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    Ghost and History Tour - Smithills Hall

    Find out all about the fascinating history of this great hall and the unexplained spooky goings-on. Tours will be led by the Friends of Smithills Hall. Suitable for ages 16+. Please contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 to book in advance.

    Thu 18 February, 7pm

    Admission: £7 adults and £6 concessions

    Fully booked
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    Building the Meccano Bridge a local history talk by Dr Paul Hindle - Farnworth Library

    The talk will focus on how the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal Society built the Meccano Bridge at Nob End in Little Lever. Light refreshments will be provided. To book your free place please call Farnworth Library on 01204 332344.

    Tue 16 February, 6.15pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Family History course - Blackrod Library

    Five week course learning how to trace your family history. Where to start? We will be looking at certificates, census returns, parish and burial records, newspapers and websites which will help you. The course will run from 10am to 12pm and starts on Monday 22 February until Monday 21 March. The cost for the five workshops is £15. For further information please call Blackrod Library on 01204 332380.

    Mon 22 February to Mon 21 March, 10am to 12noon

    Admission: £15 for the five week workshop

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    Family History course - Bromley Cross Library

    Five week course learning how to trace your family history. Where to start? We will be looking at certificates, census returns, parish and burial records, newspapers and websites which will help you. The course will run from 10am to 12pm and starts on Thursday 25 February until Thursday 24 March. The cost for the five workshops is £15. For further information please call Bromley Cross Library on 01204 332354.

    Thu 25 February to Thu 24 March, 10am to 12noon

    Admission: £15 for the five week workshop

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    Family History course - Westhoughton Library

    Five week course learning how to trace your family history. Where to start? We will be looking at certificates, census returns, parish and burial records, newspapers and websites which will help you. The course will run from 10am to 12pm and starts on Friday 19 February until Friday 18 March. The cost for the five workshops is £15. For further information please call Westhoughton Library on 01942 634640.

    Fri 19 February to Fri 18 March, 10am to 12noon

    Admission: £15 for the five week workshop

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    Family History course - Harwood Library

    Five week course learning how to trace your family history. Where to start? We will be looking at certificates, census returns, parish and burial records, newspapers and websites which will help you. The course will run from 1pm to 3pm and starts on Friday 19 February until Friday 18 March. The cost for the five workshops is £15. For further information please call Harwood Library on 01204 332340.

    Fri 19 February to Fri 18 March, 1pm to 3pm

    Admission: £15 for the five week workshop

    Fully booked
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    Advanced Family History Course - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    So you want to get back before 1837? Tutor, Rita Greenwood, will show you more advanced sources for family history research through a series of five workshops held on the following Saturdays from 10am to 12pm: 6 February - Parish Records: How can you use them to further your research. 20 February - The Parish Chest: Studying the contents of the parish chest and how they can assist in locating ancestors in parishes where they were not born. 5 March - The Parish Chest: How to go about accessing documents associated with the Parish Chest including affiliation orders and establishing the paternity of a child. 19 March - Pre-1858 probate: Most researchers will find wills relating to their ancestors but Rita will show you how to use them to further your research? 2 April - What next?: Further sources to be used by advanced researchers. Researchers of all abilities are welcome. The cost for the five workshops is £25 and includes refreshments. To book a place, please call Barbara Owen on 01204 309515.

    Sat 06 February to Sat 02 April, 10am to 12pm

    Admission: £25 for five workshops

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    Ghost and History Tour - Smithills Hall

    Find out all about the fascinating history of this great hall and the unexplained spooky goings-on. Tours will be led by the Friends of Smithills Hall. Tickets £7 adults, £6 concessions. Suitable for ages 16 and above. Please contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211.

    Thu 10 March, 7pm

    Admission: £7 adults and £6 concessions

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    Cinema at the Crescent Home - Bolton Central Library

    See this fantastic animated sci-fi film this half term! The film screening will take place in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale and no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wed 17 February, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    The Gallery Traditional and Mystical Media paintings - Harwood Library

    For the month of February 2016 the Gallery at Harwood Library will feature traditional and mystical mixed media paintings by local artist Francis Evans. All paintings are for sale.

