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Join us on weekdays from Wednesday 26 July to Friday 1 September 2023 for a whole host of FREE fun family activities to bring some sunshine to your summer!

Wednesday 26 July - Friday 1 September: Play trail
Throughout the summer holidays young visitors can take part in our play trail around the museum. Have fun with it and be as creative as you can.

 

Wednesday 26 July: NHS Storytelling
Come and listen to a story all about the start of the NHS in celebration of its 75th anniversary this year. Story telling sessions are half an hour at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. 

Thursday 27 July: the NHS in our collection
Get hands on with our collection and see some historic objects relating to the history of the NHS that are not normally on public display.
All day.

Friday 28 July: under-5s sensory play - Celebrating the NHS

We'll be celebrating the NHS's 75th birthday with rainbows, bandages and party hats galore in this session, with crafts, songs and stories too. 10.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-3pm.

Friday 28 July: jump aboard the City of Sheffield lifeboat

Our 47-foot RNLI lifeboat will be open to visitors for guided tours. Explore the cabin, head out on a rescue and learn more about the amazing lifesaving work of the RNLI and its crews. All day (weather dependent).

Wednesday 2 August: Fire collection art

Take inspiration from the museum's fire handling collection to create your own artwork, using different types of medium and techniques including charcoal, sketching, collage and paint. Come and create something unique just for you. All day.

Wednesday 2 August: Opening of 200 years of changing animals' lives, a new exhibition by the RSPCA

A new temporary mini-exhibition curated by the RSPCA and hosted by the museum, 200 years of changing animals' lives, opens to the public today. Plus enjoy crafts inspired by items from our fire collection. All day.

Thursday 3 August: Animal crafts

Celebrate the opening of the RSPCA's new exhibition by making your own paper fishbowl to take home. All day

Friday 4 August: jump aboard the City of Sheffield lifeboat

Our 47-foot RNLI lifeboat will be open to visitors for guided tours. Explore the cabin, head out on a rescue and learn more about the amazing lifesaving work of the RNLI and its crews. All day. (Weather dependent).

Wednesday 9 August: Cave rescue art

Did you know we celebrate ALL our emergency services at NESM? We'll be shining a light on one of our lesser-known services, Cave Rescue, with this session. Get imaginative with black sugar paper and oil pastels to create your own cave picture. All day.

Thursday 10 August: Celebrating Joe Scarborough

Explore the work of this celebrated local artist in more detail and create your own picture, inspired by Joe's unique style. All day.

Friday 11 August: jump aboard the City of Sheffield lifeboat

Our 47-foot RNLI lifeboat will be open to visitors for guided tours. Explore the cabin, head out on a rescue and learn more about the amazing lifesaving work of the RNLI and its crews. All day. (Weather dependent).

Wednesday 16 August: Exploring childhood past 
What kind of toys did people used to play with? How is it different to what we play with now? Discover some of the toys we have in our collection, see how they work and think about your own toy designs. All day.

Thursday 17 August: Create your own air ambulance

Celebrate our new air ambulance exhibition by creating your own air ambulance picture at our craft station. All day.

Friday 18 August: jump aboard the City of Sheffield lifeboat

Our 47-foot RNLI lifeboat will be open to visitors for guided tours. Explore the cabin, head out on a rescue and learn more about the amazing lifesaving work of the RNLI and its crews. All day. (Weather dependent).


Wednesday 23 August: Around the world collection 
Explore objects from around the world and learn more about the emergency services in other countries. Who else uses flashing blue lights, and where would you see red and even orange? Come along and find out. All day.

Thursday 24 August: Spot the contraband! Exploring our border force collection 
Can you guess what shouldn’t be packed in these suitcases? In our border force collection, we have items that have been confiscated by the border force. Can you can spot them? All day.

Friday 25 August: under-5s sensory play - Back to School

The new school year is almost upon us and this session will help you prepare. Pretend to be a teacher or a pupil at our very own sensory play school and join in with lots of other school based activities too. Once the school day is over, there will still be time for a story and lots of songs. 10.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-3pm.

Friday 25 August: jump aboard the City of Sheffield lifeboat

Our 47-foot RNLI lifeboat will be open to visitors for guided tours. Explore the cabin, head out on a rescue and learn more about the amazing lifesaving work of the RNLI and its crews. All day. (Weather dependent).

Wednesday 30 August: Four-legged friends - police and fire horses

Head over to our craft station to make your very own police horse to take home with you. And learn more about some of the horses that lived at the museum when it first opened as a fire, police and ambulance station. All day.

Thursday 31 August: Inspire (your story, our story) 
Come and find out about some inspirational people from history and emergency services personnel who have done something amazing. Tell us about the people who inspire you and find out about some of the modern faces who will be becoming part of this exhibition in the future. All day.

Friday 1 September: jump aboard the City of Sheffield lifeboat

Our 47-foot RNLI lifeboat will be open to visitors for guided tours. Explore the cabin, head out on a rescue and learn more about the amazing lifesaving work of the RNLI and its crews. All day. (Weather dependent).

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