Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Jordan Well
Coventry
CV1 5QP
England

Website

www.theherbert.org

E-mail

info@theherbert.org

Telephone

024 7683 2386

Fax

024 7629 4790

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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We provide places for the people of Coventry and visitors to the City to meet, celebrate and explore their cultural and creative past, present and futures.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Archive

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1600
Sun 1200-1600

Admission charges

Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History

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Collections

The Herbert has extensive and wide ranging collections which are grouped under four broad headings:
• Visual Arts
• Social and Industrial History
• Archaeology
• Natural History

The museum collections contain hundreds of thousands of items ranging from tiny insects to large industrial machinery like a jacquard loom, and from everyday household objects to fine paintings by important artists.

www.theherbert.org/collections

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Recording Britain

Recording Britain

  • 30 January — 26 April 2015 *on now

In the winter of 1939 an extraordinary art project was begun. Beneath the spectres of invasion and aerial bombing, the Scheme for Recording the Changing Face of Britain rapidly commissioned artists to paint ‘places and buildings of characteristic national interest’. The resulting collection of over 1500 paintings created a remarkable, yet highly selective, snapshot of a fast-changing country.

Now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, Recording Britain features many beautiful watercolours by prolific artists such as John Piper and Kenneth Rowntree, along with a host of lesser-known contributors. By focusing on quiet corners and local scenes Recording Britain takes us off the beaten track of iconic British landmarks and postcard images.

In addition to works from the original collection, the exhibition will feature a host of contemporary works including paintings and photographs by Conrad Atkinson, Richard Long, David Nash and Laura Oldfield Ford. Shown alongside these will be works from the Herbert’s collections, depicting the landscape of Coventry and Warwickshire.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

New Art West Midlands

New Art West Midlands

  • 14 February — 31 May 2015 *on now

New Art West Midlands 2015 showcases exciting new work from artists who have recently graduated from art schools in the region.

Painting, sculpture, photography and film are represented in the exhibition, demonstrating a variety of artistic approaches, influences and ideas. The exhibition will be taking place across three other partnership venues: Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/new-art-west-midlands

A History of Us: A stencilled (sort of) history of the human race, by street artist Pahnl

A History of Us: A stencilled (sort of) history of the human race, by street artist Pahnl

  • 13 June — 4 October 2015

Witty, sometimes factual and often a little bit subversive, A History of Us takes visitors on a wry journey through the (sort of) history of the human race, starring a riot of tiny, graphic people. Spray painted with stencils and offering an unconventional view of the past, this is our history as seen through the eyes of street artist Pahnl.

From primal prehistory, to the pyramid-building Egyptians, the proud Romans, the dim Dark Ages, the industrious Victorians, and the World Wars that followed, the exhibition hurtles toward life today and onwards to a speculative future. Look out for the dawning of inventions like the wheel, pointy swords, alcohol, politicians, electricity bills, flight and predictive text.

Pahnl has been painting tiny people and animals for over 10 years and this is his biggest challenge to date. His 44-metre long miniature history of humanity tells a fascinating story about our past, our love of discord and progress, and what the future (maybe) holds for the human race.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/history-us-stencilled-sort-history-human-race-street-artist-pahnl

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.
Museums at Night: Grown-Up Edition

Museums at Night: Grown-Up Edition

  • 14 May 2015 7:30-10:30pm

See the building in a different light! Celebrating the Museums at Night festival with a late opening, the Herbert invites you to explore its dark spaces at night. We’ll provide torches, live music, life drawing with a difference, Drink and Draw plus Future Shorts screenings, you just come along ready to play.

Book your free place online at www.theherbert.org/whats-on

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/museums-night-grown-up-edition

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  • 14 May 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Be uplifted by this talented singing group whose voices fill the Herbert with beauty and sound.
Booking is not required, just come along and enjoy!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/ensemble-1685-9

Museums at Night: Family Edition

Museums at Night: Family Edition

  • 16 May 2015 7-10:30pm

See the building in a different light! Celebrating the Museums at Night festival with a late opening the Herbert invites families to explore its dark spaces at night.

Wear your pyjamas, bring your teddy bear and explore our galleries by torchlight on the trail of adventure, before settling down to a midnight snack and storytelling.

Book your free place online at www.theherbert.org/whats-on

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/museums-night-family-edition

Herbert Illuminations: New Art West Midlands Curator Tour

Herbert Illuminations: New Art West Midlands Curator Tour

  • 19 May 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Join Lisa Beauchamp, Birmingham Museum’s curator of modern and contemporary art for a tour of the New Art West Midlands exhibition.

Let us know you’re coming so we can make sure there’s space for you all, please go to www.theherbert.org/whats-on to book.

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/herbert-illuminations-new-art-west-midlands-curator-tour

The Story of Children’s Television from 1946 to Today

The Story of Children’s Television from 1946 to Today

  • 22 May — 13 September 2015

From the earliest days of Muffin the Mule and Watch with Mother to the multi-channel world of today, generations of children have fallen in love with the characters and stories brought to life on the small screen.

The exhibition traces the fascinating history of children’s television, bringing together seven decades of iconic objects, memorabilia, merchandise, clips and images. From puppetry to CGI and live shows to dramas and fantasy, the exhibition looks at how the magical programmes of our childhood have created memories and nostalgia in adults and children alike.

Packed full of interactives for big kids and small, the exhibition also showcases original props and characters, from Mummy Woodentop to The Wombles, Morph, Gordon the Gopher, Rastamouse and the singing veggies from Mr Bloom’s Nursery.

The Story of Children’s Television is the story of all of our childhoods, and how television helped to shape the way we view the world around us. Join us for a wander down memory lane, to a celebration of children’s television, past and present.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/story-children%E2%80%99s-television-1946-today

May Half Term: The Story of Children’s Television

May Half Term: The Story of Children’s Television

  • 23 — 31 May 2015

Join us for a week of spectacular family events to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition The Story of Children's Television!

