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14th March 2019 – 12th September 2019

Object Talks - collections events

Come and join our collections team for a series of in-depth evening talks about iconic objects in the museum, in this series ranging from coin hoards to pikes to parian to Stanley Spencer!

Talks are on the second Thursday of the month and start at 6pm, They will be with the objects in the galleries. Each talk lasts about half an hour, and then there will be a chance to ask questions.

14 March: Curator Kirsty Hartsiotis will be talking about the ethereal veiled ceramic sculpture The Bride made by Copeland, part of our collection of Victorian parian figurines.

11 April: Assistant curator Benedict Sayers will be talking about ancient treasure: the Willersey hoard of late Roman silver coins unearthed in the county just over 50 years ago.

9 May: Curator Ann-Rachael Harwood will be talking about the pike, discovered on 11 May 1896 floating on the surface of Dowdeswell Reservoir. You will also have the opportunity to see additional items from the collections, including photographs of the reservoir.

13 June: Assistant curator Benedict Sayers will be talking about the iconic hoard of currency bars discovered in 1860 at Salmonsbury Camp, Bourton-on-the-Water, and about money in Gloucestershire from the Iron Age to today.

11 July: Curator Kirsty Hartsiotis will be exploring the new display of books from the Emery Walker Library around the bicentenary of art critic, social reformer and artist John Ruskin’s birth, including Kelmscott and Doves Press books. You will have an opportunity to see additional books from the library.

8 August: Curator Ann-Rachael Harwood will be talking about  a letter written by George III from Cheltenham.  This is a newly acquired item, purchased by the Friends of The Wilson. There will also be an opportunity to see prints showing George III and the Royal Party in Cheltenham.

12 September:  Curator Kirsty Hartsiotis will be talking about Stanley Spencer’s painting Village Life (Village Gossips), 1940, which was painted while the artist was staying in Leonard Stanley, near Stroud. You will have an opportunity to see one of the preparatory drawings for this painting.

 

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