We organise exclusive events for Friends
Some events take place at the Museum, and some are online so that all Friends, wherever they are located, can participate.
Friends Evenings take place at the museum and usually include light refreshments and an opportunity to explore the museum before the main part of the evening, which is normally a talk.
Friends Live! are Zoom-based events, usually no more than one hour long, that provide information about recent developments at Pendon; a featured talk usually by an outside speaker; and a question and answer opportunity.
Forthcoming events are detailed below. Friends book places via The Friends Place. Admission to all events is by ticket.
25 FEBRUARY 2021: THE WILTS AND BERKS CANAL
The canal opened in 1810 but had a chequered career until its legal closure in 1914. The talk, by Martin Buckland, looks at the history of the canal, at restoration progress and proposals for the future of this major East to West canal link. There will be a guided tour of recent developments in the Vale Scene and its railway. The include detailing in the station area, further development of the disused canal and running some recently introduced trains.
29 APRIL 2021: A CONVERSATION WITH GORDON AND MAGGIE GRAVETT
Maggie and Gordon are well known partners in the creation of some outstanding models such as Pempoul and Arun Quay but also for their individual contributions to modelling. Maggie is best known for her work with junior modellers and especially at Pecorama and the Warley show each year. In this Friends Live! event she will be providing helpful and encouraging advice for junior modellers and for those who help them. Gordon he will talk about his modelling philosophy and how it guides the techniques he chooses.
14 OCTOBER 2021: ARCHITECTURAL GEMS IN THE VALE OF WHITE HORSE
Details to follow soon.
6 NOVEMBER 2021: INSPIRATIONAL MODELLING: THE ROLE OF PENDON IN THE CREATION OF 'FARINGDON'
A talk and demonstration by Stephen Williams and Rex Davidson.
Stephen Williams will explore how Pendon can inspire, by relating how his experiences as a Pendon modeller directly shaped the construction of his iconic 4mm scale model of the former GWR branch station at Faringdon. He will illustrate how the Pendon approach to modelling provided not just a palette of techniques for representing real worlds in miniature, but more importantly, instilled a particular philosophy of model making, as a process, that proved fundamental to the creation of “Faringdon”.
Stephen has been a model maker since his early youth and has been a Pendon modeller for over forty years. In that time he has contributed widely to the project as an architectural, railway and landscape modeller. Amongst more than a dozen buildings that Stephen has modelled for the Vale Scene are Duck’s Stores and the Lyford almshouses, whilst his most recent scenic projects have encompassed the Church Group and, currently, the GWR station yard. He has authored a number of landmark books on modelling the GWR and edited “In Search of a Dream” - the biography of Roye England. He has also published more than 50 articles on railways and modelling.
The museum will open at 18:30 with the talk starting at 19:15. Light refreshments available on arrival. The event finishes by 21:00.