Geek chic is coming to Guernsey Museum.
‘The Big Geekend’ (30-31 May) returns to Candie for its second year and promises an eclectic
weekend of interesting things to see and do. The foyer area of the Museum will be taken over by a Lego city, built by Guernsey teenager Levi Garnham. This is the first time Levi’s impressive model will be on public display. The labour of love is not suitable for touching but visitors of all ages can make their way to the Discovery Room, where there will be plenty of Lego themed art and design activities to explore. The Guernsey Arts Commission will help visitors to create a canvas during the weekend and the work produced will go towards their big project about ‘Otherness’. Nearby, members of the group ‘Maker School’ will be on hand to demonstrate some of their latest technology including a 3D printer and laser etcher. They will also have exciting activities for visitors of all ages too.
The usual Museum offerings will be supplemented by small table displays lent by individuals for the weekend including ‘my pet dinosaurs’, ‘bring me back a tea towel’ and ‘nerdy knitting’. Stefan Lenormand will return with a selection of his Star Wars Lego collection. To tie in with the current exhibition, the Guernsey Wargames Club is adopting the ‘Celts and Romans’ theme. Visitors will be able to watch and learn during the battles of Imperial Rome vs the Ancient Britons and Republican Rome vs the Gauls. For nature nerds, there will be a chance to uncover the little-known facts of Candie Gardens in the Quirky Tree Tours on Saturday morning, led by Andy McCutcheon. This will complement other events taking place outside the Museum on the terrace.
On Saturday, Julia Henney from La Societé will be sharing the fascinating impact of the La Société Conservation Herd, which was established in 2014 as a conservation tool to manage some of Guernsey’s most important nature reserves. She may even bring two members of the herd with her on the day. The Guernsey Model Engineering Society will return with more exhibition panels and model trains to display. The Morris dancing group Belles & Broomsticks will also perform during the weekend.
Guernsey Museum’s Access & Learning Manager Jo Dowding said, ‘We are delighted to be holding this event after the success of last year’s Big Geekend. In many cases, Museums exist because of geeks and this is a wonderful opportunity to give a platform to those enthusiasts who have so much passion for their more unusual hobbies and interests.’
Enthusiast Keith Pike will be giving an insight into Victorian Crime & Punishment in Guernsey during a short, interactive lecture. Stu Lean will also be talking about ‘The Magic of Minecraft’ on Sunday morning, especially for children and their grownups. This will be different to the massively popular talk he conducted last year on the same subject.
Live music will complement the geeky activities with a varied soundtrack of anything from bluegrass banjo to Eurovision hits played on renaissance recorders. Sunday afternoon will conclude with ‘have a go chess’ on the terrace, alongside the established band concert appearance of the Guernsey Jazz Orchestra.
Timetables are available to download from the Guernsey Museum website www.museums.gov.gg or can be collected from Guernsey Museum, Castle Cornet or the Guernsey Information Centre.
Guernsey Museum is open from 10am to 5pm during the Big Geekend and normal admission charge applies. Discovery Pass holders and accompanying children are admitted free.