    Mon 01 February to Mon 29 February, The gallery will be open during Harwood Library's opening hours (see link for details).

    Admission: FREE

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    Chinese New Year Monkey Mask Making - High Street Library

    Celebrate Chinese New Year! It's the year of the monkey so come along and make your own 'Monkey Mask'.

    Mon 15 February, 2.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Make a Monkey Door Hanger to mark the Chinese New Year- High Street Library

    Celebrate Chinese New Year - it's the year of the Monkey! Join in our craft session and make a Monkey door hanger.

    Thu 18 February, 2.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Chinese New Year craft session - High Street Library

    2016 is the year of the Monkey for the Chinese community. Join us and make your own moving Monkey picture.

    Sat 20 February, 2.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Half term craft session - Hall i' th' Wood Museum

    Come along to Hall i' th' Wood Museum for a drop in craft session. £1 each and no need to book.

    Tue 16 February, 12.30pm to 2pm

    Admission: £1 each.

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    Fantastic Friday - Smithills Hall

    Join us at Smithills Hall for a drop in Medieval craft session. £1 each and no need to book.

    Fri 19 February, 12.30pm to 2pm

    Admission: £1 each.

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    Fish Feeds - Bolton Aquarium

    Bolton's Aquarium recently celebrated its 75th birthday - come along and find out more about our freshwater fish collection.

    Tue 16 February, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Fish Feeds - Bolton Aquarium

    Bolton's Aquarium recently celebrated its 75th birthday - come along and find out more about our freshwater fish collection.

    Thu 18 February, 1pm

    Admission: FREE

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    School holiday activities - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We are celebrating the Aquarium’s 75th birthday so join us for fishy craft activities from 1.30pm - 3pm. Activities are free and suitable for ages 4 - 11.

    Thu 18 February, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

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    School holiday activities - Bolton Central Library and Museum

    We are celebrating the Aquarium’s 75th birthday so join us for fishy craft activities from 1.30pm - 3pm. Activities are free and suitable for ages 4 - 11.

    Tue 16 February, 1.30pm to 3pm

    Admission: FREE

  • Exhibitions

    Incredible Animals exhibition - Bolton Museum

    There are more than a million known species of animals in the world and they are all different in their own special way. Did you know… snails have thousands of teeth, frogs have to blink to swallow and honey bees have hairy eyes! This family friendly exhibition shows you a range of animals from around the world: parrots to insects, kangaroos to otters, seashells to penguins and lots of weird and wonderful facts.

    Tue 09 February to Tue 31 May, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    20th Century British Prints: Highlights from the Sycamore Collection

    A fantastic opportunity to view prints from our collection by some of the best known artists of the 20th Century. On display are works by famous names such as Gwenda Morgan, Eric Ravilious, Henry Moore, David Michael Jones, John Craxton and many other celebrated printmakers.

    Tue 09 February to Tue 31 May, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm, Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

    Admission: FREE

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    Silver Screenings 'Chocolat' with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing

    We will be screening the film 'Chocolat' with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing at Bolton Central Library Lecture Theatre. The romantic comedy-drama film, starring Judi Dench and Johnny Depp, is based on the novel by Joanne Harris.

    Wed 23 March, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Interior Designing Course - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. Louise Garman will be running this Interior Designing workshop. Louise is the owner and lead designer of Lovehousehome, which she has been running for 15 years, creating stunning interior design projects throughout the north-west. Louise is also a working, exhibiting and selling artist. Louise trained at the highly prestigious Chelsea School of Art and graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art. The Interior Designing workshop will cover colour, and its importance when planning a project. We will also look at differing interior design styles, and will ultimately produce 2 mood boards . All work will be created with the client in mind using real life projects. You will take home colour worksheets and colour swatches, and a completed moodboards. Lunch can be purchased at Smithills Hall’s Tea Room where you will receive a 15% discount on food and beverages.

