Calls for entries from Bassetlaw Museum

by | 18 April 2020 | Art, Community facility, Hobbies, Retford, Worksop

Open Art Exhibitions
Bassetlaw Museum invites individuals of all ages to exhibit new work in the Percy Laws Gallery.

Inspired by the Mayflower 400 anniversary, they encourage entries that relate to the following themes:

  • Journeys, which can be as broadly interpreted as you wish. Exhibition dates: Saturday 18th July to 10th October.
  • Where it began, an interpretation of the Mayflower story in the local area. Exhibition dates: Saturday 17th October to Saturday 9th January 2021.

Entry is free and individuals and groups are invited to submit up to two pieces of work for each exhibition. Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, mixed media work, textiles, poetry and 3D artworks will all be considered. For full terms and conditions please see or or email

Pilgrims Planting
Calling all keen gardeners, allotment owners, community gardens and those who might just want a go… consider attempting the three sisters planting method this year. The three sisters refer to maize (corn), beans and squash: the foods which formed a staple for both native North Americans and the Mayflower Pilgrims when they arrived in the new world.

The three sisters planting system brings these plants into harmony, with the leaves of the squash spreading to keep the soil moist and the growing corn stems supporting the climbing beans. No doubt, learning how to cultivate unfamiliar crops in this way was one of the crucial lessons the Pilgrims received from their Wampanoag neighbours in the spring of 1621. However, it may be a challenge to make the system work in our British climate! If you fancy your chances, now’s the time to start making plans and securing seeds ahead of spring planting.

Further information on how the three sisters worked and were used 400 years ago can be found online.

Enter by sending photos of your three sisters to info@pilgrimroots and on the Pilgrims Roots social media channels in autumn; entries will be judged by Radio Lincolnshire’s John Stirland, who has also cultivated the special Pilgrim 400 Apple! First prize will be a £50.00 voucher for Dukeries Garden Centre, plus the opportunity to plant one of the Pilgrim 400 apple trees with John! The runner up will receive £25.00 of vouchers.

They’d love to see and hear how you are getting on in the meantime, so tweet, share and show off as much as you like – without giving your top tips away, of course!