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Exhibitions, Events and Activities


 

Exhibitions at Low Parks Museum, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire

In addition to our core displays and changing temporary exhibitions, we offer many activities and events within Low Parks Museum.

Activities

How we used to...

12 May, 25 August, 22 September 1:00pm-3:00pm

Join us for a natter as we bring out some of the objects from our Handling Collection. Reminisce about times gone by with a cuppa and a cake. Learn how we use handling collections to support local schools as well as enhancing exhibitions.

£3.00 per person, please advise of any dietary requirements when booking. 

To book, please email lowparksmuseum@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk or call 01698 452382.

Low Parks Wedding Open Day

29 May 12:00pm-4:00pm

Save the date! We’re throwing open the doors to our magnificent Assembly Room at Low Parks Museum! Sample some of our unique Cameronian Punch and our traditional savoury and sweet treats while you view this historically beautiful room dressed for a wedding ceremony and traditional afternoon tea celebration! All couples who book on the day will receive a free glass of sparkling wine for each of their guests on their big day!

Summer holiday activity: Archaeology workshop

27 & 30 June 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Limited availability. Please book in advance into either the morning or afternoon session.

Calling all budding archaeologists! Our fun archaeology workshop gives you the chance to dig for ancient artefacts, just as Howard Carter did.

Suitable for age 7yrs upwards. £2.05 per child, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during activity.

Limited spaces available, please book in advance by calling Low Parks Museum on 01698 452382 or email aileen.meechan@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk.

Summer holiday activity: Scribes workshop

4-8 July drop in between 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Learn how to write your name in hieroglyphics and make your own cartouche.

Suitable for age 5yrs upwards. £1.55 per child, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during the activity.

Summer holiday activity: Make your own shabti

11-15 July drop in between 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Make your own Shabti. Draw yourself as a pharaoh and make your very own shabti which is a magical figure to do the things you don’t want to, like make your bed!

Suitable for age 3yrs upwards.  £1.55 per child, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during the activity.

Summer holiday activity: Mummies galore!

18-22 July drop in between 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Come along and find out how a mummy was made.  We are going to make our own using an orange, and using origami, we’re going to make a mummy!

Suitable for age 3yrs upwards.  £1.55 per child, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during activity.

Summer holiday activity: Build your own pyramid

25-29 July drop in between 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Build your own pyramid and decorate it with your cartouche and hieroglyphics. The ancient Egyptians decorated their tombs with colourful pictures of the things they used to do. They also put pictures and clues in their tombs to help them enter the underworld. They had to complete several tasks before they were allowed into the afterlife, so come along and create your very own special pictures and clues then build your very own pyramid to take home.

Suitable for age 3yrs upwards.  £1.55 per child, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during activity.

Summer holiday activity: Book of the dead

1-5 August

The ancient Egyptians decorated their tombs with colourful pictures of the things they used to do and pictures and clues to help them enter the underworld. They had to complete several tasks before they were allowed into the afterlife, so come along and create your very own special pictures and clues then build your very own to take home.

Suitable for age 7yrs upwards. £1.55 per child, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during activity.

Limited spaces available, please book in advance by calling Low Parks Museum on 01698 452382 or email aileen.meechan@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk.

Lecture on Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton's Egyptian sarcophagi

18 August 7:30pm

Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton was an avid collector of everything from fine art, paintings, sculptures and books. Amongst his collection were two Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagi. Join us for an insightful evening with Professor Aidan Dodson from Bristol University, who will tell us about the two wonderful objects.

Licensed bar with soup and bar snacks will be available in our Mezzanine Cafe.

£6.00 per ticket. You can book online at www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01698 452299.

October holiday activities

17-21 October drop in between 10:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3:30pm

During the October holidays, we have some great crafts for you to do:

Monday 17             -           Archaeology workshop
Tuesday 18             -           Shabti workshop
Wednesday 19       -           Scribe’s workshop
Thursday 20           -           Build a pyramid
Friday 21                 -           Mummies Galore!

£1.55 per child, accompanying adults free. All activities are suitable for age 3 upwards.

Candlelit tour of Hamilton Mausoleum

31 October 6:30pm

Join us for an evening tour of the striking Hamilton Mausoleum as we proceed by candlelight on Halloween night. The iconic building was the last resting place for Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton and his ancestors and is one of the last remnants of the vast Hamilton Palace Estate.

Please note that Hamilton Mausoleum is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for people with walking difficulties. We advise visitors to wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear as it will be very cold in the Mausoleum and there are uneven footpaths and stairways.

There is no parking available at the Mausoleum and visitors are encouraged to park at Low Parks Museum which is a short walk away.

