Curators Talks at the County Museum

Vesta Tilley
Vesta Tilley
Published Tuesday, 10th April 2018

A new programme of Curators Talks is now on offer at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle.

This year's programme includes a chance to learn more about the origins of the museum and some of the specialisms in our collections such as costume and archaeology.

As well as the chance to learn from the experts at each talk, there will be the opportunity to get up close to some of our collection and look at real objects related to the talk.

The first talk, on 17 May, is entitled 'Vesta Tilley - The rags to riches story of Britain's most successful music hall star'. 

Participants will learn how Worcester-born Matilda Powles took to the stage aged six, and began a 50 year career as a male impersonator, pantomime star, feminist icon and champion of Britain's military. The talk will pay tribute to one of our county's brightest stars and biggest celebrities of a generation.

Rachel Robinson, Museum Manager said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer a new selection of Curators Talks which provide some unique opportunities to learn about subjects related to Worcestershire and our County Museum, meet some liked minded people and enjoy a great day out.”

The rest of the museum's Curators Talks programme for the year includes:

  • Thursday 21 June – 'Rediscovering Tickenhill: Explore the origins of the County Museum's collection'
  • Thursday 19 July – 'From Mammoths to Musket Balls: An exploration of the county's archaeological collection'
  • Thursday 20 September - 'A Rummage Through Our Wardrobe: the costume collection revealed'
  • Thursday 18 October – 'All That Glitters and Some That Don't: Worcestershire's recent archaeological treasure finds'
  • Thursday 15 November – 'A Happy Convalescence: Uncovering Hartlebury's history as a World War One recovery hospital'

Each talk lasts at least an hour and the cost is just £4 per person.  Places must be reserved on 01299 250416.

For more information or to reserve tickets please contact the museum on 01299 250416 or visit the website –