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Prized Possessions Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses
May 25 – Sep 16 all-day
Prized Possessions Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom

The National Trust owns some of the finest paintings in Britain by Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Normally seen in the rooms of country houses, the best of these seventeenth-century paintings will be displayed together in a gallery for the first time here at the Holburne.

Prized Possessions will explore what made Dutch art so sought-after among country house owners. The artists flourishing in seventeenth-century Holland mastered many painting genres, from portraits, still lives and landscapes, to religious, maritime, and subject pictures, and the quality of their work attracted patrons and collectors from across Europe. Paintings in the exhibition have been chosen from twelve National Trust houses, ranging from nearby Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire to Blickling Hall in Norfolk, Dunham Massey in Cheshire and Castle Ward in County Down. They include luminous landscapes by Cuyp and Hobbema, intimate scenes of everyday life by Metsu and De Hooch and the recently rediscovered self-portrait of Rembrandt from Buckland Abbey.

Following the exhibition at the Holburne Museum, Prized Possessions will tour to the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the National Trust’s Petworth House in West Sussex.

Don’t miss our great lectures related to the exhibition. Book now and get free entry to Prized Possessions included in your ticket price from 6-7pm on the day of the talk:

Made in the Netherlands Thursday 28 June 7-8pm

Discovering Rembrandt: Thursday 2 August 7-8pm

The Art of the Dutch Golden Age  Wednesday 5 September 7-8pm

The National Trust has shared some films with us that relate to works in the show including Rupert Goulding discussing the beautiful de Heem flower painting


David Taylor reveals the secrets of courtship in The Duet by Gabriel Metsu

And Christine Sitwell discusses the discovery of a lifetime as part of the team that confirmed they really had a Rembrandt self portrait in their collection




Bath to Baghdad
Jun 14 – Oct 21 all-day
Bath to Baghdad @ The Holburne Museum

Discover the eclectic collection of art formed by Miss Ellen Tanner following her journey to the Middle East in the 1890s. From sumptuous textiles to delicate carved woodwork and lacquer and elaborately decorated metalwork, this collection is on display for the first time following a major conservation project generously funded through the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

In the late 1920s, an unusual gift was given to the Holburne Museum by an extraordinary woman. Miss Ellen Georgiana Tanner donated over 80 items of textiles, metalwork, lacquer and woodwork that she had gathered on her extensive solo travels in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) and Persia (Iran). A small exhibition of items from Miss Tanner’s various gifts to the Holburne sheds light on this varied collection and the extraordinary woman who collected them, as well as giving an opportunity to show some of these extraordinary items for the first time. The value of Miss Tanner’s gift is enhanced due to her accompanying notebooks and diaries that offer a unique sense of place and valuable, and often entertaining, insights into her travels and experiences.

Book now for our related events:

Food & Music: A Taste of PersiaFriday 17 August 6-9pm

Talk: Journey to Persia: Miss Tanner and her Collection, Wednesday 12 September 1-2pm

Film Screening: Letters from Baghdad, Saturday 22 September 6-9pm

Talk: In Search of Adventure: Female Explorers, Past and Present, Thursday 27 September 7-8pm


Aug 20 – Aug 29 all-day
Colourscape @ The Holburne Museum

Colourscape is a celebration for the senses, an amazing experience of colour, music and light for all ages. 25 interlinked coloured chambers form a labyrinth on the front lawn of the Museum. Put on a cape and immerse yourself in a new world made up of soft curved edges filled with intense colour, and discover performance spaces filled with music and dancing.

Tickets can be purchased from the entrance of Colourscape for £5 on the day (no advance booking).

Entry to Colourscape is from 11am – 4pm daily with last admissions taken at 3.30pm

If you, or anyone in your group, has specific questions relating to how your experience of Colourscape might be affected by an autism spectrum disorder please contact Spencer Hancock:

Monday Aug 20 to Thurs Aug 23 – Michael Ormiston presents Family-friendly free-flowing workshops and performances. Mongolian Overtone Singing, Tibetan Singing Bowls and instruments from around the world. You can join in on an extraordinary range of unusual instruments. Great for all ages from babies to grandparents!

