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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: museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk 01743 258881/258884 or ask at the front desk at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH 

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“the sweet, witty soul of Ovid”

Adult Education Course  with Martin Thorpe

The course aims to provide an introduction to the work of one of the most important and entertaining Roman poets, P Ovidius Naso (43 BC-AD17). No knowledge of Latin is required.

After setting Ovid in context – he grew up in the early years of the first emperor, Augustus- we shall look briefly at some of the his love poetry and then consider possible reasons for his exile from Italy. However, most of our time will be spent on his long epic poem, Metamorphoses, and for this you should buy one of the following translations:

A D Melville (Oxford World Classics)        David Raeburn (Penguin Classics)

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, SY1 1LH

Dates: Tuesdays, 16th January to 13th March 2018 (no class on 20th February)

Time: 2pm-3.30pm

Cost: £70.00

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Make a Stitch Diary

with Hanny Newton

 

Over a series of two workshops participants will be invited to draw inspiration from Shrewsbury Museum’s collection of historical embroidery samplers to create their own stitch diary; a vibrant and personal piece of work documenting the day to day life of the maker.  Materials will be provided but you will be encouraged to seek out and explore materials to add to your stitch diary between sessions. Tutor: Hanny Newton https://hannyembroidery.com/

To book a place please contact 01743 258888/ 258881 or email museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

All stitching abilities welcome, age 14 up.

 Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Dates:  Two Saturdays – 3rd & 24th February 2018

Time: 10am-3pm

Cost: £35 per person

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Creative Writing in the Museum Vaults!

Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

 

A return to the Vaults! This course is a sequel to the course run by poet and writer Jean Atkin in 2015.

Poet Jean Atkin leads six new creative writing workshops to explore the catalogued, 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 art works, costumes and specimens.

Sessions include:

Writing Visions: a tour of the fine arts store, which contains paintings, early photographs, vintage advertisements and posters rich with atmosphere and unfinished stories. Clothing Ourselves: a tour of the Costume Store, a treasury of textiles, textures and hand-sewn skill, and The Deep Past: a tour of rare and marvellous geological and fossil specimens.

Jean Atkin is a published poet and experienced workshop leader who 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. www.jeanatkin.com

Time:     10.30-12.30

Price:     £60 per person (includes refreshments)

Dates:   Thursdays x 6 sessions   8th February -15th March 2018

Venue:   Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7-9 Park Way SY8 2PG

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LATIN GRAFFITI

 

 

Would you like to know what the ordinary Romans wrote to each other and on their walls?

If so, come along on Thursday 15th February 2018 10.30am-12.30pm

to Shrewsbury Museum and Art gallery to find out!

No knowledge of Latin is required and the tutor will guide you through a fascinating collection of graffiti. You will learn to read the script which was in everyday use in Rome and the provinces of the Roman empire.

Your tutor Margaret Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge, specialising in Ancient History. She has much experience of teaching Latin and Classical Civilisation to adults in Shrewsbury.

Limited places so please book in advance

When: Thursday 15th February 2018

Time:   10.30-12.30

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tutor:   Margaret Thorpe

Cost:     £16 to include refreshments

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Cake Decorating – Have a go

 

Have you always wanted to try your hand at decorating a cake but not sure where to begin? This introductory session with world class sugarcrafter Lindy Smith will introduce to the tools and techniques of the trade. You will learn how to cover and decorate a mini cake and go home with an edible work of art inspired by the museum’s collections. You will need to bring your own small, round, firm cake (between 5cm (2in) and 10cm (4in). Visit Lindy’s website for recipe ideas and examples of her masterful mini-cakes! https://lindyscakes.co.uk/

When: Saturday 3rd March 2018

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Time: 10 – 12.30

Tutor: Lindy Smith

Cost: £35.00

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Life Drawing with Mark Warner

When: Monday 5th March 2018 for 6 weeks

Time:   6pm-8pm

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tutor:   Mark Warner

Cost:     £67 to include refreshments

All abilities welcome

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Adventures in Goldwork

with Hanny Newton

Adventures in Goldwork – Saturday 10th March 2018

Discover a creative approach to goldwork embroidery. Hanny will show you how, by learning the fundamentals of couching, you can open up a world of possibilities to experiment and explore, whatever your stitching ability.  

All materials provided. 

Cost: £37 per person 

 Time: 10am-3pm 

Venue: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

 Tutor: Hanny Newton        https://hannyembroidery.com/ 

Further Adventures in Goldwork – Saturday 24th March 2018

Spend a day exploring the possibilities of combining goldwork padding with couching and other metal thread techniques. Throughout the day you will build up a series of hand stitched samples and small pieces which can become a ‘tool kit’ of techniques to further your creativity and enhance your artwork. All materials provided.

Cost: £37 per person    

Time: 10am-3pm

Venue: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tutor: Hanny Newton        https://hannyembroidery.com/ 

 

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ART HISTORY at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

with Fergus Reid

 

Six Mondays   5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March 16th and 23rd April. 2018   6-7.30pm

£65 for six weeks (including tea & coffee)

This course of six lectures will trace the development of French Art from the decadence of Louis XV’s court to the gritty realism of Courbet and Manet. Art works from the collection of Shrewsbury Museum will also be considered in order to compare and contrast the Art of Britain and the Art of France. Artists to be studied will include Watteau and Boucher, David and Ingres, Delacroix and Gericault and Courbet and Manet.”

Fergus Reid is a graduate in History of Art and French from the University of Edinburgh. In the last sixteen years he has been teaching History of Art and the History of Photography at Shrewsbury School. His specialism lies in the Art of France from the French Revolution until the Second World War .   

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The Victorians in Ludlow

with Sarah Thursfield

Victoria reigned for two generations,  from the stagecoach to the motor car and from the Penny Post to the telephone exchange. Find out how much more there is to ‘Victorian costume’ than men in frock coats and women in crinolines – how industry, empire, sewing-machines and sport all produced change and variety. The three sessions will look at the dress of men, women and children through illustrated lectures, examples from the museum collection and time to browse a range of source material.

Where: Ludlow Museum Resource Centre, 7/9 Parkway SY8 2PG

Date:     Tuesdays 6th March 13th March 20th March 2018

Time:   11am-1pm

Cost:     £ 45 ( includes refreshments )

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Cake Design Masterclass with Lindy Smith

Using the museum’s collections as inspiration, you will learn how to make your own cake designs. You will then learn how to transfer your chosen design into sugar by decorating your own unique cake. On this course, you will learn about the design process and the techniques that you will require to complete your project. By the end of the course you will learnt many valuable skills that will enable you to create your own unique cakes. Bring own cake craft tools toolkit  (rolling pin, smoothers and modelling tools).

When: Three Wednesdays  25th April, 2nd May, 9th May 2018

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Time: 10-3pm break for lunch 1 hour

Cost: £225

Tutor: Lindy Smith

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Decorating Cupcakes

 

Creating together is fun, join cake decorating expert Lindy Smith and try your hand at cupcake decorating. Together you will learn how to decorate cupcakes, how to apply colour and add texture using simple tools. At the end of the session you will go home with an edible works of art inspired by the museum’s collections.

When: Wednesday 30th May 2018

Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Time: 10.30-12.00

Cost: £10 per person

Tutor: Lindy Smith

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

Rare Glimpse of The Dana

We are extremely grateful to the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery who, with the support and assistance of the Lord Lieutenant, have kindly donated this remarkable painting of The Dana by Michael ‘Angelo’ Rooker. This painting is a significant work by an important Old Master. 

The Dana by M. Rooker

The Dana by M. Rooker

In 1788 Rooker began to make autumnal tours in the country, drawing mainly architectural remains.  This picture is part of that body of work.  With minute attention to detail and a wonderful understanding of light, Rooker has created a true tour de force of watercolour painting in this work. 

This picture will be an significant addition our Fine Art Collection which is an important record of the changing townscape of Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery at the Music Hall offers you the chance to discover a mix of the old, the new and the curious all within an extraordinary set of buildings.  From a medieval town house to an early Victorian Music Hall they span more than 750 years of history.

The Music Hall has been entertaining generations of Salopians with famous faces from Charles Dickens to The Beatles. The Museum now returns to its former home to continue this tradition with an exciting special exhibitions programme. From top class art exhibitions to hands-on family fun there is an assortment of delights.

Roman Stones

Roman Stones

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Come and discover the stories that make this county unique. Explore 650 million years of history through a thousand remarkable objects. There is much to amaze, enlighten and amuse.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery uses a ‘variety show’ of different ways to inspire you to think about our heritage.  Throughout our galleries we have included fine art from our collections which reflect the periods and themes explored.
We’ve worked with leading specialists to revisit and rethink the evidence our collections provide about the past. We’ve invited Contemporary Artists to help us push the boundaries of how we see and interpret Shropshire.  We’ve also investigated new technologies to discover innovative and exciting new ways to look at objects.

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Our staff have developed an ambitious contemporary art programme which has delivered a range of artists’ commissions, new museum displays, special exhibitions, events, education and participatory activities. To find out more explore the subpages listed in the left menu bar.

 


 

IMG_4438Visitor Information Centre

As home to the Visitor Information Centre, the museum is the ideal starting point for your exploration of Shropshire.  Once you have discovered some of Shropshire’s secrets in our galleries, let us help you plan your visit to explore the town and County beyond.

The Visitor Information Centre sits at the entrance to the Music Hall and provides not only a wealth of information about what to see and do in the area, but also a range of gifts and souvenirs to mark your visit.

 


 

This project has been funded by Shropshire Council with assistance from the European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council, the Walker Trust, The Art Fund and Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

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