Tickets cost £6.50

To book, please contact Low Parks Museum on 01698 452382.

Christmas workshops for early years

1-16 December 10:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm-2:30pm

Our Early Years workshops are suitable ASN and neurodiverse classes or groups. for nursery, P1-3 classes.

For more information, please contact Aileen Meechan on 01698 452382 or email aileen.meechan@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk.

£7.25 per child, accompanying adults are FREE.

Christmas carols in the Assembly Room

1 December 7:00pm

Launching the Low Parks festive season with aplomb, we are proud to welcome back the fabulous vocal talents of the South Lanarkshire Choir, who will entertain us with a programme of traditional Christmas Carols as well as a selection of old favourites. Seasonal mulled wine and mince pies will be served in our Mezzanine Cafe during the interval.

Tickets cost £8.50, to book please contact the box office at www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk or call 01698 452299.

Breakfast with Santa

3 December 10:00am

What better way to kick off your festive season than to enjoy breakfast in our festively decorated 18th century Assembly Room, then visit Santa in his magical grotto? A tremendous treat for adults and children alike.

Suitable for all ages, please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Children £10.00 (includes visit to Santa’s grotto) Adults £8.00.

To book please contact Low Parks Museum on 01698 452382 or email lowparksmuseum@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk.

Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.

Santa's Grotto

3 December 1:30pm-4:00pm

10 December 10:30am-12:30pm

Santa will be in his grotto checking his list, probably twice!  Why not pop in for a visit? No booking necessary. 

Please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

£7.25 per child.

Quiet Santa visit

4 December 1:30pm-4:00pm

11 December 10:30am-12:30pm

Santa realises that some of his little friends struggle with his grotto because of the lights, noise & crowds. And so, with some adjustments, we hope to ensure the Christmas experience in Low Parks is magical for *all* our visitors. Although we won’t issue timeslots, we do ask that you book in advance so we can monitor and manage numbers.

£7.25 per child.

Afternoon tea with Santa

10 December 2:00pm

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon tea, served in our stunning 18th century Assembly Room with its magnificent decorations and Christmas tree, followed by a visit to Santa in his magical grotto. A Christmas treat for all the family!

Suitable for all ages. Please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Children £10.00 (includes visit to Santa’s grotto) Adults £13.30. 

To book please contact Low Parks Museum on 01698 452382 or email lowparksmuseum@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk.

Please advise of any dietary requirements when booking.

Santa's grotto

15 and 16 December 4:00pm-6:00pm

We all know how busy it is at Christmas, so Santa thought that it would be a nice idea to welcome the little ones to visit his grotto after school, he’s even asked Mrs Claus to make some of her magic winter warmer soup.

Children £12.50 (includes visit to Santa’s Grotto) Adults £5.00 (soup & sandwich deal).

To book, please contact Low Parks Museum on 01698 452382 or email lowparksmuseum@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk.

Afternoon tea with festive fizz

17 December 2:00pm-4:00pm

For the grown-ups only - why should the kids have all the fun? 

Enjoy a fabulous, sparkling afternoon tea in our festively decorated 18th century Assembly Room. Our delicious afternoon tea will be served with tea or coffee and of course, a festive glass of fizz (non-alcoholic alternatives available on request) Why not gather your group of grown-ups for a child-free afternoon? Additional refreshments available.

£17.50 per person. If booking multiple places, please contact us for prices.

To book, please email lowparksmuseum@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk or call 01698 452382.

Exhibitions

Our current exhibitions or displays:

  • Now showing - Glasgow Institute of Architects: Re-imagining The Mausoleum. The Glasgow Institute of Architects and Hamilton Mausoleum Trust invited design ideas from architects internationally to design their vision for the landscape and Hamilton’s most famous landmark. The competition winner and some of over 100 entries are now on show at Low Parks Museum in partnership with South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture and South Lanarkshire Council until the end of July. Entry is free.
  • 15 April-22 July - Drawing on Green Spaces: A Creative Scotland funded project using the natural history of Neilsland and Earnock community woodlands, once the former Neilsland Estate in Hamilton, as inspiration for an intriguing variety of beautiful art works. Free.

Heritage Trail

A walking and cycling route between two of South Lanarkshire’s most prestigious historic buildings enhanced to provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy and engage with their local heritage and landscape, while benefitting their health and wellbeing.

The app called "Chatelherault to Low Parks Heritage Trail" (a free download from Google Play or the App Store, depending on your device) details and tracks your route while providing heritage content along the way. Learn key facts about the landscape’s history and enjoy archive images and historic footage to enhance your experience.

