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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The Curator's Choice
A changing display which features items specially chosen by the curator.
It can be viewed on the mezzanine floor of the museum.
Replica Iron Age pots made for the Wells Pageant
The original display label for these pots records that ‘the ladies successfully imitated the ‘Early Iron Age’ cave people’s method of decorating their pottery’. Replica pots were used in the Iron Age episode of the Wells Pageant of 1923, based on artefacts excavated from Wookey Hole Cave by Herbert Balch, the pageant’s organiser. The ladies referred to were members of the pageant committee.
The centenary was marked earlier this year with an exhibition at the museum ‘The Wells Pageant of 1923: A Celebration of Community’, guest curated by Jordan Cole.
'The Band Plays On'
In the museum's Meeting Room
14 Oct 2023
20 Jan 2024
An exhibition celebrating the Wells City Band, including material from the museum collections, Wells City Archives and private collections.
Made possible thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the late Jean Imray.
Museum entry fees apply
Shades of Shipham
14 Nov 2023
25 Nov 2023
This group of professional artists have been exhibiting as ‘Shades of Shipham’, the Mendip village where they all live, for over eighteen years.
Anne Carpenter exhibits internationally specialising in fabric collage, which she describes as painting with fabric and drawing with scissors.
Lorna Brown is a renowned local sculptor currently focusing on animal forms.
Tina Dodd is known for her landscape drawings and monoprints of the Mendip Hills and trees.
Samantha Gilraine is a photographer who will be exhibiting fine art prints and Jean Edmonds will have paintings on show with a flora and fauna theme.
New this year is silver jewellery by Deborah Barrett.
In addition to the artwork there will be greetings cards and prints for sale.
There will be a chance to meet the artists as they will be taking it in turns to steward the exhibition and very much look forward to meeting you.
Free entry to exhibition
Art exhibition by Michael Brobson
29 Nov 2023
16 Dec 2023
Michael says – “Art is my passion, I love to draw and paint. I live in the city of Wells in Somerset, and much of my original art work is related to the City of Wells and the surrounding Somerset Levels but I also have a fondness for the sea, having sailed small boats so my artwork often features the sea.
I paint mostly in acrylic but also in other mediums. Unlike my other exhibitions in the Wells Museum’s superb gallery, this exhibition will be a picture stock that built up during the Covid restrictions.
If you are looking for a Christmas present for someone or if you have a wall space that you think will look better with a picture, this is a chance to buy an original piece of art work at a reasonable cost. I shall display my work unpriced and will accept any reasonable offer for any art piece that takes your fancy. I shall also have greeting cards for sale. These cards are all my own design and are not on sale in any shops. A chance to send a card that is a bit different”.
Free entry to exhibition only