Paintings of the Mendip Hills and the Somerset levels from the last 50 years.
6 July – 4 August 2013
Peter Coate was born, brought up, and has lived most of his life, in Somerset
After the war, and 3 years in the RAF, he went to New College, Oxford, then on to train professionally at the Chelsea School of Art. He lived for 9 years in St. Alban’s and while there exhibited at the RA, the London Group, the NEAC, the ROI and with the Society of Wildlife Artists.
After returning home to live in Blagdon, he became a West Country artist. He was soon elected a member of the Royal West of England Academy and has exhibited there ever since. He has had many one-man shows in Bath, Bristol, Thornbury and a large exhibition at the RWA with Ann and Jerry Hicks.
Peter is a rural artist and naturally seeks out wild places. He has made many painting expeditions to Wales, East Anglia, Ireland, the Lake District and Tuscany.
This exhibition confines itself to his home territory, the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels, and includes a few of its churches.
History of Policing in Wells
This display, which has been researched and put together by volunteer Bob Love, aims to showcase some of the material available in the City Archives at the Museum and is being made available for public viewing for the first time. The exhibition relates to the original Wells City Police Force, formed in 1836 and surviving until 1856, and demonstrates the range of documents which are held in the Archives; documents which in most cases have never been properly studied and allowed to take their place in the rich story of the City. The force itself has not been the subject of academic study and its existence was effectively unknown to historians of policing. The Museum has also been fortunate enough to have obtained on loan from the Blake Museum, Bridgwater this truncheon which actually belonged to the Wells force during this period and can be attributed to the first officer to carry it.
Netherworld of Mendip
The Netherworld of Mendip is a new, permanent exhibition at the museum portraying the fascinating world of caves that lies hidden beneath the Mendip Hills and charting the development of caving and cave diving that has led to their discovery and exploration. We have been lucky enough to receive not only funding from the AONB Sustainable Development Fund but also grants and materials from local businesses and caving equipment suppliers. Local cavers have given freely of their time to develop the displays into a stunning exhibition. Expertise has been sought from many individuals in the caving community from the likes of Jim Hanwell with his unprecedented knowledge of the formation and geology of the caves to those who can build the displays and set up computer graphics. The exhibition will cover exploration right up to the present day including the magnificent find last year of the largest known underground chamber in Britain in Cheddar Gorge. The exhibition is due to open in April with an official opening on Friday 26 April. Normal museum entry charges apply. Netherworld of Mendip leaflet downloadable here.
We thank the many sponsors who have helped to create this new display, including J.Bailey & Sons Ltd., Cave & Climb, The Creative Edge, CRS Building Supplies Ltd., DMUK lightboxes, Fosseway Press, Geni Printing, Harris & Harris, Lyon Equipment, Microbitz, Milk Street Brewery, Scurion, the Swan Hotel and Tincknells Country Store.