Wells & Mendip Museum has a busy calendar of events. From talks and workshops to art exhibitions and garden days, keep an eye on this page to see what's coming up.

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Below is a summary of events in the museum

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[MUSEUM CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] New Acquisition On Display - Post-Medieval Gold "Posy Ring" ...more details

02 Mar 2020 - 20 Apr 2020

[MUSEUM CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] "As I See It" - An Art Exhibition by Brian Luker ...more details

11 Mar 2020 - 17 Apr 2020

[MUSEUM CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] "Lord Of The Dance" - An Exhibition of Sculpture by Simon Latham ...more details

21 Mar 2020 // 12.30pm

[CANCELLED] Music At The Museum - A lunchtime concert ...more details

31 Mar 2020 // 7.30pm

[CANCELLED] Somerset Wildlife Trust - "Photographic Perspectives" - a talk by Joshua Harris ...more details

03 Apr 2020 // 7.30pm

[CANCELLED] WNHAS - "Alfred the Great and the Somerset connection" - a talk by Chris Eldridge ...more details

08 Apr 2020 // 7.30pm

[CANCELLED] Wells Civic Society - "A Bishop's Wife" - a talk by Jane Hancock ...more details

16 Apr 2020 //

10am - 12pm; 1.30pm - 3.30pm

[CANCELLED] Holiday Activities for Children - Traditional Crafts with a Modern Twist ...more details

21 Apr 2020 - 02 May 2020

[CANCELLED] An Art Exhibition by the Wells Painting Group ...more details

28 Apr 2020 // 7.30pm

[CANCELLED] Somerset Wildlife Trust - "Tawny Owls Coming to a Wood Near You" - a talk by Steven Powles ...more details

02 May 2020 - 29 May 2020

[CANCELLED] The Somerset and Bath Lunatic Asylum 1848-1910 - A Photographic Exhibition ...more details

16 May 2020 // 10am - 1pm

[CANCELLED] Advaita Vedanta - The Teachings of the Upanishads, with Derek Thorne ...more details

What's On - Details


Post-Medieval Gold "Posy Ring"

An exciting new acquisition


​The Curator's Choice Cabinet

Outside the Exhibition Room (upstairs)

"Posy Ring" – Locally found post-Medieval gold rIng, 1550-1650


The museum is very excited to have recently acquired a locally-found posy ring.


A posy ring is a finger ring inscribed with a short message. It gets its name from “Poesy”, an old word for a verse of poetry or a motto.


This ring is inscribed “FERE + GOD + EVER”, where “FERE” is an old word for a marriage partner - a husband or wife. During the Middle Ages when religion was so much part of everyday life it was not unusual to combine religious, friendly or amorous words.


Medieval rings had the inscription on the outside, but later ones, like this post-Medieval example which dates from between 1550 and 1650, have the inscription on the inside.


Curator David Walker said “the craftsmanship of the goldsmith is amazing and the ring will make a wonderful addition to the museum’s displays.”

As I See It

An Art Exhibition by Brian Luker



02 March 2020 - 20 April 2020


Brian Luker learnt watercolour from the renowned ornithological painter R. B. Talbot-Kelly. Brian’s paintings of aeroplanes, often incidents in flying careers, are distributed around the world with the fellow pilots he gave them to, so the earliest picture here is of La Alhambra in Granada University. Career and family then produced a gap of 30 years.


After a first heart attack, Brian took up painting again as a successful therapy to regain concentration. His work has developed since then, with a more vivid palette and the enjoyment of the different tactility and process that oils provide in such contrast to watercolour. In both media he loves texture and the understanding of shape, shadows and reflection. His subjects vary widely from still life, figure, landscape (en plein air, when possible) to portrait works.


David Cuthbert and Robert Maxwell-Wood have been very influential in these developments, while his work is featured in Ros Cuthbert’s book Introduction to Painting Portraits. He has exhibited at RWS. Brian’s work is firmly in the realist tradition and reflects a clarity of view that goes, he hopes, with his view of the world. Heroes are Hockney and Freud (“rescuers of English painting”), but his favourite painting is the ‘Vista de Toledo’ by El Greco, a portrait of Brian’s best-loved city in Spain.



Lord Of The Dance

An Exhibition of Sculpture by Simon Latham



11 March 2020 - 17 April 2020


"Lord of the Dance" is the title of a sculpture Simon Latham made in 1990 when he was resident artist at Peterborough Cathedral. It is composed of three entwined, tubular elements, and creates a lively, cruciform figure.


The title is shared with Sydney Carter’s well-loved hymn and the Hindu god Shiva. The image can be seen as a reference to the crucified Christ (“He opened wide his arms for us on the cross”) and draws to mind the Brazen Serpent, made by Moses and raised on a staff as a symbol of healing to the Israelites in the wilderness, which Christ understood to prefigure his own crucifixion. It also invites comparison with the snake entwined staff of Asclepius, who of all the gods of the ancient world is nearest to the ideal of Christ: his walking stick and snake is now a universal symbol of the medical profession.


