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Events for 23rd Sep 2017

Characters from the Collection

An engraving of a historical boxing match on Pitchcroft in Worcester
  • Date: 18th February 2017 - 13th January 2018
  • Every day
  • 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. 


Enquiring Minds

Oil painting of picturesque hills
  • Date: 14th January 2017 - 11th November 2017
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • 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'

A WWI nurse's uniform
  • Date: 12th March 2016 - 1st March 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Location: County Museum at Hartlebury
  • 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

Display of textiles, blue denim heart in a white frame, blue denim heart brooch.
  • Date: 5th September 2017 - 14th November 2017
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • 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

anglo viking gold ring
  • Date: 2nd September 2017 - 28th October 2017
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • 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.


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