South West Heritage Trust Event Listing for February - March

14 Jan 2022


The Museum of Somerset, Taunton
 
February

The Art of Brian Rice: Sixty Years of Painting and Prints Exhibition
Until 26 Feb, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Tue – Sun 
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
Give What You Think
Museumofsomerset.org.uk
See website for latest booking information
An exhibition displaying more than 30 vibrant abstract works by the painter-printmaker who was born in Somerset but made an international name for himself in 1960s London.

Talk and Tea with Abigail Willis
11 Feb, 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
Museumofsomerset.org.uk
Booking, £5
Explore the innovations and ideas that have informed the way we garden today at this Talk and Tea with Abigail Willis. Part of our Talk and Tea Series.
Exhibition Tours: The Art of Brian Rice
17 Feb, 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm 
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
Museumofsomerset.org.uk
Booking, suggested donation £3
Find out more about the artworks on display in this short gallery tour. Discover Brian’s influences, and hear more about the context in which the artworks were produced.

February Half Term Activities
19 – 27 Feb (closed Mon), 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
Museumofsomerset.org.uk
Booking advised, activities £2 per child
Activities throughout the week inspired by the bright and bold artworks on display in the exhibition of work by modernist artist Brian Rice. Get creative through art, animation, science and archaeology. Activities £2 per child.


Athelstan – First King of the English: An Online Lecture by Michael Wood 
24 Feb, 7.30 pm – 8.45 pm
Online via Zoom
swheritage.org.uk
Booking, £8.50
Join Michael Wood for this online lecture in aid of the Victoria County History. In this illustrated lecture he retells the remarkable story of Athelstan (c. 894-939), the first Anglo-Saxon king to rule over the whole of England. 

March 

Talk and Tea with Dr Angela Smith
11 Mar, 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
Museumofsomerset.org.uk
Booking, £5
This talk with Dr Angela Smith surveys the life and career of Richard Fox, one time bishop of Exeter and whose portrait is in the collection at The Museum of Somerset. Part of our Talk and Tea Series.

In Xanadu: Coleridge and the West Country
12 Mar - 25 June 2022
10.00 am – 5.00 pm Tue – Sat (some Sunday opening)
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
Museumofsomerset.org.uk
See website for latest booking information
An exhibition in partnership with the British Library to showcase the earliest manuscript of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s extraordinary poem Kubla Khan. The exhibition celebrates the manuscript’s return to the county where it was written. It will tell the story of Coleridge’s time spent living in and near the Quantock Hills, his relationship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, and the legacy of his writing.


In Xanadu: Coleridge and the West Country Exhibition Tours
31 Mar, 2.30 pm
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AA
Museumofsomerset.org.uk
Booking, suggested donation £3
Find out more about the artworks and objects on display in this short gallery tour of the exhibition ‘In Xanadu: Coleridge and the West Country’.

Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

February

The Blackdown Hills: A Photographic Portrait Exhibition 
Open until 19 Mar, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Tue – Sat 
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
srlm.org.uk
See website for latest booking information
A photographic exhibition by Somerset-based photographer Pauline Rook documenting two decades of farming life on the Blackdown Hills.

Orchard Management Day
5 Feb, 10.00 am – 3.30 pm 
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
srlm.org.uk
Booking, £60
The essential guide to growing and caring for apple trees with Les Davies MBE, a course covering all you need to know, from propagation to pruning.

Talk and Tea: Pauline Rook’s Blackdown Hills Photographs
10 Feb, 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm 
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
srlm.org.uk
Booking, £5
Discover more about Pauline Rook’s Blackdown Hills photographs in this informative illustrated talk. An exhibition of work by Pauline is currently on display at the Museum.

Meet the Artist: Pauline Rook
12 Feb, 10.30 am - 3.30 pm 
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
srlm.org.uk
Booking Advised
To celebrate her exhibition ‘The Blackdown Hills: A Photographic Portrait’ Pauline Rook will be at the Museum to answer questions about her practice. 

February Half Term Activities
19 - 25 Feb, (closed Sun/Mon) 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
srlm.org.uk
Booking Advised, normal charges apply/FREE with Museum Unlimited
Activities throughout the week exploring what life was like on the old Abbey Farm.

March

Talk and Tea: To follow the plough with Les Davies
10 Mar, 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm 
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
srlm.org.uk
Booking, £5
Join Les Davis to hear the story of a farm worker’s family in the mid-20th century. Part of our Talk and Tea Series.

Exhibition: Craft – Somerset Portraits and Voices by Kate Lynch 
26 Mar – 5 Jun, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm 
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
srlm.org.uk
See website for latest booking information, normal charges apply/FREE with Museum Unlimited
Somerset artist Kate Lynch documents the people practising old crafts and trades in Somerset. There are 30 traditional craftspeople featured in the exhibition of work including basketmakers, weavers, blacksmiths, farriers, potters, hedgelayers and many more. Kate’s charcoal drawings and paintings pay tribute to their knowledge and time-honoured skills.

Somerset Brick and Tile Museum

February Half Term activities at the Brick and Tile Museum
22 Feb, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm 
Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, East Quay, Bridgwater, TA6 4DB
swheritage.org.uk
Booking, £3.50
Make a heart-shaped decoration out of clay to mark Valentine’s Day. Suitable for all ages.  

February Half Term activities at the Brick and Tile Museum
24 Feb, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm 
Somerset Brick and Tile Museum, East Quay, Bridgwater, TA6 4DB
swheritage.org.uk
Booking, £3.50
Paint your own heart-shaped pottery object.  Suitable for all ages.  








Somerset and Devon Archives and Local Studies

February

From Sorcery to Supercomputers – A Coffee Time Talk
18 Feb, 10.30 am
Online via Zoom
swheritage.org.uk
Booking, £5
At this online talk with Met Office Archivist Catherine Ross you can discover the treasures of the Met Office Archives. These include a 12th century illuminated manuscript discussing the shape of raindrops and the tender for the first operational Met Office Super Computer. 

March

Behind the Scenes: Conserving the Bath and Wells Probate Administrators’ Accounts – A Coffee Time Talk
18 Mar, 10.30 am
Online via Zoom
swheritage.org.uk
Booking, £5
Go behind-the-scenes with conservator Lucy Cokes as she talks about her project to conserve the Bath and Wells Probate Administrators’ Accounts. 

COVID Community Archive Collection for Somerset
A new community archive project has been launched by the South West Heritage Trust and Open Mental Health to collect people’s stories and experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The archive aims to gather people’s experiences of the pandemic and how it has affected their mental health. Contributions to the community archive can be submitted at swheritage.org.uk. 



 

South West Heritage Trust Event Listing for February - March
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