Get Reiving at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
16th November 2010
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Let’s Get Reiving is a free Wider Family Learning course held at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery led by artist Joe Dias and Tullie’s Ros Normandale, along with tutors Jenny Holliday and Catherine Watson.

The two day course gives local families the opportunity to immerse themselves in Carlisle’s history, learning more about their ancestors’ colourful past. The experience is enlivened with the tale of Kinmont Willie, an Armstrong who made a daring escape from Carlisle castle in 1596, aided by his Scottish ally, the Earl of Buccleuch. Willie’s ballad is retold, while Joe leads the families on the African drums; adults and children join in and find out that we all have rhythm! Families discover more about the symbolism of the lion and the unicorn – and just why Carlisle’s wyvern is such a special icon. Hidden talents emerge when families make their own reiver plaque from clay and design lion and unicorn masks.

Free lunches are provided in Tullie’s delicious Garden Restaurant, and participants have the chance to explore the galleries with Ros.

A recent participant, Mrs. Julie Bamber, said, “Everything was done well, from start to finish. Staff were friendly, helpful and informative. The course was very enjoyable.”

The next course is held on 21st and 28th November, from 11 – 4, and is open to local residents. It is aimed at families with children aged 7+ and there is a free crèche for under 7s at Harraby Community Centre.

Bookings must be made through Community Involvement worker, Anne Dalton, on 01228 226315 or 07765884284; email

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Sea kayaking, hill walking, a bit of climbing and just taken up sailing.
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