WHAT'S ON

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

-- Please scroll down or click here for the detailed listing --

Curator's Choice - Late-19th Century Model Locomotive ...more details

Ongoing display

Art of Eloquence - A photographic exhibition by Debbie Richards ...more details

04 Nov 2019 - 20 Jan 2020

"Rivers" by Chaz Powell - A Royal Geographical Society talk ...more details

20 Nov 2019 // 7pm

Christmas Craft Market - a festive craft fair in the museum's lecture hall and walled garden ...more details

23 Nov 2019 // 10am - 4pm

"Common Ground" - an art exhibition by Robin Gray and Ceris Jones ...more details

23 Nov 2019 - 14 Dec 2019

"Coastal Plants of Somerset" by Helena Crouch - A Somerset Wildlife Trust talk ...more details

26 Nov 2019 // 7.30pm

WNHAS Talk - "'Noble instrument' or 'cuckoo pipes'? The church organ and church music in early modern Somerset, 1500-1800" by Dominic Gwynn ...more details

06 Dec 2019 // 7.30pm

Wells Civic Society - "A Seasonal Celebration" with the presentation of the BA5 awards for contribution to the community of Wells ...more details

11 Dec 2019 // 7.30pm

Finds Identification Day - a free drop-in session with Laura Burnett (Finds Liaison Officer for Somerset County Council) ...more details

12 Dec 2019 // 11am - 3pm

Pop-Up Art Fair by the Old Bakery Artists - in the museum garden ...more details

14 Dec 2019 // 11am - 4pm

"And Then There Were Three" - a one-hour concert featuring exciting and evocative music from around the world ...more details

15 Dec 2019 // 5pm - 6pm

WNHAS Talk - "Why birdwatching in Somerset?" by Brian Roberts-Wray ...more details

01 Feb 2019 // 2.30pm

WNHAS Talk - The WNHAS AGM followed by a talk: "The mills of Wells" by Sarah Villiers ...more details

06 Mar 2019 // 7.30pm

WNHAS Talk - "Alfred the Great and the Somerset connection" by Chris Eldridge ...more details

03 Apr 2019 // 7.30pm

What's On - Details

 
 

Curator's Choice

Model Locomotive - Late 19th Century

The Curator's Choice Cabinet

Outside the Exhibition Room (upstairs)

Model Locomotive – Late 19th century child’s toy with inscription “1887”

Accession Number 1077

 

This model is made from wood and cane, materials more often associated with furniture making and upholstery. Leather straps are tacked down with brass plated studs, and the wheels are cut from zinc sheet. After the initial surprise one realises that this is fine; the materials are light, durable and strong, which makes the toy hard-wearing and fun to play with. 

 

The rest is conjecture, as we do not know any more about it. Is it a one-off, or a product of a craft industry? 1887 may have been the year it was made. The two figures look vaguely like American railroad engineers. Was it made in America?

The toy has been well used, and one imagines that as the owner grew older, it was not thrown out, but consigned to an attic. We all had toys that we loved and outgrew.

For a limited time, this artefact may be seen in the “Curator’s Choice” display cabinet outside the Exhibition Room. 

Art of Eloquence

A Photographic Exhibition by Debbie Richards

04 November 2019 - 20 January 2020

VENUE: THE MEETING ROOM

(DOWNSTAIRS)

An eclectic exhibition of fine art framed and canvas prints all available to purchase. 

 

Deborah Richards is a photographer that specialises in capturing thought provoking images and limited edition works, covering a range of subjects that are ‘life’. From landscapes and vintage subjects to abstracts, these are framed prints that will enhance your walls and inspire for many years to come.

 

Using new and vintage frames as well as contemporary canvases the exhibition will offer a variety of options to suit all.

NORMAL MUSEUM ENTRY PRICE APPLIES

"Rivers" by Chaz Powell

The Royal Geographical Society

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

7pm

VENUE: THE LECTURE HALL

(DOWNSTAIRS)

 

Chaz discusses the beginning of his wildest journey and the mission to walk Africa's rivers in the battle against wildlife crime.

 

£4.00 per person 

RGS-IBG members free

PLEASE BOOK VIA EVENTBRITE

 

Contact Jacki Hill-Murphy with enquiries at: wesw@rgs.org

Christmas Craft Market

by Wells & Mendip Museum

Saturday, 23 November 2019

10am - 4pm

Venue: The Lecture Hall and Walled Garden

 

Blacksmith with a mobile forge // Handmade Christmas decorations // Babies’ knitted shoes & sweets // Terrariums // Macrame plant hangers // Sweets, cakes & biscuits // Paintings, cards & bags // Pebble craft & wire work // Woodturning // Artwork, pictures & cards // Novelty earrings // Raffle & refreshments // And much more...

Our Christmas craft market is full of festive charm. Get ahead with your Christmas shopping and browse handmade gifts, crafts and unique stocking fillers.

 

All stallholders are local artisans, and there will be refreshments and a Christmas raffle.

