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Characters from the Collection

  • 22nd Oct 2017
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • Cost: Free

This new display around the museum's atmospheric balcony cafe brings out a selection of rarely-displayed paintings from the museum collection and introduces their accompanying stories.

From film stars to artist's muses to great Worcester leaders, the Worcester City museum collection includes pictures of many interesting characters, ones you'll know and ones you won't. 


Happening Today, 22nd Oct 2017

Characters from the Collection

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

This new display around the museum's atmospheric balcony cafe brings out a selection of rarely-displayed paintings from the museum collection and introduces their accompanying stories.

From film stars to artist's muses to great Worcester leaders, the Worcester City museum collection includes pictures of many interesting characters, ones you'll know and ones you won't. 


Enquiring Minds

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Visitors can discover and celebrate this rather special period from Worcester's past in this exhibition drawn from the museum collection and some special items on loan.

Seemingly impossible engineering feats, global wildlife explorations, early investigations into iron-age man, world-renowned artist sketching trips: all these amazing activities were happening in Worcester a hundred and fifty years ago. Worcester was a burgeoning cultural city in a busy changing landscape.

Exhibition highlights are drawings by naturalist John Gould, land- and cityscape watercolours by artist HH Lines and local artefacts discovered by famous archaeologist Pitt Rivers. 

Hartlebury Castle’s History as a WWI Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital: 'A Happy Convalescence'

Location: County Museum at Hartlebury

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Adults £5, Seniors £2.50, Children (aged 5-16) £2.50, Family Ticket £13 (admits 2 adults & 2 children)

Stories of fun, friendship and romance that offered a brief respite from the front lines for injured soldiers sent to recover at Hartlebury Castle Hospital.

The exhibition will feature real objects from the trenches, including gas masks, cigarettes and even a surgeon's kit used at the front. The exhibition has been curated from Museum Worcestershire’s collection along with loans from George Marshall Medical Museum, The Mercian Regiment Museum and from local people.

A Happy Convalescence, is part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project.

Find out more

The County Museum at Hartlebury closes Mondays.

Please visit the County Museum at Hartlebury page for opening information

Late Autumn Craftcase

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

This late Autumn Craftcase shows work from mixed media artist Melissa z Wright.

Mixed media artist Melissa Wright debut exhibition in our Autumn Craftcase shows a selection of handcrafted cards, pictures and brooches. Following a theme of hearts and flowers each unique piece is made up of layers of cloth, embroidery and recycled denim. All items in the Craftcase exhibitions are for sale.

Twenty Years of Treasure in Worcestershire

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

A case display in the Museum Gallery celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and Worcester's ongoing partnership with the British Museum.

In July 1996, the Treasure Act was passed replacing the medieval law of Treasure Trove and the following year Worcestershire became a pilot area to start recording the public's archaeological finds and their context. This work has since expanded to cover all of England and Wales, with 39 Finds Liaison Officers based across the country. 

Context is vital in archaeology in order to be able to fully understand the history of human activity. Archaeology is not simply about studying isolated objects. How these came to be where they were found, their relationship to other objects and stratigraphy (position in the ground), among other factors help build up a picture of the past as a whole. 

The Finds Liaison Officer's job is to provide a point of contact for finders, particularly metal detectorists; to record finds and to provide further information on the finds and their history where possible.

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is run by the British Museum and works through 33 principal partners including Museums Worcestershire. There is a network of 39 Finds Liaison Officer posts, based in museums and county councils throughout England and Wales, six National Finds Advisers and a team of four at the British Museum. The data gathered by the Scheme is published on an online database.


Worcester Society of Artists 70th annual exhibition

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Worcester Society of Artists' annual exhibition is a great opportunity to see a fabulous and eclectic selection of art created by local artists.

The Society was founded in 1947 to encourage the appreciation, understanding and practice of the visual arts. It's wonderful to think that in the difficult days of rebuilding after World War Two, when rationing was still firmly in place, the people of Worcestershire were coming together to create and celebrate art. In this, their 70th annual exhibition, WSA will be looking back to the artists who have made the cultural life of the city richer over the last seventy years, as well as the artists working today.

The Society has exhibited every year since their first year of existence at Worcester City Art Gallery. The WSA today is a thriving group of amateur and professional artists, open to anyone interested in creating art, who meet for a programme of lectures, practical sessions and exhibitions.

Whatever your taste, you'll find a picture or sculpture that you will admire and possibly even decide to take home! Much of the work is for sale and can make a wonderful Christmas present for that hard-to-buy-for person.

 

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