    Sun 20 March, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: The course costs £52 and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Millinery - Make a Headpiece - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. Justine Bradley-Hill will be leading this Millinery workshop. Justine is a British Milliner with an eclectic, luxury vibe, handcrafting her designs in her Addingham studio, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Justine brings innovative design to traditional techniques. With a background in textiles, Justine’s expertise in the materials she works with translates into stylish wearable silhouettes. With over 20 years’ experience and 10 years millinery practice, Justine is a highly qualified teacher. This course will give you an insight into traditional millinery techniques and how to make a headpiece. You will then learn how to make various design features including bias curls, sinamay lilies and manipulated feathers. Finally your design will be finished with elastic, band or comb.

    Sat 19 March, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: The course costs £52 and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Stone Carving course - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. Coming back to his birth Town of Bolton on his ‘Great Northern Tour’ Simon will be leading a one day stone carving class for beginners. Simon Keeley is a Multi-Award winning Stone Carver with vast experience and skill. He is continuing his family link to stone carving, which was inspired by Lincoln Cathedral. Simon's first training was as a Stone Mason at York college and later working as a Stone Mason for Bowman and Sons in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He went on to train as a Stone Carver at the London City and Guilds Art School, dealing predominantly with historical/ornament carving. Simon regularly takes on commissions and also produces free flowing sculptural carving for ecclesiastical, gallery, garden, public art spaces and private individuals. Highlights of Simon’s career so far have included ‘Kirsty’s Homemade home’, workshops at Tate Modern to coincide with their Barbara Hepworth exhibition and many amazing private commissions. His classes are popular both in this country and abroad. At the wokshop you will be allocated a small block of stone, design inspirations will be provided - also if needed and help drawing a design on top of the stone will be given. You will draw your chosen design onto the surface of the stone and then scribe it into the surface. The stone is a very soft limestone, which is very easy to carve.

    Sat 26 March, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: The course costs £52 and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Taking Better Photographs - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. Heather B will running this course and she specialises in wedding and outdoor photography. Heather's passion is wildlife portraiture and travel. She acquired her first camera 35 years ago and has been a professional photographer for 22 years. This course is to help anyone at any level take better photographs. The aim is to stop taking snaps and start taking photographs. The workshop includes: How to pose people How to compose your images Lighting Practical session (taking photos) Photo competition (please bring your own camera including instruction manual).

    Thu 31 March, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: The course costs £52 and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Simple Book Binding - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. Leading the course is Maddie Smith. She is an Artist who works in a variety of media, including paper, print, sculpture and film. She is also an associate member of Neo Artists. The starting point for her work is often one of her poems, which she illustrates through film or sculpture. Sometimes she illustrates the poem quite literally, and at other times take the themes, images and objects within the poem as inspiration and as a starting point for a project. As a poet Maddie is interested in “the book” and has crafted her own since studying Fine Art and Creative Writing at University. Maddie believes in the beauty of the handmade. In this workshop you will make and take home a simple, three stitch chapbook ( a chapbook is a small, paper-covered booklet, usually printed on a single sheet of paper folded into books of 8, 12, 16 and 24 pages).

    Thu 07 April, 2pm to 4pm

    Admission: The course costs £16 and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Make a Silk Flower Corsage - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. This course will be led by Sue Carter and Marie Thornton. They are both experienced milliners who teach traditional and contemporary millinery techniques. Marie and Sue met as part of the Making Headway Project at Hatworks, Hat Museum in Stockport, where they run a series of introductions to millinery. Marie studied HNC millinery at Leeds College of Art and Sue studied City & Guilds millinery in Huddersfield. They work from The Millinery Studio part of the Radiant Works artists' studios in Huddersfield, www.themillinerystudio.com During the course you will make a collection of fabric flowers, including dressmakers and cubist roses, circular petal flowers and Japanese folded flowers. Then you will learn how to turn your flowers into corsages and how to attach them to headbands and hats. Please feel free to bring along any scraps of fabric, beads, buttons, feathers, other embellishments to create your own unique pieces and an apron to protect your clothes.

