From Batik print designing to letter writing, join the National Maritime Museum's free workshops and create your very own message in a bottle.

Part 1: Batik print workshop

This workshop will unlock the meaning held in the installation artwork Yinka Shonibare's Ship in a Bottle and its iconic Dutch wax sails. Design your very own pattern and, using a batik printing process, create your own personalised printed fabric. Learn more about the significance of this fabric to the artwork, artist and its importance to African cultural identities today.

Part 2: Letter writing workshop

In the second part of the workshop, we will look at the power of letters, exploring what they say about you and your hopes for the world. Explore the debate around a letter written by Lord Nelson on HMS Victory concerning abolition — views which he states, were shaped by his heritage.

This workshop is in collaboration with MA students from Westminster University. The workshop will encourage participants to question and interrogate their own heritage and identity.

To find out more and book your place, check here.


Start date End date Region South East