Events

Covid-19

01st Sep 2021   

Our normal programme of around 50 events a year has been severely curtailed by COVID-19.  Presently we have managed to arrange a small number of visits and trips over the next three months and are resuming our series of monthly talks at the M Shed Studio (with tea/coffee and cake); see below for details.  Also, Bristol Museums service is offering a range of on-line events, some of which are listed here.

 

Visit: Scott House and the Wetlands Centre

04th Nov 2021   

A visit to Slimbridge to see Sir Peter Scott’s home, now a museum, and the wildfowl centre.

Departure: Clevedon Road car park, Nailsea: 9.00am; Bristol Hotel: 9.30am; Clifton Triangle (Bathstore): 9.45am; St Monica’s bus stop, Westbury Road: 10.00am.

Cost £32 per person.

To secure a place please complete the booking form included with the September newsletter.

Contact: Richard Avery 0117 329 6656 rchrdvry@gmail.com

 

Museum Winter Lecture: It’s my living – my life as a street artist

7.30pm    04th Nov 2021    Priory Road Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol, 8 Woodland Road 

At the November Winter Lecture you can find out about Andy Council’s life as a street artist.
Andy will discuss his work as an artist actively involved in the Bristol street art and graffiti scene.  The gentrification of Bristol, tagging, commercialisation of the art form and NOT being Banksy will probably also be mentioned!
Andy Council is a Bristol based artist who creates composite beasts made up of architectural landmarks and other recognisable elements.  He often incorporates collaboration with communities in his process; identifying local and personal landmarks with people which are then included in the pieces.
Andy has pieces in Bristol Museum’s permanent collection and two large scale works in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London.

To book a free ticket please click here.

The Museum Winter Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends.

 

Behind the Scenes: Diversity in Art

10.30am    09th Nov 2021    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 

A guided tour of the permanent galleries with Jenny Gaschke exploring the global influences on western art from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

Cost: £5 per person.

To secure a place please complete the booking form included with the September newsletter.

Contact: Carol Lear 0117 942 3610 carolear@btinternet.com

 

Seasonal Sale

10.30am - 4.00pm    21st Nov 2021    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 

Come along and buy some second-hand books and jigsaws plus home-made preserves and cakes.

Please volunteer to help on the day if you can – a form was included with the September newsletter.

Contact: Mary Bailey 0117 942 1944 events@friendsofbmga.org.uk

 

Behind the Scenes: Avery’s Wine Cellar

2.30pm    02nd Dec 2021    Avery's, Culver Street, BS1 5LD 

We start with an introduction to the history of the business and the wine trade, followed by a tasting of four wines specially selected to illustrate the talk.

Cost: £20 per person.

To secure a place please complete the booking form included with the September newsletter.

Contact: Carol Lear   0117 942 3610   carolear@btinternet.com

 

Museum Winter Lecture: The ORIGINS Festival and Indigenous interventions in museums

7.30pm    09th Dec 2021    Priory Road Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol, 8 Woodland Road 

Relationships between museums and Indigenous people have become increasingly complex in recent years, with questions of ownership, appropriation, decolonisation and repatriation coming to the fore.
Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, which offers a space in Britain for Indigenous people to articulate their cultures, has been working closely with Indigenous artists and major museums to move these important conversations forward.
The speaker, Michael Walling, founded Border Crossings in 1995.  He studied History at Oxford University, and subsequently trained at Trinity College, Dublin.

To book a free ticket please click here.

The Museum Winter Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends.

 

Archaeology online: The world(s) of Sutton Hoo

7.30 - 9.00pm    27th Oct 2021    Held over Zoom 

In the first Archaeology Online lecture of the season we explore the world(s) of Sutton Hoo with Dr Sue Brunning, Curator of the European Early Medieval Collections at the British Museum.
This lecture explores the Sutton Hoo ship burial’s key revelations.  Using several objects as guides, it explores the different early medieval ‘worlds’ – artistic, geographical, spiritual and personal – that the discovery revealed; what these tell us about peoples’ lives and experiences in the Early Middle Ages; and why this ancient burial remains relevant in the 21st century.

To book a place for this online talk click here.

 

Museum talk: Conservation in action

2.00 - 3.00pm    04th Nov 2021    Held over Zoom 

Bristol Museums look after over 2.5 million objects across five museum sites.
The Conservation and Documentation Team are responsible for their long-term safety, and for documenting and preparing them for display or loan.  The team focuses on four conservation specialisms: paintings, works on paper, 3D objects and preventive conservation.  Treatments are carried out at our three dedicated conservation studios based at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
Speaker: Fran Coles, Conservation and Documentation Manager.

To book a place for this online talk click here.

 

Museum talk – Secrets from the stores: Highlights from the costume collection

2.00 - 3.00pm    02nd Dec 2021    Held over Zoom 

Bristol Museums has an extensive collection of costume and textiles comprising around 10,000 items dating from the 1730s.
These exquisite items include beautiful court dresses, printed Victorian fabrics, flapper dance wear and wartime utility.  Accessories range from fans, hats and corsages to all kinds of unusual shoes such as dancing slippers, silk boots, and 1970s platforms.
This online talk will take you into the museum stores for a visual feast of fashion history. You will hear about changing styles, uncover hidden details and hear about the social changes that shape the costume collection.

The speaker, Catherine Littlejohns, is senior curator of the Historic Houses.

To book a place for this online talk click here.

 

Museum talk: ‘She is capable but sullen and troublesome’. Analysis of the Muller Orphan Homes’ Dismissal Books, 1850-1900

6.00 - 7.30pm    16th Dec 2021    Held over Zoom 

ONLINE TALK: Discover the types of work Muller’s orphans went on to do. Why were some deemed unsuitable for work, and what happened to them?

Speaker Kate Brooks is an Associate Lecturer in Education History at Bath Spa University, currently researching Muller’s Orphan Homes for a PhD.

This talk will be held over Zoom.  To book a place with the museums service click here.