then find out how you can become a story superhero too.

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 Detail of an watercolour by Henry Rushbury, a view of London from the Thames

OUT OF STORE: HENRY RUSHBURY

This view of London from the Thames is by a master of urban scenery, the watercolourist and printmaker Henry Rushbury, showing the city as it appeared in 1932. This addition to the Out of Store series giving exclusive insights to the University’s Art Collection was written by Nicholas Alfrey, Honorary Research Associate, University of Nottingham.

 

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Photograph of washed up ship on sandy beach, blue sky and mountains. Keywords: TO DO: ages 5+

BAMBOOZLE THEATRE COMPANY: SHIPWRECK

Have you been dreaming of sandy beaches and blue sea? Well Koa was too when she jumped aboard the Huckleberry for a voyage of discovery only to run into some trouble a little bit later on in her journey. Bamboozle Theatre Company have put together some exciting activities for you to enjoy. Watch the story unravel...

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GARETH DAVIES' INTRODUCTION TO 7TH FESTIVAL OF HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY TALKS

"...the spirit of innovation and collaboration that we have all needed to get through lockdown, is truly evidenced by the range of subjects and topics within the talks I now have the pleasure to introduce."

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A photo of two audience members looking at Samian Roman pottery with Dr Gwladys Montei

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE FESTIVAL OF HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY: CLARE’S BLOG

In its 7th year, the Nottinghamshire Festival of History and Archaeology has become a popular and exciting date each summer in our calendars Dr Clare Pickersgill, Keeper of the University of Nottingham Museum reflects on the journey of the past years in the lead up of our online event on Saturday 20 June...

 

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a colourful drawing of an underwater world with fish and corals

UNDISCOVERED ISLAND

An imaginary underwater world with unique plants, birds, fish and giant corals that light up and sing – what's this? An undiscovered island! Let us decipher some mysterious messages and see what lays on this fantastic place... Join us weekly to see the story unravel.

 

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Samuel Fosso 'The Liberated American Woman in the 1970s' photograph

OUT OF STORE: SAMUEL FOSSO

Discover the most memorable image, La femme libérée américaine des années '70, from Samuel Fosso's commission by French chain store, TATI in 1997 as Neil Walker takes a new work out of store.

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DR HOCKING'S MUSIC PLAYLIST IV

Is the summer sunshine making you wish you were closer to the sea? Head of Music Programmes Dr Catherine Hocking is missing the sound of waves and beach walks so has created a special playlist to bring the coastline a little nearer to us.

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Engraving of an 18th century social gathering by William Hogarth

OUT OF STORE: WILLIAM HOGARTH

A glimpse into an 18th century wife’s social gathering, where the focus seems to be an informal music party, but is it really what it appears to be? William Hogarth’s sly exposures of vice and folly come to live again in this engraving. The next addition to Neil Walker’s Out of Store series giving an exclusive insight to the University’s Art Collection.

 

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Man poking head out of food van with food on table in front Keywords: TO READ

BOOKS FOR FOODIES WITH CM THOMPSON

Has lockdown got you experimenting in the kitchen? Here's some foodie book recomendations from CM Thompson to give some ideas and inspiration for your culinary journey.

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a picture of the Julia Donaldson book Flying Bath’s cover

THE FLYING BATH: STORY AND ACTIVITIES

When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! Listen to Julia Donaldson's much loved story then let’s get playing.

 

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Watercolour by Christopher Wood depicting a road in Monte Carlo with people walking in the foreground

OUT OF STORE: CHRISTOPHER WOOD

A jaunty little street scene in Monte Carlo, this is a typical demonstration of Christopher Wood’s sophisticated naivety... The next addition to Neil Walker's Out of Store series giving an exclusive insight to the University's Art Collection.

 

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a photo of a bridge over a canal in Venice

ANGELO’s SUBLIME PLAYLIST

There are moments when you are convinced you have stepped back in time to 18th century Italy… Angelo Murphy, Arts & Heritage Duty Manager’s music playlist, inspired by his visit to the Venice Carnival.

