Bishop's Stortford Museum

Exterior view of the Bishop's Stortford Museum
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The Bishop's Stortford Museum was created in 2002 following the merger of the Rhodes Memorial Museum and the Bishop's Stortford Local History Museum. The Museum has collections relating to local history, archaeology, Cecil Rhodes and Southern Africa. The Museum is housed in Netteswell House, the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00
Sat 10.00 - 16.00
Public Holidays 10.00-15.00

Closed: Sun
Christmas & New Year

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

Guided tours are available by appointment only.

The Rhodes collection includes photographs, portraits, models, costumes, furniture and a selection of ethnographic objects. Exhibits illustrate African cultural traditions from basketry and beadwork to wood carving and weaponry.

The major local history archive is that of Sir Walter Gilbey, and contains personal correspondence, documents of the W & A Gilbey Wine Co and the family connections. The local history collection is broad-based due to its proximity to the Essex/Herts border.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Cecil Rhodes
  • Sir Walter Gilbey and the W & A Gilbey Wine Co
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Rhodes Gallery Art Flash!

  • 7 — 11 May 2016

Art Flash!

New to Rhodes Gallery, an Art Flash is a one week exhibition by an artist or group of artisits. With only five days to view, if you miss it, it's gone! Stay up to date with what is coming up by emailing museum@rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk to join our mailing list.

May 7th - 11th May 2016
Artist: MICHAEL BROWN
Exhibition: COMPASS AND RULER ; drawing in a style of Russian Suprematism.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Rhodes Gallery: Hockerill Anglo-European College Exhibition

  • 6 — 13 June 2016

A variety of work from college artists on display for you to view for free!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Rhodes Gallery: Herts and Essex High School

  • 15 — 24 June 2016

Please accept our invitation to view the work of our talented young artists. Admission to the exhibition is free so this is an excellent chance to be inspired.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Rhodes Gallery: Bishop's Stortford Art Society Exhibition

  • 12 — 29 July 2016

An excellent opportunity to view, FOR FREE, the work of our local artists. Come along and spend a pleasant hour or so enjoying the pieces on display.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Rhodes Gallery; Exhibition of work by Ray Whyard

  • 1 — 29 August 2016

This is your chance to enjoy the work of Ray Whyard who was trained at the Medway College of Art and the St Albans School of Art. He was also the winner of The Art for All exhibition . Rhodes Gallery 2008. This FREE ADDMISSION exhibition is your chance to view some more of this fantastic local artwork.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Free Guided Tours of Rhodes Museum

  • 7 May 2016 11am-12pm
  • 11 June 2016 11am-12pm
  • 9 July 2016 11am-12pm
  • 6 August 2016 11am-12pm

Take a free tour with us, on a selected date, and learn about the objects in the museum and hear some of the interesting facts and stories from the collection. Just turn up at 11am when the tour begins!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Monday Memories

  • 9 May 2016 2-3pm
  • 6 June 2016 2-3pm
  • 4 July 2016 2-3pm
  • 1 August 2016 2-3pm

On the first Monday of every month, come along for afternoon chat over tea and biscuits. Share your memories of Bishop's Stortford with others who are really interested in listening.

2pm - 3pm

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Weekend Walks around Bishop's Stortford

  • 15 May 2016 2-3pm
  • 3 July 2016 2-3pm

If you are looking for a breath of fresh air and good company, why not join us on one of our popular historic guided walks around Bishop's Stortford?

Walks leave from Rhodes Art Complex and last about 1hour. If you have time you might like to end your walk with a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the Rhodes Theatre Lounge!

Whitsun Walk: Sunday 15th May 2016, 2pm

July Jaunt: Sunday 3rd July 2016, 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4

Please book through box office: 01279 710 200
info@rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Website

http://info@rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Adult Workshop: Painting in Egg Tepera with Simon Barnes

  • 13 July 2016 10am-4pm

This hands on one day course for adults, with guest tutor Simon Barnes, will take you through the basic techniques of painting in egg tempera - the primary painting medium of the classical and medieval periods. the course will cover the history of egg tempera painting, mixing your own pigments, surface preparation and basic painting techniques. As part of the day you will paint a small piece of your own to take away with you. Although open to everyone, this course will be of particular interest to individuals with an existing passion for painting.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35 per person [limited places]

Tea and coffee provided.

To book your place please call the box office : 01279 710 200 or book online at www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Summer Holiday Fun

  • 2 — 3 August 2016 10am-3pm
  • 9 — 10 August 2016 10am-3pm

PEG DOLLS : August 2nd and 3rd
Try your hand at this traditional craft pastime and make a peg doll of your own to take away.

PAPER MOSAICS: August 9th and 10th
Find out about this fascinating ancient craft and help us to create a mosaic to hang on our wall PLUS make a paper mosaic of your own to take away.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2 per participant

Website

http://www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Bishop's Stortford Museum
South Road
Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM23 3JG
England

Website

www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

E-mail

museum@rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

Telephone

01279 651746

Fax

01279 467171

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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