Enjoy July’s events at Bassetlaw Museum:
Peace Day Celebrations in the museum garden
Thursday 4th July
12.00pm to 2.30pm
Join in the fun and games to celebrate the centenary of the official end of World War I in the museum idyllic garden. Bring a picnic. Free. All welcome. This event is organised by the Royal British Legion, Retford and District Branch.
Saturday 13th July
10.00am to 4.00pm
How did people use their free time in the 15th and 16th century? Join in with the Festival of Archaeology and find out! Make a toy. Play games. Colour and collage a playing card. Suitable for all ages. Free.
Friends on a summer evening
Saturday 13th July
6.00pm to 9.00pm
Bring a picnic, relax and enjoy games in the garden. Take the ‘make a peg doll challenge’. Discover more about the Wyse exhibition at one of the museum’s gallery talks. This event is organised by the Friends of Bassetlaw Museum. Free to the members or £2.00 for non-members, or join on the night for the annual fee of £5.00.
Guided tour of Amcott House
Thursday 25th July
Discover the story and secrets of Amcott House which is home to Bassetlaw Museum. Find out about its previous owners and the transition from a private house to museum. Pay as much as you like. Booking is essential, call 01777 713749.
Father and Son. Paintings by Kip and Richard Combes
To Saturday 10th August
Cecil ‘Kip’ Combes (1924-2013) was born in Great Yarmouth in 1923 and attended the Great Yarmouth College of Art in his youth. He was evacuated to Retford with his family during the early stages of World War II, and apart from a period living in Manchester remained in the town for the rest of his life. Being originally from Norfolk his work is very much influenced by the Norwich School of Painters. This can be seen in the atmospheric moody watercolour and oil renderings of his much loved local landscape.
Richard Combes is a highly respected New York based artist who has exhibited internationally and has work in major private collections worldwide. Combes’ interest in architecture comes through in his work, via a meticulous rendering and dramatic use of perspective and colour. He explores the relationship between architectural space and the human form in a way that evokes the work of the American artist Edward Hopper. Everyday spaces and objects are transformed into extraordinary images that are both absorbing and haunting.
Mr Wyse and his remarkable collection
To Saturday 14th September
Lewis George Wyse (1867-1955) was a Retford entrepreneur, cycling champion and avid antiques collector. This exhibition gives an opportunity to see his eclectic collection of precious porcelain, delicate glassware, artworks and various oddities.
Visit Bassetlaw Museum at Amcott House, 40 Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD, call 01777 713749 or see www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk to find out more.