Adult Education

Discover more about local or family history, explore fascinating museum objects and use our buildings and collections to inspire creative activities in our Adult Education programme.

To Book or request further information on courses at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shropshire Archives and Ludlow Museum Resource Centre contact: [email protected] 01743 258881/258884 or ask at the front desk at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH 

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TUE 14th JAN – 24 MAR 2020,

9.45AM – 11.15AM Ten Tuesdays, no class on 18 Feb

READING LATIN LITERATURE

Tutor: Margaret Thorpe. at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

 Cost £80

Would you like to read a selection of stories from Ovid’s Metamorphoses in the original Latin with an enthusiastic group and the help of a tutor? If you love Latin literature and have studied the language for two or three years, however long ago, this course is for you! You will also have the chance to revive your knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary.

We shall be using: Ovid Metamorphoses IX-XII ed. D.E. Hill published by Aris and Phillips. This contains the Latin text, an English translation and good notes.

Booking and further details – Tel. 01743 258881

Email: [email protected]

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TUES 14 JAN – 24 MAR 2020

11.30AM-1.00PM, 10 Tuesdays, no class on 18 Feb

INTERMEDIATE LATIN

Tutor: Margaret Thorpe at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Cost £80

This class is not suitable for beginners, but for those who already have a good understanding of Latin inflections and grammar. We are using the final book of the Cambridge Latin Course, Book 5 and as we reach the end of this book we shall be consolidating our knowledge of important grammatical forms. This is a reading course based on the archaeology and literature of the Roman world, so that in addition to the language there is also an opportunity to discuss Roman social and political life.

Booking and further details – Tel: 01743 258881

Email: [email protected]

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 Alexander & the Hellenistic Age

Tutor:  Martin Thorpe at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Between his accession to the throne of Macedon in 336 and his death in 323 Alexander destroyed the Persian Empire and expanded the Greek world from the Mediterranean to Afghanistan.  The course will consider how this success was achieved, including the character of Alexander, and its long term effects in the next two hundred years (the Hellenistic Age) .

8 Sessions: Tuesdays, 2.00 – 3.30pm; January  14, 21, 28;  February 4, 11; March 3, 10, 17; no session on February 18, 25 2020

£70 per person. To book: [email protected]

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Athens in 5th Century

Tutor: Martin Thorpe at Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow (next to library)

The 5th century BC is often regarded as the pinnacle of Athenian culture.  The city enjoyed success in many fields and we shall consider several of these e.g. political thought, democracy; tragedy & comedy, moral philosophy.

3 sessions: Thursdays, 10.00 – 1.00pm   February 27; March 12, March 26 2020

£52 per person. To book: [email protected]

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Willow Heart workshop with WILD CRAFTIST

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 8th February 2020

10am-3pm

Random Weave Willow Heart Workshop

To book: visit www.wildcraftist.com

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Di Purser Exhibition

Workshop : Saturday 8th February 2020

As part of the Wilfred Owen Centenary Commemorations in 2018, the museum held an exhibition showcasing 19 local artists work. The work responded to Wilfred Owen’s poetry.

Entries in the exhibition were judged by a panel and the winning artwork was by Di Purser called ‘Futility’. As part of the prize, Di has been invited by the museum to create a series of new paintings, being exhibited on the balcony.

Di has created over ten new paintings, several of which are inspired by and respond to the museum’s collection.

Her work has a strong design and narrative. She uses mapping, acrylic paint mixes, inks and illustrative features within her work to overlap the past and the present.

ART Workshop:

Saturday 8th February, 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Over 16’s (under 14’s with supervising adult).

Cost £55

For beginners

Workshop with Di Purser. You will have the opportunity to create your own piece of abstract art inspired by the museum collections. Di will guide you through the fun process of transforming a lifelike drawing into an abstract painting, using inks, paints and acrylic mixes.

During the morning you will explore different techniques and draw from exhibits in the museum galleries. In the afternoon you will get involved in the messier techniques and turn your drawings into paintings.

Di was born in Walsall, West Midlands, but spent much of her childhood in Ludlow. She completed a BA (hons) in Textiles at Loughborough University in 1971 and has had a varied career as both a lecturer, teacher and practitioner.

She has exhibited widely in the Midlands and Welsh Borders including themed group exhibitions and one man shows.

She has interests in Art History, townscapes, landscapes and hill and mountain walking, which is reflected in her work.

To book: 01743 258881 or [email protected]

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ROMAN COOKERY and FOOD  

     THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6th 2020

Have you ever wanted to know what kind of food the Romans ate and how they cooked it.  If so, join Margaret Thorpe, an expert in Roman cookery, to learn about the ingredients they used and their methods of cooking them. You can taste some samples of Roman food, if you wish, and take away authentic recipes to try at home.

