Bassetlaw Museum exhibitions

by | 24 September 2022 | Art, Community facility, Heritage, Retford, Sports Club

Moving Stories, open until October

Why have people always come to Bassetlaw? Discover answers and objects from the earliest settlers to the present day. This exhibition looks at why people leave their birthplace for a new life, a complex and sometimes difficult story.
Bassetlaw people have generously shared their journeys and those of their families, including lending the museum a fascinating range of objects which illustrate their experiences. Some travelled from other places in Britain, others from Europe or from different continents. People have moved because war, work, health and even love.

Land and Sea, open until Saturday 1st October

This selection from the museum’s permanent art collection showcases a range of styles and media, encompassing Victorian traditional landscape paintings and more contemporary abstract artworks. Some scenes are local, others more distant, or imaginary.
From woody landscapes to windswept seas, let these images put you in the holiday mood!

Bowled over!, open until November

An exhibition celebrating 125 years of Retford Bowling Green Ltd; features trophies, bowling equipment and clothing from the Retford Bowling Green collection.

The club was started in 1894 when Canon Ebsworth, vicar at St Swithun’s Church in East Retford, bought land at Hallcroft for the purpose of providing sporting activities for businessmen in the town. Canon Ebsworth held the post of President until 1897, when the club briefly went into liquidation. It then became Retford Bowling Green Limited, and the club dates its anniversary from this point.

Initially, members were drawn exclusively from the ranks of Retford businessmen, and there are many familiar names on the Presidents board. Women were invited to join in the early 1990s.

Today, the club has a thriving membership and meets regularly at the bowling green at Hallcroft – which has indoor facilities for the winter.

For more information email Bassetlaw.museum@bassetlaw.gov.uk.