Disability Access Events Programme: National Treasures: Constable in Bristol “Truth to Nature”
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Fay Whitfield
3w ago
  “Truth to Nature” explores how landscape has inspired artists from Constable to the present day. Starting with Constable’s The Hay Wain, the exhibition also includes oil sketches by Constable from the Victoria & Albert Museum alongside many rarely seen pieces from Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s extensive collection. We want everyone to be able to access and engage with this important display of landscape art. With this in mind, we have created a programme of accessible events to run alongside the exhibition over the course of the school summer holidays. There’s a wide ..read more
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The Festival of Archaeology 2024
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Kate Iles
3w ago
Join us in July for a month of archaeology as we help celebrate the annual Festival of Archaeology with events for all…. This year’s theme, “Archaeology and Community,” aims to engage visitors of all ages. From  learning through interactive activities to exploring local archaeological sites you may not have been aware were on the doorstep, these events foster a sense of involvement.  Archaeology is a shared journey into our collective past, and we look forward to you joining us! Under 4s Museum Explorers: become a mini-archaeologist Fri 5 July, 11am to 12.30pm, Blaise Museum Jo ..read more
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Pyronaut’s 90th Birthday
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Fay Whitfield
1M ago
This June M Shed’s fire boat, Pyronaut, turns 90 years old! She served for almost 40 years in the City Docks for which she had been designed, before being chosen as a diver’s boat for the Port of Bristol, and later beginning transformation into a pleasure boat.   To celebrate her birthday we have a short history of her working life and how she graduated from pleasure boat to much-beloved part of the M Shed collection.    Pyronaut’s History   Reviewing their fire boats in the early 1930s, the Fire Brigade decided to build two new vessels. The first of these was the Bris ..read more
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Discover the magic of Museums at Night in Bristol
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Saffron Smolka
1M ago
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore a museum after dark, without the bustling crowds, at a pace that allows you to truly savour every exhibit? Bristol Museums at Night offers this enchanting experience, designed exclusively for adults. Our Museums At Night are after-hours events that gives you this opportunity, alongside enjoying themed activities. Bristol Museums at Night events have been incredibly popular over the last few years as word spreads about the unique opportunity to experience beautiful Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in a more grown-up atmosphere!  Throw ..read more
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National Treasures: Constable in Bristol “Truth to Nature” events 
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Fay Curtis
2M ago
by Julia Carver – Curator, Art  We’re incredibly excited for the National Treasures: Constable in Bristol “Truth to Nature” exhibition. Opening to the public at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Friday 10 May, it features The Hay Wain as a centre piece, on loan from the National Gallery.  The Hay Wain by John Constable Painted by John Constable in 1821, The Hay Wain is an English landscape painting that has been widely reproduced, copied, satirised and politicised. Constable painted it when he was 45 after what I tend to think of as his long apprenticeship to landscape. He wanted ..read more
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New display at M Shed: the toppling of the Colston statue
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Fay Curtis
4M ago
by Helen McConnell Simpson, Senior Curator of History Today we have launched an extended display at M Shed about the history of protest in Bristol, with the permanent inclusion of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston, which was pulled down during a Black Lives Matter march in 2020. The new display focuses on the protest in which the statue was toppled. It features first-hand accounts from protestors and shares the perspectives of those opposed to the toppling. The display contextualises the statue into the wider picture of protest against racial injustice over the last 400 years, both in ..read more
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Decolonisation: An update on what’s been happening at Bristol Museums
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Fay Curtis
4M ago
by Lisa Graves, Curator – World Cultures and Archaeology In 2020 we set-up a museum Decolonisation Working Group to direct our ambitions to address racial inequalities in our work. Due to huge internal upheaval over the last two years this work has stalled.  Though resources may be harder to come by in the current environment we must not forget the need for this work. We’re beginning to look again at priorities for the Working Group and the whole museum service. We wish to challenge our ways of working, support more successful collaborations and promote an anti-racist agenda. Behind the scenes ..read more
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Decorated wall fragments from the funerary temple of Mentuhotep II in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Fay Curtis
5M ago
by Maarten Praet, Ph.D. Student – Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the Johns Hopkins University I am studying the reign of the ancient Egyptian king Mentuhotep II (2055-2000 BCE) for my PhD dissertation at the Johns Hopkins University. Specifically, I study the fragmentary decoration from Mentuhotep’s funerary temple. This temple is located in the Deir el-Bahari valley on the west bank of the river Nile. Mentuhotep is important in ancient Egyptian history. He reunited Egypt under his sole rule after a period of political fragmentation. He also made important artistic, political, societal, and r ..read more
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Beat the January blues with Bristol Museums
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Fay Curtis
6M ago
Need an uplift this January? We see you. Whether you’ve resolved to start the new year refreshed and energised, if you need to save some money after the Christmas splurge or even just need to escape from the weather (and world), here are some ideas for enriching things to enjoy this month (and beyond). Be inspired and uplifted with a self-led art trail at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Free essence 32 by Niyoko Ikuta. Courtesy of Yufuku Art Gallery. Whether or not you’re an art buff, losing yourself in a work of art can be wonderfully therapeutic. We invite you to complete a lap of our top ..read more
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Disabled creatives and Bristol Museums
Bristol's Free Museums and Historic Houses Blog
by Saffron Smolka
7M ago
UK Disability History Month takes place from 16 November to 16 December. One of the aims of the month is to raise awareness of Disabled people in society and to advocate for disability equality. Some Disabled people are creatives whose work has been under-represented in museums throughout history and still is today. Representation matters; it changes people’s lives and can only benefit everyone – now and in the future. Cultural and creative spaces are a great place to celebrate diversity. Historically, museums and galleries will, of course, have displayed creations by Disabled people. However ..read more
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