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

Wells Civic Society talk - "Building a Cathedral" by Jerry Sampson ...more details

08 Jan 2020 // 7.30pm

Music At The Museum - A lunchtime concert ...more details

25 Jan 2020 // 12.30pm

"Remembering - Exploring The Kindertransport 80 Years On" - An Exhibition by Simon Schachter ...more details

25 Jan 2020 - 08 Feb 2020

Somerset Wildlife Trust talk - "Crete - Its Flowers and Wildlife" by Les Cloutman ...more details

28 Jan 2020 // 7.30pm

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

01 Feb 2020 // 2.30pm

Music At The Museum - A lunchtime concert ...more details

08 Feb 2020 // 12.30pm

Wells Civic Society talk - "A Year In The Life" by Alastair Tighe (Headmaster, Wells Cathedral School) ...more details

12 Feb 2020 // 7.30pm

Somerset Wildlife Trust talk - "The Swift - A Life On The Wing" by Peter Bright ...more details

25 Feb 2020 // 7.30pm

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

06 Mar 2020 // 7.30pm

Music At The Museum - A lunchtime concert ...more details

21 Mar 2020 // 12.30pm

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

03 Apr 2020 // 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

"Building a Cathedral" by Jerry Sampson

Wells Civic Society

Wednesday, 08 January 2020

7.30pm

 

Building a Cathedral” – a talk by Jerry Sampson, 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:

www.wellscivicsociety.org.uk

"Music At The Museum" - January

A Lunchtime Concert

Saturday, 25 January 2020

12.30pm - 1.15pm

 

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

 

ENTRY TO CONCERT BY DONATION

"Remembering - Exploring The Kindertransport 80 Years On"

An Exhibition by Simon Schachter

25 January 2020 - 08 February 2020

 

Venue: The Exhibition Room

Holocaust Memorial Day

The 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day, the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust and marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

 

HMD 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. This is a significant milestone and is made particularly poignant by dwindling numbers of survivors who are able to share their testimony.

 

Kindertransport

The Kindertransport was a unique humanitarian programme, which ran between November 1938 and September 1939. Approximately 10,000 children, the majority of whom were Jewish, were sent from their homes and families in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to Great Britain.

 

Simon Schachter’s father, Otto, was one of those 10,000 children, and Simon’s artwork explores the places, people and time. His work began as a response to the handful of surviving photos of his Jewish paternal ancestors and previously withheld wartime documentation of their Viennese existence.

 

He uses photographs as a starting point, although materials often inspire the ideas and determine the final works. They combine images from the time just prior to the start of WW11 and contemporary photography. Many works contain architectural imagery, which explores the addresses of family relatives. The work merges the time of Otto’s childhood with the present day.

 

“In some sense the works are a personal exploration of a place in which I was not born, did not grow up in, speak the language of or even have good sentiments about due to the ill treatment of family members. There is still an inexplicable attraction to Vienna which may be due to a genealogical  connection.

 

The Holocaust Memorial Day theme “Stand Together” is eternally relevant to the work. If everyone had stood by, Otto would not have made the journey on the Kindertransport – in fact the Kindertransport would not have existed without those who did not “stand by” whilst persecution took place. Some were bravely acting as resisters and rescuers of individuals, and others were taking action against prevailing views and beliefs that saw some people’s lives as worth less than others.” Simon Schachter

 

“Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do something good” - Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe.

FREE ENTRY TO EXHIBITION ONLY

"Crete - Its Flowers & Wildlife" by Les Cloutman

Somerset Wildlife Trust talk

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Escape the cold and explore the flowers and wildlife of Crete with Les Cloutman.

Join us for a talk organised by the Somerset Wildlife Trust entitled “Crete - Its Flowers & Wildlife”.
 

Local treasure Les Cloutman has for many years conducted walking, archaeology and wildlife tours to Crete – Megalo Nisi - The Big Island to the Greeks! This presentation is an update of 30 years of Les’ experiences exploring the flora and fauna of this truly amazing island. A taste of the Mediterranean in the middle of winter.

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 - "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

"Music At The Museum" - February

A Lunchtime Concert

Saturday, 08 February 2020

12.30pm - 1.15pm

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

 

ENTRY TO CONCERT BY DONATION

"A Year In The Life" by Alastair Tighe

Wells Civic Society

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

7.30pm

 

“A Year in the Life” – a talk with Alastair Tighe (Headmaster, Wells Cathedral School), 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:

www.wellscivicsociety.org.uk

“The Swift - A Life On The Wing” by Peter Bright

Somerset Wildlife Trust talk

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

7.30pm - 9.30pm

 

Join us for a talk organised by the Somerset Wildlife Trust entitled “The Swift - A Life On The Wing”.

 

Peter Bright has been watching Swifts nest in his Mendip house since 2006. He will be sharing his experience and passing on what he has learned.

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 - 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

"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.

 

ENTRY TO CONCERT BY DONATION

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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