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.

 

Shrewsbury Depressed Cake Shop success as money raised for mental health

Shrewsbury’s Depressed Cake Shop proved to be a huge success as local cafes and bakers rose to the challenge and created delicious grey cakes to raise awareness of mental health and funds for Shropshire Mind (Reg. Charity No. 1003117).

The Depressed Cake Shop raised over £250 for local mental health charity, Shropshire Mind.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with Shropshire Mind, hosted the Depressed Cake Shop on Tuesday 10 October 2017 to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

Stop. Coffee Shop, Ginger & Co, O’Joy , CSons, Café on the Cop, Toot Sweets, Lemon Box Bakery via The Old Market Hall, The Gallery Tearooms, Ana Ribeiro and local food blogger Kath at The Ordinary Cook all made special bakes for the event – with a twist. All of the goodies on sale had an element of grey to signify the grey cloud that can descend over someone who is struggling with mental health issues.

The event was also supported by local eateries Plantkind and The Good Life.

Fay Bailey of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery said:

“Shrewsbury has a wealth of baking talent and we were blown away by the ingenuity bakers demonstrated making ‘depressed’ yet delicious grey cakes. They showed great generosity in helping us to raise over £250 for Shropshire Mind and to get people talking about mental health.”

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 wanted 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.

For further information please contact martha.mondon@shropshire.gov.uk

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.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm win prestigious Marsh Award

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm have won the 2016 Marsh Trust Award for Volunteers in Museum Learning for the West Midlands region in recognition of the Fleece Barn project.

An image of a lady standing at a podium announcing Acton Scott Historic Working Farm as the winner of the Marsh Award 2016 for the West Midlands. There is a picture of staff from the farm on a large screen behind the lady.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm announced as winners of the Marsh Award for the West Midlands at the ceremony in London.

The award celebrates the achievements and contribution of volunteers in museums, galleries and heritage sites across the United Kingdom and recognises their dedication, innovation and excellence in engaging with the public (British Museum, 2017).

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

“Winning the prestigious Marsh Award for the West Midlands region is a fantastic achievement for Acton Scott Historic Working and gives fully deserved recognition of all of the hard work and dedication shown by the Fleece Barn Volunteers in driving this great project forward.”

 Sue Prestwood, volunteer on the Fleece Barn project, said:

”We were all stunned to be nominated and then to win the regional award. When we realised the standard of entries we were truly amazed. Volunteering at Acton Scott has been and continues to be both enjoyable and educational to us all. The public are so diverse in their interest and we learn as much from them as they do from us.”

An image of eight of the volunteers in the Fleece Barn at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

The Fleece Barn Volunteers at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Joanna Mackle, Deputy Director of the British Museum, said:

“Museums across the UK rely on the contribution of volunteers to ensure they reach and inspire as many people as possible. The Marsh Awards recognise the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers in museums and we are very grateful to the Marsh Christian Trust for acknowledging this work.”

As reward for winning the Marsh Award for the West Midlands region, the Fleece Barn Volunteers received a cheque for £500 at the award ceremony in London. The money is to be reinvested into the Fleece Barn exhibition at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

The Marsh Trust Awards are coordinated by the British Museum and the Marsh Christian Trust and are in their ninth year.

The Acton Scott ‘Fleece Barn’ Volunteers Project

At the beginning of 2016, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm were approached by a volunteer about the use of a newly empty room on the farmyard.

An image of the inside of the Fleece Barn at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. The brick walls are exposed with a window letting in plenty of light. There is wool spinning equipment in the barn.

Inside the Fleece Barn at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Members of the Shrewsbury Guild for Spinners, Weavers and Dyers suggested we turn the room into an exhibition for all things fleece related. They gave up a lot of their time to re-fit the room and have turned it into a beautiful exhibit for Acton Scott. But that’s not all, they take it in turns to volunteer in the Fleece Barn and demonstrate the use of the spinning wheels, looms etc. and provide opportunities for our visitors to ‘have a go’ at many different craft activities relating to yarn and fleece.

An image of a lady working in the Fleece Barn at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Fleece Barn Volunteer at work

In 2016, and again recently, the volunteers put on a special event weekend named Fleece to Fibre. A few of Acton Scott’s sheep are sheered using bicycle powered sheers, the volunteers then clean and grade the wool, card it and spin it.

At the end of the weekend there are balls of yarn to be seen that have come from our very own Shropshire Sheep. During the rest of the year these will be woven or knitted into lovely items to view and buy.

An image of lady spinning wool in a barn at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

One of the Fleece Barn volunteers at work

The Fleece Barn team have created a beautiful and educational exhibit at Acton Scott and really help to tell the story of farming through the ages. They have become valuable members of the Acton Scott team and provide a wonderful service for visitors.

Acton Scott would like to thank the Fleece Barn Volunteers for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm in bringing this project to fruition.

For more information about Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, click here. Alternatively, you can email acton.scott.museum@shropshire.gov.uk or call 01694 781307.

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The Fleece Barn Volunteers
Ann Lloyd
Sue Prestwood
Margaret Tremellen
Jean Huff
Caroline Oaks
Joan Bellamy

An image of the Fleece Barn volunteers who consist of six ladies, Acton Scott facility manager Sarah Green and two men.

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.

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 e.brick@shr.gdst.net.

To book tickets (free of charge) for Mary Herbert’s talk on Saturday 30 September (2pm – 2.45pm) please email e.brick@shr.gdst.net.

 

Poetry Reading by Gillian Clarke at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Join us at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 29 September 2017 for the book launch of Gillian Clarke’s amazing new collection, ‘Zoology’.

An image of the front cover of Gillian Clarke's new collection, Zoology. The image features a photo of a hare.

Gillian Clarke’s amazing new collection, Zoology

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

Zoology will be available for you to purchase following the reading with an opportunity to even have your copy signed.

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.

If this is enough to whet the appetite, the evening also features readings from local talent, Liz Lefroy.

Tickets for this event cost just £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.

Gillian Clarke is the longest serving National Poet of Wales holding the role from 2008-2016 and is widely recognised for increasing the profile of the prestigious role.

“There is no gaudiness in her poetry; instead the reader is aware of a generosity of spirit which allows the poems’ subjects their own unbullied reality”. – The Listener

National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn, said:

“Gillian has taken the role of National Poet to new heights during her tenure, and I’d like to thank her for her tireless efforts in promoting Welsh poetry and literature at home and on the international stage.”(http://www.literaturewales.org/our-projects/national-poet-wales/)

This reading is the first of a new 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.