The Lecture Hall has been packed today for another of our half-term holiday activities. Thank you to all our Volunteers who make these things possible!
Dame Millicent Fawcett
On Tuesday 20th February at 2.30pm or Thursday 10.30am for coffee, conversation, cake and, on Tuesday at least…to hear about capes.
It is the 100th anniversary of the The Representation of the People Act of 1918 which granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification and which gave the vote to all men over the age of 21
We are also celebrating it as the 100th anniversary of the Suffragettes. In the museum collection we have an item described as the Fawcett Family Cape. Sue Allenby will do a short ‘Object in Focus’ presentation on Tuesday about it.
Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE (Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire) was a British feminist, intellectual, political and union leader, and writer. She is primarily known for her work as a campaigner for women to have the vote. The cape may not have been hers….hear more from Sue on Tuesday.
Also speaking on both dates is our own Director Adrian Green on The Salisbury Museum for Future Generations.
Our Exhibitions Officer, Joyce Paeson, is leaving us (see her letter below) but she has left us with a tempting taste of what is coming up at the museum…
Terry Pratchett has left the building and Brian Graham has moved in. But Terry went out with a bang:
The new exhibition has been quite a change of scene for the museum! Luckily I have had the help of a wonderful team of volunteers to help me de-install, paint the rooms and set up the new exhibition. Below you can see them in action!
Sue Martin and Sophia Sample helping me to set up the Brian Graham exhibition
Brian Graham: Towards Music (27/01/2018 – 12/05/2018). This exhibition represents a unique interpretation of the evolution of music and dance. By creating a series of 40 painted reliefs, Brian takes us on a visual journey, exploring how he imagines the beginnings of music-making and dance. This body of work also reflects his research in fields beyond art and encompasses science, archaeology and anthropology. Each of the works is dedicated to a piece of music, a composer or a significant figure from the world of music and dance. The results are stunning and eloquent works, which inspire us to think about our ancestors living long ago, and how they communicated through sound and movement and the ultimate joy of this.
There is a list of music available on Spotify to listen to. Just type in Brian Graham. It is a selection of Brian’s favourites.
The exhibition ends on the 12th of May. After that we welcome Henry Lamb: Out of the Shadows (26/05/2018 – 30/09/2018).
This will be the first major retrospective on the artist since the exhibition at the Manchester City Art Galleries in 1984. The Exhibition is co-curated by Harry Moore-Gwyn, an independent curator, dealer and writer on modern British art, whose previous shows have included Kenneth Rowntree (Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden), Laurie Lee (Royal Geographical Society) and Walter Bonner Gash (Alfred East Gallery, Kettering). This exhibition is a partnership between Salisbury Museum and Poole Museums through the Wessex Museums Partnership.
Henry Lamb (Adelaide 21 June 1883 – Salisbury 8 October 1960) was one of the leading British figurative painters of the first part of the twentieth century. A close associate of Augustus John, patron of Stanley Spencer and friends with members of the Bloomsbury Group he was also a founder member of the Camden Town Group in 1911. He was a very accomplished musician and trained as a doctor, friends describing him as a well read, erudite conversationalist. He became a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery (1942) and the Tate Gallery (1944). He became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1940 and a full Academician in 1949.
Portraiture played an important role in his career as a painter, but his townscapes and landscapes as well as his early subject pictures of Ireland and Brittany and his work in both World Wars reveal him to be a painter of considerable range and talent. This show will give a full retrospective of his work.
Gola Island, 1913, Private Collection
The last major exhibition of 2018 will be a touring exhibition from the British Museum on hoards. We are currently working together with the British Museum on the object list. The partners will be:
Ulster Museum, NMNI, 18 Jan – 31 Mar 2019
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, 13 Apr – 16 Jun 2019
Brading Roman Villa, 28/29 Jul – 28 Sep 2019
Hull and East Riding Museum, Oct – Dec 2019
Salisbury Museum will be the first venue!
Last week, the museum was pleased to host a talk by Sir Tony Robinson (with a little help from his friends!). Our own Owain Hughes was there and reports back…
Sir Tony has an autobiography out – ‘No Cunning Plan’ – and his talk focused on that, and on his friendship with Sir Terry Pratchett.
He began by describing Sir Terry’s great love of the chalk landscape and invited a certain member of the audience – a great friend of ours, Phil Harding – to explain the origins of this local landscape, and to share a few memories of Time Team digging in it!
Rob Wilkins, Terry’s assistant, business manager and long term friend added to the memories of the writer by describing how the two of them ‘bonded’ – at a book signing when they realised they were both ‘electronic nerds’!
Tony’s links with the writer go back a long way. At an early encounter, Terry was to congratulate Tony on some comedy programmes he had written for Radio Bristol. In subsequent years Tony was to create the audio versions of Terry’s books and played a role, the store manager, in the 2006 film version of Terry’s ‘Hogfather’.
The same year, Tony appeared in Tony Robinson: Me and My Mum, a documentary surrounding his decision to find a nursing home for his mother, and the difficulty he had doing so. In the intervening years he has become a supporter of Alzheimer’s research and charities, which, of course would have been a bond between the two men, as Terry began to suffer himself. When Terry was invited to do the Dimbleby lecture in 2010 he was already struggling with the illness, and while he introduced the lecture, it was Tony who read Terry’s words. It was about death, our attitudes to it and about assisted death. The audience here were very moved when Tony read an abridged version of the lecture at this talk. As indeed visitors have been moved by this aspect of the museum’s exhibition.
