Drawn of the Dead coming to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Join us as we prepare to open a new exhibition ‘Drawn of the Dead’ celebrating the work of internationally famous comic artist and Comics Laureate Charlie Adlard.

An image of the artwork to promote the new exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Drawn of the Dead. Original work by Charlie Adlard will feature in Drawn of the Dead.

Drawn of the Dead will open on Saturday 1 June 2019 in partnership with the Comics Salopia festival which brings a stunning selection of comic artists to the county as well as celebrating the county’s home-grown talent.

In this exciting new exhibition you will find a stunning selection of Charlie’s original works from the Walking Dead comic series displayed alongside immersive, set piece installations created by sculptor Andrew Bryden.

AMC’s blockbusting television show, The Walking Dead, now in its 9th season is a spin off from the revered comic book series created by Robert Kirkman and Shropshire’s own Charlie Adlard.

This unique exhibition extends to the museum balcony where you will see the breadth of Charlie’s work beyond The Walking Dead. Images from cult French comic Vampire State Building are displayed alongside Charlie’s life drawing and original books Code Flesh and White Death.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“Shrewsbury and Shropshire has a huge amount of creative talent and I’m thrilled that Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, having partnered with the new Comic Festival, are able to display some of this work.

“Charlie Adlard’s work is internationally famous so it’s fantastic that we are able to display some of his original artwork in what will be exciting and interactive visitor experience. I can’t wait to see it!”

Charlie Adlard, said:

“I’m incredibly proud to have this exhibition in my home town. And, not only is it here in Shrewsbury, but it’ll be the best exhibition of my works staged anywhere. It’s going to be a truly immersive experience.”

SM&AG will be working with education sector partners including Nottingham Trent University. The aim is to give opportunities to students on theatre design courses to work with SM&AG on the build of the exhibition.

For more information about Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, click here.

Shrewsbury Comic Festival

Shrewsbury Comic Festival will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2019.

SM&AG will be running a host of special events, workshops, talks and book signings over the course of the Comic Festival.

The Comic Festival will take place at a number of venues across Shrewsbury and will celebrate the work of Charlie Adlard and many other famous comic artists who call the town home.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and operated by Shropshire Council.

Further Information

About Charlie Adlard

Charlie began his work in the UK on the 2000 AD series including Judge Dredd and Armitage. He also worked on White Death with the local Robbie Morrison. In the United States, he is best known for his work on The X-Files, Marvel and DC comics and The Walking Dead.

He has been the penciller on The Walking Dead since 2004 and was the UK Comics Laureate from February 2017 – February 2019.

Family fun this Easter with Shropshire Museums

Join Shropshire Museums this Easter holiday for a whole host of family and child friendly events, arts and crafts sessions and trails.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm are running events perfect for the whole family from Sunday 14 – Wednesday 24 April including some special Easter themed fun.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Join us for Bear themed sessions and events and visit our current special exhibition, Bears!

An image of a mother and her young son who is holding a teddy bear, reading a book in the bear cave in the Bears exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Visit the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on 30 or 31 March 2019 and get free entry.

Reading in the bear cave in the Bears exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Paddington 2 will be screened on Wednesday 17 April on the balcony in the Museum.

Join storyteller Sally Tonge for Bear, Sing and Share on Tuesday 16 and 23 April at 11am for some Easter holiday magic.

An image of storyteller Sally Tonge who will be hosting Bear, Sing and Shine over the Easter school holidays at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Storyteller, Sally Tonge will be hosting Bear, Sing & Shine over the Easter holidays

For more information about Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, click here and you can see the full list of events here.

Shrewsbury Castle

Shrewsbury Castle will be open throughout the Easter holidays including Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

An image of Shrewsbury Castle and it's pristine grounds. Neatly mowed lawns and a well kept path lead to the front of the remarkably well preserved castle.

Shrewsbury Castle

During Easter, children will be able to take part in the hugely popular teddy bear hunt encouraging them to delve into the collections and note where they find the bears and what is around them.

Usually opened only once a year, Laura’s Tower will be open on Easter Sunday giving visitors a rare opportunity to enter and explore, free of charge.

An image of Laura's Tower at Shrewsbury Castle with green trees to the right and ivy growing up the side. Laura's Tower is open for the Heritage Open Days festival.

Laura’s Tower at Shrewsbury Castle (©Chris Glover)

For more information about Shrewsbury Castle, click here.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm will be running family and child friendly Easter demonstrations throughout the school holidays.

Join the team for grooming the shire horses, chick holding, bottle feeding the lambs and a guided tour of the Victorian farm yard every day during the holidays.

An image of a toddler stroking a lamb that is being held by a farm worker keeping alive the heritage of a Victorian Farm.

Toddler meets the lambs at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Easter events at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm will be running from Sunday 14 to Wednesday 24 April. For more information about the events, click here.

