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St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery
What’s On 2014
A guide to this year’s exhibitions, events, talks and activities.
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Six reasons to visit 1 The Museum offers a unique insight into the local history of the area, for visitors and residents alike. 2 Enjoy art exhibitions that bring work of national and international significance to Lymington and display the best of local art. 3 The Museum is a great family destination with activities for all ages on offer throughout the year. 4 The superb gift shop offers local produce and unique gifts made by local artists and craft makers. 5 We provide a local visitor information service, resourced by a dedicated and knowledgeable team of volunteers. 6 As an independent museum and registered charity we need your support.
Cover images: Chris Wormell - Solent Coast linocut (top) Cyril Power - Tube Station, linocut, courtesy of Osborne Samuel (below)
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Your Local Museum Discover how Lymington, New Milton, the surrounding villages and landscapes were shaped by events from pre-history to the present.
Enjoy hands-on, interactive displays that feature games and activities as well as costumes to try on and objects to handle. A wealth of original artefacts, historic photographs and works of art bring alive the stories of smugglers, boat builders, shop keepers and salt makers through times of war and peace.
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â€œI love taking my children to the museum, I have to drag them out of the pilot boat there, but it gives me a chance to have fun too.â€? Journey from sea to Forest and uncover what makes this beautiful part of the Solent coast unique.
Searching the smuggler for contraband.
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The Story of our Coast: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy Until 22nd February The areaâ€™s ever-changing coast has shaped lives and been a source of fascination for centuries. It has been central to the development of Lymington, and to the growth of Milford and Barton as seaside resorts. Its strategic importance is shown by Hurst Castle, built by Henry VIII, and the World War II coastal defences. Myths and stories have become entwined with fact, tidal waves engulfing houses and tunnels for murderous smugglers to hide their booty. Not all of the historic plans for this coast became reality. A suspension bridge at Lymington, a pier at Milford and a tunnel to the Isle of Wight all failed to progress beyond the drawing board. Should we be grateful that these plans never made it?
Exhibition supported by:
Image: Solent Tunnel, St. Barbe Museum Collection
Local History Exhibition
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Home Lad Home: The War Horse Story 1st March - 26th April To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War this exhibition reveals how thousands of horses were taken from civilian life and prepared for use by the military. Built around paintings by Lucy Kemp-Welch, Lionel Edwards, Cecil Aldin and Edwin Noble, the exhibition traces the journey of horses from rural England to the Remount Depots and on to the Western Front. The exhibition is accompanied by a special schoolsâ€™ programme in partnership with the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to mark the arrival of the National Theatreâ€™s production of War Horse. See page 17. Exhibition supported by:
Image: Lucy Kemp-Welch - Mixed Company at a Race Meeting (above) Courtesy: Lucy Kemp-Welch Memorial Trust at Bushey Museum & Art Gallery
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Images: Hampshire Yeomanry, Basingstoke Troop, Wimborne St. Giles Camp 1914 Courtesy: The Royal Hampshire Regiment Trust (top) Edwin Noble - An injured horse being loaded into a motor ambulance (detail), Courtesy Imperial War Museum
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Thelwell Country 3rd May - 14th June Norman Thelwell rose to prominence in the 1950s, becoming one of Britainâ€™s best known cartoonists. He was a master of social comment and a keen observer of the foibles of the British at work and play. His books sold worldwide including over 2 million copies in the UK. Perhaps less familiar is his work as a watercolourist in the British landscape tradition and this exhibition celebrates both aspects of his output. It features over 70 original paintings representing his much-loved cartoons and landscapes, particularly of the area around his home near Romsey.
Exhibition supported by:
Images: Norman Thelwell- Romsey Abbey watercolour (above), Rodeo, watercolour (top right) The Hunt Observers, watercolour (right), All images courtesy of Artistâ€™s Estate
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15th Annual St. Barbe Open 21st June - 19th July The St. Barbe Open provides a showcase for the best of the regionâ€™s paintings, prints and drawings. Within those media there is no limitation as to subject or style. Work is selected by a panel of professional artists and although the content is always varied, each yearâ€™s show takes on a unique character. Artists wishing to submit work can contact the museum from April onwards for forms and conditions of entry. These will also be available on our website. The handing in dates for 2014 are 5th and 6th June. This is a selling exhibition.
Image: Laurence Belbin - St Ives Reflections, Oil
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Prints of the Grosvenor School 26th July - 20th September The Grosvenor School of Modern Art, founded in London in 1925, is today almost entirely remembered for a brief but intense period of inspirational print making during the 1930s. Claude Flight and his students took the art of the linocut to new heights: the vibrant colours and dynamic designs proved an instant success. This exhibition featuring works by Claude Flight, Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power and Lill Tschudi includes some of the most iconic prints ever produced. Influenced by Futurism and Art Deco, these linocuts capture the spirit of the period and reflect the confidence in a thoroughly modern world that was so prevalent in the 1920s and 1930s. Exhibition partner: Osborne Samuel.
