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.

The museum publishes a free newsletter every two months with information on events and developments in the museum. Please visit Our Newsletter page to subscribe or download copies.

 
Unfortunately, many exhibitors had to cancel due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Instead, their work is on display in our virtual exhibition rooms, available to view here.
What's On - Summary
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22 Jun 2022

9:00 am

to

2 Jul 2022

3:00 pm

The Old Bakery Artists
An Exhibition

5 Jul 2022

9:00 am

to

16 Jul 2022

3:00 pm

Shades of Shipham
Mixed Media Exhibition

9 Jul 2022

10:00 am

to

9 Jul 2022

2:00 pm

Summer Craft Market
POSTPONED

19 Jul 2022

9:00 am

to

29 Jul 2022

3:00 pm

Mendip Calligraphy Group
An Exhibition
Roman lead ingot from Westbury-sub-Mendip

On Display Now

The museum is excited to exhibit a Roman lead ingot or ‘pig’ that was found at Westbury-sub-Mendip in 2016.

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This ingot is special for several reasons. It is precisely datable, it is further evidence of Roman lead mining at Charterhouse-on-Mendip, and it indicates previously unrecognised significant Roman activity at Westbury.
 

It carries the inscription ‘IMP DVOR AVG ANTONINI ET VERI ARMENIACORVM’ which translates as the ‘property of the two August Emperors Antoninus and Verus, conquerors of Armenia’. We know that the Roman emperors Marcus Aurelius (Antoninus) and Lucius Verus ruled jointly between 164 and 169 AD.

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The ‘pig’ is made from lead mined at Charterhouse. As well as the mines there was a Roman town here, which included a small amphitheatre. The mines supplied lead and silver that was exported from Mendip to other parts of the empire. The lead was used to make water pipes and coffins, and as a component of pewter.


Also found nearby was a hoard of 89 Roman Radiate coins, some of which are also on display. The ingot and the coins point to a significant Roman presence in the area and work continues by the Westbury Society Archaeology Group to understand this better.

 

The ingot is on loan from the South West Heritage Trust. Its acquisition is dedicated to the memory of Barry Lane (1944-2017), former Curator of the museum who was passionate about uncovering the rich history of his home village, Westbury.

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The Curator's Choice

The Curator's Choice is 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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Local Bank Notes

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries privately owned banks were free to

issue their own bank notes as long as they held equivalent reserves, usually in gold.

 

In those days a bank cashier had to personally make a note payable to someone,

and sign it on behalf of the bank.

Gold shortages could limit the issuing of notes. To overcome this the Bank Charter

Act of 1844 gave the Bank of England exclusive right to issue notes in England and

Wales.

 

Image: B&W and WB bank notes

 

The Bath & Wells Bank was a provincial bank that operated between 1776 and 1793

and closed due to bankruptcy. A guinea was one pound one shilling in old money, or

£1.05p in new. 

 

The Wells Bank was a partnership between the bankers Jones, Loyd & Co. of London, and the local Payne, Hope & Co. It operated between 1809 and 1831.

 
The Old Bakery Artists
An Exhibition

22 Jun 2022

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2 Jul 2022

The OBA was formed by a group of local artists  from the Radstock area in around 2000. They meet every month in The Fromeway Inn, Radstock where they coordinate regular exhibitions across the area. 

In 2019 they were the first group in the world to open a gallery within a supermarket and took up residence in the RADCO shop, Radstock from November 2019 until March 2020 when the gallery had to close due to the pandemic. It was a very successful, groundbreaking initiative and very much enjoyed by those who visited, introducing many people to the idea of owning original, local art, some for the first time.

The OBA maintain a regular calendar of events with exhibitions in Wells & Mendip Museum; Wells Cathedral; Black Swan Arts, Frome; The Tithe Barn, Bradford on Avon; The Cellars, Paulton; a biannual art trail and much more…

For exhibition news and details about the artists involved please go to their website, or follow them on Instagram & Facebook.

@oldbakeryartists 
www.oldbakeryartists.co.uk

Free entry to exhibition only

The OBA was formed by a group of local artists from the Radstock area in around 2000. They meet every month in The Fromeway Inn, Radstock where they coordinate regular exhibitions across the area.

In 2019 they were the first group in the world to open a gallery within a supermarket and took up residence in the RADCO shop, Radstock from November 2019 until March 2020 when the gallery had to close due to the pandemic. It was a very successful, groundbreaking initiative and very much enjoyed by those who visited, introducing many people to the idea of owning original, local art, some for the first time.

The OBA maintain a regular calendar of events with exhibitions in Wells & Mendip Museum; Wells Cathedral; Black Swan Arts, Frome; The Tithe Barn, Bradford on Avon; The Cellars, Paulton; a biannual art trail and much more…

For exhibition news and details about the artists involved please go to their website, or follow them on Instagram & Facebook.

@oldbakeryartists
www.oldbakeryartists.co.uk

Free entry to exhibition only

Shades of Shipham
Mixed Media Exhibition

5 Jul 2022

-

16 Jul 2022

This group of professional artists have been exhibiting as ‘Shades of Shipham’, named after the Mendip village where they all live, for over seventeen years. 

Anne Carpenter exhibits internationally specialising in fabric collage, which she describes as painting with fabric and drawing with focusing on animal forms and 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.
 
In addition to the artwork there will be greetings cards and prints for sale and entry is free. 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 only

This group of professional artists have been exhibiting as ‘Shades of Shipham’, named after the Mendip village where they all live, for over seventeen years.

Anne Carpenter exhibits internationally specialising in fabric collage, which she describes as painting with fabric and drawing with focusing on animal forms and 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.

In addition to the artwork there will be greetings cards and prints for sale and entry is free. 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 only

Summer Craft Market
POSTPONED

9 Jul 2022

-

9 Jul 2022

*POSTPONED*

Unfortunately the Summer Craft Market has been postponed. The market will be re-scheduled for a future date. Please check back here and on social media for details.

*POSTPONED*

Unfortunately the Summer Craft Market has been postponed. The market will be re-scheduled for a future date. Please check back here and on social media for details.

Mendip Calligraphy Group
An Exhibition

19 Jul 2022

-

29 Jul 2022

Everyone is welcome to the Mendip Calligraphy Group exhibition which is usually held every other year at the museum – it’s been some time since their last one so we are looking forward to sharing their group ‘lockdown’ projects and individual artworks and handmade books.  

They are on Facebook (search for Mendip Calligraphy Group) and on Instagram, and you’ll see examples of the practice pieces which will now be on show as finished work in the exhibition.  

The group meets every month for a workshop day at Shipham Village Hall. 

Please email them if you are interested in joining the group and exploring the world of lettering art: 

mendip.calligraphy@blagdon.org   

Free entry to exhibition only

Everyone is welcome to the Mendip Calligraphy Group exhibition which is usually held every other year at the museum – it’s been some time since their last one so we are looking forward to sharing their group ‘lockdown’ projects and individual artworks and handmade books.

They are on Facebook (search for Mendip Calligraphy Group) and on Instagram, and you’ll see examples of the practice pieces which will now be on show as finished work in the exhibition.

The group meets every month for a workshop day at Shipham Village Hall.

Please email them if you are interested in joining the group and exploring the world of lettering art:

mendip.calligraphy@blagdon.org

Free entry to exhibition only