Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

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The Museum and Art Gallery is set in the beautiful Riversley Park and has three galleries which house regularly changing temporary and touring art exhibitions. We also have galleries devoted to permanent displays of local author George Eliot, local history and our fine art collection.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Gallery, Museum

Opening hours

Museum & Tearoom Opening Times:
Tuesday - Saturday 10.30-16.30
Sunday 14.00-16.30
Bank Holiday Mondays

Closed: Monday (except Bank Holidays)

Admission charges

Admission Free

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Literature, Personalities, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Crime and Punishment Exhibition

Crime and Punishment

  • 12 May — 1 July 2018 *on now

All rise…and make their way to the Museum for this blood-curdling show. This exhibition has it all – death, theft and some pretty tough judgements. The borough has its fair share of crime stories and we present a select few for you to preside over. Some past visitors to the Museum may remember ‘Blab’, an experimental show where we sought opinions on the mini-displays we created. This exhibition builds further on this idea, as the stories will once again be competing for your feedback. Come and give us your judgement to help us shape future displays. This show is set to be great fun for old and young alike. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the boroughs goings-on, or to have your say about what you’d like to see more of. And of course it’s also a chance to spark the kids curiosity with gruesome tales about their local area.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

Website

http://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/museum

Linda Barlow Exhibition

Linda Barlow: Searching For The Invisible Woman

  • 19 May — 15 July 2018 *on now

For Linda Barlow “it became evident many middle-aged women felt they were becoming invisible as they aged. Their hair was going grey, their skin was becoming more sallow, they were bumped into in the street”. ‘Searching For The Invisible Woman’ includes textiles, shrines and even an animation – all informed by Linda’s considerations about the middle-aged woman in todays society. Linda conducted questionnaires and interviews with middle-aged women from a variety of backgrounds to inform her work. She hopes that this exhibition will celebrate the experience of women at a time of their lives that brings great change and the possibility of reinvention.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

Website

http://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/museum

Art Alert Exhibition

Art Alert: A Decade of Doorways

  • 26 May — 8 July 2018 *on now

Art Alert is 10 years old! This well-known art group will have its 10th Birthday in 2018 and this exhibition celebrates the many changes and challenges of the group’s first decade. The group have all decided to respond to the theme of ‘doorways’, and the artwork on display will showcase how members of the group have responded to this theme in a variety of media. Fittingly, the term doorway might refer to a transition or a new beginning – reflecting the times of transition which this wonderful collection of artists have worked through together. Heres to the next 10 years!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

Website

http://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/museum

Artwork by Hilary Morris

Hilary Morris - Simply Coastal

  • 7 July — 16 September 2018

Welcome to summer! With these pen and wash scenes of harbours, estuaries, boats and beaches you’ll be reliving your summer get away with every visit. Hilary is a self-taught local artist whose work never fails to cheer us up on a rainy day. She uses her delicate but lively drawing style, and great use of colour, to rekindle memories of those calm summery days. These lovely pictures make great gifts for the whole family – prices start from just £35 for an original framed artwork.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

Artwork from Tide and Tide

Time and Tide

  • 14 July — 2 September 2018

Themes of loss, childhood and even derelict buildings come together to capture a sense of nostalgia in this great mixed discipline show. Included in the exhibition are ceramic and glass pieces, paintings, different types of print and more. Full of a variety of skills, materials and approaches, this thoughtfully developed exhibition shows both conceptual and traditional responses to the theme of ‘Time and Tide’. This group show will include work for sale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

Image of a costume from Victoria

As seen on TV - Dressing Victoria

  • 21 July — 9 September 2018

As worn by Jenna Coleman in the hit TV programme, these jaw-dropping costumes have been brought to Nuneaton for this very special show. Victoria’s wedding dress and her coronation robes are set to be included in this exciting line-up – not to be missed!
Wedding Dress shown was designed by Rosalind Ebbutt. Costumes are on loan from Cosprop. Image courtesy of Cosprop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

Royal Mail Themed Exhibition

Interactive Postal-Themed Exhibitions

  • 8 September — 28 October 2018

Mail Rail. Who doesn’t want to try their hand at being a Mail Rail Engineer? On entering this exhibition visitors will be greeted by a huge inflatable tunnel – just right for anyone wanting to go exploring down the Post Office’s Underground Railway! The original included driverless electric carriages and moved up to 4 million letters a day – not bad considering it was built in 1927! That’s not all, there are also dressing-up costumes to enjoy.

Pop it in the Post. This family-friendly exhibition looks at how, for over 160 years, people in Britain have been able to stay connected. Discover the story of the writing revolution, enabled by the world’s first ever stamp, and the UK’s first pillar boxes.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry if Free.

Laura Hickman's Artwork

Laura Hickman - Hickman's Insecta Extraordinaire & Passing By Exhibition

  • 15 September — 4 November 2018

Roll-up, roll-up! Welcome to ‘Hickman’s Insecta Extraordinaire’! This array of mind-bending prints inspired by the traditional Victorian flea circus is a must-see for curious minds and anyone with a taste for the wacky. Laura’s show is truly unique in its humour, its use of traditional 1840’s production methods and its glimpse into the mind of a fascinating artist. It includes work from her ‘Passing By’ collection too – where Laura uses light to recapture the movement of creatures which are no longer living. So…if this picture of a frog being towed on a bike by a fly remotely tickles your fancy be sure to catch this all-round show-stopper.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

For Valour: The First World War through the experiences of Knox and Beesley

  • 22 September — 18 November 2018

The Victoria Cross is the Highest Award in the UK Honours System. It is awarded for gallantry and is given for acts of extreme bravery. There were two Victoria Cross winners from Nuneaton & Bedworth in the First World War. Incredibly, both survived to receive them. 100 years on from Britain’s victory, this exhibition casts light on the First World War through the experiences of these two men. Explore the stories of both Cecil Leonard Knox and William Beesley, and learn more about the War in which they fought.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
Riversley Park
Coton Road
Nuneaton
Warwickshire
CV11 5TU
England

Website

www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/info/200259/museum_and_art_gallery/62/visiting_the_museum_and_art_gallery

E-mail

museum@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

Telephone

024 7637 6158

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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