What’s On

October 2018 – March 2019

Exhibition Featured
October 5, 2018 – January 20, 2019 all-day
Gainsborough and the Theatre
By bringing together some of Thomas Gainsborough’s finest portraits of his friends in the theatre, this exhibition will create a conversation between the leading actors, managers, musicians, playwrights, designers, dancers and critics of the 1760s-80s.  Gainsborough & the Theatre explores...
Exhibition
November 2, 2018 – January 27, 2019 all-day
Rodin rethinking the fragment @ The Holburne Museum
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) was a collector and lover of the antique, and his sculpture was influenced by his admiration for classical art. Alongside works from the British Museum and the Holburne’s own collection, this display will show The Thinker alongside...
Exhibition
November 2, 2018 – January 27, 2019 all-day
Visiting Masterpiece by Hockney @ The Holburne Museum
One of the nation’s most loved paintings, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is also one of the great portraits of British art. The image speaks powerfully to the eighteenth-century conversation pieces in the Holburne’s own collection as well as...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 7, 2019 – April 1, 2019 all-day
Arty Babies @ The Gardener's Lodge | North East Somerset | England | United Kingdom
ALL CLASSES MUST BE BOOKED. BLOCK BOOKINGS ONLY. TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (7 January -11 February) 6 Weeks, £60 NOW FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (4 March– 1 April) 5 Weeks, £50 SPACES  
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 7, 2019 – April 1, 2019 all-day
Monday Yearlings FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge | North East Somerset | England | United Kingdom
MONDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON ALL CLASSES MUST BE BOOKED. BLOCK BOOKINGS ONLY. TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (7 January -11 February) 6 Weeks, £60 BLOCK 1 NOW FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (4 March– 1 April) 5 Weeks, £50 B2 NOW FULLY BOOKED  Please email...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 8, 2019 – April 2, 2019 all-day
Tuesday Yearlings FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge | North East Somerset | England | United Kingdom
TUESDAYS 10.30 AM- 12 NOON Block Bookings only to be booked in advance. TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (8 January -12 February) 6 Weeks, £60 FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (5 March– 2 April) 5 Weeks, £50 FULLY BOOKED  TO...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 11, 2019 – April 5, 2019 all-day
Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 years) FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge
FRIDAYS 1- 2.30PM Block Bookings only. TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 11 JAN – FRI 15 FEB 6 WEEKS) £60 NOW FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 8 MARCH– FRI 5 APRIL, 5 WEEKS) £50 NOW FULLY BOOKED  Please email learning@holburne.org to be added to a...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 11, 2019 – April 5, 2019 all-day
Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 Years) FULLY BOOKED @ The Gardener's Lodge | Bath | England | United Kingdom
FRIDAYS 10.30-12 NOON Block Bookings only TO BOOK BLOCK 1 (FRI 11 JAN – FRI 15 FEB, 6 WEEKS) £60 FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BLOCK 2 (FRI 8 MARCH– FRI 5 APRIL, 5 WEEKS) £50  FULLY BOOKED TO BOOK BOTH BLOCKS...
Music Young People
January 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The K.E.S. Holburne Soloist Concert @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Concert starts at 7pm Doors and Bar open at 6.15pm Tickets £8
Exhibition Talk
January 23, 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy  @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Advance Booking Recommended Back by popular demand! Holburne Director, Chris Stephens will be delivering his recent sold-out talk on David Hockney in the last week of the painting’s display at the Museum. Holburne Director Chris Stephens, co-curator of last year’s...
Exhibition Music
January 25, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Holburne Up Late @ The Holburne Museum
Immerse yourself in an eclectic programme of pop-up talks, art demos, installations, performances, DJ-sets and cocktails. All Up Lates are specially curated by student talent and arts practitioners from Bath Spa University and the University of Bath.
Adults Workshop
January 26, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Historic Beadwork  @ The Holburne Museum
Learn the delicate art of 17th-century beadwork with Royal School of Needlework tutor, Deborah Wilding. Inspired by our Beadwork Basket from c.1660-70, in this workshop you will learn how to make your own beadwork sample based on the designs and...
Families Family Workshops Learning
January 26, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Watercolour Animals FULLY BOOKED @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
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. 26 January NOW FULLY...
Exhibition
February 7, 2019 – May 19, 2019 all-day
Why Museums Matter @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
On the Ballroom table 7 February to 19 May We invited visitors and people in our local community to complete the statement ‘Museums matter to me because…’ as a way of understanding what people value about museums and how the...
Exhibition
February 8, 2019 – May 6, 2019 all-day
George Shaw @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