All three of these attractions are open during the Easter bank holiday weekend.

 

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm are owned and operated by Shropshire Council.

FREE entry as we celebrate our fifth birthday

We’re celebrating 5 years of opening and we want you to join us so we’re offering FREE entry on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March 2019.

Join staff and volunteers in The Square in Shrewsbury town centre on Saturday 30 March 2019 between 11am – 3pm and help to create a giant birthday cake!

Since we opened on 1 April, 2014, we’ve welcomed 415,963 visitors.An image of a father and his son looking at the Lego model of Rochester Castle with intrigue in the Brick History exhibition which is open at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery until Sunday 15 April 2018.

Over the past 5 years we have held 36 special exhibitions including Lego, Vikings, Secret Egypt, and are currently hosting a popular teddy bear exhibition from Seven Stories the National Centre for Children’s Books.

 

Fay Bailey, Shropshire Museum’s service manager, said:

“We’re delighted to have welcomed so many visitors over the last five years. We’re celebrating five years of SM&AG with a packed programme of workshops, films, exhibitions and events for 2019 which showcase Shropshire’s talented artists and makers.”

SM&AG lets you experience the stories that make Shropshire unique as you explore millions of years of history through over 1,000 remarkable objects and encourages children to delve deeper by taking part in the Maximo Mouse Trail.

Did you know that the Museum’s resident café, stop.cafe have baked (on site) nearly 100,000 slices of delicious cake. If you put those slices end-to-end, to make a cake trail, it would stretch for nearly one kilometre?

Bears!

This exhibition invites you to come face-to-face with your favourite bears in this new exhibition created by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

An image of a mother and her young son who is holding a teddy bear, reading a book in the bear cave in the Bears exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Visit the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on 30 or 31 March 2019 and get free entry.

Reading in the bear cave in the Bears exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

On your journey through the exhibition, you will meet iconic bears like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington bear as well as many of the bears who feature in popular contemporary children’s literature.

You can hunt for bears in the bear forest and enjoy original manuscripts and illustrations from Phillip Pullman, Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Julia Donaldson and many more.

This exhibition is open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 28 April, 2019 and is perfect for the whole family.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and operated by Shropshire Council.

 

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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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:  [email protected]

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

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery partner with Shrewsbury High School for week long exhibition

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are delighted to be partnering with Shrewsbury High School for an exhibition of artwork from some of the High School’s talented artists.

Running from Wednesday 27 September – Wednesday 4 October 2017, the exhibition will feature work from students past and present, as well as work produced by pupils across Shropshire in special art masterclasses.

An image of an A Level student at work on her painting. The painting will feature in the exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery by Shrewsbury High School.

A Level student Katie Crabtree

The exhibition is free to the public and not only features GCSE, A-level and Alumnae artwork, but will also exhibit work produced at workshops and masterclasses throughout the week by pupils from schools across the county. Head of Art at Shrewsbury High School, Mark Warner, will be hosting a Scholars’ masterclass for High School Art Scholars on Friday 29 September and their work will then be entered into the main exhibition.

Renowned equine artist Mary Herbert from the Society of Equestrian Artists will be running a bespoke art workshop on Saturday 30 September, free of charge, for GCSE art students from across Shropshire.

An image of a painting by Mary Herbert of a brown horse with a person on it's back. The horse has a red plaited mane. The painting will feature in the exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery curated by Shrewsbury High School

Renowned Equine Artist Mary Herbert will be holding a free public talk on Saturday 30 September at 2pm.

Work produced at this workshop will then be on display in the Exhibition Hall from 30 September until 4 October.

This is a wonderful opportunity for GCSE pupils to add to their GCSE art work and learn some valuable skills from an established artist. If you are a GCSE art student and would like to attend this workshop, or if you are an art teacher and have GCSE pupils who you think would benefit from this workshop, please contact Emily Brick at the details below.

Mary, who specialises in pastel paintings of animals, will follow this masterclass on Saturday 30 September with a talk and showcase of her equestrian art which will run from 2 – 2.45pm.

This talk is free to the public and is a wonderful opportunity to hear about Mary’s career as a professional artist, working on portrait commissions and exhibiting around the UK and to see some of her beautiful paintings. Stay and enjoy Mary’s exhibition until 6pm.

For more details about the GCSE Masterclass by Mary Herbert on Saturday 30 September (10am – 1pm) please email [email protected].

To book tickets (free of charge) for Mary Herbert’s talk on Saturday 30 September (2pm – 2.45pm) please email [email protected].

 

Samurai: Warriors of Japan to bring taste of Japan to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Spectacular touring exhibition, Samurai: Warriors of Japan, is to open at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Monday 16 October.

An image of Samurai armour with a red sun behind.

Samurai: Warriors of Japan comes to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Monday 16 October 2017.

This exciting exhibition brings graphically to life the story of the Samurai and their fall from power as Japan opened up to the West.