We shall go briefly into the Roman gallery to look at some of the utensils found in the Roman city of Wroxeter.

This short course follows the very popular exhibition Last Supper at Pompeii at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, which some of you may have visited.

Where: Shrewsbury Museum and Art gallery

Date: Thursday February 6th 2020

Time: 10.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m.

Cost: £16 (includes refreshments)

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Reading Roman Tombstones

This short course is designed to show you how to decipher a Roman tombstone. After the tutor has introduced some of the information you need to know, you will be looking at examples in the Roman gallery.

Here you will be encouraged to reconstruct biographies from the tombstones of three legionary soldiers, a cavalryman, a woman and a teenage boy.

No previous knowledge of Latin is required.

When: Thursday 13th February 2020

Time:    10.30-12.30

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tutor:    Margaret Thorpe

Cost:     £16

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EMBROIDERIES OF THE CORBET BED

A practical day course

Friday 6th March 2020

An image of the Corbet Bed at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery which features in the new exhibition, Uncommon Threads.

The Corbet Bed

The Corbet bed, on display in Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery displays beautifully embroidered hangings created by the ladies of the Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust. On this practical day course participants will have the opportunity to learn about the embroidery patterns,

fabrics and silks of the Tudor period and create your own sample

There will be two groups-

1.Master the basic techniques of embroidery and produce your own slip to take home.

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2. Learn how to finish your embroidery slip and apply it to a fabric for use or display.

 When: Friday 6th March 2020 Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm      

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery   Price: £30

Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

To book: [email protected] or 01743 258881

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Round Basket workshop with WILD CRAFTIST

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 7th March 2020 10am-3.30pm

Round Baskets Workshop

To book: visit www.wildcraftist.com

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Shoulder Bag workshop with WILD CRAFTIST (2 day course)

at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday & Sunday 16th & 17th May 10am-4pm

Oval Shoulder Bags 2 Day Workshop

    To book: visit www.wildcraftist.com

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Zarzo Basket Making Workshop with WILD CRAFTIST

at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 11th July 2020 10am-4pm

Zarzo Baskets

To book: visit website www.wildcraftist.com

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Words from the Vaults 2020

with JEAN ATKIN

Back to the Vaults!  This course is a sequel to previous courses run by poet Jean Atkin

at Shropshire Museums Collections Centre (next to Library), Ludlow.

 April / May 2020

Poet Jean Atkin leads six new creative writing workshops to explore our boxed, bottled, and taxidermied past, housed in the climate controlled stores of Ludlow Museum Resource Centre.  Each workshop will last 2 hours, and will include a tour of the stores. Course participants will have access to handling objects and time to gain inspiration from a fascinating collection of specimens, art works, costumes and curious objects.

Sessions include:

Through Other Eyes: a tour of the fine arts store, which contains paintings, early photographs, vintage advertisements and posters rich with atmosphere and unfinished stories. Frills and Dandies: a tour of the Costume Store, a treasury of textiles, textures and hand-sewn skill, and Deep Time: a tour of rare and marvellous geological and fossil specimens. 

 Jean Atkin is a widely published and award-winning poet and writer whose work has been featured and commissioned for BBC Radio.  Jean is currently poet in residence at Hargate Primary School in West Bromwich, Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival, and in 2019 was BBC Local Poet for Shropshire for National Poetry Day.  She tutors for Arvon and The Poetry School. She will provide a series of imaginative prompts and exercises to help you develop new work and will also advise on editing and seeking publication.  The sessions are very friendly and open to poets and writers at all levels of experience.  www.jeanatkin.com

DATES: Tues 21st April, 28th, May 5th, 12th,19th,26th 2020

Time: 10am-12pm

Cost: £65 per person

To book: 01743 258881 or email [email protected]

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Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories

with Philip Healy at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

The ghost story comes into its own in the late Victorian and Edwardian period. With mist swirling outside the window, and huddled around the log fire, the late Victorians and Edwardians thrilled to the tale of supernatural events. What was it in the culture of the time that encouraged the writing and reading of the ghost story? How was the ghost story influenced by the rise of science and the decline of orthodox religion? What was the impact of the growing interest in the operations of the mind? What role did the Society for Psychical Research play? We will examine these and other questions in a reading of ghost stories by M.R. James, Henry James and other writers of the period.

Dates: Mondays 28th Sept, 5th 12th 19th Oct & 2nd 9th November 2020

Cost: £60 per person

To book: 01743 258881 or [email protected]

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 We also run a learning and education programme for schools and families.