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Peter Crawford at home. Play sign to indicate video Keyword in top right corner TO WATCH

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE COMES HOMES: PETER CRAWFORD

Learn more about Florence Nightingale to celebrate the bicentinary of her birth in 1820. Peter Crawford, Professor of Health Humanities at the University of Nottingham explains more.

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Photograph of Florence Nightingale in black and white sitting on a seat Keyword in top right corner TO READ

SNEAK PEEK INTO THE ARCHIVES: FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE COMES HOMES

Discover more about the 'lady with the lamp' as the the University of Nottingham's Manuscripts and Special Collections opens the archives.

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Painting by William Hoare of Bath depicting 2nd Duke of Newcastle's three children

OUT OF STORE: WILLIAM HOARE OF BATH

Neil Walker explores William Hoare of Bath's painting, Children of the 2nd Duke of Newcastle (c. 1757) in this week's Out of Store.

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 Child's hand playing with clay. Keywords: SCULPTURE

SCULPT WITH CLAY AND PAPER

Join a sculpting adventure with clay and paper... and let's make pictures come alive! Shape your own clay figures or a paper sculpture of your favourite toy with the fun guidance of artist Sian Watson.

 

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Digital block colour illustration of girl singing wearing headphones and holding phone Keyword in the corner TO DO: ages 5+

DRAW WHAT YOU READ: THE SINGING GIRL

Author and Box Office Assistant, CM Thompson, writes a poem inspired by a girl who just loves to sing. Be inspired have a go at writing your own poem that'll be a number one hit.

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Hetain Patel's artwork called Mehndi

OUT OF STORE: HETAIN PATEL

In this week's Out of Store, Neil Walker reveals more about the artist through artwork Mehndi.

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DR HOCKING'S MUSIC PLAYLIST III

For music inspired by mountaineous trekking and peaceful landscape to uplift the soul, Head of Music Programmes, Dr Catherine Hocking, has put together this beautiful playlist.

HAVE A LISTEN
Bookshelves with 'to read' in top left corner

AN INTERVIEW WITH CM THOMPSON

We sat down with CM Thompson, Box Office Assistant and published author. We discussed all things reading and writing, from desert islands books to what she wish she knew as an aspiring author.

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a little girl reading outdoors. Keyword in the corner FOR FAMILIES

LET'S WRITE A STORY: INVISIBLE HOUSE

Katrina Sansone, our Box Office Assistant started to write a story, but she needs your help! Can you send us ideas how it should continue?

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Earth in space

EARTH DAY 2020

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a movement created to celebrate the wonders of the Earth and to remind everybody to treat the planet with kindness and gratitude. 

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Illustration of George IV in pint attire. Keyword in right corner: TO READ

GEORGIAN DELIGHTS: HEIRS AND SPARES

Dr Richard Gaunt invites you to read more of the assailable future of George IV legacy once he succeeded to the throne in January 1820.

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Dr Nigel Astor on left and Richard Gaunt on right sitting at cafe table. Keyword in the corner TO WATCH

GEORGIAN DELIGHTS: INTERVIEW

Co-Curator of the Manuscripts and Special Collections Georgian Delights Exhibition, Richard Gaunt sits down with Nigel Aston to discuss in more detail the influence of Ladies Hertford and Conyngham in relation to the personal and private life of George IV during his reign.

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La Fontaine Noir.

OUT OF STORE: ROGER FRY

In this week's Out of Store, Neil Walker explores Roger Fry's La Fontaine Noir.

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Frog with butterfly on its nose. Keyword in the corner TO READ

AUDIO BOOK: TWO FROGS IN MILK

This extraordinary tale re-told by Nicky Rafferty, is a story about determination and strength. Find out what happens when two frog friends end up in a slippery situation

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birds on electric wire against blue sky. Keyword in the corner TO LISTEN

DR HOCKING'S MUSIC PLAYLIST II

Catherine Hocking shares with us a new playlist inspired by nature and birdsong. Have a listen to enjoy some of her favourites.
 