Samurai: Warriors of Japan illustrates a range of armour, weapons and costumes using films props from the Tom Cruise blockbuster movie, The Last Samurai (2003), the only Samurai film ever to be made in the West. The Oscar nominated costumes and props have come direct from California and have never before been displayed in the UK.

This exciting exhibition is the only touring exhibition about Samurai available in the UK and includes a real suit of Samurai armour as well as a range of intriguing artefacts.

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

“Following on from Antarctica: Life in a hostile land, this new exhibition shows the amazing range of areas Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery covers in its exhibitions.

“Samurai: Warriors of Japan is a touring exhibition that includes exhibits that have never been on display in the UK before so this is a great opportunity to see something truly unique. I’m eagerly anticipating this exhibition and would encourage everyone to pay it a visit.”

Phil Scoggins, Interpretation Officer at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:

“Whether you appreciate Japanese history and culture, are curious to explore the world of the Samurai for the first time or are a fan of Tom Cruise movies, this exhibition holds something of interest for all.”

An image of two Samurai suits of armour with swords and graphic panels.

Samurai suits of armour

Barry Chandler, Director of Pop-Up Exhibitions Ltd said:

“We are really looking forward to bringing our samurai collection to Shrewsbury, we think this is the most comprehensive collection of Last Samurai props and costumes in the UK and we are always adding new items to the exhibition.”

Samurai: Warriors of Japan will be at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until Sunday 21 January, 2018.

Currently on at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are Antarctica: Life in a hostile land which runs until Sunday 17 September 2017.

For more information about what else you can see at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, visit the website.

New exhibition a hit: Nearly 1,000 school children booked to visit Rhyme Around the World

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s new exhibition, Rhyme Around the World, a touring exhibition from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books is already proving to be a huge success.

The exhibition, which opened its doors to the public on Saturday 18 February has already been hugely popular with families, schools and nurseries alike.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery already has 972 school children booked to visit and take part in the newly developed Rhyme workshop with more expected to book.

Image showing a blue archway into Rhyme Around the World exhibition with images of a fox with an umbrella, a lion leaping with two happy children and an antelope on its back and photos on the walls.

Rhyme Around the World – Entrance to a world of rhyming fun for the whole family

Fay Bailey, Education and Activities Officer at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:

“Rhyme Around the World is a fun and engaging exhibition suitable for the whole family.  We are particularly delighted with the way Shropshire schools have received this wonderful exhibition”

“The exhibition is proving to be very popular and spaces are quickly filling up. I would encourage interested schools to book as soon as possible.”

An image showing an area with blue lighting, a mini barn with a robin inside, photos on the wall and nursery rhymes on the wall and in the clouds on the ceiling.

Whatever the Weather theme in Rhyme Around the World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuart West, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said:

“We’re thrilled at how popular this new exhibition is proving to be among schools and we’ve already received a lot of great feedback.

“Rhyme Around the World is a fantastic and engaging exhibition for people of all ages and brings back a lot of happy childhood memories so I’d encourage you to pay Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery a visit.”

Save up to 50% on Museum visits with new Family Ticket

To celebrate Rhyme Around the World, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are offering a new Family Ticket which could save you and your family up to 50% on Museum admission. Visit the website for more information.

Rhyme Around the World runs until Sunday 7 May 2017. For more information, visit the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery website or call 01743 258888. To book a Rhyme workshop and educational group visit to the exhibition, email [email protected] or ring 01743 258881

Dressing Up

Our latest exhibition ‘Exposed’ had prompted us to look more widely at our collections to see how the perception of the perfect figure has changed over time.  Fashion, like art, is a case in point, manipulating the body to fit the latest trends.  With this in mind, our costume volunteers had selected a piece from the collection to display outside the special exhibitions gallery.

dressThis day dress was made in the Edwardian period by upcycling an 1830s outfit. In the late 19th century concern about tight lacing corsets caused a change in fashion. The new S-bend corset thrust the hips backwards and forced the chest forward into what was called the ‘pouter-pigeon’ shape.  As this exerted less pressure on the stomach area it was thought to be safer to wear. However, any benefits were more than outweighed by injuries caused to the back due to the unnatural posture that it forced upon its wearer.

By the First World War women were abandoning corsets and moving to less restrictive undergarments. The invention of latex in the 1930s also allowed the production of washable elasticated fabrics. Silhouette, who had their factory in Shrewsbury was one of the first UK companies to adopt these new styles and to begin manufacturing more comfortable elastic girdles. From the 1950s onwards their Little X, which is on display in the costume gallery, proved particularly popular among young women.

From our carefully preserved chinese ‘lotus feet’ slippers in the store through the jimmy choo shoes tip tapping down the gallery for our weddings brochure fashion shoot the story of women’s pursuit of the perfect outline is here to be seen.