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Nottingham Castle to become a Fun Palace this Weekend!

As part of a national festival of Arts and Science, Nottingham Castle Museum is to host a weekend of activities for children and families on Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 October, so that ‘everyone can be an artist; everyone can be a scientist.’

Inspired by the summer exhibition of drawings by Leonardo de Vinci, scientists from the Pathology Department of the University of Nottingham and QMC, working with visual artist, Chrys Allen and performers from Nottingham’s Nonsuch Theatre Company, will encourage families to explore the science of forensic analysis, how the body’s cells reproduce (and sometimes go wrong), and digital scanning technology in the diagnosis of disease.  The artists will help participants interpret their scientific observations in drama and drawings.

Fun Palaces weekend is an annual celebration of workshops and events first started by theatre director Joan Littlewood over 50 years ago at the Theatre Royal Stratford in the East End of London, where she brought artists and scientists together to show how everyone can get involved in different aspects of popular culture.  Now a national celebration, Fun Palaces have been revived in recognition of the part that art and science can play in our everyday lives.

October also sees the national celebration of drawing and illustration, The Big Draw, which the Castle Museum is marking with special events around the final two weeks of the Leonardo Exhibition.

The activities at the Castle Museum on 1 and 2 October have been funded by the Pathological Society as part of their drive to encourage scientists to reach out to members of the public, and organized by the Nottingham-based company Ignite! who work to get more creative programmes into schools and education.

Families can simply drop into the activities at the Castle Museum from 11:00 to 3:00 on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October. The workshops are free, though entry to the Castle grounds is charged at weekends.

Work from the Fun Palaces events in Nottingham will also be exhibited in various locations in February 2017 as part of the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity.

Information on all the events at the Castle Museum for Fun Palaces and The Big Draw can be found here.

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