Each year Weston Museum plays host to a number of events which provide opportunities for both enthusiasts and families to enjoy a great day out.

May
26
Sat
‘That’s The Way To Do It; Punch and Judy Through The Ages’ – Exhibition @ Weston Museum
May 26 @ 10:00 – Sep 16 @ 17:00
'That's The Way To Do It; Punch and Judy Through The Ages' - Exhibition @ Weston Museum | England | United Kingdom

That’s The Way To Do It: Punch and Judy Through The Ages is a new family friendly touring exhibition created in association with The Fedora Group. It tells the story of Punch and Judy, our nation’s most celebrated puppets, and their development over time.

The exhibition will evoke nostalgic memories of seaside holidays and reveal the stories of local Punch and Judy Professors, whilst exploring the meaning and relevance of Punch and Judy in the twentieth century.

The exhibition is free to enter, but visitors are encouraged to help support the museum through making a donation in one of the stands around the museum. The exhibition will be open during standard museum opening times of 10-5 Monday to Sunday.

Sep
16
Sun
Heritage Open Days – Fortune Telling and Tours @ Weston Museum
Sep 16 @ 10:00 – 17:00
Heritage Open Days - Fortune Telling and Tours @ Weston Museum | England | United Kingdom

Have your fortune revealed by our Victorian fortune teller and learn about Weston Museum’s recent refurbishment project on a guided tour of the galleries and some behind the scenes areas.

For this weekend only, there are lots of things to learn about, including both the museum and your own future. The Victorian seaside has a long history of sideshows and performers and in the afternoon between 1pm and 3pm on both days, you can have your fortune revealed by our Victorian fortune teller.
You can also join one of the museum team on a tour around the galleries and to some of the behind the scenes areas that might be included in the second stage of the refurbishment.  Tour times are as follows:
Saturday – 10:15am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 3pm
Sunday – 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Weston Museum has a history that stretches back over a century, but it has recently had a wonderful refurbishment to bring its displays and facilities up to date. With new galleries, a new shop and cafe, as well as new learning, reminiscence and outreach programmes, the museum now has lots to offer. Learn about the history of the museum and see the artifacts that inspired the museum’s founder to begin preserving the history of the local area in a way that was accessible to all.

Both the fortune telling activities and guided tours are free, but please be aware that numbers are limited so arrive in good time to avoid disappointment.

Sep
29
Sat
Alfred Leete: The Man Behind the Icon @ Weston Museum
Sep 29 2018 @ 10:00 – Jan 13 2019 @ 17:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred Leete: The Man Behind the Icon

Telling the story of the Weston man who created the famous ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster.

Alfred Leete

Alfred Leete was a graphic artist who produced advertising campaigns for companies including the London Underground and Younger’s Ale. Leete was once described as ‘the funniest man in the world’ and his cartoons gently capture the comedy of everyday life and politics. All these aspects of his career are represented in the exhibition. But his original artwork for the Kitchener poster, generously loaned by the Imperial War Museum in London, is the remarkable centrepiece.

The loan has been made possible through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the Weston Loan Programme is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections. Other loans have been kindly provided by North Somerset Council and private lenders.

Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Alfred Leete’s most famous work on display in the creator’s home town. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Imperial War Museum and to have received a grant through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

Malcolm Nicholson, Town Clerk for Weston-super-Mare Town Council

For the first time Weston Museum has been able to borrow an item from a national museum. This has been made possible as a result of significant investment in the building during the recent Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation

We have been blown away by the ambition and creativity of museums and galleries across the UK and Weston Museum’s idea really stood out. Some of the most talented curators in the UK have imagined the art, objects and exhibitions which promise to transform the experiences of their audiences. We are delighted that the local community in Weston-super-Mare will get to learn more about Alfred Leete’s fascinating life and career.

The South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity that protects and celebrates Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage have arranged this exhibition. The Trust is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership led by the Imperial War Museum. The exhibition runs until Sunday 13 January 2019 and entry is free.

Alred Leete: The Man Behind the Icon @ Weston Museum
Sep 29 2018 @ 10:00 – Jan 13 2019 @ 17:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alfred Leete: The Man Behind the Icon

Telling the story of the Weston man who created the famous ‘Your Country Needs You’ poster.

Alfred Leete

Alfred Leete was a graphic artist who produced advertising campaigns for companies including the London Underground and Younger’s Ale. Leete was once described as ‘the funniest man in the world’ and his cartoons gently capture the comedy of everyday life and politics. All these aspects of his career are represented in the exhibition. But his original artwork for the Kitchener poster, generously loaned by the Imperial War Museum in London, is the remarkable centrepiece.

The loan has been made possible through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund. Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the Weston Loan Programme is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections. Other loans have been kindly provided by North Somerset Council and private lenders.

Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Alfred Leete’s most famous work on display in the creator’s home town. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Imperial War Museum and to have received a grant through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

Malcolm Nicholson, Town Clerk for Weston-super-Mare Town Council

For the first time Weston Museum has been able to borrow an item from a national museum. This has been made possible as a result of significant investment in the building during the recent Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation

We have been blown away by the ambition and creativity of museums and galleries across the UK and Weston Museum’s idea really stood out. Some of the most talented curators in the UK have imagined the art, objects and exhibitions which promise to transform the experiences of their audiences. We are delighted that the local community in Weston-super-Mare will get to learn more about Alfred Leete’s fascinating life and career.

The South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity that protects and celebrates Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage have arranged this exhibition. The Trust is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership led by the Imperial War Museum. The exhibition runs until Sunday 13 January 2019 and entry is free.

Oct
9
Tue
‘MathildaMathilda’ Art Exhibition @ Weston Museum
Oct 9 @ 10:00 – Oct 21 @ 10:00
Ros Cuthbert RWA and Tomasin Cuthbert Menes, artistic director of Soap Soup Theatre, bring their varied creative skills together for their art exhibition located in the museum’s courtyard.
Based on the story of ‘MathildaMathilda’ the two headed doll who comes to life, this exhibition showcases the work in progress for the ‘MathildaMathilda’ show and features mixed media collage paintings, storyboards and puppet designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western born Ros Cuthbert RWA is an established professional artist.

www.roscuthbert.co.uk

Tomasin Cuthbert Menes is Artistic Director and Producer of Soap Soup Theatre, a Bristol based Theatre Company making visual theatre predominantly for family audiences.

www.soapsouptheatre.com

 

 

Oct
10
Wed
Weston Museum Quiz Night @ Weston Museum
Oct 10 @ 18:30 – 21:00
lady drinking beerTry your luck at our monthly quiz night; learn a little about your local history and have a laugh at the same time.
 
During our refurbishment closure, we travelled around the local pubs with our own brand of fun and interesting, but definitely not serious, quizzes. Now that we have our lovely building back, you can come in and join us here. You don’t need lots of historical knowledge; we promise to keep the questions simple, with only the occasional head scratcher thrown in. The quiz includes a mystery object round, so whilst you’re enjoying your drink from our bar of locally sourced drinks and nibbles, you can also have a guess at a selection of historical objects and replicas.
 
Only £5 to enter a team (of up to five people) and there is a prize for the winning team. Numbers are limited so you can book in advance to guarantee your team a slot, but if there is space then we won’t turn you away on the night. Join us from 6.30, ready for the quiz to start at 7.30pm.
 
Any questions? Just give the team a call or send us an email.
Oct
11
Thu
Explorers Toddler Group @ Weston Museum
Oct 11 @ 10:30 – 11:30

toddler explorers posterBring your little explorers along to a friendly session at Weston Museum run by the lovely team from the YMCA. Take part in themed craft and sensory activities, which you can follow up by exploring the museum and its family friendly displays, as well as enjoying a bite to eat in the cafe.

£2 per family. Pay on the day, no booking needed. Please be sure to arrive between museum opening at 10am and session start time of 10.30am to get settled in.

Scratch Night for ‘MathildaMathilda’ @ Weston Museum
Oct 11 @ 19:00 – 21:00

You are invited to attend ‘MathildaMathilda’ Scratch Night in the Museum to view the work in progress towards the theatrical show.
(A Scratch Night is an evening designed to give artists the opportunity to ‘test’ out their material on a live audience) Afterwards you will be invited to give feedback. ‘MathildaMathilda’ will be Soap Soup Theatre’s most ambitious piece of visual theatre yet…a vibrant spectacle of visual theatre, puppetry, shadow work, song, improvised sound and beautiful design.
FREE EVENT

Oct
13
Sat
FULLY BOOKED Children’s Puppet Making Workshop FREE! @ Weston Museum
Oct 13 @ 10:00 – 13:00

 

Bring your child to a puppet making workshop and make a wonderful puppet in just a morning! Suitable for children ages 6-10.

Led by Ros Cuthbert RWA and Tomasin Cuthbert Menes from Soap Soup Theatre and funded by the Arts Council of England.

Parents can either stay with their child on sit in the museum cafe. Clara’s Cafe is within eye line and ear shot of the museum Learning Space…enjoy a cuppa and cake whilst the children enjoy the workshop. 

Bookings recommended as spaces are going quickly.

Oct
17
Wed
Friends Talk – ‘Hidden Somerset Revealed’ a talk by Mike Bolton @ Weston Museum
Oct 17 @ 14:00 – 16:00

The Friends of Weston Museum host regular talks on topics of local historical interest. October’s talk will be ‘Hidden Somerset Revealed’ a talk by Mike Bolton.

Talks are free to members of the Friends (details of how to join can be found on the Friends page), a small fee on the door applies to non-members.