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February 2020

Art of the Wild: Gertrude Hermes and the Natural World

7th February 2020 - 4th May 2020

A stunning art exhibition, celebrating Gertrude Hermes’ lifelong fascination with the natural world, finds the perfect backdrop at the Museum ‘We all sensed there was something special about Gertie and her relations with animals, trees, plants, insects. She watched them so intently – seemed more finely tuned to all living things than most of us. … Hers was a gentle wildness.’ Gertrude Hermes’ sister May One of the most imaginative and talented wood engravers of her generation, Gertrude Hermes OBE…

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‘A Gentle Wildness’: the Natural World of Gertrude Hermes

27th February 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Gertrude Hermes: Birds © The Estate of Gertrude Hermes © The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Gertrude Hermes OBE (1901-1983) was one of the most exciting and innovative wood engravers of the 20th century. This talk will demonstrate her enduring fascination with nature - from water, whales and fish to trees and flowers. With examples drawn from her sketchbooks, prints and sculpture, it will focus on her training and technique, as well as highlighting literary and personal influences on her…

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March 2020

Linocut Printmaking – Fully Booked

7th March 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

This event is fully booked. Robin Wilson and Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley run The Wytham Studio where they work with linocut and letterpress print, creating original prints, maps and books. They run arts-based research at Oxford University’s Wytham Woods with fieldwork sites in the UK and abroad. This is a chance to learn linocutting in one day, transforming a blank piece of paper into a poster of your own creation. On this course you will learn all the skills needed to create…

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Spotlight Talk: The Boat Race Letter

24th March 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Boat Race Letter

Join our Curator to find out about the 1829 Boat Race letter, written by Charles Wordsworth of Oxford University to Charles Merivale of Cambridge University. The letter marks the foundation of the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, recognised globally as one of the fiercest rivalries in sport. This exciting new acquisition is one of the most important letter correspondences in the history of rowing and was almost lost to history! Free with admission Booking essential please call 01491 415600 or fill…

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April 2020

Gertrude Hermes: Black and White Boutis

4th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Create a block-printed panel on fabric inspired by Gertrude Hermes’ work and embellish your design with a ‘boutis’ style quilting technique. All materials will be provided but you will need to bring your own sewing machine if you prefer to quilt by machine. Suitable for beginners with experience of hand stitching. £45 Booking essential please call 01491 415600 or fill in the form below.  Click here to buy tickets Sell tickets online with Ticket Tailor

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Diddy Ducklings

7th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Make a brood of ducklings with thin balsa wood to swim on a collage pond. Learn to dance the wonder waddle and find out how ducks communicate. 4 – 7 yrs. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. £8.50 Booking essential please call 01491 415600 or fill in the form below. Click here to buy tickets Sell tickets online with Ticket Tailor

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Plants and Pollinators

9th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Welcome in springtime by creating a mobile blooming with paper and felt plants and the insects that help them grow. Encourage nature to thrive on your doorstep by mixing a seed ball to take home. 7 – 11yrs £8.50 Booking essential please call 01491 415600 or fill in the form below.  Click here to buy tickets Sell tickets online with Ticket Tailor

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Birds of Prey

16th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Meet the magnificent birds from Millets Farm Falconry, Abingdon, and get up close to hawks, eagles and owls. Enjoy nature themed art and craft activities – watch out for the vultures! The day will include the following talks and activities: • 11.00am Best of British • 1.00pm Scavengers of the Skies • 2.30pm Airborne Hunters • Ferret racing at 12.00pm, 3.15pm. The talks are most suitable for aged 7yrs and over. The art and craft activities are suitable for all…

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Water Meadows in Watercolour

17th April 2020 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Discover and enhance your watercolour skills with outdoor sketches on the water meadows by the Museum. You will be taught skills in achieving different marks and textures and creating depth and distance in your work and you will develop your paintings indoors in the Education Studio. £40 Booking essential please call 01491 415600 or fill in the form below. Click here to buy tickets Sell tickets online with Ticket Tailor

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Down the River and Through the Woods: wood engravers and the Chiltern countryside

23rd April 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Locally based design and decorative arts historian Dr Graham Twemlow has given many talks at the River & Rowing Museum, and at venues such as the Ashmolean Museum, Christie’s South Kensington, and the Royal Society of Arts, London This illustrated talk to complement the Gertrude Hermes’ exhibition will highlight the work of other contemporary artists working in the wood engraving medium, many of whom had strong links with the Chiltern countryside. The talk will explore the wood engravings and prints…

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