Volunteers will be on hand if you wish to discover more about Wells & Mendip Museum and the work we do.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CRAFT MARKET POSTER

FREE ENTRY TO THE MARKET

Pitch fee for sellers // £10

(this includes one trestle table, which is provided)

Common Ground

Robin Gray and Ceris Jones

An Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings and Prints

 

23 November 2019 - 14 December 2019

Venue: The Exhibition 

 

The Somerset artist, Robin Gray, met Preston artist Ceris Jones at the annual cavers conference, Hidden Earth, over twenty years ago. The two artists were both showing drawings and paintings of caves, cavers and cave exploration. Discovering that there were others interested in this unusual subject they became founder-members of ISSA, the International Society for Spelaeological Art.

 

Since then their reputations for work relating to caves and caving has spread to most parts of the world where cave exploration is carried out and they have become highly collected by cave enthusiasts.

 

It is exciting that this joint exhibition is to be held in the Wells & Mendip Museum, a museum set up by Herbert Balch, a pioneer British cave explorer. In addition to work relating to caving the two artists found that they both worked on subjects relating to mountains, diving, and their own local landscapes and both taught life drawing, so because of this shared common ground, their exhibition is titled Common Ground.

 

Here you will find new works relating to all their interests, in the form of drawings in graphite, ink and mixed media, paintings, artist’s prints and of course life drawings. A genuine feast for every eye!

FREE ENTRY TO EXHIBITION ONLY

"Coastal Plants of Somerset" by Helena Crouch

Somerset Wildlife Trust talk

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Join us for a talk organised by the Somerset Wildlife Trust entitled “Coastal Plants of Somerset”.

Helena Crouch is plant recorder for the north part of Somerset on behalf of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and will be taking us on a virtual walk around Brean Down to see what specimens can be found there.

Price: Members £3 / Non-members £3.50

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

BOOKING NOT REQUIRED

WNHAS Talk - "'Noble instrument' or 'cuckoo pipes'? The church organ and church music in early modern Somerset, 1500-1800"

Dominic Gwynn

Friday, 06 December 2019

7.30pm

VENUE: THE LECTURE HALL

(DOWNSTAIRS)


Please join us at the meeting for a glass of mulled wine and mince pies.

 

For more information on the society please click here

WNHAS members // FREE

Visitors // £2.00

A Seasonal Celebration with the BA5 Awards

Wells Civic Society

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

7.30pm

Wells Civic Society's Seasonal Celebration with the presentation of the BA5 Awards for contribution to the community of Wells, plus the further exploits of Gert and Daisy (and little Betsy).

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

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

www.wellscivicsociety.org.uk

Finds Identification Day

Drop-in session

Thursday, 12 December 2019

11am - 3pm

Laura Burnett, the Finds Liaison Officer for Somerset County Council, will be available to identify your finds - from digging in the garden or walking the dog. 

FREE

NO BOOKING NECESSARY

Pop-up Art Fair

Old Bakery Artists

Saturday, 14 December 2019

11am - 4pm

Please note - This is the event that was previously scheduled for Saturday 12 October. 

Come and have a wander around the museum’s beautiful walled garden, which will be hosting a “Pop-up Art Fair” by the Old Bakery Artists.

FREE ENTRY TO EVENT ONLY

 

(NORMAL ENTRY APPLIES FOR THE REST OF THE MUSEUM)

"And Then There Were Three"

A Sunday Concert

Sunday, 15 December 2019

5.00pm

 

Join us for this free concert followed by coffee and cakes.

 

And Then There Were Three is a one-hour concert featuring exciting and evocative music from around the world.

David Heyes (double bass), Sarah Poole (soprano) and Alexander Heather (double bass)

An inspiring programme of solos, duos and trios will include works by Simón García (Spain), Tony Osborne (UK), Bernard Salles (France), David Heyes (UK), Frank Proto (USA), Teppo Hauta-aho (Finland), Gene Pritsker (USA), Giorgi Makhoshvili (Georgia) & Rodrigo Mata (Mexico). 

Sponsored by Recital Music: www.recitalmusic.net

ADMISSION IS FREE, WITH A RETIRING COLLECTION

WNHAS Talk - "Why birdwatching in Somerset?"

Brian Roberts-Wray

Saturday, 01 February 2020

2.30pm

VENUE: THE LECTURE HALL

(DOWNSTAIRS)

Please note - this is the cancelled talk that was originally scheduled for 02 February 2019.

For more information on the society please click here

WNHAS members // FREE

Visitors // £2.00

WNHAS Talk - AGM and Talk: "The mills of Wells"

Sarah Villiers

Friday, 06 March 2020

7.30pm

VENUE: THE LECTURE HALL

(DOWNSTAIRS)

The Wells Natural History and Archaeological Society's AGM will be followed by Sarah Villiers' talk on the mills of Wells.

 

For more information on the society please click here

WNHAS members // FREE

Visitors // £2.00

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

Chris Eldridge

Friday, 03 April 2020

7.30pm

VENUE: THE LECTURE HALL

(DOWNSTAIRS)

 

For more information on the society please click here

WNHAS members // FREE

Visitors // £2.00

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