Inspired by Insects


Join us to be Inspired by Insects as part of the national celebrations for Silver Sunday

Thanks to National Lottery players, Inspired by Insects is a free event for people of all generations to come together, meet new people and connect over fun and free activities, crafts, and specimens from our collections and our HOPE for the Future Project.  

Drop in for Object Handling and intergenerational trails across the Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum

Bug Hotel Workshop, Drop-in 12- 4pm

Suitable for ages 8 +, suitable for family groups and independent adults 

Drop in to build your own bug hotel or bee box with the University of Oxford’s Plan Bee Team. Hear more about this Citizen Science project and find out how you can look after bees in your local neighbourhood.

Iridescent Insects Art Workshop, Bookable

12 – 1pm, 1:30 – 2:30pm, 3 – 4pm
Suitable for family groups and independent adults 

Create beautiful collages with artist Lois Muddiman inspired by iridescent insects from the museum’s British Beetle collection. Use gold leaf and collage papers to create your own greetings card to take away.

Poetry Workshops with Poet Dorothy Yamamoto, Bookable 

12:30 – 1:30pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Suitable for families with children aged 14+ and independent adults

Join local poet, Dorothy Yamamoto as she delves into the Museum’s British Insect Collection. Get your creative juices flowing with this semi-structured poetry workshop and create your own poetry to celebrate these wonderful insects. 


Please contact Hayleigh Jutson to book on to the bookable sessions at: stating your preferred workshop and timeslot.

This event is part of our ambitious HOPE for the Future project focusing on the intertwined heritage of our British Insect Collection and Pre-Raphaelite-designed Westwood Room. Find out more at: