Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

Museum building
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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)

Christmas Closure:
Closed from 4.30pm on Friday 23 December and re-opening on Saturday 31 December. Open New Year’s Day. Open as normal from Tuesday 3 January 2017.

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.
Edward Ferdinand Melly

The Man Behind The Museum

  • 17 February — 14 May 2017 *on now

This show shines light on the life of Edward Ferdinand Melly. Melly founded Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, which opened in 1917. Find out more about this fascinating individual, who did much to shape the Nuneaton you know today. This exhibition is one of the shows which have been developed by the Museum team to celebrate the Museum’s 100th Birthday.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free.

The BFG in Pictures

The BFG in Pictures

  • 4 March — 4 June 2017 *on now

Including unpublished images of The BFG, alongside final illustrations for the book. The exhibition offers a glimpse of a BFG that might have been and includes dozens of exciting artworks. Visit the show to celebrate this much beloved character.
‘The BFG in Pictures’ is an exhibition from House of Illustration, co-curated by Quentin Blake and Olivia Ahmad.
www.houseofillustration.org.uk
Artwork on poster = The BFG in Buckingham Palace garden, from ‘The BFG’ colour edition (Puffin Books, 2015) © Quentin Blake.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free.

craft & needlecraft show

Festival of Arts - Craft & Needlecraft

  • 8 April — 1 May 2017 *on now

Including work by both children and adults come and explore the array of different techniques and styles. Patchwork and embroidered items are popular features in this annual favourite. Fancy doing your crochet or knitting surrounded by such creative variety – no problem – make yourself at home on the gallery benches and knit away (just until closing time of course!).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

image of artwork to be shown in 'Passing Through'

Passing Through

  • 6 May — 9 July 2017

With many of the items on show reflecting machine parts and steam railways, this exhibition hopes to capture a feeling of industrial history and fleeting time. It will also include work inspired by Nuneaton, bringing a specifically local flavour to this group exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

artwork by Claire Botterill

Claire Botterill - Seed Heads Reborn

  • 20 May — 2 July 2017

Claire uses wax, ink and watercolour to create the artworks she will be showing, with her favourites being those which depict dandelions. Don’t miss this great selection of work by a well-known local artist.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

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

landscape

Journey Through Our Paintings

  • 10 June — 15 July 2017

Featuring paintings of far off lands this show brings to life an array of different images not usually on display. This exhibition is one of the shows which have been developed by the Museum team to celebrate the Museum’s 100th Birthday. A selection of Edward Melly’s travel journals will also be on display in the show, allowing a glimpse into the travels of the Museum’s founder.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is Free.

Website

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

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.
Professor Septimus Ringwood

Family Event Day

  • 13 May 2017 11am-4pm

What did people do before the NHS?

Visitors can meet the celebrated Professor Septimus Ringwood – a travelling medicine man from 1895 - and find out what people did to treat illnesses and ailments before modern health care.

Before the NHS of today, medicine and treatment were very expensive. The less well off would turn to men like ‘Professor' Ringwood who peddled his dubious wares at fairs and markets. With no trades description legislation to worry about these people made the most extravagant claims about their products.

The professor has a large collection of genuine ‘quack’ cure bottles and material advertising the claims made about them. Visitors can also see some of the original mechanical gadgets sold to improve the health of our ancestors.

The professor has a sideline in tooth pulling; visitors are guaranteed fascinated by dental equipment of the past. Will you be brave enough to let Professor Ringwood treat you?

The Museum Access Assistants will also be making tea cups that can be filled and decorated with chamomile tea.

Free event, suitable for all ages, no need to book. All children should be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.facebook.com/events/1832709917053299/

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 7635 0720

Fax

024 763 43559

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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