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Exhibitions, Activities and Events

Poole Museum offers various activities and events throughout the year.


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Exhibitions

POOLE OPEN 2014 - 12th March – 5th May 2014

POOLE OPEN 2014 is a new biannual arts competition which seeks to highlight the work of artists, designers and makers working in all media.

UK-based artists aged 16 years and over were asked to submit work that responded to any of the key themes of the collections in Poole Museum. Over 200 works were put forward to the selection panel, which included Alison Bevan, Director of the Royal West of England Academy. From this, works by 67 artists were chosen for the exhibition, which is on display at Poole Museum until 5 May.

POOLE OPEN 2014 is a collaboration between Borough of Poole’s Arts and Museum Services. The selected works will be on display across Poole Museum, both in the two galleries and amongst the permanent collections, with many of the works for sale. All the artists are eligible for four prizes, kindly provided by sponsors The National Trust, Poole Museum, Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Skills and Learning, and The Print Room.

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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Activities

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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June

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

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.

Hidden Treasures

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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September

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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Events

The Logboat Sessions 2014

Third Thursday of the month. Doors  7pm, Start 7:30pm. Tickets by donation, suggested minimum £5. We kindly ask that a minimum donation of £5 is made per ticket.Your ticket money is used to ensure artists appearing at The Logboat Sessions receive fair payment for their work.

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20th March. Alex Roberts. An unplugged set of contemporary and traditional folk songs and music, weaving themes of the sea and the local environment of Dorset.

Alex Roberts is an artist who represents all the best aspects of the songwriter's craft. A casual observer of the world that surrounds him, he draws on its roots, its past and present. A story teller in the age-old tradition, a balladeer, poet and a writer of impressively prolific output, with four studio albums released. His fifth, entitled 'Love & Supernatural' came out in late 2013.

His songs are shaped, sculpted and coloured by the myriad experiences of his life, from his time spent travelling and absorbing various cultures across Europe and the Indian subcontinent, to his reclusive lifestyle in a tepee. His is a craft well learned, and invested with depths of emotion and empathy that are unique.

Alex blends genres from baroque to blues, with a warm soulful voice, finger-style acoustic guitar, some fine lapsteel playing, bouzouki, and a stompbox to boot. His writing is honest and direct, uncompromising but often edgy. On stage he threads themes and stories into a timeless and captivating web of song.

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17th April. Hattie Briggs. Hattie Briggs is a singer/songwriter sharing her time between Oxford and Stroud.  Brought up on the mellow strains of James Taylor and Eva Cassidy, she’s been singing for as long as she can remember.  Having taken guitar lessons at school, she started to teach herself the basics of piano at 17 and was surprised when she sat down at the keys one day to find her first song "Without a Smile" forming itself within the space of an hour.  She has been writing and recording new material since then and released her debut EP, "My Shepherd's Hut" in November 2013.

Hattie is a natural and sensitive performer and songwriter with a unique, unaffectedly expressive voice and style.  Her songs are crafted with a maturity that belies her twenty years, and an honesty that when combined with her presence on stage will win over the hearts of any audience.

Hattie has made it to the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, the only soloist in the final 4. The winners of all the various folk awards will be announced on 19th February at a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. The event will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from 8pm, via the red button, and online, with video highlights to follow the following day. Hattie will perform live on BBC Radio 2's Drivetime show as part of the coverage.

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15th May. Burton Bradstock. Burton Bradstock is the stylistic alter ego of the multi-instrument musician and composer Jimmy Cannon and was born to present his newest creation, All Upon A Lovely Summer’s Day.

Obtaining a post-graduate diploma in Jazz Performance and Composition from Trinity College of Music and awarded the Archers Scholarship, Bradstock is also an accomplished saxophonist who has toured and performed with Sir Tom Jones, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Commitments and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

As a member of staff at London Centre of Contemporary Music (LCCM), teaching on both Songwriting and Performance BMUS courses, and a regular visiting tutor at Junior Trinity and Tech music schools, Bradstock shares his passion to explore different approaches to composition and performance.

All Upon A Lovely Summer’s Day is his innovative debut album with one foot in the bucolic past and the other very firmly in the contemporary. The album’s arrangements sympathetically recast English folk songs from the early to mid-nineteenth century.

Bradstock, a native of Cornwall, who as Cannon is no stranger to the American songbook, here successfully marries his love and practice of jazz with the nostalgia of his childhood; combining the simple and well-loved melodies of English folk songs such as ‘Salisbury Plain’, ‘The Ashgrove’, ‘Early One Morning and ‘John Barleycorn’ with intricate rhythms and contemporary harmonies.

