What’s On

September 2014 – February 2015

Exhibition
September 27, 2014 – February 8, 2015 all-day
High Spirits - The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson @ The Holburne Museum
The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject matter of Thomas Rowlandson, one of the leading caricaturists of Georgian England. Rowlandson was working at a time when English satirical prints were...
Exhibition
October 18, 2014 – January 4, 2015 all-day
The Nameless Grace an Installation by Holly Davey @ Wirth Gallery | Bath | United Kingdom
Holly Davey has been researching the Museum’s collection with a particular interest in the three Holburne sisters, especially Mary Ann Barbara (1802 – 1882), the last of the Holburne family line. Working with objects from the collection and research surrounding...
Exhibition
November 1, 2014 – January 18, 2015 all-day
Confected, Borrowed and Blue...an installation by Paul Scott @ Davidson Gallery | Bath | United Kingdom
The iconic blues and whites of Paul Scott’s printed ceramics will transform the Holburne’s ballroom table. First researching in print archives, Paul Scott excavates the raw graphic material used to produce blue and white transferware. Then, using altered antique wares...
Music
December 13, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Solo Bach - Craig Ogden (guitar) @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Artistic Director: Jason Thornton Ticket £24 (no concessions) Collections are at the heart of the Holburne Museum and our evening concert series has a reputation for presenting collections of works by the greatest composers performed by a selection of Britain’s...
Family Workshops
A fortnightly session (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for young people who are studying Art at GSCE/ A level or have an interest in developing their skills and discovering new techniques outside school. The group will use the Museum’s permanent collection...
Family Workshops
Meet the Artist - Reconstructing a Dress from a Gainsborough Portrait - with Jenna Miller @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
A Meet the Artist with a difference. Suitable for adults or older children (no accompanying craft activity). Join Jenna Miller in our Brownsword Gallery to discover how she created a replica of Louisa Byam’s dress in Gainsborough’s Byam Family portrait....
Exhibition
Turner: Watercolours from the West - An intimate touring Show @ Wirth Gallery | Bath | United Kingdom
This exhibition brings together eight watercolours by JMW Turner from five important art collections: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, The Wilson in Cheltenham and a private collection in Somerset. Early...
Family Workshops
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding Bank Holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Family Workshops
A fortnightly session (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for young people who are studying Art at GSCE/ A level or have an interest in developing their skills and discovering new techniques outside school. The group will use the Museum’s permanent collection...
Lunchtime Concert
January 13, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Gavin Edwards (horn) Ellen O’Dell (violin) Ann Monnington (violin/viola) Jane Adams (viola) Imogen Seth Smith (cello) Anthony Halstead (fortepiano) One of this country’s foremost natural horn players, Gavin Edwards is accompanied by five incredibly talented musicians in an all-Mozart programme...
Talk
January 15, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Martin Parr - Capturing Contemporary Society @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Magnum Photographer Martin Parr has chronicled our time from his own unique perspective presenting familiar subjects in an unfamiliar way. Parr says of his work “With photography, I like to create fiction out of reality. I try and do this...
Workshop
This course will make connections between paintings, prints, drawings and works of art to reveal the fashions, politics and people of Georgian England from prints of urban court life to portraits of country gentry. Week one will explore the Holburne’s...
Talk
January 22, 2015 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Robin Simon Humour in Hogarth and Zoffany  @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Robin Simon, Editor of The British Art Journal and celebrated art historian, will present the theatrical and humorous side of the eighteenth century in a lecture exploring the prints and paintings of William Hogarth and Johan Zoffany.
Workshop
SHORT COURSE – Marion McAuley Ticket £45/£40 concs including exhibition entry on Week 2   This course will make connections between paintings, prints, drawings and works of art to reveal the fashions, politics and people of Georgian England from prints...
Music
A Programme of Music for the Entertainment of Ladies and Gentlemen of Quality. Popular, fashionable and satirical songs and instrumental interludes from the concert halls, theatres, coffee houses and streets of 18th Century England featuring a compilation from The Beggars...
Family Workshops
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding Bank Holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Exhibition Talk
JMW Turner, RA: the artist, his house, and the ‘Matchless Vale of Thames' @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
In 1813 JMW Turner completed his largest work. This was not a painting, but a small villa in Twickenham, which he designed himself and which for more than a decade he used to escape the pressures of the London art...
Family Workshops
A fortnightly session (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for young people who are studying Art at GSCE/ A level or have an interest in developing their skills and discovering new techniques outside school. The group will use the Museum’s permanent collection...
Lunchtime Concert
January 27, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Award-winning young graduate singers perform a selection of arias and songs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In partnership with BSU Music Department.
Workshop
SHORT COURSE – Marion McAuley Ticket £45/£40 concs including exhibition entry on Week 2   This course will make connections between paintings, prints, drawings and works of art to reveal the fashions, politics and people of Georgian England from prints...
February 4, 2015 – February 5, 2015 all-day
Various Times Free event A series of interventionist performances give our exhibits a fresh interpretation. Throughout the day dancers and composers will present a series of short original performance works in response to the exhibits and spaces of the Museum....
Family Workshops
A fortnightly workshop (term-time, excluding Bank Holidays) for aspiring young artists. Expand your skills and discover new techniques, exploring the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions with our experienced artists, creating something special to take home. There is also the...
Music
Solo Bach - Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | United Kingdom
Artistic Director: Jason Thornton Ticket £24 (no concessions)   Collections are at the heart of the Holburne Museum and our evening concert series has a reputation for presenting collections of works by the greatest composers performed by a selection of...
Workshop
February 8, 2015 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
WORKSHOP – Paul McKee Ticket £35/£30 concs (including materials) Love JMW Turner’s washes and wet-in-wet? Take your first steps in watercolour and learn the basic techniques with Paul McKee. The workshop includes an opportunity to view the exhibition and discuss...
Family Workshops
A fortnightly session (term-time, excluding bank holidays) for young people who are studying Art at GSCE/ A level or have an interest in developing their skills and discovering new techniques outside school. The group will use the Museum’s permanent collection...
Lunchtime Concert
February 10, 2015 @ 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm
Leading young musicians perform an engaging programme of chamber music from the nineteenth century. In partnership with BSU Music Department.
Talk
Clore Learning Space The country house is often seen as fixed and permanent, the product of conscious and consolidated schemes of building and decoration, but in reality they were in constant flux, with goods moving through as well as entering...
Music
Ticket £12 | Concession £10 Richard Frewer (Tenor) Charles Wiffen (piano) The perfect Valentine’s date. This cycle of fifteen songs responds to the narration of a turbulent but fantastical love story, bringing the feelings within it to vivid life, and...
Family Workshops
Laura will explore the history of collage from the hobbies of aristocratic women in Victorian times, to the exciting contemporary collage work seen today in magazines and animation. You will explore visual storytelling and create an exciting 3D paper pop up...

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.