Special Events

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Heritage Afternoon Tea

Market Hall Museum

Sunday 28th April 12.30pm or 1pm

Step back in time and taste cakes and bakes from the past. Using original recipes from the Warwickshire archives ‘Caking and Baking’ have recreated recipes from Mary Wise’s mid-18th century cookbook for you to enjoy. Recipes from Mary’s cookbook and kitchen gadgets from our museum collections will also be on display for you to view. The museum is closed to the general public during this event so you will be able to wander through the galleries throughout the event. Museum closes at 2.45pm.

Cost £15. Bar serving prosecco wine, beer and gin also available. Due to the nature of the old recipes there are no gluten or dairy free options. Please email hcwcommerical@warwickshire.gov.uk if any of your party require vegetarian sandwiches. Tables will be allocated with the number of spaces on this booking. If you are booking individually for the same party, please email hcwcommerical@warwickshire.gov.uk  with your party number. Book at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice


Museums at Night Twilight Taxidermy: Live Demonstration

Market Hall Museum

Friday 17th May 7pm – 9pm

Join us for a unique evening exploring the art of taxidermy and the museum’s Spicer collection.

Come along and meet Taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long and learn about the intricate craft of taxidermy. Jazmine will be giving a live demonstration alongside a talk showing all the stages involved in creating a piece of taxidermy from beginning to end. Working as a Taxidermist since 2007 Jazmine creates taxidermy for both the gallery and museum context, and so her work sits between the realms of art and education. Jazmine’s love of natural history has led her to make work that respects the animal and focuses on the beauty of living things, giving the viewer the chance to explore nature up close. Offering an understanding of the animal and the taxidermy process itself promoting the scientific and cultural benefits of this intricate and evolving craft. Jazmine Calls herself an ‘ethical’ taxidermist to describe the way she produces work only using animals that have died from natural causes.

The Spicers were some of the greatest taxidermists that Britain has known. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries they practised their art, from workshops in Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa. Curator Jon Radley will give a short talk, focusing on the Spicers, and their legacy here in the Museum.

Cafe and bar will be open for refreshments. Tickets cos£15 and are limited so please book at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice 


Mister Magnolia by Folksy Theatre

St John’s Museum Garden

Sunday 21st July 2pm

Mister Magnolia has many things, such as an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot, some very fat owls learning to hoot, a big purple dinosaur who’s a magnificent brute, two sisters who play the flute, and even a swimming pool. But he still only has one boot! Join Mister Magnolia on his wacky adventures, filled with Folksy Theatre’s bold characters, live music, puppetry and audience interaction, it’s a day out not to be missed! Based on the book by the legendary Quentin Blake.

Bring along your picnics, blankets and folding chairs.  2’s and under are free and do not need a ticket.  Please note that tickets are non refundable and performances go on whatever the weather.  The performance will take place in St John’s Museum Garden. Please come prepared!!! BOOK TICKETS


Stall Holders needed – Craft and Vintage Summer Fair at St Johns House Museum

Saturday 27th July 10.30am – 4pm 2019

St Johns House Museum, Warwick, CV34 4NF

Applications are invited from stallholders who wish to take part in the summer 2019 Craft and Vintage Fair in the garden at St Johns House Museum.  Heritage and Culture Warwickshire (HCW) are inviting stallholders to sell quality crafts gifts and vintage items in the unique surroundings of our historic St Johns House Museum.  St Johns House was built in the 1670s and offers a unique backdrop to the fair. Application Form