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Robertson Lecture 2019: Matthew Williams – Downton Abbey Revealed

October 30, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£15

Downton Abbey revealed: The Story of Highclere Castle The enormous success of the television series has made Highclere Castle one of the most recognisable buildings in the country. This lecture will reveal that truth is stranger than fiction, telling the story of the castle and family who own it, the Earls of Carnarvon. Highclere is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, and has fascinating links with ancient Egypt, the Houses of Parliament - even the world of Royal horse racing. Matthew…

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Meet the Artist: Exclusive Tour with Candace Bahouth

November 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£6
Candace Bahouth in her studio. Credit David Cripps

Meet the Artist: Exclusive Tours with Candace Bahouth £6 (limited numbers, booking advised to avoid disappointment) Join artist Candace Bahouth for an exclusive tour of her display in the Davidson Gallery. Hear all about her artistic influences and creative practice in mosaicking and tapestry, and enjoy her beautiful pieces on display.

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Exhibition-related Talk: Rembrandt the Printmaker with An Van Camp

November 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£10
Self-portrait, open-mouthed, as if shouting, Rembrandt, 1630 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Widely hailed as the greatest Dutch painter of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt was one of the most experimental printmakers of the seventeenth century. In this talk An Van Camp will explore Rembrandt’s working methods and his innovative printmaking techniques, in addition to his talents as a storyteller and an observer of life. An Van Camp is Christopher Brown Curator of Northern European Art and Head of Digital Collections at the Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford). An is currently working…

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Talk: Post Poetry with Professor Tim Liardet

February 19, 2020 at 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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TIM LIARDET at the Holburne Museum Bath

FREE (Bath Spa Public Lecture Series) Book online at www.bathspalive.com This talk will explore the ‘democratisation of poetry’ and look at poetry’s robust capacity to withstand immense change, looking at the deleterious effects of social media and the internet in general, and how the identity of poetry is beginning to change under pressure of huge political and social change. Tim Liardet has produced ten collections of poetry to date, including Arcimboldo’s Bulldog: New and Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2018) and is…

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Talk: Stories from Makers of Bath

March 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Stories from Makers in Bath

In Partnership with Mytton Williams Book your free ticket through Eventbrite Inspired by Mytton Williams’ book, Made in Bath, this event is a celebration of the dynamic spirit of makers in the city. Enjoy fascinating and inspirational, PechaKucha (Japanese for chit-chat) style, talks from 8 brilliant local makers including creatives, crafts people, engineers and innovators. Each maker will present 20 slides for 20 seconds. Garden Café open 6–7pm Speakers: Ed Robin – Mytton Williams Stephen Melville – Format Engineers Dan…

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Tour: Women of the Holburne – The Untold Stories

March 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Henrietta Pulteney International Women's Day at the Holburne

Guided tours to celebrate International Women’s Day FREE (with Museum admission) Tours last 30 mins, starting on the hour. Please sign up on arrival as numbers are limited. Sun 8 March from 12–4pm Wed 11 March from 1–4pm Picture credit: Angelica Kauffman, Henrietta Laura Pulteney, about 1777 © The Holburne Museum

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Talk: Why is the Mona Lisa the World’s Most Famous Picture? with Richard Kay

March 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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£10
Why is the Mona Lisa the World's most Popular Picture? Talk at the Holburne Museum Bath

In partnership with Lawrences Auctioneers   Leonardo's Mona Lisa may claim to be the most famous image in Western Art. 98% of all the visitors to the Louvre go to see it: over 6,000,000 people every year. In this talk, Richard Kay assesses the origins of the picture and its history, its allure in popular culture and he considers two very different reasons why Leonardo's masterpiece has now acquired a truly untouchable degree of fame 500 years after it was…

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Tour: Women of the Holburne – The Untold Stories

March 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on March 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm

The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Henrietta Pulteney International Women's Day at the Holburne

Guided tours to celebrate International Women’s Day FREE (with Museum admission) Tours last 30 mins, starting on the hour. Please sign up on arrival as numbers are limited. Sun 8 March from 12–4pm Wed 11 March from 1–4pm Picture credit: Angelica Kauffman, Henrietta Laura Pulteney, about 1777 © The Holburne Museum

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Iain R Webb In Conversation at the Holburne Museum Bath

In Conversation: Iain R Webb

March 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Iain R. Webb In Conversation with Princess Julia and Christine Binnie - 1980s Fashion To complement Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years, fashion writer Iain R Webb, Neo Naturist founder member Christine Binnie and DJ and fashion writer Princess Julia explore the 1980s post-punk counter-cultural explosion, centred on clubs like Billy’s, Blitz, Hell, and Taboo and captured in magazines like BLITZ and i-D. Iain R Webb is Professor of Fashion & Design at Kingston School of Art and Fashion Features Editor-at-Large…

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Talk: Densities of meaning in West Namibian landscapes with Professor Sian Sullivan

March 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Talk: Densities of meaning in West Namibian landscapes with Professor Sian Sullivan

POSTPONED Please see our Coronavirus page for more details FREE (Bath Spa Public Lecture Series) Book online at www.bathspalive.com Join Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture at Bath Spa University, to find out more about her research in west Namibia where she has carried out ethnographic and oral history field work for 25 years. Using spoken word, audio and video to draw alternative understandings of land and nature into view this talk explores the cost to indigenous people in the creation…

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Talk: Wordsworth at 250

May 6, 2020 at 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Wordsworth portrait 1857. Talk:Wordsworth at 250 Holburne Museum

With Jeff Cowton, Professor Stephen Gill, Professor John Strachan and Professor Robert Morrison FREE (Bath Spa Public Lecture Series) POSTPONED To book your place, please email Dr Goodman (h.goodman@bathspa.ac.uk) at Bath Spa University. A celebration of the great Romantic poet (1770-1850) whose collaboration with S.T. Coleridge The Lyrical Ballads was published in Bristol in 1798. Featuring Jeff Cowton (Curator, Dove Cottage), Professor Stephen Gill (Wordsworth biographer and Emeritus Professor of the University of Oxford), and Bath Spa Professors John Strachan…

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Grayson-Perry-Portrait_2016_©-Richard-Ansett

Talk: An Evening with Grayson Perry Live Stream on ZOOM – BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED

December 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration and Bookings for this event have now closed Grayson Perry is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Join him live via ZOOM as he discusses his artistic practice in this special event celebrating the Holburne Museum’s major touring exhibition: Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years. 24 Jan 2020  - 3 Jan 2021   A ZOOM link will be emailed directly to you 1 hour before the event starts. All proceeds to support The Holburne Grayson Perry Portrait 2016 © Richard Ansett…

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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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