Image: Sybil Andrews - Sledgehammers, linocut, 1933, courtesy Osborne Samuel
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Colin See-Paynton: Nocturnal Encounters 27th September - 8th November Colin See-Paynton is entirely self-taught as a wood engraver, but since he began to make prints in 1980 he has established himself as one of the most revered printmakers in the world. His work is based on the meticulous observation of the natural world, inventing complex compositions that link species and their habitats. He uses his knowledge and imagination to construct engravings of great complexity and refinement and has evolved something new by the patterning and layering of his images. This exhibition mixes new work focusing on a family of hares which made their home in Colin's garden and a selection of earlier work which uses an increasingly abstract and fluid line to capture the fast and fleeting movements of birds and fish. Image: Nocturnal Encounters - Barn Owl and Hare, wood engraving
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Lives Less Ordinary 15th November - 10th January 2015 A celebration of the lives of local residents who made a mark both locally and nationally. This exhibition studies an eclectic mix of people whose exploits and influence brought them to prominence or notoriety on the New Forest coast and beyond. This will be a chance to discover more about religious cult leader Mary Ann Girling, Harry Burrard Neale a national hero, John Howlett who helped shape modern Lymington, occult novelist Dennis Wheatley, Andrew Peterson the eccentric builder of Sway Tower plus contemporary figures including Lymington's multiple Olympic gold medallist, Sir Ben Ainslie.
Exhibition supported by:
Images :Andrew Peterson, creator of Sway Tower, Olympian, Sir Ben Ainslie, courtesy of Royal Lymington Yacht Club
Local History Exhibition
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Family Explorer Days Drop in and take part in hands-on, creative activities inspired by the museumâ€™s collections and exhibitions. Explorer Days encourage the use of imagination, are a great opportunity to have fun as a family, and included in admission. 10.30am to 3.30pm, all ages welcome. 20th February - Meet Willy Rambles and his miniature lighthouse. Watch his animated films and listen to marvellous tales. Make willow fish and try our smuggling trail.
10th April - Scrap modelling and collage creations inspired by the Home Lad Home exhibition.
29th May - Celts v Romans - Activities include making a pagan spirit, creating perfumed oil, Celtic face painting, and mosaic tile making.
Family and Childrenâ€™s Events
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30th October - BIG DRAW Come and see what nighttime creatures are lurking in the museum and create your own using print making techniques inspired by our Nocturnal Encounters exhibition. See website for more details.
Children’s workshop Coastal Cartoons: Animation in a day 21st Feb 10:00am – 3:00pm Come and create a film about the sea and coast with artist Lucy Jackson. Make the characters and scenery and then use stop motion animation to bring the story to life.
Suitable for 8+ years £25 per child. Lunch not provided. Advance booking required, spaces are limited. Tel: 01590 676969
Family and Children’s Events
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The St. Barbe Summer Roadshow We will be taking our family activities out and about during the summer into the towns, local villages, the Forest and the coast. See website for more details.
Arts Award St. Barbe is a registered Arts Award Centre. Make the most of our family events to complete part of your Explore or Discover Arts Award or ask about how we can support Bronze or Silver Arts Awards.
The Children’s University St. Barbe is registered as a Children’s University destination. Enjoy a visit to the museum or take part in a family activity and get your passport stamped as you leave.
School Bookings Museum sessions for KS1 & KS2 are based around national curriculum topics. We also offer an open and flexible Explore; Connect; Create session for KS1-KS3, based around the Art Gallery exhibitions and the requirements of the school. Details on website.
Family and Children’s Events
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Home Lad Home: Youth Project In partnership with Hampshireâ€™s Arts and Museums Service and the Mayflower Theatre, young artists at Priestlands School will work alongside artist James Aldridge to create their own responses to the themes within the Home Lad Home exhibition and War Horse show. Funding from Arts Council England will enable students to create both performance and visual art, which will sit alongside newly commissioned art work by James Aldridge in the galleries. Please follow The Home Lad Home Project on: www.homeladhome.wordpress.com Supported by:
Youth Arts Project
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Friends of St. Barbe Museum
Becoming a Friend will keep you in touch with all that is happening and give you a chance to get involved too. By joining the Friends you get: • • • • • •
Annual admission to the Museum Annual admission to all Gallery exhibitions Entrance to Friends talks and events Friends Newsletters An exclusive Friends exhibition private view Discounted admission to the New Forest Centre and Bucklers Hard Maritime Museum
Gold membership also includes: • Admissions for Member and one guest • Invitations to all private views • Free access to all Gallery talks and events Membership donations: Adult Family Concessions Gold Membership
£16 £27 £13 £50
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Friends Events Non-members are welcome to attend Friends talks. Friday 10th January 2014 Talk: Life and Times of a Lymington Auctioneer Lymington auctioneer George Kidner will talk about some of his experiences, valuing and auctioning a wide variety of artefacts from artworks to toys including some of the curiosities that have come through his auction house. Lymington Community Centre Refreshments 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm Friends Members free - Non-members £3 Friday 7th February Fish and Chips Quiz Informal quiz evening for Friends and friends of Friends. Choice of fish, chicken or vegetarian burger and chips. Remember to bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets £9 members and £10 guests. On sale in the St Barbe Museum shop. Book your place and meal choice by Friday 31st January Lymington Community Centre 7.00pm to 9.30pm (note start time) Friday 7th March Talk: The War Horse Story Dr Gill Clarke MBE will give a talk to accompany our special exhibition, which she has curated, which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. She will tell the story, illustrated by paintings made at the time, of how thousands of horses were taken from rural areas via Remount Depots to the Western Front, Lymington Community Centre Refreshments 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm Fund raising event: Friends Members £3, Non-members £5
