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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- Fantasy Georgian Pleasure Gardens

August 11 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. WEDNESDAY 11 AUGUST - FANTASY GEORGIAN PLEASURE GARDENS Design your own picturesque garden through drawing and printmaking techniques, take inspiration from nearby Sydney Gardens. Use your drawings to create beautiful prints of the surrounding…

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

August 11 at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£11 – £45

The Three Inch Fools are back on the road with an inventive take on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor! The Three Inch Fools take to the road with all manner of musical instruments and an inventive take on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. The Fools are dusting off their instruments and stepping back into the great outdoors, with a riotous new production of The Merry Wives Of Windsor. Prepare for an evening of mischief and hilarity, as The…

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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- Dream Landscapes

August 12 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. THURSDAY 12 AUGUST - DREAM LANDSCAPES Explore landscapes in the museum collection and outside in the historic Sydney Gardens. Draw, compose and experiment! Have fun working in clay and plaster to create your own…

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Family Fun Summer Creative Workshops- A Georgian Fashion Statement

August 13 at 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Summer 2021 Creative family fun at the Holburne Museum 2 & 9 August 2021 2 weeks of outdoor creative workshops (Monday-Friday) This Summer we will be offering family friendly creative workshops led by local artists, inspired by the range of unique objects in the museum's collection. FRIDAY 13 AUGUST - A GEORGIAN FASHION STATEMENT Be inspired by the unique fashion styles of Georgian Bath. Who was a trend setter and what did they wear? Learn about the secret language of…

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Mr & Mrs Pope Vased and Flowered, Nicholas Pope, 2014 © the artist

Nicholas Pope In Conversation with George Vasey

August 19 at 7:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Join Nicholas Pope and curator George Vasey for a conversation on the artist’s current exhibition at the Holburne Portraits of a Marriage and recent projects with The Sunday Painter and Roche Court. George Vasey is an independent curator who has recently worked with organisations including The Welcome Collection, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and Chapter Arts, Cardiff. He has written extensively on contemporary art for Frieze, Art Review, Art Monthly, and OOF Magazine. Nicholas Pope is a leading figure in…

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Making a Splash!

August 24 - September 5
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Making a Splash! 200 years of the Cleveland Pools, Swimming History and Costume Design Head to the Holburne Museum in August to see a brand new exhibition by the Cleveland Pools Trust, who are busy restoring Bath’s historic lido ahead of its grand re-opening next year. A display in the Museum Garden Cafe window gallery, conveying the story of the Cleveland Pools and how it links to the social history of swimming. A display of swimming costumes to illustrate changes…

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Jane Austen, by Cassandra Austen, circa 1810 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Portrait of Jane Austen

August 26 - September 27
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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A rare opportunity to see this delicate portrait of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra, usually only on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Jane Austen (1775–1817) is one of the most beloved writers in English literature. A resident of Bath between 1801 and 1806, she lived across the road from the Holburne at 4 Sydney Place from 1801 until 1804. During this time she frequently visited Sydney Gardens where she attended the public breakfasts and evening galas. Also…

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Each Portrait is a Kind of Truth: Picturing Jane Austen

September 16 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Free
Jane Austen, by Cassandra Austen, circa 1810 © National Portrait Gallery, London

‘I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me exceedingly’.  Elizabeth Bennet’s words to Mr Darcy could apply equally to accounts of Jane Austen herself. What did Jane Austen look like?  The best-authenticated portrait (currently on display as a rare loan at the Holburne) is the sketch by her sister Cassandra, but many people have found it unsatisfactory.  Why is that?  Is it because it seems unfinished? amateurish? scowling?  Or is it because it does not conform to our…

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A Decolonising Creative Writing Workshop- Series 1

October 7 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 28, 2021

The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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A writing workshop created for and welcoming people from the Black community, the African and Caribbean diaspora, those who identify as part of a minority community, and anyone who feels impacted by colonialism. If you would like to find ways that your voice and story can influence how we see the past and how we can impact the present, this workshop may be a good place to start! Engage with the history and story of one of the newest displays…

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“Delight once more”: music for Dante Gabriel Rossetti

October 7 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£18.00
Angela Hicks soprano | Sam Brown romantic guitar

Angela Hicks soprano | Sam Brown romantic guitar  An intimate evening with one of the UK’s most innovative young song duos, inspired by themes from the Rossetti exhibition: love, nostalgia, portraits and dedications. Music by Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Tarrega.  7pm for a 7.30pm start

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A Decolonising Creative Writing Workshop- Series 1

October 14 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 28, 2021

The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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A writing workshop created for and welcoming people from the Black community, the African and Caribbean diaspora, those who identify as part of a minority community, and anyone who feels impacted by colonialism. If you would like to find ways that your voice and story can influence how we see the past and how we can impact the present, this workshop may be a good place to start! Engage with the history and story of one of the newest displays…

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The National Gallery and Longford Castle, a new style of relationship with Sir Nicholas Penny

October 14 at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£10.00

Sir Nicholas Penny (former Director of the National Gallery) will deliver a talk “The National Gallery and Longford Castle, a new style of relationship’’. This will be of particular interest to those who visited Longford at the beginning of September, but will be equally fascinating as an insight into how public and private collections can interact to their mutual benefit. image: Holbein’s The Ambassadors , Bought by the National Gallery from Longford in 1890

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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.

Chairs and tables by the glass walls of the Garden Cafe
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