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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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What's On
What's On - Summary
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14 May 2024

9:00 am

to

25 May 2024

3:00 pm

Draycott Art Club
Art Exhibition

4 Jun 2024

9:00 am

to

29 Jun 2024

3:00 pm

'Letters Hand Made'
The Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)

18 Jun 2024

6:30 pm

to

18 Jun 2024

8:00 pm

West Country myths & legends
A light hearted talk by Tony Painter for CPRE
Curator's Choice

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.

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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.

What's On - Detail
Draycott Art Club
Art Exhibition

14 May 2024

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25 May 2024

9:00 am
3:00 pm
Come and see the group’s exhibition and perhaps purchase some very affordable art made by experienced and not so experienced but very enthusiastic artists. You will find many different media used, from acrylic to watercolour and from pastel to charcoal. Some quite large work to smaller but well-crafted pieces, covering landscape, still life, life drawing and portraiture. 
Our stewards are more than happy to talk to you about the work and answer any questions that you may have. They could possibly even encourage you to join our club and use those skills that you might not have used since school days and forgotten that you even had. Framed and unframed work, plus cards and other art will be available for purchase. 

Free entry to exhibition

Come and see the group’s exhibition and perhaps purchase some very affordable art made by experienced and not so experienced but very enthusiastic artists. You will find many different media used, from acrylic to watercolour and from pastel to charcoal. Some quite large work to smaller but well-crafted pieces, covering landscape, still life, life drawing and portraiture.
Our stewards are more than happy to talk to you about the work and answer any questions that you may have. They could possibly even encourage you to join our club and use those skills that you might not have used since school days and forgotten that you even had. Framed and unframed work, plus cards and other art will be available for purchase.

Free entry to exhibition

'Letters Hand Made'
The Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society (CLAS)

4 Jun 2024

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29 Jun 2024

9:00 am
3:00 pm
Celebrating their 30th anniversary this is a travelling exhibition of new work by national and international lettering artists. The exhibition has come from London, and showcases the varied talents of contemporary calligraphers.
 
The title of the exhibition celebrates the tangible, the analogue and the tactile skills of using pens, inks, paints, brushes or other tools. Scientific studies have proved that the physical act of writing by hand results in a closer understanding and involvement with content.
 
This is no surprise to lettering artists, who take deep pleasure in creating something beautiful by hand from words, in varying degrees of precision or abstraction.
 
There will also be a catalogue of all images in the exhibition available to purchase, with postcards of selected images.

Free entry to exhibition only

Celebrating their 30th anniversary this is a travelling exhibition of new work by national and international lettering artists. The exhibition has come from London, and showcases the varied talents of contemporary calligraphers.

The title of the exhibition celebrates the tangible, the analogue and the tactile skills of using pens, inks, paints, brushes or other tools. Scientific studies have proved that the physical act of writing by hand results in a closer understanding and involvement with content.

This is no surprise to lettering artists, who take deep pleasure in creating something beautiful by hand from words, in varying degrees of precision or abstraction.

There will also be a catalogue of all images in the exhibition available to purchase, with postcards of selected images.

Free entry to exhibition only

West Country myths & legends
A light hearted talk by Tony Painter for CPRE

18 Jun 2024

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18 Jun 2024

6:30 pm
8:00 pm
Back by popular demand, after his enjoyable talk on placenames for CPRE in summer 2022, Tony Painter returns to Wells with a new theme – West Country Myths & Legends!
Dastardly squires and nutty nobles.
Did King Alfred really burn the cakes?
Who arranged for hot dinners to be placed in his mausoleum after his death in case he was reincarnated?
Who tried to prove the earth was flat?
What was the Somerset Tsunami and what supernatural events left footprints in the snow across several counties in 1855?

Tony Painter, former MoD map research officer and local historian explores these and other curious tales of the West Country unearthed while writing local histories for Alan Godfrey maps. Please join us for a relaxed and informative evening at Wells & Mendip Museum. Refreshments will be available, and we will have access to the beautiful walled garden at the museum so it should be a really pleasant evening.

Remember to bring some cash to buy refreshments and raffle tickets – and any contributions of raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated! All proceeds go to CPRE Somerset’s work for the Somerset countryside.All are welcome so please bring a friend. Admission is by donation – suggested donation is £7.00, discounted to £5.00 for CPRE members.

Book tickets on www.cpresomerset.org.uk or buy on the door

Back by popular demand, after his enjoyable talk on placenames for CPRE in summer 2022, Tony Painter returns to Wells with a new theme – West Country Myths & Legends!
Dastardly squires and nutty nobles.
Did King Alfred really burn the cakes?
Who arranged for hot dinners to be placed in his mausoleum after his death in case he was reincarnated?
Who tried to prove the earth was flat?
What was the Somerset Tsunami and what supernatural events left footprints in the snow across several counties in 1855?

Tony Painter, former MoD map research officer and local historian explores these and other curious tales of the West Country unearthed while writing local histories for Alan Godfrey maps. Please join us for a relaxed and informative evening at Wells & Mendip Museum. Refreshments will be available, and we will have access to the beautiful walled garden at the museum so it should be a really pleasant evening.

Remember to bring some cash to buy refreshments and raffle tickets – and any contributions of raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated! All proceeds go to CPRE Somerset’s work for the Somerset countryside.All are welcome so please bring a friend. Admission is by donation – suggested donation is £7.00, discounted to £5.00 for CPRE members.

Book tickets on www.cpresomerset.org.uk or buy on the door

Curator's Choice
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