Sensory Garden project: We need your help

We need your old blue & white china cups, plates, teapots and bowls for an exciting growing and planting project during Shrewsbury Food Festival in partnership with Lovelyland.

Lovelyland and Lindsey Kennedy will use your old crocks as part of a project to transform the courtyard outside stop. cafe at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery into a beautiful sensory garden.

Bring your unwanted china to our museum reception before Monday 11 June! Any donations for use in this project will be non-returnable.

An image of the blue and white china porcelain on display at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. This is part of one of the most important Caughley collections in the world.

Some of the Caughley collection on display

Shropshire Museums’ care for an internationally important collection of blue and white Caughley porcelain.

The Salopian China Manufactory was founded at Caughley, near Broseley in Shropshire by Thomas Turner around 1775. It was one of the most important factories of the late 18th century.

You can see a snapshot of this collection on display in our Shropshire Gallery.

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Sketchbook Sunday – First Sunday of the month

Throughout 2018, we are offering reduced entry of £2 on the first Sunday of the month, also know as Sketchbook Sunday and the first one takes place on 4 February.

But how do you get entry for £2?

It’s simple, on the first Sunday of the month, bring your sketchbook with you when you visit us and show it to reception in the VIC!

What is Sketchbook Sunday?

Sketchbook Sunday is part of a wider project in collaboration with Shropshire Libraries Service.

Sketchbooks and journals are usually private; a place to make mistakes, work out ideas. We are very grateful to those who have already agreed to share their work in this form, with the county.

Sketchbook Sunday datesIn image of the Sketchbook Sunday poster. If you go to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery with a sketchbook on the first Sunday of the month, you will get reduced entry at £2.

4 March
1 April
6 May
3 June
1 July
5 August
2 September
7 October
4 November
2 December

For more information about the wider project, click here.

Useful information

– Those who present a sketchbook at the museum front desk on the 1st Sunday on the month gain a reduced entry price. £2 for adult and seniors, (no reduction in child tickets)

– Anyone who wishes to add to the communal sketchbooks dotted around the galleries are very welcome to. There’ll be a few art materials provided. Creatives are very welcome to work into their own sketchbooks; being inspired by the building, collection and other visitors

– The Hashtag for the those who wish to share their work produced during Sketchbook Sundays is #ShrewsSketchBookSundays

– Occasionally they’ll be loose optional themes to work to, the themes will be advertised within the communal sketchbooks and/or social media, and also to the sketchbook library e mailing list subscribers.

An Evening on Rural Women presented by Pentabus Theatre Company 

Come and hear different perspectives exploring the role of women in rural communities, from Land Girls to the contemporary WI. Featuring a panel of feminists, journalists, experts and writers on Rural Women at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on 16 February, 7,30pm.

Chaired by local and national radio presenter Vicki Archer, the panel will discuss topics including the misconceptions around the roles that women have played in rural life and what it means to be rural women in the 21st century.An image of Vicki Archer in a radio studio smiling to the camera. She will be chairing An Evening with Rural Women at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 16 February 2018

Agnes Greatorex, The Women’s Land Army, 1919 famously said:“I think the First World War did change women. Because once we’d had a taste we wouldn’t go back to service, we were free.” 

The panel for the evening includes:

  • Joan Bomford –  Countryfile Farming Hero 2015 veteran farmer (Farming since the 1930s, still active at 85 on the farm, author of  Up With The Lark: My Life on the Land)
  • Kate Innes – Author and poet (trained in archaeology and museology, her books include ‘The Errant Hours’ set in Medieval Shropshire, and ‘Flocks of Words’ a collection of poetry about the rural mythic landscape)
  • Polly Gibb – Director of WiRE – Women in Rural Enterprise, awarded OBE for services to rural enterprise, and one HRH Prince Charles’ 10 Heroes of the Countryside
  • Sophie Motley – Pentabus Theatre Company’s Artistic Director (on behalf of playwright Matt Hartley, Here I Belong)
  • Celia Rawlings – Chairman of Shropshire Federation of Women’s Institutes
  • Amanda Jones – Founder of Shropshire Supports Refugees.

