Get inspired at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
Lymington's arts and heritage centre throws open its doors with free entry and fun activities all weekend
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery is throwing open its doors and inviting everyone to an Inspire Weekend on 14 and 15 September - there will be FREE ENTRY all weekend for visitors to come in, explore, engage and find out more about what St Barbe do for the local community.
A full programme of activities throughout the weekend will include live music on the sunny terrace featuring acoustic guitar, tabla and harp, a choir and swing/jazz trio. The museum will be brought to life by costumed characters; come and meet a local smuggler, master shipbuilder, plus Anne St Barbe who will tell you about their lives in times gone by.
Visit the NEW autumn exhibitions on their opening weekend!
Curator, Steve Marshall, will be talking about the new art exhibition (opening Saturday!) Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowell Collection, giving an insight into the rarely seen works in this private collection.
Gallery 3 has a new exhibition on Wellworthy. Based on the oral-history interviews of past employees, the exhibition explores the history and impact of the engineering firm Wellworthy, once Lymington’s largest employer. There was also a strong social element to working at Wellworthy which had its own social club, sports clubs and even a brass band!
Maria Ragan, Director of St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery will be giving talk on the current and future collections at St Barbe.
Free craft activies - and a giant community weave!
Have a go at a free craft activity! Children’s crafts will take place in the McCarthy Room, giving the opportunity for all to create something to take home. Adults will enjoy the Wet Felt and Needle Felting demonstrations by Pippa Crouch and Kirsty Eustace, showing you how to create Textile Art with free motion embroidery, appliqué, hand embroidery and beading.
How about contributing to the giant community weave? Throughout the weekend, the St Barbe team will be encouraging all to interpret the Solent in recycled rags on fishing net… or maybe you’d like to pause to listen to the master story-teller as he weaves his magic.
Recharge in the Old School Café!
Such a lot going on, the good news is it’s free, you can come in as many times as you want! Come and enjoy all St Barbe has to offer - we're so fortunate to have such a wonderful thriving cultural hub with heritage talks, artist workshops, the old school café and a delightful giftshop...
And when you're ready for a pitstop, recharge and relax for a moment and try the great coffee, speciality tea and delicious lunches in the Old School Café.
St Barbe will be open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
The Inspire Weekend coincides with ‘Heritage Open Days’ which is a National initiative.