Craven Museum Nature Workshop

Over the summer holidays, Craven Museum have been running an events programme including sessions for young people inspired by the museum collection.  One workshop in particular, called ‘Exploring Nature at Craven Museum’, used footage from our National Lottery Heritage Fund project, Nature Matters, and combined it with the museum's natural history objects, including taxidermy and a herbarium, to think about new ways of preserving and collecting natural materials. 

The idea was to use more eco-conscious methods, such as film and photography, to record and tell nature stories. The young participants spent time looking at and handling objects and watching film from the archive.

Some then went away inspired to make nature-based films at home, whereas others worked on storyboards to tell narratives about the objects and films they had interacted with during the session. They enjoyed researching facts about the specimens or thinking about how the animals came to the museum and what might have happened to them when they were alive.

One amazing example of a storyboard can be seen below.

To find out more about future activities happening at Craven Museum and Skipton Town Hall head to their website: 

And if you are inspired to run a workshop with Nature Matters film material then do get in touch with the team at

All images courtesy of Craven Museum.