Friday Aug 24: Symphony of the Senses: Music based on sounds of the human body and dancers PLUS fragrances weave all the senses into a Symphony taking place in the intense colour labyrinth

Saturday Aug 25: Sylvia Hallett plays Musical Bicycle Wheel (the spokes tuned and bowed!) with many unusual instruments of slate, shells and wood played by local musician Mike Adcock

Sunday Aug 26: Consortium return to the Holburne Colourscape with a range of music for recorders from very small to very large

Monday Aug 27: Flutes of the World: Shakuhachi, Thai flutes, piccolo, bass flute and even a giant Sub-contrabass create a whole orchestra of flutes in Colourscape

Tues Aug 28 to Wed Aug 29 – Michael Ormiston concludes the festival and you, the public, can join in a final feast of music and colour.

Holburne Up Late
Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum

Enjoy after-hours access to our galleries and garden as we stay open until 9pm on the last Friday in the month. Relax with friends and a drink, share some nibbles and enjoy music in the Garden Café throughout the evening. Discover the treasures from our Collection and experience our exhibition Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust Houses.. Take advantage of our special offer: Enjoy a cocktail in the cafe and admission to our special exhibition for just £10.






The Art of the Dutch Golden Age FULLY BOOKED
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Art of the Dutch Golden Age FULLY BOOKED @ The Holburne Museum

Join the National Trust curators behind Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust as they discuss the making of this major international exhibition and share their love for the art of the Dutch Golden Age.

£10 (includes entry to Prized Possessions: Dutch Masterpieces from the National Trust from 6-7pm, Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm)

This event is now fully booked

Craft a Bold Beaded Necklace
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Craft a Bold Beaded Necklace @ The Holburne Museum

Craft your own stylish wooden bead necklace. Learn how to paint a variety of minimalist designs and quirky patterns in bold colours, and choose from a selection of beautiful ribbons and cords to create fastenings.

Beaded necklace workshop

Journey to Persia: Miss Tanner and her Collection
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Journey to Persia: Miss Tanner and her Collection @ The Holburne Museum

Ellen Tanner was among the first Western women to travel solo to the Middle East. Discover the story of Miss Tanner’s travels from her first visit in 1894 to her later gifts of Persian art to the Holburne. This talk will discuss the context of an extraordinary collection of metalwork, textiles and more, on display for the first time following a major conservation project.


Gin Garden
Sep 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Gin Garden @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom

Tasting Note
Join Great Western Wine at the Holburne Museum for the inaugural Gin Garden! An opportunity to taste and discuss a wide range of exceptional artisanal and batch gins from around Britain showcasing some of the wonderful gins now available at Great Western Wine.

This is your chance to meet the creators, movers and shakers, who will be pouring their exceptional Gins for your enjoyment as well as helping you find your perfect G&T. Huge Holburne thanks to GWW for donating the proceeds of the event to the Museum.

Tickets £25. Bookings from 21 June, Tel 01225 388569

The list of suppliers currently includes


Warner Edwards:
Melissa Gin (Limited Edition)

Cornish Dry
Sea Dog

Gin 77


Pink Pepper:
Pink Pepper
Old Mas

6 O’clock:
London Dry
Jekka’s Edition
Brunel Edition
Sloe Gin

Martin Millers:
Westbourne Strength
9 Moons
Dry Gin

Garden Tiger



GB Gin
Elegant 48
Seville Marmalade
Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo

Batch n0.1
Batch no.2
Barrel Aged

His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm
His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot @ The Holburne Museum

For the opening weekend of the Jane Austen Festival, re-enactment group, His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot, will be camping out on the Holburne’s front lawn. Experience what life would have been like for a soldier living in Austen’s time through talks, demonstrations of drill, and displays of camp life. The Regiment will also be leading the popular annual Austen promenade on the morning of Saturday 15 September (please note: most camp displays and demonstrations on this date will be scheduled for the afternoon)

His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot is modelled on a standard battalion company of a line regiment of infantry during the period 1812–1816. It was raised in 1702 as ‘The Earl of Huntingdon’s Regiment’ by order of Queen Anne to fight in the War of the Spanish Succession.

Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 September, 10am-5pm & 11am-5pm

Saturday Art Club – Characters in Clay
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Characters in Clay @ The Holburne Museum

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 option to work towards the nationally recognised ‘Discover’ Arts Award.

15 September

Characters in Clay

Explore the gallery of paintings of 18th century people and then create a portrait in clay.

Please note that this is a drop off session for children. We are unable to accommodate parents/carers, however we do have a lovely cafe on site should you wish to wait for your child to finish their session. You may also wish to take the opportunity to visit our wonderful permanent collection and temporary exhibition.

Children's University The Holburne Museum