What’s On

February – June 2015

Exhibition
Gwen John to Lucian Freud Home and the World Dexter Dalwood Selects from the Swindon Collection @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Throughout the 1980s the National Gallery in London hosted a series of exhibitions called The Artist’s Eye which displayed groups of paintings chosen by eminent artists. Dexter Dalwood saw these shows while he was student at St Martin’s School of...
Exhibition
The Observer Observed: A Portrait of Don McCullin by Charlotte Sorapure
Saturday 14 March to Sunday 7 June Free This spring the Holburne unveils its latest painting by a winner of the Holburne Portrait Prize, Charlotte Sorapure. Her subject is the renowned photographer Don McCullin CBE, who is celebrating his 80th...
Exhibition Featured
March 21, 2015 – May 17, 2015 all-day
Nicholas Rena: After Matisse
Nicholas Rena: After Matisse Saturday 21 March to Sunday 17 May 2015 Free Nicholas Rena has created an installation of entirely new work for the Holburne’s Ballroom table, a series of monumental bowls. Orderly yet vigorous, these colourful vessels are...
Family Workshops
April 24, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sing songs, watch stories come to life and get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Adults Collection Exhibition Featured Learning Music
April 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Holburne 'Up Late'  @ The Holburne Museum
This month’s exhibitions include Gwen John to Lucian Freud: Home and the World. Dexter Dalwood selects from the Swindon Collection The Observer Observed: A Portrait of Don McCullin by Charlotte Sorapure Nicholas Rena: After Matisse Special Offer Entry in Gwen...
Family Workshops
Designs in Miniature Be inspired by our collection of intricate ivory netsuke
Family Workshops
April 28, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Family Workshops
April 28, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Our weekly Early Years workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s...
Adults Exhibition Membership Event Talk
April 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Nicholas Rena in conversation with Alun Graves and Catrin Jones Alongside the contemporary installation on the Ballroom table, Nicholas Rena: After Matisse, the artist will be joined by Alun Graves, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria &...
Music
April 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
£25 per ticket, to include party after the performance The Friends of the Holburne celebrate Frank Brown Nathaniel Mander, harpsichordist and leader of the Holburne Ensemble, writes: The Holburne Ensemble return to the Museum in the spring, this time in...
Family Workshops
May 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sing songs, watch stories come to life and get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Family Workshops
May 5, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Family Workshops
May 5, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Our weekly Early Years workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s...
Lunchtime Concert Music
May 5, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Jane Hunt (soprano) Clive Pollard (piano) Soprano Jane Hunt and London-based pianist/composer Clive Pollard present a recital to celebrate Spring, exploring the rich heritage of British art song composed over the last one hundred years. Including music by Peter Warlock,...
Family Workshops
May 8, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sing songs, watch stories come to life and get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Family Workshops
May 9, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Explore clay techniques to make a coil pot inspired by the artist Nicholas Rena.
Family Workshops
‘I’m a Glass Artist…’ with Jo Lovell Discover how Jo makes unique sculptures and vessels with cast glass using carving, copper inclusions and colour. Explore glass painting inspired by patterns and use of colour to design your very own glass...
Family Workshops
May 11, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Family Workshops
May 12, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Family Workshops
May 12, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Our weekly Early Years workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s...
Adults Collection Talk
May 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Richard III Alison Weir
Richard III: The Man and the Myth Alison Weir “Alison Weir’s hugely popular history books are as gripping as novels.” The Times Alison Weir is a best-selling historian and has sold over 2.7million books worldwide. She has published sixteen history...
Adults Learning Talk
May 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
British Co-Presents and the Holocaust We will examine how in the latter stages of the Second World War, British and Commonwealth soldiers became co-presents to the Holocaust. These were the 1500 British prisoners of war who were sent to a...
Family Workshops
May 15, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Sing songs, watch stories come to life and get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Adults Collection Talk
May 18, 2015 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Artists in Context: Romanelli
Artist in Context: Romanelli In the first talk in a new Artist in Context series, Senior Curator, Amina Wright will introduce little-known Roman artist and designer Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610-1662) in the context of his times. Sir William Holburne believed...
Family Workshops
Playing with Light Experiment with photograms using light to create beautiful images
Adults Workshop
May 30, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Unleash your inner Hilary Mantel and try your hand at writing historical fiction. From a Roman ring to the Duke of Monmouth’s silver spur, from a Chinese plate to a portrait of a lady, you will find yourself surrounded by...
Lunchtime Concert Music
June 2, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Elizabeth Walker (flute) and Richard Shaw (piano) Elizabeth and Richard present a programme performed on Elizabeth’s wooden flute, made in the 1960s by the Flutemakers Guild. They highlight music for flute and piano that links to the exhibition ‘Home and...
Adults Exhibition Membership Event Music
June 4, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Minima present Hitchcock’s The Lodger The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) was Alfred Hitchcock’s first major commercial and critical success. Based on a story by Marie Belloc Lowndes, and set in London with Ivor Novello a suspected...
Family Workshops
June 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Selfies – Produce a self-portrait inspired by the work of artist Charlotte Sorapure.
Family Workshops
‘I’m an Artist Who Works with Clay…’ with Clare Day Come and have a go at pressing found/natural objects into clay and then making a beautiful print to take home. Feel free to bring something of your own to press...

Free Admission to The Collection

The heart of the present day Collection was formed by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874). As a second son, Thomas William (generally known as William) first pursued a naval career. He ultimately inherited the Baronetcy in 1820 following the death of his elder brother, Francis, at the Battle of Bayonne in 1814.

In 1882 this collection of over 4,000 objects, pictures and books was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister, Mary Anne Barbara Holburne. One of the Holburne’s main purposes is to preserve the things that have been entrusted to our care. The Collection if free to view.

Garden Cafe

Come and see us in the Garden Cafe at The Holburne Museum. The cafe is run by Benugo and shares the Museum’s opening hours, with the last order taken half an hour before we close.