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18 September 2018BIRMINGHAM JEWELLRY QUARTER and BARBER INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS
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BIRMINGHAM JEWELLRY QUARTER and
BARBER INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS

Tuesday 18 September 2018

In the morning we will be given a tour of the old workshops of Smith and Pepper jewellery makers and Jewellery Museum

After lunch we will have a guided tour of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts,  a Grade II listed Art Deco building that was designed by Robert Atkinson in the 1930s and opened in 1939 by Queen Mary.

 

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter we will explore this extraordinary time capsule on a lively guided tour. Here you will find things left as they simply ceased trading and locked the door on Smith & Pepper’s last working day in 1981.

Gather round the main jewellers’ bench to watch a demonstration of the traditional skills of this fine trade and discover what it was like to work here.

There is a vast array of original tools, stamps and machinery to be seen inside the factory.

Today the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and the factory make up a remarkable museum, which tells the story of the Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham’s renowned jewellery and metalworking heritage. The museum also contains two self-led galleries – 'Story of the Jewellery Quarter' which explores the history and development of the Jewellery Quarter and 'Earth’s Riches' which displays jewellery made from natural materials from across the world.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts The collection is full of famous works by artists such as Vincent van GoghClaude MonetAuguste RodinJ. M. W. Turner and Rubens, displayed in spacious and elegant galleries on the first floor of the Institute. The Renaissance is represented by masterpieces by Sandro BotticelliGiovanni BelliniVeronese and Simone Martini (e.g. his St John the Evangelist of 1320), the 17th century by artists including RubensVan DyckPoussin and Murillo.

The collections of French Impressionism and Post-impressionism include artworks by Degas, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Gauguin. Among the British artists represented are Aubrey BeardsleyGainsboroughReynoldsRossetti and Turner. There is also a fine collection of sculpture (including works by Rodin and Degas), Old Master prints and drawings, portrait miniatures and objets d'art. Standing at the entrance is the Equestrian Statue of George I, the oldest public sculpture in Birmingham.

Meet at Beeches Car Park at 8:50am for 9:00am coach departure. Returning to Beeches Car Park at approximately 18:00pm

Limited to 30 places only, so please book early.

Cost per person £28.00, payable to Arts Society Cirencester

(Cancellations accepted and refunds given only up to two weeks (full 14 days) prior to event).

Please contact me for an application form and further information:

Mrs NEREIDE GILHEAD, mobile 07791 771 864 or email visits.ascirencester@gmail.com