Finish off with a leisurely wander around the museum, a browse in the shop or visit the café for a spot of something lovely! This route can be reversed, Chatelherault’s shop and café are also well worth a visit!

The project has been funded by Smarter Choices, Smarter Places – Paths for All’s grant scheme to support behavioural change initiatives to improve people’s lives.

Lego Club

Join us on the first and third Saturdays from February to November at 10:30am-12:30pm.

Get creative in our fortnightly Lego Club. We have everything from Duplo to Architecture Kits, so come along and take part in our fabulous Lego Club. You can join in themed builds as a group or perfect your own creations.

Suitable for age 3yrs upwards.  £3.25 per child, ACE members and accompanying adults are FREE.

To book, please contact Low Parks Museum on 01698 452382 or email lowparksmuseum@southlanarkshireleisure.co.uk.

Mausoleum tours

When conditions permit, we offer entertaining and very informative tours of Hamilton Mausoleum.

Music in the Museum

Following on from previous musical successes, Low Parks Museum in Hamilton looks forward to presenting an entire season of live classical music for your entertainment and enjoyment. Our elegant 18th century Assembly room will once again play host to a wide range of professional classical soloists and groups whose virtuosic performances will charm and delight, courtesy of Classical Musicians Scotland. Won’t you join us?

A Musical Night at the Museum

Join us for an evening of wonderful music with the fantastic South Lanarkshire Choir accompanied by the Hamilton Harmonics who will sing a range of well-known songs in our beautiful 18th century Assembly Room.

Tickets: £8.00

You can book online at  www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk or contact the box office on 01698 452299.

Fara

20 May 2022 8:00pm

This Orcadian Folk Group brings together four leading musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene. Winners of the German Critics’ Choice Award 2017, nominees for Radio 2 Horizon Folk Award and Scots Trad Music Award’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ amongst many others; FARA is back on the road with new music, new stories and a brand-new third studio album in 2022. 

Tickets: £14.00

To book, contact the Box Office on 01698 452299 or book online.

Andrea Gajic

18 June 2022 7:30pm

In June, Low Parks looks forward to welcoming violinist Andrea Gajic.

From 1990, Andrea studied for five years at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow with Khalida Akhtiamova where she gained her Masters Degree and Diploma in Solo Performance, before continuing her post-graduate studies with Felix Andrievsky at The Royal College of Music in London. Andrea currently teaches violin at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. She plays on a violin made by Nicolaus Gagliano in 1766.

Tickets: £15.00

To book, contact the Box Office on 01698 452299 or book online.

Edward Cohen

12 August 2022 7:30pm

In August Low Parks looks forward to welcoming pianist Edward Cohen

Edward is a first-class graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he was a prize-winning student. Edward is the pianist for the chorus and junior chorus of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and he has worked regularly with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus. A keen chamber musician, he frequently performs with the Artisan and Beinn Artair Trios, the Barony and Red Note Ensembles, Daniel’s Beard, and Scozzesi.

Tickets: £15.00

To book, contact the Box Office on 01698 452299 or book online.

Anna Debowska and Marcin Jaroszek

14 October 2022 7:30pm

Anna Debowska, piano and Marcin Jaroszek of The Jane Stirling Project

In October Low Parks looks forward to welcoming back the virtuosic musical talent of Anna Debowska along with the fascinating oration of Marcin Jaroszek. They bring to life the research of The Jane Stirling Project, named after the little-known pupil, benefactor and confident of Frederic Chopin. This evening will feature a restaging of one of Chopin’s original concerts accompanied by a fascinating multimedia presentation.

Tickets: £15.00

To book, contact the Box Office on 01698 452299 or book online.

James Grant

11 November 2022 7:30pm

Making a welcome return to Low Parks Museum, Glasgow born singer songwriter, James Grant will play a selection of material from both his solo career and his band Love and Money.

Tickets are £22.00 and are available from the Box Office. To book please visit www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk or call 01698 452299.

Feargus Hetherington and Geoffrey Tanti

12 November 2022 7:30pm

In November, Low Parks looks forward to welcoming violinist Feargus Hetherington and pianist Geoffrey Tanti.

Violinist/violist Feargus Hetherington has developed a wide-ranging career as an orchestral and chamber musician, concert artist and teacher. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Cleveland Institute of Music, USA, and has worked with some of today’s great performers

Geoffrey Tanti is a pianist and repetiteur based in Glasgow. Born in Malta, Geoffrey studied piano with Cynthia Turner before moving to the UK to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Together, they promise to present an exceptional night of music.

Tickets: £15.00

To book, contact the Box Office on 01698 452299 or book online.



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