Friends Events

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.

Friends Live!: 25 February 2021
Featured talk: History of 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. 

Friends Evening: 24 April 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. There are light refreshments available on arrival. The event finishes by 21:00.

Friends Live!: 14 October 2021
Featured talk: Architecture in the Vale of White Horse 

Details to follow soon.