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Easter Holidays: Crafting Coventry’s Past

Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 14 thApril (excluding Sundays)

Explore the history of Coventry from 700AD to the 1980s, as we craft a different part of Coventry’s past each day. Make your very own ‘Cofa’s Tree’, try your hand at wet wool felting, help us to rebuild the city wall, build a racing car, plus so much more! 

Tuesday 3rd April
Button Art Tree

It is believed that the name ‘Coventry’ comes from Cofa’s Tree, in 700 AD, which marked the boundary of the town. Create a beautiful memento to our city’s origins and create a colourful button art tree.

Wednesday 4th April
Godiva’s Horse Puppet

Using collage techniques create a horse puppet with moving legs to help bring the story of Lady Godiva from 1043 back to life again.

Thursday 5th April
Wet Wool Felting

Get messy with this fun and rather wet activity, as we explore Coventry’s wool trade industry from the 1300s. Blend wools together to make a stunning woollen work of art.

Friday 6th April
Rebuild the City Wall

Coventry’s city wall was demolished in 1534. Help us to rebuild it as you colour, collage and decorate a box ready to add to this installation in the museum.

Saturday 7th April
Crafty Coventry Clocks, by Windy

Coventry was a leader in clock and watch manufacturing throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Design and craft your own clock using recycled materials.

Mon 9th April
Hand Powered Cannon

During the English Civil war, prisoners from the Royalist armies were ‘sent to Coventry’. Help us garrison the city and make a hand powered cannon.

Tuesday 10th April
Woven Bookmarks

Between 1765 and 1857, silk was Coventry’s leading industry. Work the wonders of weaving as your fashion your own bookmark in this Cash’s of Coventry inspired craft.

Wednesday 11th April

Bicycle Block Printing

Take inspiration from Coventry’s cycle industry of the 19th and 20th century and create a beautiful block print picture of your favourite bicycle using fruit and vegetables.

Thursday 12th April
Racing Cars

The British Motor industry was born in Coventry and is still producing cars today, including the famous ‘Black Cab’. Turn yourself into a new age car designer and build your own racing car. Test its speed using our racing track in the Covered Court.

Friday 13th April
2 Tone Drum

Did you know Coventry was home to the 2 Tone music genre of the 1970s and 80s? Become a musician and dance along to the rhythm of the music as your make and decorate a very ‘special’ drum.

Saturday 14th April
Paper Cup Baskets, by Windy
Embrace the spirit of ‘Make Do and Mend’ made famous during World War Two, and fashion a beautiful basket out of scrap materials.

Suitable for age 3+, but all are welcome.


£2.50*, under 2s free. Drop in.

*The activities on Saturday 7 and Saturday 14 are free.


Where to go

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Jordan Well
City Centre

Who to contact

024 7623 7521.

Time / Date Details

Session Information
10:30am – 3:30pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
03/04/2018 - 14/04/2018
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