The flyer Paul produced is wonderfully illustrated. I have cut and pasted it to put it here and 'lost' the pictures.
Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery
Talks & Trips Spring 2012
24th February - 2.00pm
Visit to Wiltshire and Swindon
There will be a talk, probably by Mike Marshman with a
guided tour of the centre’s resources, public search
rooms, the library area, the archeological department,
the old buildings record and a chance to see behind the
Maximum numbers = 20.
Please let Paul know if you want to come on the trip. *
30th March 7.30 pm
an insider’s guide to the
Parliamentary Art Collection’
by Edward Hodges Baily
A talk by Melanie Unwin, Deputy Curator Palace of
Westminster Collection will talk about one of the largest
collections of publicly owned art in the United Kingdom
with items that have been acquired at all stages of
Parliament’s existence. She will take you on a tour of
Parliament’s works of art, which includes historic and
contemporary paintings, sculpture, works on paper,
textiles and 3-D objects, and give an insight to its care
30th April - 2.30 - 3.30 pm
A walk round the gallery
with Denys Hodson
Following his talk in November Denys Hodson, who was responsible
for many of the purchases of work in the Swindon Collection will
walk round the new exhibition -'They Take Art Seriously in Swindon'
and talk about some of the individual paintings in much greater
detail than time allowed during his previous talk. This is the
exhibition that was hung for the Duchess of Cornwall’s visit.
Maximum numbers = 20.
Please let Paul know if you would like to come. *
April 27th 7.30pm
Women in the GWR Works,
A talk by Rosa Mathieson on the part played by women
in the GWR works, especially during wartime. This is
the subject of her latest book and is a follow up to the
very popular talk she gave to the Friends on Swindon
May 25th 7.30pm
Conservation of the Highworth
Beth Werrett will talk about her work at the Wiltshire
and Swindon History Centre on the conservation of the
Highworth Pot, which will be on display in the Museum
by May, and on the history of the pot with details of its
original usage, its recent discovery in Highworth and the
results of the analysis of the residue paid for by the
May 31st - 10.00 am
Visit to Kelmscott Manor
Kelmscott Manor, a grade 1 listed farmhouse adjacent to
the River Thames, built around 1600. William Morris
chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with
the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the
summer of 1871. The house - perhaps the most evocative
of all the houses associated with Morris - contains an
outstanding collection of the possessions and works of
Morris, his family and associates (Benson, Burne-Jones,
Rossetti and Webb amongst them), including furniture,
original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.
We need to arrive at 10am, hopefully we can car share. We will gather at the local pub for lunch after the visit to Kelmscott Manor. The cost will be £10.50, please ring or email Paul if you would like to come on the trip. *
*To contact Paul by phone ring: 01672539688
or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or PRicketts@swindon.gov.uk
Phone the museum on 01793 466556 for info on tickets and access.
Tickets for talks will be available from the beginning of March.
Tickets from Swindon Museum and Art Gallery cost £4.50 (£3.50 for members of the Friends)
Note: There is a discount of 50p per ticket for buying three or more tickets either for the season or for a single talk.