    Sat 09 April, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: The course costs £52 and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Design a Children's Mural - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. Louise Garman, who is leading the course, is the owner and lead designer of Lovehousehome. Louise is also a working, exhibiting and selling artist and has a studio and is a member of neo:artists, Bolton. Trained at the prestigious Chelsea School of Art, Louise graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art. Louise’s hand painted murals are extremely popular. Appealing to children, teenagers and adults, these murals are based on diverse themes, including graffiti, underwater and fairy-themed rooms, as well as personalised and privately-commissioned wall painting. During the course you will select an image and learn how to enlarge it. Then you will design the wall to fit into a current space, either a bedroom, nursery or playroom. You will also produce a colour board, preparing the board and painting part of their chosen image using paints, colourwashes and glazes. At the end of the course you can take home worksheets, drawings, and sample board.

    Sun 10 April, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: The course costs £52 and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Monoprinting - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. Louise Garman is a working, exhibiting and selling contemporary artist who will be leading this Monoprinting course. She has taught several art workshops to adults, and was a tutor at Bury College for several years. Louise gained an honours degree in Fine Art whilst studying at the Chelsea School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and galleries, and most recently, in the critically acclaimed neo:artprize 2015 in Bolton, Manchester and The Society of Women Artists ,The Mall Galleries, London. Much of Louise’s work is drawing based, and is subsequently combined with silkscreen, solar plate etching, and monoprint. There are different types of monoprints, and the students will be able to try out each one. Monoprint is a straightforward and exciting way of producing printed images directly from a perspex or glass plate. You can bring sketchbooks, photographs and images to use. Also, feathers, leaves, doilies etc We will provide paper, printing inks, rollers, Perspex or glass plates, newspaper, brushes, pens, pencils etc.

    Sat 16 April, 10am to 4pm

    Admission: The course costs £52 and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Creative Arts and Crafts - Introduction to Art Journaling - Smithills Hall

    Smithills Hall is the perfect location to be inspired and expand your creativity with our new arts and crafts courses. Susan Syddall is a Mixed Media Textile Artist based at Neo:artist Studios in Bolton. Her work is a celebration of the stitched line. She uses machine and hand embroidery to create individual pieces of art. With a strong interest in nature and urban landscape, and the patterns created by our interventions and manipulation of nature, her inspiration often comes from visual encounters that she records by using photography. Her work involves mixing media and blending tactile materials with paint, printing and making marks with the stitched line. This is an introduction to art journaling and is aimed at beginners and those with some crafting experience. During the three sessions you will learn various art and craft techniques, such as painting, stitching, printing, and collage that you can use to create your own Altered Art Journals with pockets, and manipulation of paper. The aim of the course is to experiment and gain confidence with simple art techniques and create lovely keepsakes out of unwanted paperback books. In the first week you will be manipulating old paper back books to create 3D effects as in the photograph above. The second week we will add pockets to various pages, and decorate the cover. The third and final week will involve experimenting with various printing, stitching and collage techniques that you can add to your art journals or sketchbooks.

    Thu 14 April to Thu 28 April, 1pm to 4pm

    Admission: The three week course costs £48 (14, 21 and 28 April 1pm to 4pm) and includes all materials, finished item and tea, coffee and soft drinks. To book contact Bolton Museum on 01204 332211 or email museum.customerservices@bolton.gov.uk

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    Silver Screenings - Far From The Madding Crowd

    This month watch 'Far From The Madding Crowd'. Our matinee film screenings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Central Library Lecture Theatre. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book.

    Wed 09 March, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    Cinema at the Crescent - The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water - Bolton Central Library

    Watch family film ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water’ in Central Library’s Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Light refreshments for sale. Free, no need to book. Under 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

    Sat 12 March, 2pm

    Admission: FREE

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    An evening with John Donoghue - Bolton Central Library

    Join us on World Book Day to hear Liverpool based writer John Donoghue talk about his thought provoking debut novel ‘The Death Head’s Chess Club’. John tells the story of the improbable friendship that arises between a Nazi officer and a Jewish chess player in Auschwitz. There will also be an opportunity to buy a copy of John’s book for £7.99 from independent bookseller, Beyond Books Media. Please book your free place via Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk) or call 01204 332160.

    Thu 03 March, 6.30pm

    Admission: Book your free place via Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-book-day-an-evening-with-john-donoghue-tickets-21554283442

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