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Talks Programme - Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Event / Lecture, talk or reading
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
10 April 2019 15:30 -
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Tuesday 25 September after the AGM at 18.00 Cerin Richardson, Acting Arts Officer Shropshire Council ‘ The Work of the Arts Officer’ Cerin will talk about her work, which encompasses involvement across the spectrum of all the arts initiatives promoted by Shropshire Council. She has recently been very much involved in the WO100 programme of events commemorating Wilfred Owen and the centenary of the end of the first World War. Wednesday 10 October at 15.30 Phyllida Shaw ‘An Artist’s War – the Art and Letters of Morris and Meredith Williams’ Phyllida will share the First World War sketchbooks of her great uncle Morris Meredith Williams and his correspondence with his sculptor wife, Alice, during his three years with the the army in France. After the war the two artists worked together on several war memorials, including the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle. Her recent book ‘An Artists War’ has received wide acclaim. Wednesday 24 October at 15.30 Andrew Bannerman ‘None that go return again’; a talk with readings focused on the work of Wilfred Owen. Andrew Bannerman, well known to us as an inspirational teacher, producer and actor, will give us a talk as part of the WO100 programme focusing on Owen’s life and the conditions that gave rise to his poetry. Saturday 3 November at 11.00 and 14.00 ‘Owen Aloud’ – readings of Wilfred Owen’s poems at the Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury – free entry to the public. Wednesday 14 November at 15.30 Bob Fowke ‘Robert Clive and Shropshire’. Bob is a well known author of children’s history books but recently he has focused on the life of Robert Clive, both in India and in Britain. In this talk Bob will talk about the somewhat controversial life of Clive when he lived in Shropshire. Wednesday 9 January at 15.30 Peter Reavill of the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme on ‘Recent Archaeological Finds in Shropshire – and the work of the British Museum’s Scheme’. Peter will update us on some of the highly important archaeological finds that have been made recently in the county. Sunday 10 February at 14.30 the Darwin Memorial Lecture, in the Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn – tickets must be bought from the theatre. Peter Moore – ‘Robert FitzRoy: a Napoleon or a Nelson?’ “Charles Darwin’s captain on HMS Beagle was no ordinary man. The grandson of a prime minister, nephew to Lord Castlereagh and a superb sailor, when a young Darwin met FitzRoy in 1831 he was overwhelmed by FitzRoy’s bravery. energy and generosity ‘to all under his sway’. It was the beginning of a long acquaintance that passed from friendship to animosity. FitzRoy’s many virtues were outset by a violent, ungovernable temper and an impetuous streak that brought him notoriety in later life. This lecture looks back at Robert FitzRoy’s extraordinary life as a sailor, a scientist and the founding father of the Met Office.” “Peter Moore is a writer, journalist and lecturer. He teaches at City University and the University of Oxford. He has written widely on Britain in the Age of Enlightenment. His book The Weather Experiment, a Sunday Times bestseller, traced early efforts to forecast the weather. It was named one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2015 and was adapted for a BBC4 documentary series. His latest work is Endeavour: the ship and the attitude that changed the world. Tuesday 12 March at 15.30 Daniel Lockett ‘Mammoths to Minerals: digitising Shropshire’s geology’. Daniel will talk about his work on the digitisation of some of the museum’s collections in Ludlow – with particular reference to Shropshire’s geology. Wednesday 10 April at 15.30 David de Haan ‘The Early Iconography of the Iron Bridge’. In this fascinating talk David, former director of the Iron Bridge Trust,will show some of the early pictorial representations of the bridge and discuss their importance. All talks, with the exception of the Darwin lecture, will be given at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Suitable for
11-13, 14-15, 16-17, 18+
Entrance is by ticket and BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as there are only 70 seats. Tickets are free for Friends. Non-members are also welcome at a cost of £3. Both Friends and guests must acquire tickets from the Visitor Information Centre – In person or by Phone: 01743 258888 Email: [email protected]