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Thursday 26 September 2019

Two of Guernsey's oldest institutions join forces next weekend to celebrate science and arts in our community.

Guernsey Museums and the Guille-Allès Library join forces to create a Fun Palace on Saturday 5th October. Fun Palaces is a nationwide campaign for free, fun spaces which celebrate the arts and this is the 3rd time the two groups have worked together.

The event takes place at the Library from 10am - 4pm, where there will be lots to see, do and experience. For the first time, there will be a Japanese-themed room, which is based on the temporary Museum exhibition, 'To Japan and Back Again'. Visitors can discover the country and its culture, learn some of the language or have a go at origami and printing. There will be a 'Pokémon station' for the day, where you can learn about the Japanese phenomenon or indulge your love of it.

Another first for the event is the addition of a 'Learn Something Teach Something' area, where children and adults are encouraged to share skills.

Jodie Knight, Deputy Chief Librarian explains:

"This station is all about celebrating the skills we already have - it could be anything from tying a knot, telling a joke or sharing a life lesson. We'll be chalking up the lessons outside the area, to see how many amazing skills our visitors share throughout the day".

On the science side of things, there will be engineering activities hosted by MakerSpace. For the more artistically minded, there is Regency dancing, textile crafts and live music.

Jo Dowding, Access & Learning Manager at Guernsey Museums:

"This day is a chance to celebrate the shared history of the Library and Museum. Every day we deal with artifacts which are labelled with the names 'Guille & Allès'; we know these men as two of the founding collectors of the Museum. The front windows of the library still bear the word 'Museum' too".

Fun Palaces takes place from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 5th October at the Guille Allès Library. All activities will be free of charge.

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