Expert Egypt talk

EXPLORE Egyptology at a talk at Bolton Museum given by Prof Joann Fletcher and Dr Stephen Buckley, on Thursday, 7pm - 8.30pm.

They will be presenting recent research into the natural world of Ancient Egypt and the Egyptian’s interaction with it.

They will explore how animals were depicted in Egyptian art, how they were regarded in cosmological beliefs and how they were prepared in death!

Dr Buckley’s scientific research has discovered interesting evidence into how animal mummies were made.

The lecture will draw on the new Bolton’s Egypt displays, excavations in Egypt, material from the Bolton Collection and from Egyptology collections around the world.

Please book tickets and places via Eventbrite at

Peterloo's local link

A TIMELY illustrated lecture by Robert Poole on the Peterloo massacre of 1819, with the emphasis on new findings and on connections with the local area, can be heard at Bolton Central Library on Tuesday 1pm to 3pm.

Robert Poole is a Professor of History at the University of Central Lancashire, author of the new book Peterloo The English Uprising.

For tickets call 01204 332853.

Classic film

CATCH up on a film classic or view it for the first time.

Kes, the story of a neglected Yorkshire schoolboy and the relationship he forms with a kestrel, is being screened by Leigh Film Society at Wigan Old Courts on Thursday.

Ken Loach’s 1969 drama, based on Barry Hines’ novel, is ranked seventh in the British Film Institute’s Top Ten British films.

In equal parts humorous and moving, it would take a heart hard indeed not to shed a tear in the heartbreaking climax of the film.

Best take some hankies.

Travel back to Tudor times

PREPARE for a Tudor Festival Day at Hoghton Tower on Sunday (10am-4pm).

Among the attractions will be a Tudor blacksmithing demonstration, a mesmerising and impressive display of forging over a 900 degrees+ fire in a wooden box!

Master Thomas will be forging on a reconstructed forge, using actual charcoal and replica tools of the time, explaining as he goes.

Day out down at the farm

IF you’ve not been for a while, why not take the family for a visit to Smithills Open Farm? It’s a chance to get up close and personal with nature.

The farm itself is constantly evolving, with new animals coming to stay every week. See cows, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, llamas, owls, meerkats, donkeys, ducks, skunks and deer. In fact, the farm has more than 25 different types of residents, including pythons.