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Artwork of girl in red coat (red riding hood) and wolf in forest. Keyword TO DO: 5+

LITTE RED RIDING HOOD: INTERACTIVE STORY

We love Little Red Riding Hood and we really love acting out stories. Artist, Annabelle Terry helps us turn this well-known tale into an interactive story that we can all take part in at home. 

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IAN'S JAZZ PICKS

In Part 3 of our regular jazz playlist, the latest tracks have been added by our Box Office Manager and jazz expert, Ian Perry, continuing the list with music from the other side of the pond.

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Theatre masks artwork from Roman times. Keyword TO DO: 5+

ROMAN THEATRE MASKS

Associate Artist, Elaine Winter, and The University of Nottingham Museum, team up to bring us an online Roman Theatre Mask workshop. Have fun making your own mask which you can use in your very own theatre production.
 

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Paper boats

CAPTAIN THREEPLANK'S LETTER

Our Learning Team have partnered up with author, and one of our Box Office Assistants, CM Thompson to take you to a land far, far away. 

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Sunflower against black background KEYWORDS: TO DO: all ages

#MILLIONSUNFLOWERS

To lighten our paths through this difficult time, the Biodiscovery Institute Engagement Team have launched a new sunny project.

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IAN'S JAZZ PICKS

Jazz expert and our Box Office Manager, Ian Perry, adds the latest three songs to his US jazz playlist. Have a listen to the latest additions and discover more.

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Artwork of two people kissing, paper and ink. Keyword TO READ

OUT OF STORE: MARILÈNE OLIVER 

In this week's Out of Store, Neil Walker brings into focus work by Marilène Oliver entitled Kiss II. 

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Coloured little eggs in basked on green grass. Keyword TO DO: 3+

INDOOR EASTER HUNT

Our Learning Team have put together the perfect Easter activity for you to enjoy at home. You'll have a cracking time with this Easter Hunt which includes fun rhyming-riddles and plenty of jokes.

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stacked vinyls with 4 front covers stacked on shelf. Keyword in the corner TO LISTEN

IAN'S JAZZ PICKS

Our Box Office Manager, jazz expert, Ian Perry invites us to listen to a series of jazz discoveries. This week's jazz playlist is from musicians on the other side of the pond.

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four stacked books with headphones around them. Keyword in the corner FOR FAMILIES

AUDIO BOOK: ANANSI THE SPIDER AND TURTLE

This funny short story re-told by Nicky Rafferty, is a tale of two friends who just love food. However, in enjoying dinner together they will learn an important lesson about sharing.

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Portrait of Lord Lincoln

OUT OF STORE: ROSALBA CARRIERA

In this week's Out of Store, Neil Walker explores Rosalba Carriera's Portrait of Lord Lincoln.

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Woman playing a stringed instrument Keyword in the corner TO LISTEN

DR HOCKING'S MUSIC PLAYLIST

Join Head of Music Programmes, Dr Catherine Hocking, each week as she shares a selection of her favourite pieces. To introduce this playlist series, Catherine shares a taste of home.

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a little girl reading outdoors. Keyword in the corner FOR FAMILIES

GEORGIAN DELIGHTS: INTERVIEW

To accompany the Georgian Delights Manuscripts and Special Collection exhibition in the Weston Gallery, Dr Richard Gaunt sat down with Professor Jeanice Brooks to explore what the music was like during George IV’s reign.

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Close up of a hand holding a crayon next to a pot of crayons Keyword in the corner FOR FAMILIES

DRAW WHAT YOU READ: THE ALIEN

Author and Box Office Assistant, CM Thompson, has written a poem that's out of this world. Be inspired and draw your own extraterrestrial creations.

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Lamorna Birch and His Daughters Portrait

OUT OF STORE: LAURA KNIGHT

In this week's Out of Store, Neil Walker explores Laura Knight's Lamorna Birch (1869–1955), and his Daughters.

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Image of Lakeside DH Lawrence Pavilion from exterior. Large green field and blue sky with pink text box to right

REOPENING PLANS & PROGRAMME UPDATE

We are pleased to announce that as of Tuesday 15 September, Lakeside’s Pavilion Café and public toilets will reopen for the first time since March. Our other buildings and facilities remain closed for now.