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Events for 28th May 2018

Benjamin Williams Leader: Blest by the Suns of Home

An oil painting of a muddy farm track leading to some rustic cottages at daybreak

Benjamin Williams Leader, Worcestershire Morning Clearing after Rain, Worcester Museums Collection

  • Date: 17th February 2018 - 02nd June 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • Cost: FREE entry

Benjamin Williams Leader, Worcestershire's greatest artist became an international success with his paintings of the idyllic English landscape.

During World War One, these images took on a new emotional appeal with connotations of a landscape worth fighting for. The exhibition brings together Leader's beautiful paintings from the Worcester City Collection with loans from both private and national collections, including a work from the Royal Collection purchased in 1914 by King George V. In contrast it also explores poignant imagery of the ruined landscapes of France and Belgium after the War.

This exhibition is open Monday - Saturday, 10.30am - 4.30pm from Saturday 17th Feburary until Saturday 2nd June.

Heritage Lottery Fund
Lottery FundedWorcestershire World War 100

Please note that Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is closed Sundays.

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

A glass case containing war-time period hospital items such as a crutch and smock
  • Date: 12th March 2016 - 23rd December 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Location: County Museum at Hartlebury
  • Cost: Adult-£9, Concession-£8, Child-£5, Family Ticket-£25 & under fives are free

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

Medieval Mischief

castle adventures

Medieval Mischief

  • Date: 28th May 2018
  • Time: 11:00 - 16:00
  • Location: County Museum at Hartlebury
  • Cost: Adult £9, Concess £8, Child £5, Family ticket £25 & under fives free

Come and join the fun this Bank Holiday Monday and meet our Medieval Mischief duo.

Bank Holiday Monday

Get ready to go back six centuries to 1418, a time of medieval mischief, pongy peasants and nasty knights.

  • Put your family in the stocks and throw cabbages at them with Mistress Margaret as she regales you with tales of woe and plague.
  • Meet Jack the medieval mercenary and see how he was wounded at the Battle of Agincourt.
  • Matthew will teach you how to fight knights or imaginary dragons so you can join the castle guard. 
  • Meet Hartlebury Castle’s very own Medieval Mischief duo, who will be leading games and competitions including jousting and catapult the castle!
  • Children can also make coat of arms shields and royal crowns to take home.

Oak Apple Day Celebrations

Boy in civil war period costume jumping in the air holding oak leaves
  • Date: 27th May 2018 - 28th May 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Location: The Commandery
  • Cost: Adults £5.95 Concessions £4.95 Children FREE Individual annual ticket £10.95 Worcester residents annual ticket £5

Join The Commandery, Worcester for their traditional spring-time celebration of the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

Enjoy two days of traditional spring-time festivities at The Commandery including live theatre, living history, family games and Morris dancing.

The spectacular Grade I listed Commandery in Worcester will be festooned with garlands of oak leaves to celebrate the story of Charles II's restoration. Find out about his flight from Worcester, after his Royalist army was famously beaten by the Parliamentarians during the final battle of the English Civil War in 1651, and how he hid in an oak tree to escape!

Enjoy traditional treats of small beer and plum pudding, and meet the King himself! There be a collaborative project with a paper-based artist creating artworks and pamphlets inspired by the English Civil War all afternoon on Sunday, and a one-off opportunity to see Civil War Stories, a live performance like no other, weaving true tales of politics, religion, monarchy and conflict at 3pm on Sunday.  On bank holiday Monday, have a go at Morris dancing with Bedcote Morris and immerse yourself in a 17th century living history camp including musket firing and cooking from the 1600s.

Sunday (1.30-5pm)

  • Get stuck into life at The Commandery during Oak Apple Day - make oak apple sprigs, decorate crowns and enjoy the traditional treats of plum cake and small beer!
  • Take part in Paper Rebellion, a collaborative art project inspired by 17th century pamphlets and print
  • At 3pm enjoy Civil War Stories - a brand new performance like no other! Weaving true tales of politics, religion, monarchyu and conflict, including a bloody battle taking place right here in the heart of Worcester

Monday (10am-5pm)

  • Enjoy 17th century style Oak Apple Day with living history, cameos, crafts and the traditional treats of plum cake and small beer!
  • Discover the Cabinet of Curiosities in the Great Hall
  • Watch and have a go at Morris dancing with Bedcote Morris
  • Experience a traditional mummers play in the Commandery gardens

The War to End All Wars

To Commemorate "Peace" 1919
  • Date: 03rd February 2018 - 10th November 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • Cost: FREE entry

Using artefacts from the Museums Worcestershire and partner collections, this exhibition will explore how our future was changed for ever by the First World War.

WW1's legacy was a wide impact on life in the C20th, making changes in class structure, politics, fashion, food production as well as our national defence.

Please note that Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is closed Sundays.

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