Spring 2018 Events

Saturday, 7 April: The Vale in 3D: photographs and talk

This is an opportunity to join a private viewing of 3D photographs of the Vale. During the evening the photographer, Paul Ellis, will talk about the photographs and how they were taken and processed. Some of these images were printed in a recent issue of BRM – who declared one of them to possibly be the ‘best ever’ photo of a model. We expect that some brand new photographs will be on display here for the first time.
The evening includes canapes and soft drinks which will be available from 18:00 at the museum.
This event is at no cost, but admission is by ticket only. Any donations towards costs will be most welcome.

Saturday 12 May: Film Night – Rural Life

We are showing a recently released film about rural life in England in 1920s and 30s. The film takes audiences down the country lanes of the past, meandering through the dwindling customs of another era. You can relive the work of the local blacksmith preparing shoes for the horses that will plough the fields, and the shepherd’s trials as he protects his flock from an encroaching storm. And be swept up in the homemade entertainment and giggles of children at the country fair and the joyful freedoms of the dance in the village hall.
The evening includes canapes and soft drinks which will be available from 18:30 at the museum.
This event is at no cost, but admission is by ticket only. Any donations towards costs will be most welcome.

23 June: Pendon and the Finescale Revolution: talk by Iain Rice

Museum opens at 18:00 with talk at 19:15

Iain Rice will present his unique view on the development of fine scale modelling and Pendon’s part in it. The talk will complement an exhibition on the history of Fine Scale modelling.

Iain Rice is well known for his writing on all aspects of modelling, especially his take on "Finescale Modelling", from presentation, track building. through to locomotives and realistic operation. Linking in to the current exhibition on the early history of 4mm Finescale modelling at Pendon, here is an opportunity to hear more on that development. Iain had a pivotal role in developing an accessible approach to such modelling, and this promises to be an entertaining evening, both as a history lesson and as an entertaining discussion - all with the opportunity to see the exhibits as part of an exclusive showing.

There is a small charge for this event to cover a buffet and drinks. This is £18.00 per head. Admission is by ticket only and the event is limited to 30 people.

Places for this event can be booked now.

29 September: Guided visit: Museum of English Rural Life

Meet for lunch at 13.00 followed by tour ending at 16:00.

The Museum of English Rural Life reopened in October 2016 after a £3million redevelopment project, which radically transformed the public displays. The Museum challenges perceptions about rural England by revealing the historical and contemporary relevance of country life. The new interactive galleries explore questions of identity, environment, technology, culture and health.

Participants make their own travel arrangements to be at MERL by 13:00.

MERL is at RG1 5EX.

Following a light lunch at MERL we will have an introduction from a museum guide who will remain with us for about 1 hour to answer questions. The visit to the museum finishes at 16:00.

There is a charge of £17.00 per head which includes lunch and a donation to the museum. Our group is limited to a maximum of 25 people in all. Places can be booked now.

17 November (evening): Building and operating an exhibition layout: talk by Nick Wood

Museum open at 18:30 with talk at 19:15

Nick Wood’s layout, Much Murkle, will be at Pendon for the weekend of 17/18 November.

During the Saturday evening Friends will have the opportunity to see the layout in action. Nick will talk about how the layout came about, and its construction including buildings and stock.

He will also cover the joys of exhibiting, designing for transportation, setting up, maintenance and repair etc.  One of my team of his operating team will be present to demonstrate some aspects of operation during the talk and we will have a short running session for those attending afterwards.

The museum will close at 21:00.

There is no charge for this event, but admission is by ticket only. Canapes and soft drinks will be provided. Limited to 20 people.

Places can be booked now.

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