Each of the speakers will present for up to 10 minutes, followed by a group discussion and an opportunity for questions from the audience – we’d love to hear from as many of you as possible, including men!

The evening will also include Pentabus Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Sophie Motley discussing the inspiration behind Matt Hartley’s new play, Here I Belong which was commissioned by Pentabus Theatre Company and shall be re-touring nationally during Spring 2018 due to high demand.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7 concessions and can be purchased by following this link.

Music for Dogs at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is delighted to be hosting two performances of the acclaimed play, Music for Dogs in January 2018.

‘A funny and moving account of how one woman accidentally makes a fortune’

Music for Dogs is a black comedy written by award-winning Irish poet and playwright Paula Meehan and performed by Irish actress Carol Caffrey and is set during Ireland’s Celtic Tiger years.

The action takes place on Dublin’s Burrow Beach as a woman, Jane MacDonald, records a message for her estranged brother and sister. Janey’s story describes the very funny – if somewhat dubious – means by which she came to make the fortune she is leaving to her siblings. Though the context of Janey’s personal tragedy is a dark one, her essential humanity and joy in life are very much to the fore.

The performances will be on:

Friday 12 January 2018 @ 1.10pm – 1.50pm
Saturday 13 January 2018 @ 1.10pm – 1.50pm

Tickets cost just £5 and can be purchased from Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre or by calling 01743 258888.An image of a dog wearing biker gear riding a motorbike carrying a retro music player with a yellow sky in the background as the sun sets over a silhouetted city.

What have others said about ‘Music for Dogs’?

“Music for Dogs is absolutely riveting… The script is so poetic… Carol Caffrey is brilliant…  It’s the best kind of play… great writing and wonderful performing.”  BBC Radio Scotland

“Music for Dogs – a moving and powerful piece of theatre” – Irish Post

“Music for Dogs is a great, well-written piece… with a revealing poetic narrative. At times very funny at others sad, I had tears in my eyes… Carol Caffrey is a consummate actor. I highly recommend it.” Wendy Thomson, Female Arts

For more information about Music for Dogs, click here.

See What’s On at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in 2018!

An evening on Rural Women

Pentabus Theatre Company is delighted to be hosting An Evening on Rural Women chaired by local and national presenter and writer, Vicki Archer.

An image of Vicki Archer in a radio studio smiling to the camera. She will be chairing An Evening with Rural Women at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 16 February 2018

Vicki Archer will be chairing the evening

The event will be held at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 16 February 2018 from 7.30pm.

The evening will explore the role of women in rural communities, from Land Girls to the contemporary WI and features a panel of feminists, journalists, experts and writers.

Attendees will also be able to discuss the inspiration behind, Here I Belong, which due to demand will be re-touring nationally this spring 2018.

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £7 concessions and can be purchased by following this link.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery presents a poetry reading by Jo Bell

Join Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and fellow enthusiasts for an intriguing evening of poetry with the highly rated poet, Jo Bell on the Friday 24 November 2017.An image of Jo Bell leaning against a brick wall. Jo Bell will be at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery for a poetry reading on Friday 24 November 2017.

Jo Bell has won prestigious awards for her work including the Charles Causley Poetry Competition and the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Prize.

Jo’s work has brought in widespread acclaim from some of the biggest names in poetry today, including Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy:

“Jo Bell is one of the most exciting poets now writing and no time is wasted in the company of her work.”

The evening will also feature a reading by local author of ‘The Errant Hours’ and poet Kate Innes.

Doors open at 6pm with the poetry reading beginning at 7.30pm.

Refreshments will be available from 6pm and you will also have the chance to look around four of the amazing museum galleries prior to the poetry reading.

Following the reading there will be an opportunity to purchase Jo Bell’s work and have your copy signed.

Tickets for this event cost £7.50

If you are a season ticket holder at the Museum, a Friend of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or an Art Fund Member, you can purchase a ticket at the reduced rate of £4.50.

Although tickets can be purchased on arrival, spaces are limited so it is recommended that you book your place in advance to avoid possible disappointment.

This reading is part of series that will take place on the last Friday of each month at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery with a range of exciting local and national talents already lined up.

For more information about this reading or to book, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or call 01743 258885.

