Events 2018 2019

  • Beer Tasting Eve




    Celebrate spring with a talk about the history of beer and a tutored tasting of a selection of British beer styles accompanied by a selection of British Cheese and 'pub snacks'. The museum contains a number of exhibits which reflect the history of beer and some of these will make an appearance as part of the talk.


  • Darling Edith Reading




    Join us for an evening of Rex Whistler's letters read by actors Jill Fenner and Edward Halsted. These wonderful insights into the life and thinking of Rex Whistler come from the museum's archive of his letters to family and friends, and span his life from a schoolboy in 1917, to tank commander in 1944


  • Finding Nero Talk




    Although Britain was part of the Roman Empire for nearly four centuries, the apparent absence of portrait sculpture here stands in marked contrast to other western Roman provinces. Recent work by Bournemouth University, examining and 3D laser scanning damaged Romano-British sculpture - much of it misidentified, misunderstood or simply buried deep in museum stores - has shown that that there was in fact a large amount of marble and bronze statuary in Britannia, much of which appears to have depicted emperors


  • Hoards Earliest Metal Talk




    Rarely does a year go by without a new headline-making discovery of a Bronze Age hoard. From fewer than ten cases in 1997 to around 60 today. But how have these discoveries contributed to our knowledge of people and community during the first age of metal? This talk explores some of the most important and interesting Bronze Age hoards found in recent years. It will set them in their wider context and ask searching questions about how new discoveries are contributing to the big stories that we can tell.



  • Landscape and Melody Talk




    Beatrice Parvin's novel Captain Swing and the Blacksmith is set in Wiltshire in the 1840s. It tells the story of working people through the land they toiled and the songs they sang. Join Beatrice as she reads from her novel, but then opens up discussion with violinist, Frank Biddulph and singer/songwriter, Rebecca Hollweg, who will also be performing music during the afternoon. There will even be the chance to learn and sing the chorus to the folk song Rebecca created from the novel.




  • Stories on Mantelpiece Talk




    Stephen Duckworth is the author of 'Victorian Staffordshire Pottery Religious Figures' His talk will tell the story of the colourful, naive biblical and other religious pottery figures which found their way into British Victorian homes in the nineteenth century. Stephen has been a collector for over forty years and lives in West London.