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Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery Posted On 19 November 2021

Discover wonderful historic and current Artists

Established and opened in 1917, the Nuneaton Museum and Art gallery is the result of the generosity of local benefactor Edward Melly. From the beginning its collections were mixed, comprising paintings, firearms, and ceramics. The current and future collections will concentrate on local, social history items which are reflective of all communities living and working in the Borough.

The current collection of Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery holds more that 13,500 objects, which include ethnography, fine and applied art, social and industrial history and personalia.  The Fine Art collection is split into three areas. The first, a core collection given by local patrons including Edward Melly, consisting of late nineteenth-century oil paintings. Secondly, a smaller collection of local artist’s works including Patty Townsend. Thirdly, works collected from local art society shows during the 1970s and 1980s. Notable paintings in the collection include ‘Before the Deluge’ by Roelandt Savery, and ‘Battle of Vittoria, 21 June 1813’ by James Princep Beadle.

The museum is located in the beautiful grounds of Riversley Park, just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Nuneaton and within easy access to car parks.

As well as the impressive exhibits, the museum offers ‘Storytelling for Under 5s’ on Wednesdays from 11:15am to 11:45am. There is no need to book, just drop in. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The museum also holds regular events and exhibitions. On 27th November, there will be a special Eliot event day. It’s a chance to try out a workshop created for the Exploring Eliot project and meet staff from the museum and library.

Currently, the wonderful “Featuring Female Creativity: Art from our Collections” exhibition is being showcased and will run until the 4th December.

So, what are you waiting for? Be inspired by local stories, the life of novelist George Eliot, and fascinating art at Nuneaton’s free, fun and friendly museum located in beautiful parkland.

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