 

Haunted Shrewsbury: Ghost tours of medieval town set to return

Ghost tours of Shrewsbury are set to return from Thursday 12 October 2017, giving you the chance to come face-to-face with the towns’ spooky history.

Starting on 12 October, these tours will run every Thursday until 30 November and will begin at 7pm at the Visitor Information Centre and last approximately 90 minutes.

Shrewsbury is one of the most haunted towns in England, and a guided ghost walk is the ideal way to learn more about them.

Places visited on these spooky tours include Fish Street, Butcher Row, Wyle Cop, Barracks Passage, Shrewsbury Castle, Milk Street plus many more.

Did you know about the ghosts of several of Henry Tudor’s soldiers who were killed at the battle of Bosworth, that have been seen at Barrack Passage?

Learn about the matron and the nurse in the Parade shopping centre, and hear about the resident ghosts who are regularly seen in Prince Rupert hotel.  Although our guides cannot guarantee any sightings, you will be intrigued by these stories and many more.

“We had a wonderful evening with Martin telling us about the Ghosts in Shrewsbury” – Previous tour goer

“We really enjoyed it and Anthony was great and really informative. It really made our trip to Shrewsbury enjoyable” Previous tour goer

Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.

These tours are always very popular, so to avoid disappointment pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited for each tour.

To book tickets, you can visit the Visitor Information Centre in person at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, call 01743 258888 or email guided.tours@shropshire.gov.uk.

The Visitor Information Centre is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 11am – 3pm. From 1 November, the Visitor Information Centre will be closed on Mondays.

For more details about exhibitions and events at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, click here.

Museums are Magic!

Shrewsbury’s Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting a Halloween weekend of mystery and magic on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October.An image of the Museums are Magic poster. It includes an owl, parchment and the starry sky. The event runs on 28 and 29 October 2017 at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Visitors to the historic town centre venue will have the chance to have their very own personalised spell written for them, make a magic wand using simple woodworking tools and create their very own magic potion. The first fantastic adventure in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (PG) will be shown on both evenings in the magical setting of the museum balcony.

In addition to the wealth of hands-on activities available, on Saturday 28 October bestselling author and illustrator Matt Sewell will be showing visitors how to create their own beautiful bird book in his Spot and Jot Owl’s Workshop.

Visitors will also be treated to a chance to see some live Owl’s courtesy of Battlefield Falconry Centre!

On Sunday 29 October magician Rob Chapman will mystify and delight with his super magic show suitable for all ages.

stop. café will be putting on a special spooky menu for children and Hot chocolate and Halloween themed treats will be available to buy throughout the film screenings.

Visitors are invited to come along in fancy dress.

For further details and to book your tickets, go to:

https://friendsofsmag.wordpress.com/museums-are-magic/

The weekend of activities is part of the national ‘Museums at Night’ programme.

Programme

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October

11- 4  The Spellwright – Our resident spell scribe will craft a personalised spell on a scroll for you to take away.

11-4 The Wand Whittler – Use simple tools to create and decorate your own magic wand with the ‘Wand Whittler’

11-4 Potion’s Class – Create your very own magic potion to take away

11 – 11.30 Spooky story time – a selection of toe-tingling stories (ages 3 – 10)

4pm – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (PG), Warner Bros Films, 2hrs 39m. Snuggle up with a STOP Café hot-chocolate and watch the first film in the Harry Potter series in the magical setting of the museum balcony. Parental guidance recommended, places limited, book in advance, £1 per person.

PLUS

Saturday 28th only

1-2 Care of Magical Creatures – A chance to meet a selection of Battlefield Falconry Centre’s beautiful Owls

2-3 Spot & Jot Owls workshopMatt Sewell. Best-selling author and artist Matt will show you how to create and draw your own beautiful bird book. Open to all ages, all children must be accompanied, no artistic skills required, everybody must draw! – booking essential, suitable for ages 6+, workshop £8 per person includes museum admission.

Sunday 29th only

1.30 – 2.30 Magic Show – magician Rob Chapman mystifies and delights with his super magic show suitable for all ages.

T: 01743 258881/258888

E:  shrewsburymusuem@shropshire.gov.uk

Or you can drop in to the Museum Visitor Information Centre.

