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Super Sea Life fun at Buckland Community Centre

Wicked, brill, fun and cool were just a few of the ways children described the Sea Life Roadshow held at Buckland Community Centre during the February half term holiday. Led by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Roadshow attracted 350 local people, who were welcomed by a host of local museums and other organisations.

18th February 2010

As well as fascinating objects to handle and clothes to try on, families were entertained by salty sea tales from HMS Warrior, created their own Nelson hats and medals with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and made their own mini ships with the Mary Rose.  Mary Kinoulty, Head of Learning for the Mary Rose Museum believes ‘It was a great opportunity to meet families who do not usually visit the dockyard. The range of activities on offer meant that there was something for everyone to enjoy. Let’s hope that this is the first of many such events. ’ 

As well as the Roadshow,  a schools art project allowed 100 children from Flying Bull Primary School, Charles Dickens Junior School and Corpus Christi RC Primary School to create ‘Soul Sails’ with local artist Debbie Dodsworth. Each sail was made up of several unique panels, each designed and printed by a child and including patterns and shapes they chose during a visit to the Dockyard.  
Local families attending the event were all offered vouchers to visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for free during the Easter Holidays. They will be able to visit the attractions, including the world famous ships Victory and Warrior. Families can also take part in more free art and craft activities at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.  As part of the day there will be a chance to view the children’s Soul Sails on display in the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

As well as fascinating objects to handle and clothes to try on, families were entertained by salty sea tales from HMS Warrior, created their own Nelson hats and medals with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and made their own mini ships with the Mary Rose.  Mary Kinoulty, Head of Learning for the Mary Rose Museum believes ‘It was a great opportunity to meet families who do not usually visit the dockyard. The range of activities on offer meant that there was something for everyone to enjoy. Let’s hope that this is the first of many such events.'

As well as the Roadshow,  a schools art project allowed 100 children from Flying Bull Primary School, Charles Dickens Junior School and Corpus Christi RC Primary School to create ‘Soul Sails’ with local artist Debbie Dodsworth. Each sail was made up of several unique panels, each designed and printed by a child and including patterns and shapes they chose during a visit to the Dockyard.

Local families attending the event were all offered vouchers to visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for free during the Easter Holidays. They will be able to visit the attractions, including the world famous ships Victory and Warrior. Families can also take part in more free art and craft activities at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.  As part of the day there will be a chance to view the children’s Soul Sails on display in the National Museum of the Royal Navy.