Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery are pleased to announce their next two talks in the beautiful settings of the Art Gallery amongst one of the best collections of British 20th Century Art outside of London.
Kicking off in October we are delighted to welcome Chris Penny from the National Trust, who will give a talk on Saving Silbury Hill on Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm.
He will be talking about the partial collapse of Silbury Hill, the 131 feet high man made mound that survived intact for 4,500 years before tunnels dug by treasure hunters and archaeologists weakened its structure
He will cover how the weaknesses were analysed and how it was repaired in time, unlike its neighbour at Marden Henge which collapsed and disappeared 200 years ago.
On Friday 22 November, 8pm, we are delighted to welcome Erik Burnett-Godfree who will talk about some of the best paintings currently on display in the Art Gallery in An evening with the Swindon Collection.
Erik used to run weekly lunchtime talks at the gallery during the 80’s & 90’s bringing the paintings to life and this he will do again. He talks about the backgrounds and techniques of the paintings and shows how the artists set out to inform and entertain us with their work.
Erik has also worked as director of Swindon Arts, Co-ordinator for the Big Screen and as a reporter for BBC Wiltshire.
The talk will be preceded by the AGM of the Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery which will start at 7pm.
Tickets for the talks are available from the Museum & Art Gallery in Bath Road, or on the door on the night at a cost of £4.50 (£3.50 for Friends of Swindon Museum & Art Gallery).
For further information contact Swindon Museum & Art Gallery on 01793 466556.