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Hull Museums and the Ferens Art Gallery are a wonderland of amazing objects and artworks from pre-history to the present day. Our doors may be closed this December, but the month is still full of festive fun for all.
We’ll keep adding to this page as the month unfolds – keep checking back in to see what’s new!
We love digital, but we love reality too!
This book is packed with creative ideas to keep you busy on cold winter days. Designed with children in mind, including art, craft, song writing and more, there’s something for everyone.
Click on the image below to download your free Winter Wonderland Activity Book
“We’re super excited to reconnect with families this Christmas. We can’t wait to introduce audiences to Bird – a brand new, hand made puppet – who’s off to explore the wonderful collections at Ferens Art Gallery and Streetlife Museum, and show us what they find. Part TV show, part games session, part craft time, these live workshops for under 5s will be a lot of fun!”
Sam Caseley, Co-Director at The Herd
Saturday 5 December
Ferens Online Festive Family Workshop with the Herd Theatre – BOOK TICKETS
Saturday 12 December
Streetlife Festive Family Online Workshop with the Herd Theatre – BOOK TICKETS
From the 1st until the 25th of December, we’ll be creating a digital advent calendar across our social media channels and right here too. We’ve teamed up with curators and artists to bring you some collections inspired seasonal treats. See it build day by day…
It’s day 1 of of our Advent calendar and we’re starting it all off with our amazing activity book. Creative winter fun for all the family.
Scroll back up to download.
Take a look at today’s collection treat from Hull Maritime Museum.
Bringing a little sparkle on day 3…
The first of our content created by local artists.
Digital artist Jason Wilsher-Mills was inspired by a drawing of a Turkey in our collections to create Christmas Cornucopia.
Have fun with our tree making craft activity!
Day 6 and we end the first week with a relaxation film featuring Daniel Sherrin’s winter landscape Nature at Rest.
Day 7 of Digital December and today’s treat is a digital jigsaw featuring Thomas Shotter Boys’ painting Byloke Abbey, Ghent, 1839.
We’ve got an easy version https://tinyurl.com/BylokeAbbeyGhent12-pieces
And a more difficult one https://tinyurl.com/BylokeAbbeyGhent35pieces
Day 8 of Digital December and today Paula the curator of archaeology at the Hull and East Riding Museum tells us about a unique redware dripping pan found in Hull’s old town.
Create your own Christmas card inspired by the cards in our collections in this craft activity film.
Day 10 of Digital December and today’s festive treat is a wintry favourite from the Ferens Art Gallery.
Hull based dance company Tamar and Jo have taken inspiration from an old photo from the Hull Museums collections for day 11 of Digital December.
Discover how explorers and fishermen kept warm in winter weather
Local Hull band Ubu Roi have written a song after taking inspiration from Daniel Sherrin’s Nature at Rest, see them perform the song for day 13 of Digital December.
Research and documentation assistant Jocelyn tells us a little bit more about the Inuit model igloo from the Hull Maritime Museum.
From berries to bikes… the gifts we give at Christmas have changed a lot over the years!
Community Curator Lauren delves into our collections to take a look at some presents from the past.
Day 16 of Digital December and today Curator of Archaeology Paula takes a closer look at a Medieval gaming board that was excavated from close to Beverley Minster.
Local performance artist Luke Beech has taken inspiration from the Roman Festival Saturnalia in the piece he’s created for day 17 of Digital December.
Day 18 of Digital December and today we have another fantastic piece created by a local artist.
My Pockets took inspiration from the greenhouse in the painting ‘Snow in My Garden’.
The countdown to Christmas continues!
Why not get into the festive spirit by creating your own Christmas fairy or elf peg doll on Day 19 of Digital December.
Spoken word artist Emily Oetengenn has written a festive fairy tale love letter to winter for day 20 of Digital December.
Emily took inspiration from objects in our collections including a Christmas card & Lady Chesterfield’s Sleigh.
Joe Cox has taken inspiration from the many lights and lanterns in our collections to create his piece Museum Magic.
Today we’ve got a beautiful film inspired by a robin Christmas card in our collections and dedicated to the relationship between a great grandparent and their grand child.
Local artist Katie Harriman created this amazing piece for day 23 of Digital December.
For Christmas Eve we have ‘A Journey on Ice’ created by local artists Lydia Caprani and Tom Hill.
Lydia and Tom took inspiration from Victorian photos of skaters on the pond in Pearson Park.
We’ve reached the final day of Digital December and for day 25 Exhibitions Assistant Steph takes a closer look at a painting from our collections depicting the nativity scene.
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