Symposium: Saving treasures – Felix Joseph’s gifts to Nottingham

Saving treasures – Felix Joseph’s gifts to Nottingham Symposium Saturday 15 July, 11 – 3.45pm Project Lab This symposium accompanies new temporary exhibition Saving treasures – Felix Joseph’s gifts to Nottingham and will draw together Curators of Fine and Decorative Art Louise Dunning (who curated the exhibition) and Pamela Wood, an authority on Wedgwood, to discuss the collection on show in the exhibition and Felix Joseph’s relationship with Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery. Guest speaker Dr Isabelle Baudino, who is Senior Lecturer at the ENS in Lyons and has been a Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, extensively researching the artist Samuel Wale, will be giving a talk entitled Samuel Wale’s drawings at Nottingham Castle Museum: designing illustrations for every taste. £12.00 ticket price, this includes entry to Nottingham Castle, teas/coffees and a sandwich lunch. Please contact us at colette.griffin@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or 01158761433 if you have any dietary requirements. CLICK HERE TO BOOK Please see exhibition details below: Saving treasures – Felix Joseph’s gifts to Nottingham Exhibition 20 May – 10 September F Gallery Art collector Felix Joseph was one of the first individuals to give generously to Nottingham’s museum and art gallery at the Castle when it first opened in 1878. Although he was from a Jewish art dealer family based in London and had no links to Nottingham, he heard about the new art gallery that was being set up and wanted to firstly loan and then donate his substantial collection of Wedgwood pottery and eighteen-century drawings and prints. In honour of his generosity the Castle Museum Committee commissioned a portrait of him by Charles Knighton Warren,...

Behind the Scenes Blog

A behind the scenes look at aspects or the collections, displays, art stores, conservation, new acquisitions and much more. Contributors include a number of our curators, our conservator, collections manager and a number of guest bloggers.   Unravelling Nottingham Museums’ New Lace Project: Lace Unravelled Hi – I’m the new Project Assistant for Lace Unravelled, and I’ll be blogging about our new Arts Council funded project – We are currently in the early stages, so I’ll be posting more once we get fully under way. The project aims to bring together specialists, academic partners and the lace industry of Nottingham to further our understanding of the Nottingham Museums’ Lace collection.  The collection was Designated as a Collection of National Importance in 2014 and it really is very special – alongside lace clothing such as dresses, collars and gloves, we have designs, bobbins, panels, table-cloths, even menus! Over 100 lace sample books are currently in our stores, and their conservation will be part of the project. This is already under way, with every one of them having been condition-checked and recorded.  Not as easy as it sounds, as some are so large and heavy, it takes two to lift them out of the box! The collection also includes examples of the machinery that produced many of these items and made Nottingham famous for its lace – the Leavers Lace Machines, housed at Nottingham Industrial Museum (on the Wollaton Hall site).                               As part of the project, we hope to find out more about these machines and their...