Iris Festival of Natural History, Classics, Art and More, 27 March 2019

We are delighted to announce the Iris Festival of Natural History, Classics, Art and More on 27th March, 2019.

This event will be a large community event to celebrate the Rumble Museum at Cheney School as it continues the process of becoming the first Arts Council Accredited museum in a state school.

There will be five main discovery zones: Natural History, Art, Classics and Archaeology, Storytelling and Anthropology. Each zone will contain activities, stalls, exhibitions, workshops, and a wide range of visiting museums with artefacts to handle and explore. There will  be live shows including animatronic dinosaurs, as well as the opportunity to see birds of prey! There will also be fossils pits, printing at a vintage printing press, the Story Museum's Little Shop of Stories, an ancient Greek daily life museum, Roman music and mosaics, artists' exhibitions, as well as a cafe serving refreshments and hot and cold drinks.

In each zone, there is a wide range of visiting museums bringing artefacts to handle and explore, as well as a range of organisations running exciting activities ranging from floating magnets to ball pits!

The event will include expert talks as well as a wide range of stalls, activities and exhibitions. Visitors will be able to follow an exciting new model Dragonfly Trail as they explore the site, with each discovery zone containing striking decorations, workshops, stalls,  performances and activities themed on different aspects of museum learning.

A brochure is available to download here.

The stalls, activities and exhibitions run from 3.30 until 6pm. It is free and caters for all ages. Primary and secondary school groups are warmly welcome.

The following talks will also take place throughout the afternoon and evening:

3.30 - 4pm - Professor Richard Fortey, Natural Historian and Palaeontologist

4.15 - 4.45pm - Professor Helen King, 'Ancient Greek Magic and Medicine'

5.15 - 5.45pm - Peter Randall-Page, Artist and Sculptor, Royal Academician

6 - 6.30pm - Will Gompertz, BBC Chief Arts Correspondent

followed by drinks

The festival itself does not require booking unless you are visiting with a school group. Talks do need to be booked, and can be done so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.