1st June 2013 – 16th February 2014 Painting Drama at Sea: Bernard Gribble 1872-1962
Although he lived for many years in London, Gribble spent the second half of his career in Parkstone, becoming one of the best known Poole artists of the 20th century. The exhibition focuses on Gribble’s work as a marine painter and highlights his important work in the First World War, his romantic depictions of historical naval events and piracy, and his paintings of Poole Quay and Harbour.
At the height of his fame during the First World War, Gribble was among the most significant painters of the war at sea, and he was an eyewitness of events such as the sinking of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow. He was employed by King George V and the U.S. Navy to paint grand naval pictures, and his work was collected by Theodore Roosevelt and Jackie Onassis and hung in the Oval Office of the White House.
The exhibition provides a new opportunity to see paintings from the collection of Borough of Poole Museum Service - which houses the world’s greatest collection of Gribble’s art - alongside loans from private and public collections, including the National Maritime Museum and the RNLI, with which he was closely associated.
Gribble’s pictures of Poole’s historic buildings are iconic, and a number of these now hang in the Civic Centre, where two of Gribble’s great historical set-pieces take pride of place at the entrance to the Council Chamber. In the Museum’s exhibition the focus is on his maritime art, and a series of pictures of The Quay and Poole Harbour reveal his fascination with boats and shipping of all kinds.
Gribble’s impressionistic style has been out of fashion for some decades, and his work not seen in galleries or exhibitions. Consequently Gribble’s art is much less widely known now than its qualities deserve and this exhibition provides an ideal opportunity to reassess his career.
The exhibition continues until February 2014, and is an early event in the official First World War Centenary Programme, led by Imperial War Museums.
Also new at the Museum is a display of paintings of Poole’s urban scene in the 20th century, chosen from the Museum collection and including two paintings by the celebrated artist Henry Lamb, who lived in Poole Old Town after the First World War.
The Museum and the exhibitions are free and are open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and from noon to 5pm on Sunday.
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'Museum Music and Mime'. Every Friday 10:30-11:30am Sing nursery rhymes, make music and learn simple signs for everyday objects at Poole Museum. Suitable for babies and toddlers (0-3 years old). £1.50 per child, siblings under 4 months old go free.
Take a break from shopping and join us on the second Saturday of each month at 1.30 pm for a Saturday Story. Each month we will look at a different Museum object and use this as the starting point for our stories. Stories will be suitable for a family audience. No booking required, just find our storyteller in our family area on 3rd Floor. Free!
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8th June, 1.30 pm. Saturday Short Stories: Michael Morpurgo’s Mairi’s Mermaid and the Sea Maiden. Suitable for children aged between 5 and 10 years old. Free.
13th July, 1.30 pm. Saturday Short Stories: The Snail and the Whale and Why the Sea is Salty. Suitable for children aged between 3 and 8 years old. Free.
27th July, 11am – 3pm. The Festival of British Archaeology: Changing Roman Rooms. Help us decorate the Roman House the ancient way with mural painting, mosaic making and more. At the Roman House at Upton Country Park. Free.
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August, Monday – Saturday 10 am-4.30 pm and Sunday 12 noon- 4.30 pm. Visit one of Poole’s finest medieval buildings. Free.
5th and 6th August 11am – 3pm. Tudor Family Fun at Scaplen’s Court. Historical crafts and activities. Free.
10th August, 1.30 pm. Saturday Short Stories: Mr Magnolia has Only One Boot and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Suitable for children aged between 3 and 10 years old. Free.
12th and 13th August 11am – 3pm. The Stuarts at Scaplen’s Court. Finding out about the big events of the Stuart period, plague, plot, fire and war! Demonstration and craft activities. Free.
19th and 20th August 11am – 3pm. Textiles Through Time Family Fun at Scaplen’s Court. Historical crafts and activities. Free.
20th August 2 pm – 2.45pm. Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales for a summer’s afternoon. A story by the nationally renowned Katy Cawkwell at the Roman House at Upton Country Park. children £4 and adults £5. Call Poole Museum on 01202 262600 for more details and booking.
Friday 23rd August 11am and 2pm, Saturday 24th August 11am and 2pm. Hidden Treasures: An exciting opportunity to join the curators on a tour of Poole Museum’s stores and view a rich variety of objects not currently on display. Part of Hidden Treasures, a nationwide programme of events showcasing the UK’s hidden collections 22nd - 27th August 2013. Tours are free but booking (by phone or email) is essential as numbers are strictly limited.26th and 27th August 11am – 3pm. World War Two Family Fun at Scaplen’s Court. Historical crafts and activities. Free.
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14th September, 1.30 pm. Saturday Short Stories: The Sandal and A Roman Tale. Suitable for children aged between 4 and 10 years old. Free.
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