Sharjah Museums are all set to host three workshops at the Al Mahatta Museum, the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization and Sharjah Aquarium, as part of their regular Family Amusement Day, during the current month of November.
The workshops titled ‘Architect’, ‘Coin Mintage’and ‘Story from the Past’ will be held under the supervision of Department of Education and Interpretation, an affiliate of the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD).
Families attending the ‘Architect’ workshop, hosted at the Al Mahatta Museum, were taken on a tour of the museum’s collections hall where they learned about the different stages in the construction of Al Mahatta, as well as the architectural designs and forms of various other heritage buildings such as the Sharjah Heritage Museum. They also learned about the traditional building materials that were used in the construction of Al Mahatta. The workshop was presented by education specialists from both the Sharjah Heritage Museum and Al Mahatta Museum. At the end of the tour, the participating children got the chance to make their own model of a heritage house using collage.
Commenting on the occasion, Alya Burhaima, SMD’s Manager of the Department of Education and Interpretation, said, “We are very pleased at the excellent feedback we have received about of our workshops to date. Through SMD’s educational workshops we wish to develop and enhance the public’s understanding of the rich fabric of all aspects of Emirati life throughout the various ages of the past. We are also confident that these workshops will succeed in highlighting the role that museums play in honouring history.”
Families attending the ‘Coin Mintage’ workshop hosted at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization will get an insight into the development of coin mintage. The workshop also explored the importance of money as a live testimony and witness to the history and evolution of Arab-Islamic civilization and the Arab peoples.
The families were taken on a tour of the Metal Coins Hall where they learned about coin mintage and the stages of the development of coin mintage since the Stone Age and throughout the Abbasside and Omayyad eras as well as the materials used in the mintage industry. The workshop was presented by education specialists from SMD’s Department of Education and Interpretation. At the end of the tour, children have the opportunity to engage in mud molding to make their own styles and shapes of coins.
The Sharjah Maritime Museum and Sharjah Aquarium will host the workshop titled ‘A story from the Past’. The families will be taken on a tour of the Maritime Museum where they will have the chance to gain a deeper insight into the Gulf region’s maritime history. They will learn about the different types of maritime crafts people practiced in the Gulf in the past, and also view examples of boat, navigation tools, and Jallaf (boat building). At the Sharjah Aquarium, families will learn more about the fishermen’s life and see a model of a fisherman’s home, his environment and the tools he used in fishing. The participating children will be given fisherman’s wear to imitate fishermen and get up close with the UAE’s maritime heritage and natural environment.
The ‘Architect’ workshop will take place at Al Mahatta Museum on Saturday, 10 November, at 10am, while the ‘Coin Mintage’ workshop will be taking place at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, on Monday, 13 November, from 10am-1pm.
The ‘Story from the Past’ workshop will take place at the Sharjah Maritime Museum and Sharjah Aquarium on Saturday, 17 November, from 10am-1pm. Children aged 7-14 can participate along with their parents in these workshops.