For the album, Bradstock has put together a group of equally talented musicians who contribute their virtuosity and wondrous interplay to this project. Featuring Iain Ballamy, with Julian Ferraretto (virtuosic jazz violinist who has arranged for and played with artists including Eska Mtungwazi, Carleen Anderson, Robert Mitchell’s Panacea and Shakira) on violin; Dorian Ford (Berklee alumnus and twice winner of the Chick Corea Jazz Masters Award) on piano; Riaan Vosloo (incredibly talented bassist, composer and arranger with a BA (Hons) from Leeds College of Music and an MA from the Royal Academy of Music with album credits including works for Universal, Sony and Decca Records) on double bass; Tim Giles (cutting edge and award-winning musical prodigy known for his collaborations with saxophonist James Allsopp) on drums, and Pete Berryman (gifted acoustic guitarist and composer with over four decades of experience) on guitar.

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19th June. Three Cane Whale. A multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, UK, featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and the Fleur Darkin Ensemble. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, the music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy.

The band’s debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums; second album Holts And Hovers is fRoots Editor’s Choice Album of 2013.

‘Wonderful’ Roots

'Impressively original’ The Guardian

‘Mesmerising’ Q

‘A magical journey’ Songlines

‘Simply beautiful’ R2

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21st August. Granny's Attic. Granny's Attic is a teenage folk trio from Worcester, England who met and formed at secondary school in 2009 and have since been regularly playing a variety of gigs including festivals, local events and gigs across the country.

They play a range of English, Irish, Scottish traditional music, as well as some of their own compositions. Each member plays a variety of instruments, with the main line-up being melodeon/concertina; guitar; and fiddle/mandolin.

Granny’s Attic have been placed as one of the final four acts nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2014.

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18th September. The Black Feathers. The Black Feathers are an award-winning, earthy blend of English folk and American roots, with tight-as-blood harmony flowing through its veins.

The band is made up of singer/songwriters Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler. Having played together for many years in various projects, they decided to break away and collaborate as a duo, writing and performing their own material.

Inspired by advice given to them by Youth [producer of Dido and the Orb], they set off in search of ancient melodies as a base to build a sound that later became The Black Feathers, drawing their influences from a number of high-quality wells; Americana rubbing shoulders with folk, and edgy rock sensibilities peeking through the tight-as-blood harmonies.

Since their debut show in May 2012, The Black Feathers have been busy touring the country, enticing and captivating audiences as they go. During the summer of 2013, they played over 18 festivals, including well-received slots at the Maverick Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. With an ever-growing online fan base developing in the US, they also fitted in an eight-date tour in and around Nashville, Tennessee. Their debut EP was released in December, followed by a tour in the UK and Europe. There are also plans for a US tour in 2014.

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16th October. Ninebarrow. Ninebarrow are an award-winning Dorset-based duo, who combine vocal harmonies and a variety of instruments, including tenor ukulele and mandola, to create a rich blend of folk-influenced songs. Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardiere perform a diverse range of material – much of which has been inspired by the fantastic music sessions that can be found locally and at many of the Great British folk festivals. Ninebarrow’s original songs take much of their inspiration from the landscape and history of the places they have visited around the country. Their repertoire also encompasses a variety of traditional unaccompanied songs as well as contemporary folk covers – they take material and rework it in their own unique way.

In 2013, they were crowned winners of the Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award, announced no.1 in Drunkenwerewolf Magazine’s ‘Hidden Acoustic Gems of 2013’ and their debut EP ‘Kingdom’ was announced as one of Ukulelehunt.com’s records of the year.

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20th November. Jinder. Folk-pop singer/songwriter and troubadour Jinder was brought up in the Warwickshire countryside, with the sounds of the infamous Cropredy music festival sailing in through his bedroom window.

Dubbed 'the tallest singer-songwriter in Britain' by The Independent, he now resides in rural Dorset, surrounded by the rolling west country landscape, heavily influencing his songs.

Jinder's songwriting craft is like no other. He weaves imagery and heartfelt lyrics into each verse, transporting the listener into another world; a ramshackle, fallen industry town, the rolling hills of Dorset or the wedding day of two young lovers, all wound together in a blanket of glorious melody.

Having toured with the likes of Level 42, Deacon Blue, Sinead O'Connor, the Proclaimers, Jackie Leven and Henry Priestman, Jinder has played everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Dog and Duck, from the Midem Festival in Cannes to the Sidmouth Folk Festival and hundreds of folk clubs and arts centres in between.

‘Jinder's music has great, soulful clarity’ - Jackie Leven

‘Thoughtfully ruminative...capturing that which is hardest to capture as a singer/songwriter’ - R2 Magazine

‘As good as it gets...quite simply magnificent.’ - Maverick Magazine

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