Artefacts from the Jurassic, Roman, Saxon and medieval times, and the beautiful Church of St Mary the Virgin are all part of our history. Agriculture, markets and mills brought prosperity; almshouses and great schools were founded. Then came toll-roads and railways. Artists and writers, notably Ernst Blensdorf and John Steinbeck worked here; and the changing exhibits witness Bruton’s continuing creativity.
• Monthly Casespace exhibitions of the work of local creative people.
• Changing exhibitions of local interest, such as Bruton residents’ involvement with World War I.
• Programme of winter talks on the second Thursday of the month, covering diverse subjects including architecture, gardens, falconry & hydrography!
• Summer visits to houses and gardens of interest such as Spargrove and Stavordale.
Casespace is a museum case or two, sometimes a wall, where anything can be exhibited: it changes regularly. We have created displays of painting, sculpture, films, conceptual art, architectural plans and collections. Exhibitors must be Museum members. If you would like to exhibit and live locally please contact Jackie Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Artefacts of Alexandra Drysdale
The current Casespace exhibition is a collection of contemporary bricolage and drawings by artist Alexandra Drysdale.
What’s bricolage, you ask? It’s the creation or construction from a diverse range of available things, the process of improvisation in a human endeavour. The objects on display combine original and traditional techniques of art and craft, but are not easy to categorise.
The exhibition forms part of the Casespace series, showcasing works by artists who live nearby, and as Alexandra is currently Artist-in-Residence at Bruton School for Girls, who better to have her works displayed. Alexandra has been exhibiting her work in the UK and abroad for over twenty years, and is also an accredited Art History lecturer for the Arts Society.
Alexandra’s Casespace will run until the end of January. Entry is free and the Museum is open Mon-Fri 11am to 1pm, Sat until 3pm.
Our visits are open to members only and have included trips to Spargrove, Stavordale Priory gardens and many other local sites of absorbing interest.
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In winter we have a variety of talks on subjects as diverse as falconry, local history, hydrography, editing and metal detecting.
We are hoping to complete our model railway soon! This will have interactive buttons to send the 00 Gauge trains on their journey from Cole to Bruton. A table and chairs are set up in the gallery with pens, paper and fun things for small people to enjoy.
Our resources are available to the public by appointment: Parish records, information about the collection and specific areas of interest can be accessed. Contact Andrew Leach 01749 812 641 or Jackie Brooks 07973 745 815 for more information.