Please go to www.theherbert.org for full workshop details.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Individual workshop charges apply, please visit www.theherbert.org for full details.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/may-half-term-story-children%E2%80%99s-television-0

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  • 11 June 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Be uplifted by this talented singing group whose voices fill the Herbert with beauty and sound.

Booking is not required, just come along and enjoy!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/ensemble-1685-10

Herbert Lates

Herbert Lates

  • 12 June 2015 7:30-10:30pm

On one night a month we’ll open our doors for an exciting evening of art, music, drinks, talks, performance, and history inspired fun. Different every time, bring your friends and join us after hours.

Herbert Lates are free but some elements may be charged, see website for details.
Over 18s only.

At the June event, take part in a kid's TV themed pub quiz, dress up in a Mr Benn photo booth, watch Filmed in Supermarionation about the creation of Thunderbirds, and of course there’s our regular events too!

Let us know you’re coming so we can make sure there’s space for you all, please go to www.theherbert.org/whatson

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free admission but some elements may charge.
Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/new-herbert-lates

Herbert Illuminations: What ho, me hearties!

Herbert Illuminations: What ho, me hearties!

  • 16 June 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Join Isabel Ryan, daughter of Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan, and discover the unique animation method he invented to transform his story from book to screen.

Let us know you’re coming so we can make sure there’s space for you, please go to www.theherbert.org/whats-on to book.

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/herbert-illuminations-what-ho-me-hearties

Museums on the Air Weekend

Museums on the Air Weekend

  • 27 June 2015 10am-4pm
  • 28 June 2015 12-4pm

Coventry Amateur Radio Society will be operating from the Herbert, linking to museums all over the world. Meet the team, learn about Amateur Radio and have a go!

This event is suitable for all ages, just drop in and join us.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/museums-on-air-weekend

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  • 9 July 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Be uplifted by this talented singing group whose voices fill the Herbert with beauty and sound.

Booking is not required, just come along and enjoy!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/ensemble-1685-11

Herbert Lates

Herbert Lates

  • 10 July 2015 7:30-10:30pm

On one night a month we’ll open our doors for an exciting evening of art, music, drinks, talks, performance, and history inspired fun. Different every time, bring your friends and join us after hours.

At the July event, join us to kick-off our first Print Fair. Buy high quality, affordable art, watch live drawing and DJs, plus regular open mic- storytelling with The Mee Club, Painty workshops and our new Knit and Natter sessions.

Let us know you’re coming so we can make sure there’s space for you all, please go to www.theherbert.org/whats-on

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/new-herbert-lates-0

Print Fair

Print Fair

  • 10 July 2015 7:30-10:30pm
  • 11 July 2015 10am-4pm

Join us for our first fair devoted entirely to selling contemporary, original and handmade prints. Meet artists, access high-quality affordable art, and take part in printing workshops.

You don’t need to book, just come along and join us.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/print-fair

Artist Insight: Exhibition Tour

Artist Insight: Exhibition Tour

  • 11 July 2015 2-4pm

Enjoy an insight into the work of artist Pahnl as he leads you on a tour of his exhibition, A History of Us.

This event is suitable for age 14+. Places are limited, book online at www.theherbert.org

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/artist-insight-exhibition-tour

Herbert Illuminations: About Time Too

Herbert Illuminations: About Time Too

  • 21 July 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Celebrate the British Archaeology Festival with this talk by Paul Thompson, and learn more about the redisplay at the Lunt Roman Fort.

Let us know you’re coming so we can make sure there’s space for you all, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org to book.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/herbert-illuminations-about-time-too

Summer Holidays: A Square Eyes Summer

Summer Holidays: A Square Eyes Summer

  • 22 July — 28 August 2015

Join us for six weeks of family activities that celebrate everything we love about children’s television past and present. With crafty activities covering everything from Shaun the Sheep to Blue Peter and Deadly 60, you can be sure there will be something to get your kids away from the TV!

For full daily details please go to www.theherbert.org

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Workshop costs may vary, please go to www.theherbert.org for full details.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/summer-holidays-square-eyes-summer

Walking the Rainbow: Early Years Activity Space

Walking the Rainbow: Early Years Activity Space

  • 22 July — 6 September 2015

The Herbert's famous FREE early years activity space for families returns with Walking the Rainbow. Delve into a world of colourful possibilities, where the light sparkles, and textures and materials inspire young imaginations to soar.

With a range of interactives and a dedicated baby area, children can influence the space themselves and create their own adventure in a truly inspiring setting.

This is a drop in exhibition. You may be asked to wait if the activity space is full at the time of your visit. We regret that we are unable to book in organised groups.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/walking-rainbow-early-years-activity-space

Herbert Lates

Herbert Lates

  • 14 August 2015 7:30-10:30pm

On one night a month we’ll open our doors for an exciting evening of art, music, drinks, talks, performance, and history inspired fun. Different every time, bring your friends and join us after hours.

Herbert Lates are free but some elements may be charged, see website for details.
Over 18s only.

Herbert Lates get the summer festival feeling this month with music, storytelling for grownups, magical happenings and special refreshments, as well as regular events to delight and entertain.

Let us know you’re coming so we can make sure there’s space for you all, please go to www.theherbert.org/whats-on to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking is required, please go to www.theherbert.org

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/new-herbert-lates-1

Collections Conversation

Collections Conversation

  • 18 August 2015 11am-1pm

Explore a specimen from our natural history collection, handle a curious social history object and chat to curators from the Herbert.

Suitable for everyone. Booking is not required, just drop in and join us.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/whats-on/events-exhibitions/collections-conversation

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