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Friends Events Friday 4th April Talk: The Eighteenth Century New Forest Timber, threats and theft; cows and corruption; mean shacks, murder and mansions; pigs, people, and power. New Forest historian and author Peter Roberts will talk about this intriguing century of change in the New Forest. Lymington Community Centre Refreshments 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm Friends Members free - Non-members £3 Friday 2nd May Talk: Bournemouth ‘New Town’ Local historian and author Jude James will talk about the phenomenal growth of Bournemouth in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A small hamlet when Thomas Hardy was a boy that had become a large town by the time he writes about it in Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Jude will describe the creation of Bournemouth, the views of incoming residents and visitors, and the impact this large new settlement had on surrounding communities. Lymington Community Centre Refreshments 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm Friends Members free - Non-members £3 Friday 6th June Gallery Talk: Thelwell Country Exhibition Steve Marshall who has organised the Thelwell exhibition will talk about the range of Norman Thelwell’s work, not just his humorous take on riding and children’s ponies, but also fishing, gardening, motoring, sailing, farming and his landscape paintings of the countryside around his home near Romsey. St Barbe Museum Refreshments 6.00pm Gallery Talk 6:30pm (Please note start time) Friends Members only 20
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Friends Events Friday 5th September Talk: Robert King - Life as an Artist Robert King, who is a Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, lives in a former coastguard cottage overlooking the Solent and when not painting en plein air might be found painting the view from his bedroom window. His work has been exhibited from London to America. Robert will talk about his life as an artist and the approaches he brings to working in oil, watercolour and pastels across subjects ranging from landscapes and seascapes to figurative painting. Lymington Community Centre Refreshments 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm Friends Members free - Non-members ÂŁ3 Thursday 25th September Friends Exhibition Preview: Grosvenor School Prints St Barbe Gallery 6.00pm to 8.00pm (note start time) Friends Members only Friday 3rd October Talk: The Essential Magic of Linoprints Peter Ursem, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, has developed a striking approach to relief printmaking, celebrating the English landscape in particular in multi-layered reduction linoprints. Peter will explore the essential magic of relief printmaking techniques, looking at the character and movement of the Grosvenor School artists, as well as the intimate calmness of his own work. Lymington Community Centre Refreshments 7.00pm, Talk 7.30pm Friends Members free - Non-members ÂŁ3
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Friends Events Friday 7th November Talk: The New Forest and 1914 John Cockram, who has researched and edited various New Forest War Memorial books, will talk about the preparedness of the Royal Navy and the Army for war and explore their fortunes in the first five months of the war including the involvement of local people. Lymington Community Centre Refreshments 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm Friends Members free - Non-members £3 Friday 5th December Friends Christmas Reception Mulled wine and nibbles in the museum and an opportunity to catch up on St Barbe news. Museum Director Mark Tomlinson will talk about the current Gallery Exhibition, “Lives Less Ordinary”. He and John Ward, Chairman of FoSB, will give an update on forthcoming events for 2015. St Barbe Museum 6.00pm to 7.30pm (note start time) Friends Members and Volunteers only Friday 9th January 2015 Talk: Streams, Ponds and Puddles Pete Gilbert, well known and successful local artist is passionate about the New Forest landscape. He will be talking about his work and the inspiration he found in the watery aspects of the Forest to create the January St. Barbe Gallery exhibition. Lymington Community Centre Refreshments 7.00pm Talk 7.30pm Friends Members free - Non-members £3
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Full wheelchair access
Baby-changing facilities available
Large Exhibition labels Print in large print
Guide Dogs welcome
Seating and wheelchair available
Magnifying sheets and torch available
HOW TO FIND US By rail - five minutes walk from Lymington Town railway station. By road - from the east: leave the M27 at junction 2, follow the A326 towards Fawley, then take the B3054 through Beaulieu to Lymington. From the west and north follow A337 to Lymington. Follow brown signs to museum and car park. Bus - Bluestar No 6 from Southampton, X1 or X2 from Bournemouth or Christchurch (Wilts & Dorset). Parking - pay and display in Emsworth Road, including two disabled spaces beside the museum.
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St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery New Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BH Telephone: 01590 676969 Fax: 01590 679997 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk OPENING TIMES • Open Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm • Last entry 3.30pm • Please phone for details of Christmas opening times
PRICE INFORMATION Admission Concessions
(senior citizens, ES40 holders, students) (under 5s free) (2 adults and up to 4 children)
GIFT SHOP AND VISITOR INFORMATION The museum now provides information for locals and visitors on events, transport, accommodation, places of interest and walks. We also have an excellent shop providing gifts, books, maps and local guides.
An independent museum run by Lymington Museum Trust (Reg. Charity no. 1018779)