The Holburne is the only European venue for Shaw’s major retrospective at the Yale Center for British Art. It covers his career from 1996 to the present, including some new works never shown in the UK. Shaw’s paintings, made with...
Families Family Workshops Learning
February 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Express Yourself FULLY BOOKED @ The Holburne Museum | United Kingdom
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. 9 February -NOW FULLY...
Adults Exhibition Food
February 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Josh Eggleton x ROOT at The Holburne @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
The Museum is delighted to be hosting guest chef Josh Eggleton along with Rob Howell of ROOT Bristol. Enjoy a menu specially created for the Holburne that celebrates the best of ROOT and the sustainable fruit and vegetable suppliers from...
Adults Exhibition Food
February 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Josh Eggleton x ROOT at The Holburne @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
The Museum is delighted to be hosting guest chef Josh Eggleton along with Rob Howell of ROOT Bristol. Enjoy a menu specially created for the Holburne that celebrates the best of ROOT and the sustainable fruit and vegetable suppliers from...
Adults Workshop
February 16, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Drawing into Print: Intaglio Print Workshop  @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Join printmaker, Jemma Gunning, for a lively day of sketching and printing. Spend the morning making site-specific drawings around Bath, using various drawing techniques to capture the beautiful architecture the city has to offer. In the afternoon, you will work...
Learning Young People
February 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Art Masterclass: Breaking Boundaries with Watercolour @ The Gardener's Lodge | England | United Kingdom
Breaking Boundaries with Watercolour £30 (all materials included) – maximum 10 places Discover an eclectic range of watercolour techniques that will be inspired by exploring the Holburne’s collection of ceramics, textiles, paintings, metalwork and more. We will select key works...
Families Family Workshops
February 20, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Free Family Holiday Drop Ins: Do Not Disturb! @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY DROP-INS 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–3.30pm Do Not Disturb! Make a unique sign for your bedroom – inspired by the gorgeous Georgian doors of Bath. (Most suitable for over 5’s; adults must accompany children at all times)
Families Family Workshops
February 20, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Free Family Holiday Drop Ins: Do Not Disturb! @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY DROP-INS 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–3.30pm Do Not Disturb! Make a unique sign for your bedroom – inspired by the gorgeous Georgian doors of Bath. (Most suitable for over 5’s; adults must accompany children at all times)
Families Family Workshops
February 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Free Family Holiday Drop Ins: Do Not Disturb! @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY DROP-INS 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–3.30pm Do Not Disturb! Make a unique sign for your bedroom – inspired by the gorgeous Georgian doors of Bath. (Most suitable for over 5’s; adults must accompany children at all times)
Families Family Workshops
February 21, 2019 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Free Family Holiday Drop Ins: Do Not Disturb! @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY DROP-INS 10.30am–12.30pm and 1.30–3.30pm Do Not Disturb! Make a unique sign for your bedroom – inspired by the gorgeous Georgian doors of Bath. (Most suitable for over 5’s; adults must accompany children at all times)
Adults Music
February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jazz in the Galleries- The Jim Blomfield Trio @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
( Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm) Join The Jim Blomfield Trio for their debut jazz gig at the Holburne. Like many of the newer generation of jazz players today, the Trio draw their influences from various genres – the...
Families Family Workshops Learning
March 2, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Back to the Future FULLY BOOKED @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
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. 2 March NOW FULLY...
Adults Talk Tour
March 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Walking Tour: The Plaqued and Unplaqued @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
Explore the legacies of slave ownership in Bath, and the campaigns against the slave trade, through a discovery of plaqued and unplaqued buildings. This walk will start in the Holburne’s galleries, continue along Pulteney Street and return via St James’...
Exhibition Film
March 14, 2019 @ 7:00 am – 8:45 am
I, Daniel Blake (cert 15) @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
 (Free access to Exhibition and Garden Café open for drinks, 6-7pm) This harrowing tale from legendary director, Ken Loach, follows one man’s fight for compassion and dignity as he navigates the state welfare system. I, Daniel Blake won the Palme...
Families Family Workshops Learning
March 16, 2019 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Art Club - Moving Figures FULLY BOOKED @ The Holburne Museum | England | United Kingdom
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. 16 March NOW FULLY...

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.

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.