Last year, Simon decided to recreate the life-sized sculpture that once stood in Peterborough Cathedral, the other pieces were made between 1989 and 1992. He is delighted that these exhibits can be seen again together as a group. Some are carved from wood and others are made of plaster. Variations on the theme include a seated Christ in Majesty, often represented in cathedral carvings, and a reclining figure originally referring to St Paul at his conversion. Drawings, paintings and prints exploring the theme are exhibited with the sculptures alongside original photographs. It is imagery of hope, faith and sacrificial love,and he hopes you find it visually pleasing, still of interest and worth visiting.


The graphic work includes four charcoal drawings: one each of his first two woodcarvings, another showing three views of the small plaster torso figure, the last showing the reclining St Paul torso figure. There are three small black and white paintings exploring the confrontation of the two torso figures, and a colour poster of Sebastien Bourdon’s “Brazen Serpent” (1660) Prado Museum, Madrid. 


Simon Latham was born in 1964. He graduated from Oxford University as a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1987. Before coming to Peterborough Cathedral, he was Resident Artist at Plymouth College and Repton School. He became an Art Teacher in 1994 and has taught at schools in London and Dorset. In 2017, he retired from teaching and has been picking up the threads of past ideas and developing new ones.



"Music At The Museum" - March

A Lunchtime Concert


Saturday, 21 March 2020

12.30pm - 1.15pm

Join us for a lunchtime concert, followed by tea, coffee and cakes.



"Photographic Perspectives" by Joshua Harris

Somerset Wildlife Trust talk


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

7.30pm - 9.30pm


Join us for a talk organised by the Somerset Wildlife Trust entitled Photographic Perspectives”.


Join Joshua Harris as he talks about his experience photographing and filming wildlife.

Price: Members £3 / Non-members £3.50

For more information contact Jean Mantle at jaye.mantle@btinternet.com or by calling 01749 677600 


WNHAS Talk - "Alfred the Great and the Somerset connection"

Chris Eldridge



Friday, 03 April 2020





For more information on the society please click here

WNHAS members // FREE

Visitors // £2.00

"A Bishop's Wife" by Jane Hancock

Wells Civic Society


Wednesday, 08 April 2020



"A Bishop’s Wife" – a talk by Jane Hancock, organised by the Wells Civic Society.

Non-members are very welcome and are asked to make a £2 contribution.

For more information about Wells Civic Society, please visit their website:


Holiday Activities for Children

Traditional Crafts with a Modern Twist


Thursday, 16 April 2020

10.00am - 12.00pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm

You are welcome to join either or both sessions.

Join us for workshops and demonstrations of traditional crafts. Come and make things, wonderful or wacky, using wool, paper, raffia, and more...

Suggested ages: 6-12 years old.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wear old clothes!

Children // FREE

Adults // £3.00

An Art Exhibition

by the Wells Painting Group



21 April 2020 - 02 May 2020​                     

Last year the group celebrated fifty years since its foundation, and it is as busy as ever with more than 30 members. The exhibition will show work in a range of media and a variety of subjects and styles and paintings and cards will be for sale.


"Tawny Owls Coming to a Wood Near You" by Steven Powles

Somerset Wildlife Trust talk


Tuesday, 28 April 2020

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Join us for a talk organised by the Somerset Wildlife Trust entitled “Tawny Owls Coming to a Wood Near You”.

In this talk Steven Powles will describe the lives of these birds, much of it gleaned from a wild owl which he observed and photographed for over 15 years.

Price: Members £3 / Non-members £3.50

For more information contact Jean Mantle at jaye.mantle@btinternet.com or by calling 01749 677600 


Somerset and Bath Lunatic Asylum, 1848-1918

A Photographic Exhibition


02 May 2020 - 29 May 2020


The Somerset and Bath Lunatic Asylum, 1848-1918​

The story of the patients and staff told through photographs

This incredible portrait is of a patient at the Somerset and Bath Asylum, one of many hundreds in Mendip Hospital Trust collection.


The Friends of Mendip Hospital Cemetery and Wells and Mendip Museum are combining resources to stage a unique exhibition of the story of the patients and staff of the hospital through the legacy of the photographs of both patients and staff in the archives of both groups.


Alongside these amazing pictures will be medical histories of the patients, the history of the medicine and therapies used in the treatment of mental health at the time, the causes of admission, and artefacts from the hospital. Together this will give us a fascinating glimpse into the life of this huge and important institution, which was a large part of life and work in Wells for over 150 years.

To find out more about Mendip Hospital Cemetery please click here.


Advaita Vedanta - The Teachings of the Upanishads

Spiritual Teaching


Saturday, 16 May 2020

10.00am - 1.00pm

A morning exploring the inspiring and timeless spiritual knowledge of The Upanishads. For thousands of years these teachings have described the beautiful unity of the universe and our own true nature within it. This is Vedanta revealing pure answers to the biggest questions in life such as Who am I? Why am I here? What is this world and What is God?


Through discourse, guided meditation and a question and answer session these profound teachings will be brought to life by local Vedanta teacher Derek Thorne. Derek is an exceptional teacher fully grounded in this reality and able to communicate with clarity, simplicity and real meaning for all.

Refreshments are provided.

For further information please click here


£25 (£20 if paid in advance before 02 May 2020)

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