Events 2019

  • Outing Fordingbridge New Forest




    A day out inspired by Augustus John and the landscape of the New Forest with art historian Paul Chapman and landscape historian Hadrian Cook. The day begins at Fordingbridge to visit the statue of Augustus John, followed by an exclusive opportunity to view the outside of his former studio at Fryern Court, built in 1933 by architect Christopher Nicholson.

    The afternoon will feature a two mile walk in the landscape surrounding Abbots Well at Frogham, in the New Forest. For full details of the day, please visit our website.

    Bring stout shoes, clothes suitable for all weathers, and packed lunch. (Please note this outing is not suitable for those with walking difficulties). Own transport essential.
    Meet and park at Fordingbridge Car Park (off Salisbury Street, Fordingbridge)




  • Outing The Blue Pool





    Join landscape historian Hadrian Cook for a VIP day out at the Blue Poole in Dorset. This unique pool formed from a deep, clay bowl, varies in colour from green to turquoise and is surrounded by 25 acres of pine trees - a location that Augustus John felt provided a quality of light similar to that of the south of France.
    The visit includes coffee on arrival, a guided walk around the Pool, a buffet lunch in the Function Room and a visit to the view point.
    Please wear stout shoes and clothes suitable for all weathers. (Please note this outing is not suitable for those with walking difficulties). Own transport essential.



  • Outing to Down Farm




    Spend the day enjoying archaeology in the landscape of Down Farm, led by Martin Green. The morning will begin with the opportunity to visit the Down Farm Museum, followed by a tour of the sites in Fir Tree field. This will also include the chance to find out how students from Southampton University are progressing on the Training Dig site.

    The afternoon will include a longer walk over Gussage Down earthworks (first planned by Colt Hoare, who described it as one of his favourite places for communing with the Ancient Britons) and taking in Neolithic long barrows; crossing the Dorset Cursus; and walking along the Ackling Dyke. The afternoon will finish at the restored henges and Neolithic house footprint on Wyke Down, before a short walk back to Down Farm.

    Bring stout shoes, clothes suitable for all weathers, a packed lunch and an enquiring mind! (Please note this outing is not suitable for those with walking difficulties). Own transport essential.
    For full directions to Down Farm please visit our website.



  • Performance Salisbury Chamber En...




    A programme of early classical music that will include quintets by J C Bach and I J Pleyel, performed by the Salisbury Chamber Ensemble. The performance will be followed by tea and biscuits and the opportunity to visit our Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition.




  • Talk Augustus John Last Bohemian




    When Augustus John died in 1961 he was described in The New York Times as 'the grand old man of British painting, and one of the greatest in British history' - but was he? This lecture explores John's extraordinary life, examining his position as one of the most exciting, outrageous young British artists before the Great War, his slow decline after it, and his troubled status as 'the last Bohemian'. You will be able to visit the Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition beforehand. The Main Exhibition Galleries will be open from 5.30pm - 6.30pm.




  • Talk Augustus John Nicolas Beer




    A practising portrait painter and teacher of portrait painting with twenty five years of experience, Nicholas Beer will give an illustrated outline of the British portrait tradition and Augustus John's place within it. There will also be the opportunity to visit the Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition beforehand, from 5.30pm - 6.30pm.


  • Talk Augustus John Reminiscence




    Join us for a very special afternoon, in the company of Tristan de Vere Cole, who will be talking about his personal memories of Augustus John. Tristan was largely brought up in the John household, and sat for Augustus John many times. The talk will be illustrated with slides of Augustus John's paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures and photos - many from Tristan's own collection. Following the talk, Tristan will be signing copies of his book 'The Last Bastard'. Included in the ticket price are tea and biscuits after the talk, and the opportunity to visit the Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition.


  • Talk Moral Compass of Barchester




    Richard Chartres former President of the Trollope Society reflects on Anthony Trollope's life and his generally benign view of the characters in his novels. Even the odious Mr Slope is not without admirable qualities. Trollope's geniality has its limits however and later works notably The Way We Live Now and Mr Scarborough's Family explore the consequences of moral indifference.




  • Talk Origins of Photography




    Anthony Hamber is an independent photographic historian who curated The Origins of Photography in Salisbury 1839 - 1919 exhibition at the museum. This lecture will provide an overview of how the medium was adopted and exploited in Salisbury during the first four decades of its existence and provides a vignette of life in the city. The exhibition will be open from 5.30pm - 6.30pm, before the talk.


  • Talk Romance of the Road




    Augustus John caused scandal when he travelled round Edwardian England in a caravan, but he was not the only artist attracted to the travelling life in the early 20th century. Paul Nash, Laura Knight and Edward Seago are among the artists featured in a wide-ranging lecture that explores the lure of Romany culture, the circus and the open road. There will be the opportunity to visit the Augustus John exhibition beforehand from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.


  • Talk Winifred Lamb




    Winifred Lamb, who grew up at Winterslow near Salisbury, served as honorary keeper of Greek antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge from 1920 to 1958. She first met Sir Sydney Cockerell, the Director of the Fitzwilliam, at the sale of the Hope antiquities at Christie's in July 1917. Later that year she was invited to join Room 40, part of Naval Intelligence, where she worked alongside the academic (Sir) John Beazley who encouraged her interest in Greek pottery. Cockerell invited her to work on the Greek collections at the Fitzwilliam, before offering her the role of honorary keeper. One of her first tasks was to create a prehistoric gallery where finds from excavations sponsored by the British School at Athens were displayed. In parallel to this she was admitted to the British School at Athens where she worked on the excavation of Mycenae, Sparta, and prehistoric sites in Macedonia. She then funded her own excavation of the Bronze Age site of Thermi on the island of Lesbos before turning her attention to the site of Kusura in western Turkey. During the Second World War she was a member of the Turkish monitoring section of the BBC. Lamb was a pioneering archaeologist and one of the most important benefactors of the Greek and Roman Department of the Fitzwilliam.

    David Gill is Professor of Archaeological Heritage at the University of Suffolk and Visiting Research Fellow in the School of History at the University of East Anglia.?His books include Sifting the Soil of Greece: the Early Years of the British School at Athens (1886-1919) (2011) and Winifred Lamb: Aegean Prehistorian and Museum Curator (2018). In 2012 he received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Archaeological Institute of America for his research on cultural property



  • Workshop Portraiture




    Why not try your hand at painting portraits from life, inspired by Augustus John. You can join artist Claire Thomas for one, two or all three sessions. Learn about colour palettes and how to structure a portrait. Suitable for artists of all abilities.
    Please see our website for a suggested kit list.