Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

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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.
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 *on now

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

Archaeology of Gosford Street

  • 1 — 30 September 2015

A display of archaeological finds from Far Gosford Street reflect the everyday life of people in the area since the medieval period.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

War Games

War Games

  • 10 October 2015 — 17 January 2016

A highly interactive exhibition for adults and children alike, War Games examines the role of war in childhood play and strategic games from the 1800's to the present day, through a series of intriguing and immersive activities.

With tin toys, action figures and an army of iconic green soldiers, the exhibition is a delight for both adventurous little ones and the child in us all. Children are encouraged to dress up, play games and discover a range of exciting activities to investigate how games of war have evolved across the ages.

Exploring social and political contexts, as well as the controversy surrounding childhood engagement with war, this thought-provoking exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the role of conflict in human nature, and highlights debates about childhood exposure to war and gender stereotypes.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Coventry Arts Consortium 2015

  • 17 October — 1 November 2015

This is the thirteenth exhibition of work by artists from four local art societies. The exhibition showcases new work in a variety of themes, artistic styles and techniques.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Indelible Marks: The Dresden Project

Indelible Marks: The Dresden Project

  • 13 November 2015 — 7 February 2016

Personal family images, historical archive materials and Petzal’s own experiences of Dresden, Germany are combined as Indelible Marks reflects upon the physical and emotional impact of tyranny in a series of haunting and emotive prints. Layers of imagery create a unique narrative, as Petzal presents visitors with recollections and echoes through time.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz and the 70th anniversary of the Dresden bombings, Indelible Marks connects Coventry with its twinned city.
Indelible Marks coincides with Petzal’s site specific art work at Coventry Cathedral.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

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.
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 *on now

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

Summer Holidays at Priory Visitor Centre: A Summer of Toys and Games

Summer Holidays at Priory Visitor Centre: A Summer of Toys and Games

  • 22 July — 28 August 2015 *on now

From the traditional to the futuristic, we’ve got a great line-up of playable creations for you to discover at the Priory Visitor Centre. Learn how to transform simple household materials into exciting toys and games.

On Saturdays throughout the holidays we will have a range of medieval board games to play with and simple craft activities to do, along with a range of historical costumes to try on.Each week brings new activities, for full details please visit www.prioryvisitorcentre.org for full details.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Activities are drop in and suitable for age 5+, but all are welcome.

Website

http://www.prioryvisitorcentre.org/

Summer Holidays at Lunt Roman Fort: A Really Roman Summer

Summer Holidays at Lunt Roman Fort: A Really Roman Summer

  • 22 July — 28 August 2015 *on now

March to the Lunt Roman Fort this summer for exciting and fun activities. A brand new interactive display can be found in the Granary museum where all the activities will take place.

Each week brings new activities, for full details please visit www.luntromanfort.org for full details.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

All activities are free but a site entry fee applies:
Adult: £3.75
Concessions: £3.00
Family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children) £11.00
Children under 4years FREE

Website

http://www.luntromanfort.org/

Summer Holidays: A Square Eyes Summer

Summer Holidays: A Square Eyes Summer

  • 22 July — 28 August 2015 *on now

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 *on now

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

Lunt, Lunt Roman Fort, Festival

Lunt Roman Festival 2015

  • 30 — 31 August 2015 10am-4:30pm

Join us this summer at the Lunt Fort Festival, as we bring history to life.

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Roman battle as you witness the struggles between the Iron Age Dumnonika and the Roman Batavians. Experience Iron Age living history in the Dumnonika camp, be enthralled by battle re-enactment from the Britannia group (as seen on Horrible Histories) and encounter Classic early Roman soldiers in the form of the Batavians.

Breathing life into the history of the site, for the first time in over 2000 years, the Roman Cavalry will be back at the Lunt!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please book your tickets in advance via www.luntromanfort.org.

Family Tickets (2 Adults and up to 4 Children) - £16.00
Adult Tickets - £5.00
Concessions - £4.00

Website

http://www.luntromanfort.org/

Lates, The Herbert, Museum, Late Night Opening

Herbert Lates

  • 11 September 2015 7:30-10:30pm

Exciting evening events for over 18’s.

It’s Heritage Open Weekend! Enjoy some exclusive insights, plus a tour of the History of Us exhibition led by the artist Pahnl himself.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free entry, however some elements must be booked in advance. See website for details, www.theherbert.org

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

History Centre, History, Tours, Heritage

Heritage Open Days: History Centre Tours

  • 12 September 2015 10:30am-2:30pm

Take part in special guided tours around our stores and collections.

Admission

Review tour times and book your place in advance at www.theherbert.org, or call the History Centre on 024 7623 7583.

Spaces are limited. A small number of places may be available to book at the History Centre over the weekend.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Heritage, Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Curator Tours

  • 12 September 2015 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 13 September 2015 1-2pm

To celebrate the Heritage Open Weekend we are welcoming visitors to join our curators for a behind the scenes look at the museum collections.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Undercroft, History, Heritage

Heritage Open Days: Medieval Undercroft Tours

  • 12 September 2015 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 13 September 2015 12:30-1:30pm

A unique chance to see one of Coventry’s oldest cellars.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Sketch, Coventry

Sketch Coventry

  • 12 September 2015 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 10 October 2015 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 14 November 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Organised by local urban sketchers, meet in the Herbert Café for an informal day of sketching around Coventry city centre.

Please bring your own materials. Suitable for adults.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Booking is not required.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Art, Truth & Lies

  • 15 September 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Can deception ever be justified? What impact does it have on value and authenticity? Is it all a matter of perception, and how far does information manipulate the way we see art?

Website

http://www.theherbert.org

FACETS

  • 1 October 2015
  • 12 October 2015

Now open to the general public, the Fine Art at Coventry Talk Series (FACETS) are presented in collaboration with Coventry University’s Fine Art department with a range of exciting contemporary artists.

Please visit the Herbert’s website for details of these monthly events, www.theherbert.org

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Herbert Lates

Herbert Lates

  • 16 October 2015 7:30-10:30pm

Exciting evening events for over 18’s.

The Festival of the Dead will be in full swing, bringing a dark twist to a night of exciting stories, sightings and crafts. Bring your curiosity.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free entry, however some elements must be booked in advance. See website for details, www.theherbert.org

Meeting Mary Ann - A discussion around human remains in museums

  • 20 October 2015 12:30-1:30pm

Join the Herbert’s curator, Ali Wells and learn about Mary Ann, the last woman to be hanged on Whitley Common in Coventry in 1831. There will be an option to view her remains at the end of the talk.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

The Skeleton Menagerie

The Skeleton Menagerie

  • 24 October — 1 November 2015 ,

Help to create a spectacular spooky display as part of our Festival of the Dead. Transforming into skeletons in the dark, the final menagerie will be revealed on Halloween weekend.

Please check the website for daily details www.theherbert.org.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission charge is £1.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Civil War Talk: Sent to Coventry

  • 6 November 2015 4-5:15pm
  • 20 November 2015 12:15-1:15pm

Discover more about the background to this common saying with a rare opportunity to see original documents and hear three experts discuss their importance 365 years on.

Please go to www.theherbert.org for more information.

Admission

Admission is £10 per person.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

75 Years

  • 13 November 2015 — 7 February 2016

This year the Herbert will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz with a special display of John Piper’s iconic paintings of the ruins of Coventry Cathedral on the morning after the Blitz.

We will also be unveiling a new artwork by internationally renowned artist Gustav Metzger, which explores the bombing of Coventry and the German city of Munster in the Second World War.
The Herbert has acquired this work with the help of a grant from the Contemporary Art Society.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Second World War Family Day

Second World War Family Day

  • 14 November 2015 10:30am-4pm

Commemorate the lives of those lost during the Second World War and the anniversary of the Coventry Blitz with a full day of activities, workshops and experiences at both the Herbert and Coventry Transport Museum.

For details, please check the website, www.theherbert.org

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free admission but small charges may apply for specific workshops.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Dresden Today - Art and Architecture

  • 14 November 2015

A unique opportunity to hear are historian Eveline Eaton discuss & explore the art & architecture of the City of Dresden.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Herbert Lates

Herbert Lates

  • 27 November 2015 7:30-10:30pm

Exciting evening events for over 18’s.

Whether you’re getting into the festive spirit or simply looking to get crafty, don’t miss the chance to meet artists, enjoy live music, and learn some new skills at our evening craft fair, Making Merry.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free entry, however some elements must be booked in advance. See website for details, www.theherbert.org.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Making Merry

Making Merry

  • 27 November 2015 7:30-10:30pm
  • 28 November 2015 10am-4pm

Our spectacular craft fair is back! Get ready for Christmas and meet a host of wonderful local artists and craftspeople, learn new skills and find the perfect gift for your loved ones.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Register your interest at www.theherbert.org

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Home for Christmas? With Jo Roberts and Chris Rose

  • 15 December 2015 12:30-1:30pm

What do we mean by home? A powerful word, evoking strong images and emotions, particularly at this time of year.

Admission

To register your interest in this event please go to www.theherbert.org.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Terrific Tissue Prints

Terrific Tissue Prints

  • 21 — 23 December 2015 ,

Using this child friendly technique, create beautiful and professional artworks onto mini canvases, fit for any last minute gift.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Admission charge is £2 per person.
Drop in. content suitable for 3+ but all are welcome.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

Colour & Craft

Colour & Craft

  • 29 — 31 December 2015

Get out of the house and get creative this Christmas, and explore our self-guided activity space.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Drop in. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Website

http://www.theherbert.org/

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

Website

www.theherbert.org

E-mail

info@theherbert.org

Telephone

024 7623 7521

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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