Feature Image: Left to Right: Elizabeth Eyre, Vice Chairman; Peter Oliver, Trustee; Dr Caroline Palmer, Curator; Dr Malcolm Rogers, Chairman.

We have a brand new exhibition for you to experience on the second floor of our museum. Launched on 17th May, it’s called, ‘Painted Faces: The Art of Flattery’ and is curated by Dr Caroline Palmer, supported by our good friends at the Ashmolean museum. Using rare artworks and artefacts from the Ashmolean’s collection, primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries, the exhibition explores the long-standing relationship between cosmetics and portraiture. It offers us an opportunity to enter a world of mirrors and make-up and discover how the urge to create flawless versions of ourselves extends across time and culture.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, 8th September and entry is included in the normal museum entry fee.  If you sign up for gift aid, your modest entry fee covers 12 months free entry.

The curator, Dr Caroline Palmer of the Ashmolean Museum, will be presenting a fascinating talk based on the exhibition on Thursday, 13th June at 7pm, so please contact the museum to book your tickets for this, which is part of our 2019 Lecture Series, sponsored by NFU Mutual.  Children’s trails and face painting events are also being planned to link into the exhibition later in the year.

‘The Finishing Touch’