Poetry Reading by Helen Mort at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery are delighted to invite you to join them on Friday 27 October 2017 for a unique poetry reading by the amazing Helen Mort.

An image of poet, Helen Mort. She is a lady with short red hair and is wearing red lipstick and a blue and white striped top. She is leaning against a brick wall. Helen is doing a poetry reading at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 27 October 2017.

Helen Mort

The recent winner of the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Prize 2017 for her poem ‘Vanishing Point’, Helen has received rave reviews of her work from her peers, including current Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

“Helen Mort is among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets” – Carol Ann Duffy

“Helen Mort’s ‘Vanishing Point’ was an immediate definite for me. As soon as I read it, I knew I’d found a winning poem; subsequent re-readings confirmed it quite quickly as the best in the competition. Something truly magical happens in this poem: there’s a vortex in the middle of it that works like a spell” – Sinead Morrissey, Mslexia Women’s Poetry Prize Judge, 2017

Doors open at 6pm the reading will begin at 7.30pm. Early arrival will give you the chance to explore the amazing museum galleries, experience Samurai: Warriors of Japan and have a drink and relax prior to the performance.

Following the performance there will also be an opportunity to purchase a copy of Helen Mort’s newest publication … and have your copy signed!

In 2013, Helen Mort was shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize which is awarded to the best new verse published in the UK and Ireland.

Tickets for the event cost £7.50

If you are a season ticket holder at the Museum, a Friend of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or an Art Fund Member, you can purchase a ticket at the reduced rate of £4.50.

Although tickets can be purchased on arrival, spaces are limited so it is recommended that you book your place in advance to avoid possible disappointment. To book your ticket, please visit us at the Visitor Information Centre at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery or call 01743 258885.

The reading by Helen Mort is the second in a series of poetry readings at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, held on the last Friday of each month. The first of which heard readings from Gillian Clarke and Liz Lefroy, which was brilliantly received.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery are also delighted to announce that Jo Bell will be joining them on 24 November 2017.

If you would like more information about this event, please call 01743 28885 or pop into the Visitor Information Centre.

Depressed Cake Shop Pops Up in Shrewsbury

Local cafes and bakers have been challenged to create delicious grey cakes for an upcoming event, a Depressed Cake Shop, aiming to get people talking about mental health.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with Shropshire Mind, will be hosting a Depressed Cake Shop on Tuesday 10 October from 11am-2pm at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LH.An image of a grey cake with a multi-coloured inside with a banner at the top advertising the depress cake shop at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on Tuesday 10 October from 11am until 2pm.

The pop-up will take place on World Mental Health Day and will be raising funds for Shropshire Mind (Reg. Charity No. 1003117)

Many of Shrewsbury’s cafes and bakeries have volunteered to bake for the event – with one proviso – all of the baked goods on sale will have an element of grey to signify the grey cloud that can descend over someone who is struggling with mental health issues.

Stop. Coffee Shop, Ginger & Co and O’Joy are among the many bakers whose delicious and poignant treats will be on sale.

Everyone is welcome at the event.

Fay Bailey of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, said:

“Shrewsbury has a wealth of baking talent and we are very excited to see how that creativity will be put to use to make ‘depressed’ yet delicious grey cakes, while at the same time raising funds for Shropshire Mind and raising awareness of an increasingly important issue.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure, said:

“Museums are diverse places so it’s great that Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are working with local charities such as Shropshire Mind and local businesses to become even more inclusive to all, while at the same time raising awareness of an important and relevant subject through the Depressed Cake Shop.”

Heather Ireland, Manager at Shropshire Mind said:

“Approximately one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year.

That is why we want to use World Mental Health Day to raise awareness of these issues here on our doorstep in Shropshire.”

The Depressed Cake Shop movement was started in London in 2013 as a unique way to raise awareness of mental health issues as well as raise money for mental health charities.

It has become an international phenomenon, with Depressed Cake Shops popping up across the world in the UK, USA, Malaysia, Australia, India – and now Shrewsbury.

The movement has raised more than £78,000 for mental health charities around the world.

The pop-up is part of a series of events aimed at welcoming new visitors to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.