Saturnalia, held in mid-December, is an ancient Roman pagan festival honouring the agricultural god Saturn. Because of when the festival occurred – near the winter solstice – Saturnalia celebrations are the source of many of the traditions we now associate with Christmas, such as wreaths, candles, feasting and gift-giving.
Funded by a grant from HW1900 Community Grants and National Lottery Fund the Museum is offering a programme of events celebrating Saturnalia, community and creativity. These events are a series of Creative Writing sessions on Tuesdays (11am – 2pm) and a series of family-friendly craft afternoons on Sundays (1pm – 3pm). The programme will end with a Saturnalia celebration during the weekend of 16 – 18 December (details TBC) and a temporary exhibition of the writing and crafts created.Visit site