Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
11:38 AM 14th July 2020

Lari’s Summer Adventure – A Digital Family Takeover At Scarborough Museums Trust

Scarborough Museums Trust is presenting a packed programme of exciting seaside and animal-themed stories, crafts and activities this summer – with the help of Lari the Seagull.

Between 22 July and 20 August, the Trust’s Learning Team will be taking over its social media and adding family information and activities based around objects in the Scarborough Borough Collection.

On Wednesdays from 22 July to 19 August, families can enjoy Seaside Adventures, from meeting rockpool creatures to magical selkies – mythical seal folk – all inspired by paintings at Scarborough Art Gallery, and designed by storyteller and artist, Jan Bee Brown.

On Thursdays from 23 July to 20 August, Animal Antics will take participants on a journey across the world inspired by animals in the natural history collections.

Jan Bee Brown
Jan Bee Brown
The highlight each week will be a new audio story written especially for Scarborough Museums Trust by Jan Bee Brown, released each Wednesday. The stories will bring paintings from the collections to life, weaving together folk tales and local characters and landmarks, from Dottie the Donkey to the Hispaniola.

A short video will also be released each Thursday showing children how to make one of the art activities. It will include voiceovers by children from the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Youth Theatre group.

Families are invited to share pictures of their artworks with Scarborough Museums Trust, using the hashtag #SummerAdventures

Scarborough Museums Trust Learning Manager Christine Rostron says:
“We’re looking forward to welcoming families for some great summer fun online this year – and our friend Lari the Seagull will be on hand the whole time to help guide them through it. He’s even been taking selfies with some of the objects in our collections!”

For families that don’t have printers the Trust will be providing free activity templates each week which can be collected from Scarborough Art Gallery. Visiting the gallery will be a little bit different for a while. Due to social distancing only a limited number of families are allowed to visit at any one time and you may need to wait if the gallery is very busy.

The activities and videos will be available on the family learning page: