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 The Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside has one remaining space for a secondary school to join the free Glass Ships in Bottles Schools Event day on Friday 10 September.

The Glass Ships in Bottles Schools Event celebrates the launch of two new exhibitions: Glass Ships in Bottles and Ocean Posters Against Plastic Pollution and, during the available morning session (10am – 12noon), students can watch glass blowers, hear about climate change activism and enjoy guided tours of the two new exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions.

Elliot MeltonLearning and Access Assistant at the Scottish Maritime Museum, explains:

Our Glass Ships in Bottles Schools Event Day on Friday 10 September has been very popular and we’re looking for one more secondary school to join us for a free morning session.

“The event is a great opportunity for students to explore the links between science and art, design and climate change activism and hear from experts in glass blowing and climate change.

“As well as celebrating our new exhibitions, which look at the endangered skill of glass blowing and climate change activism, we’re excited to announce the return of our schools visits programme for primary and secondary schools.

“Bookings are now open for our wide range of half and full day visits with curriculum-linked workshops, self-led trails and guided tours.”

The Glass Ships in Bottles morning session for secondary schools, which runs 10am – 12noon, begins with a tour and talk with exhibition artist Dr Ayako Tani followed by a glass blowing demonstration.

Dr Ayako Tani will lead an insightful tour of the delicate sculptural pieces in her extensive antique glass ships in bottles collection.

She will also introduce students to her own glass sculptures which have also been inspired by the scientific glassblowers who created a booming industry for glass ships in bottles when their industry declined in the 1970s.

The glassblowing demonstration will be led by Robert McLeod, the Chair of the British Society of Scientific Glassblowers (BSSG) and BSSG Fellow Ian Pearson. Together they will reveal the techniques and skills of scientific glassblowing, a craft still alive today but on the Heritage Crafts Association’s Red List of Endangered Crafts.

Students will then hear from Professor Jamie Toney, a geoscientist with expertise in environmental and climate science, who will talk about oceans and climate change before the visit concludes with a tour of the Ocean Posters Against Plastic Pollution exhibition.

To book the place, please contact Elliot Melton, Learning and Access Assistant at the Scottish Maritime Museum by emailing Elliot@scotmaritime.org.uk or calling 01294 278283.

Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum 

by Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404

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