What’s on at Bucks County Museum
Exhibitions to discover
Bricks Britannia: the history of Britain in LEGO® bricks
Last chance to catch it - Ends on 4 September
Over 6,000 visitors have enjoyed the exhibition so far. Don't miss the 30 stunning models made from 150,000 LEGO bricks that tell the story of British history from the Stone Age to the 21st Century including the 8 metre long model of the Flying Scotsman steam locomotive. Open daily until 4 September, Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 12 – 4pm. Admission charge.
The Beautiful Stitch: textile treasures from the Embroiderers’ Guild collection
On now until 28 October
A real treat for everyone interested in textiles and embroidery. See some of the finest pieces from the Guild’s stunning collections of historical and contemporary embroidery: from Chinese shoes to American Indian gloves, from 18th century whitework to 21st century artwork. Entry by donation.
Events to enjoy
History Walk – The Museum Site & Buildings
Heritage Open Days Event
Saturday 9 September, 2.30pm – 3.45pm
From the 15th centre timbered-framed guildhall through elegant Georgian brick to the modern art gallery, the Museum’s beautiful historic buildings tell the story of 600 years of Aylesbury’s history. Join Sarah Gray, former Museum Curator, on a guided tour through history. Museum Tour 2.30pm – 3.45pm. Places on the walk must be pre-booked by contacting 01296 331441. The walk is free but donations welcome. To find out about more events in Aylesbury or a town near you visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Sunday 10 September, 11am – 4pm
The history of the Tudors is brought to life with a wide range of interactive historians to submerge you into the Tudor times! For the first time ever in Aylesbury you can help to power a model replica of Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine – will it fly or won’t it? Come and enjoy all that the Museum has to offer with lots of free family fun. An Aylesbury Town Council event www.aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk
James Fox: textile artist
Muir Trust Artist in Residence
21 September to 21 October
James works mostly with machine embroidery and looks for inspiration in modern life and politics. During his residency he will create new works in response to the Museum’s collections in store. Come along to James’ open studio at the Museum on Fridays and Saturdays during the residency.
Talk on the Historical Development of Chain Stitch Embroidery to Tambour Beading
Friday 29 September, 7pm – 8pm
A fascinating talk by bead couturiers Lesley Coidan & Diana Vernon exploring the luxury fashion technique of tambour beading – an embroidery technique used to embellish and enliven garments. £4 pay on door.
Introduction to Tambour Beading & Embroidery Workshop
Saturday 30 September, 10am – 4pm
This day course with bead couturiers, Lesley Coidan and Diana Vernon, will give you an introduction to the essentials of the technique of couture tambour beading and embroidery. Enrolment £50 – telephone 01296 331441 to book. Workshop students do not have to bring anything but there will be a small charge of up to £5 for beads and sequins on the day. The Workshop tutors will lend frames and tambour hooks but students can purchase these if they wish to at the end of the class. www.couturebeading.com
With a café, gift shop and relaxing garden it’s the perfect place for families to discover things together.
Check our website for all charges, opening times, birthday parties and special events. Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP. Tel 01296 331441 www.buckscountymuseum.org