Owain shares with us some of the excitement at the end of the talk…
The talk ran over the allotted time and with less than an hour before his train was due to leave, Tony began signing copies of his books for a very long queue of eager fans. He was due to give an interview to the British Forces Broadcasting Service which they managed to do somewhere on the car journey to the station! The next day, he was at the Royal Albert Hall, reading at a carol service.
A busy man. Thank you Sir Tony for your visit and sharing your memories.
One giant LEGO mosaic with 960 tiles and 61,440 bricks
Thirty six volunteers
One hundred and thirty models of ‘The Luggage’ constructed
Four hundred and sixty visitors
The Staff Team
Not quite the Twelve Days of Christmas! BUT we overcame rain inside the marquee, cling filming LEGO in the dark, avoided a storm, managed to keep warm (mostly) and delivered another amazing event to our visitors.
Sincere thanks to you all for everything you contributed towards a wonderful day.
See the finished article in the museum now.
Have you seen our recent press release?
“Why is The Salisbury Museum going potty? It is because we need to update our loos!
The Salisbury Museum moved into its present home in The King’s House, at the beginning of the 1980’s. The building has been through various incarnations, originally built as a home for the Abbot of Sherborne in the early 13th century; somewhere that James I and Anne of Denmark laid their heads in 1610 and 1613; and from the mid-19th century until the late 1970’s – a teacher training college where Thomas Hardy’s sisters trained. It took some time to turn the building, gallery by gallery, into a museum and destination suitable to receive visitors and in fact, the reinvention never stops. The public toilets, so perfect in 1980 are now in serious need of updating.
The museum is in need of a total of £30,000 to refurbish and improve the accessibility to the Ladies, Gents and Disabled toilets. Launching on 19 November, #WorldToiletDay sees the start of a passionate fundraising campaign, which will also include twinning with a school toilet block in Malawi.
Museum Director, Adrian Green says, ‘Every couple of years our facilities are assessed by Visit England and the one thing that brings our score down each time are the state of our toilets. We can no longer ignore the fact that having top quality loos is as important as top quality exhibitions and an essential part of the visitor experience.’
So whether it is a penny, a pound or quantities of either, the money raised will help the museum to totally transform the toilet facilities into 21st century ones. Visitors can give in person at the museum – look out for the potty donation box, or through the museum’s website, which will link to the crowdfunding campaign created specifically to get the campaign started by raising £10,000. Hopefully by 2018, the museum’s public loos will no longer look like they should be in a museum.”
And have you spotted our magnificent toilet pan popping up in interesting places? Perhaps we should have a competition for the best place to find it…
City Story: Historic Past, Creative Future
Exhibition at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre and Wessex Gallery Showcase
The City Story: Historic Past, Creative Future project has been a great success with young people taking part in afterschool clubs, Saturday workshops for young carers and sessions for schools and colleges at the museum.
The 11 – 18 year olds have been working with inspiring local artists to explore the extraordinary objects in the museum’s Salisbury History and Costume collections.
They have learnt new skills in a variety of techniques including ceramics, printing, glass and painting with light on the museum’s unique Coo Var Glow Wall.
The museum has also been working with fashion and textile students from Wiltshire College to create a range of textile items inspired by the collections.
In October, an exhibition opened at the Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre in Salisbury to celebrate the work of those taking part in the afterschool clubs as well as the project with Wiltshire College. The display shows the amazing art work that has been created by the young people.
The work of the young carers who have taken part in the programme of Saturday workshops at the museum is also being celebrated in the Wessex Gallery Showcase at the museum. A vibrant selection of the ceramics, textile and 2d art that has been created by these talented young people will be on display in the museum until January 2018.
City Story: Historic Past, Creative Future has been generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Grant.
Our own Katy England has been leading this project, with help from local artists and from a small group of Volunteers. Thanks and congratulations to all involved.
More about him later. Meanwhile….
After the success of the first Spotlight Loan tour from the Wessex Partnership we have decided to continue with our own spotlight tours. This second series of Spotlight Loans between the four leading museums (Dorset County Museum, The Salisbury Museum, Poole Museum and Wiltshire Museum) will focus on ‘Made in Wessex’. Wessex has been a centre of making for thousands of years. The downland, heathland, rivers and coast of Wessex have shaped the making and use of artefacts, from ancient flints to contemporary ceramics. The new tours will tell the stories of Dorset and Wiltshire focusing on this tradition of making, and reveals some surprising and fascinating objects to illustrate the theme.
Our first spotlight loan will be four examples of Crown Dorset Pottery. The Crown Dorset Art Pottery was established by Charles Collard in Poole in 1905. The pottery produced was very similar to that of the Devon potteries where Collard had previously worked, although Collard also developed new styles.
The pieces you see in the image below are examples of Cottage Ware, produced for the tourist and cheaper end of the market in a range of shapes and sizes. These were usually decorated with country scenes and a motto in Dorset dialect, often quoting the Dorset poet William Barnes.
Between November 2017 and November 2018 you will see the following objects:
Crown Dorset Pottery (Poole Museum)
Dorset Ooser (It’s a mask! Dorset County Museum)
Wiltshire Moonrakers Plate (Wiltshire Museum)
Last week, our Volunteer Co-ordinator Bridge Telfer, went to the British Museum for the week as part of the Knowledge Exchange programme that the British Museum runs. The exchange allows the sharing of knowledge and skills between organisations and in turn organisations gain new ideas and experience. Bridget had a fantastic week at the museum learning how they manage their team of c 600 volunteers! And next week Salisbury Museum is hosting the British Museum’s Volunteer Manager Francesca Goff. Read Bridget and Francesca’s blogs over the next few weeks….