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Pop-Up World of Languages

Venue: Edinburgh
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Event Date: 07/11/2019 - 10/11/2019

Don’t miss this unique chance to experience the first UK pop-up museum of languages on its tour of the UK. Discover the weird and wonderful world of languages through family-friendly, hands-on activities and games. An Alice in ‘Language Wonderland’ adventure; a ‘Lost in Translation’ untranslatable word challenge; a pool of creatures carrying words loaned to English (e.g. emoji, rucksack and graffiti); a ‘language family’ street; an ‘I Love You’ language line; and a Mr Tickle accent spotting game. These are just some of the weird and wonderful hands-on experiences to be had in the first-of-its-kind “World of Languages” pop-up museum.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 7th November 1pm to 3pm SCHOOLS ONLY BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT
  • Thursday 7th November 3pm to 6pm free & drop-in
  • Friday 8th November 9am to 12pm SCHOOLS ONLY BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT
  • Friday 8th November 1pm to 6pm free & drop-in
  • Saturday 9th November 10am to 6pm free & drop-in
  • Sunday 10th November 10am to 4pm free & drop-in

The pop-up museum is part of a major research project called MEITS (Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Its team – linguists from the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Queen’s Belfast and Nottingham – investigate the role that languages play in society, while also seeking to inspire interest in languages for everyone. The museum has already been to Cambridge and Belfast, and after Edinburgh will travel to Nottingham and London. In Edinburgh at Summerhall as part of the Edinburgh Multilingual Stories Festival 2019.

Visit the website for more information about the event or view the promotional video.

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages