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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

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.

Mini Mammoths Parent and Baby/Toddler Group

Mini Mammoths has been running at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery since September 19th 2014, and is extremely popular.

Created for PRE-SCHOOL children (1-5), Mini Mammoths is on from 10.00am – 11.30am every Friday during term time.

Mini Mammoths, grows little minds and stimulate senses at our museum based parent and baby group. Enjoy a weekly themed session in the museum followed by free play and a mini informtion session for parents/carers in the museum education room. Session includes snacks for little ones and tea/coffee and biscuits for parents/carers.

£3.50 per child.

Contact museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk for further information and booking details or call 01743 258881 / 258888

An image of a toddler enjoying being creative with paint with the help of an adult during Mini Mammoths at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Toddler getting creative during Mini Mammoths

Grow little minds and develop creativity at our museum themed baby & toddler sessions.

Booking essential

A lovely comment form one of our happy parents:

‘I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much Harvey and I enjoy Mini Mammoths.  We have only moved to Shrewsbury in the last 6 months and, because Harvey struggles with big, loud playgroups, we have found it difficult at times to get out.  Mini Mammoths is wonderful, I am amazed that Harvey even participates in the craft activities now!  Harvey also loves to visit the museum during pre-school holidays, and I am sure this is because of how welcome he has been made to feel at mini mammoths. Thank you all for your hard work, the group is a highlight of our week’

An image of a toddler pointing at butterflies in the galleries at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Curious toddler in the Shropshire Gallery

An image of two toddlers in front on a painting at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery with cardboard binoculars

Children having fun in Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

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 

Download the What’s on at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery guide Spring/Summer 2018 here:Whats On Guide 2018

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Mindful Words

with Bethany Rivers

Enjoy a relaxing and inspiring course where you have the chance to explore what words mean to you, and how they can best reveal wisdom, insight and affirmation as companions for any of your life journeys. 

There will be exploration of contemporary and accessible writings and quotes, short visually-led meditations, along with access to images and installations throughout the museum and gallery.  Previous participants have commented on how much they’ve enjoyed the laughter, new friendships and fresh insights.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Fridays : Nov 9th / 16 /23/ 30 and Dec 7th 2018

10am-12pm

£65 per person

Tutor: Bethany Rivers

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Fifth Century Athens

with Martin Thorpe

The 5th century BC is commonly regarded as the pinnacle of  Athenian culture. The city enjoyed success in many different fields: military, political, history, drama, art & architecture, philosophy. Yet, despite this success and starting the century with victory over the Persians, the century ended with defeat at the hands of the Spartans. We shall consider the different fields both separately and as they interact.

Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge.  He has been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, serving as chairman and president.  He has been tutor for a number of adult courses locally.

Where:   Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, SY1 1LH
Date:     Tuesdays- September 18th to  November 20st 2018
(no class on 9th and 16th October)
Time:      2pm-3.30pm
Cost:       £70 pp

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Adult Education Courses at

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Reading Latin Literature with

Margaret Thorpe

READING LATIN LITERATURE AUTUMN 2018

Would you like to read Sallust’s account of the conspiracy of Catiline in the original Latin with an enthusiastic group and the help of a tutor? If you love Latin literature and Roman history and have studied the language for two or three years, however long ago, this course may be for you.

You will have the chance to study the history Rome when Cicero was making his name as a politician and came up against the desperado Catiline, who was plotting against the state.

We shall discuss the nature of politics in the last years of the Roman republic, as well as the style of Sallust the historian and his value as a source for the period about which he is writing.

You will also have the chance to revive your knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary!

The tutor will give you details of the book we shall be using.

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art gallery

Date: Tuesdays 18th September to 4th December (No classes on October 9th and 16th)     2018

Time: 9.45 – 11.00 a.m.

Cost: £80.00 per person

 Tutor: Margaret Thorpe, who has had much experience of teaching adult classes in Latin and classical subjects in Shrewsbury.

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Looking at LIMESTONES- our most fossiliferous rocks

With Dr Paul Olver

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

Through the various movements associated with plate tectonics and the resultant continental drift, Britain has spent much of its time in tropical and equatorial latitudes. We will take this journey through time and examine the distinctive and very fossiliferous limestones laid down in the warm shallow seas of the Ordovician, Silurian, Carboniferous, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

Limestones are our most fossiliferous rocks and give rise to the familiar and much-loved landscapes of Wenlock Edge, the Pennines, the Cotswolds and the Downs of Southern England. Each session will introduce the characteristic fossils of the time and allow the examination of the Museum’s fossil collection supplemented by some of the tutor’s own finds. Some key identification techniques will be covered which will be invaluable on the field trip to the Oswestry area of Shropshire to be arranged after the course.

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

Dates: 5 week course on Tuesdays:

             18th Sept, 25th Sept, 2nd Oct, 9th Oct & 16th Oct 2018

Time:  10.30am-12.30pm

Cost:    £60 ( includes refreshments)

Field Trip: To be arranged

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Peopling the Past- Creative Writing Class with KATE INNES

            

How can we think our way into the lives of people who lived long ago?

Looking at an old photograph, we may feel a connection to an individual and even imagine their character. But we can also re-animate past lives through portraits, belongings, houses, letters and other ephemera. By focusing on the person, the past is lived and interpreted in bold, personal and exciting ways.

When we take time to look very closely at these important remnants, they have a wealth of experience and personality to reveal. In this way, the resources can become stepping-stones – unique paths into the past.

Writer Kate Innes leads five workshops that will explore these rich pickings. With access to special artifacts and opportunities to explore buildings, photos, letters and landscapes, course participants will have the opportunity to use creative writing to find the voices of history.

Each session will last 2 ½ hours (including a short break) and will cover: Portraits, Photographs, Objects, Ephemera, Letters, and Buildings. The course will make use of the rich and varied historical environment in Ludlow and the collections of the Ludlow Resource Centre. Course participants will be encouraged to produce a variety of writing forms, including poetry, flash fiction, and may work toward a longer piece – either a short story or a chapter of a novel.

Kate Innes trained as an archaeologist and a teacher and worked as a Museum Education Officer in the West Midlands. She is also a published, prize-winning poet and the author of The Errant Hours, a medieval adventure set in Shropshire and North Wales, and the sequel- All the Winding World. Kate will provide illustrated talks, guided walks and imaginative exercises. She will also comment on work produced during the classes, and provide editorial advice.   Tutor: Kate Innes   www.kateinneswriter.com

 

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

Dates:    Wednesday x 5 weeks: 19th Sept / 26th Sept / 3rd Oct / 10th Oct / 17th Oct 2018

Time:     10am to 12.30pm

Cost:       £65 ( includes refreshments)

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Making Poems for the Archives 

A series of six workshops at Shropshire Archives led by poet Jean Atkin.

Each week Jean will introduce you to a different element of the Archive’s collections, and provide prompts, guidance and encouragement to enable everyone to write a poem or a piece of short prose.

Jean Atkin is a published poet and experienced workshop leader who tutors for Arvon and The Poetry School. Her workshops are inventive and popular. She also provides advice on editing and seeking publication for the work you will be producing. www.jeanatkin.com

Cost: £67 per person

Tuesdays- 18th Sept 25th Sept 2nd Oct 9th Oct 16th Oct   23rd Oct 2018  10.30am-12.30pm

Shropshire Archives, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury SY1 2AQ

Limited numbers so please book in advance- 01743 258881 / museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

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Embroideries of the Corbet Bed

at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

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.

There will be two groups-

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

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

 When: Friday 5th October 2018        Time: 10.30am -3.30 pm       Price: £30 pp

Place: Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery          

Tutor: Ladies from Corbet Bed Embroiderers’ Trust

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2018-2019 Autumn and Spring Art Course

with Angela Gladwell M.A. (Royal College of Art)

at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

The idea for this course is to make a portrait. However, it may not necessarily be a conventional one.    We will look at the features of human faces by drawing from observation, but we will also look at the faces of animals, birds, the eye-spots of butterflies and moths (using specimens from the Ludlow Museum collection) and we will refer to the work of artists like Frieda Kahlo, Arcimboldo, the great Elizabethan black portraits, the caricatures of Hogarth, the bird men of Max Ernst, and some of the great portrait photographers.

As usual the first term will be for research through drawing and painting in preparation for the second term which will be to produce a finished portrait. Here I want to emphasise that this final piece can be anything from a conventional depiction of someone to an unconventional and inventive painting depicting any sort of character not forgetting any visual components that will serve to add to the type of person or creature that is being shown. It could be worked out as a photomontage, is it half human and half something else; is there a place for ornamental clothing, background landscape, the disguises and masks of the Venetian Carnival?

This course will suit all abilities in that as well as tuition in basic drawing and painting, we will talk about materials, and composition.

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

Autumn TermEvery Monday from 1st October 2018 for 9 weeks

Spring Term– Every Monday from 7th January 2019 for 9 weeks

Time:  10am-12.30pm or 1.30-4pm

Cost:    £100 per term ( includes tea/coffee)

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HOMER & VIRGIL

with Martin Thorpe at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre

The Greeks regarded Homer as their greatest poet and epic as the highest form of poetry. The Romans in turn rated Virgil as their greatest poet and his Aeneid as their national poem.

 

We shall spend the first two sessions discussing Homer’s Iliad and Odysssey and the third on the Aeneid. 

There is no set translation – indeed, the variety of English versions may be informative – but it will help if you could have read at least some of the poems. Dryden’s version of the Aeneid and Pope’s Homer have become classics of English poetry, while Robert Fagles’ modern translations of all three epics have proved popular and are available in Penguin.

Tutor: Martin Thorpe read Classics at Cambridge. He has been an active member of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers, serving as chairman and president, and has been tutor for a number of courses locally.

When:   Thursdays 1st , 15th & 29th November 2018

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

Time:    10am to 1pm

Cost:    £45  (includes tea/coffee)

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

Mini Mammoths at the Museum

From September 19th 2014

Mini Mammoths at the Museum is for  PRE-SCHOOL children (age 1-5),  10.00am – 11.30am every Friday during term time – Grow little minds and stimulate senses at our museum based parent and baby group. Enjoy a weekly themed session in the museum followed by free play and a mini informtion session for parents/carers in the museum education room.  Session includes snacks for little ones and tea/coffee  for parents/carers.

£3.50 per child.

Contact museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk for further information and booking details. 01743 258881 / 258888

Food & Drink at stop. cafe

stop. cafe bar is one of the top cafe’s in Shrewsbury. Whether you’re having a catch-up with friends, taking a break from shopping or touring our galleries you will find that stop. cafe bar offers the perfect setting for a restful break in the heart of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

An image of stop. cafe in the heart of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. The cafe is very busy with a mix of young and old in what is a perfect cafe setting.

stop. cafe bar in the heart of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

stop. cafe bar offers a full savoury menu seven days a week alongside indulgent homemade cakes, great coffee and hot drinks and a range of local ales, wine and cider. You can choose from a host of delicious dishes, many using local produce and ingredients.

Try our Maynards Farm bacon sandwich, scrambled eggs or croissants in the morning. For lunch, there is always homemade soup, deli sandwiches and wraps – featuring Moydens Farm cheeses – Coopers Gourmet sausage rolls, or for something more spicy a bowl of homemade vegan daal. It’s always worth checking out our daily specials as well!

If you are planning to bring the children, stop. is particularly family friendly, with level access and plenty of room for pushchairs. Alongside the kids menu, we have baby changing facilities, lots of high chairs and toys and books to keep the children entertained.

The cafe bar, which also includes a large courtyard area for al fresco dining, is also available for private hire in the evenings. We have both alcohol and live music licenses and are able to offer party style catering to suit any occasion. For more information, email eventswithstop@gmail.com.

Check out what stop.cafe bar has to offer by watching this video!

If you’ve just popped in for a drink or a bite to eat, why not take a look around the Museum’s Roman Gallery, home to an array of interesting and significant objects… and it’s FREE to enter!

 

 

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