Wunderkammer: Hastings’ Curiosities
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery’s exciting new exhibition continues into April.
Wunderkammer brings together nearly 300 outstanding objects from the depths of the museum’s stores. The exhibition includes marvellous natural history specimens, ancient archaeological artefacts, local and social history objects and works of fine and decorative art. The show takes its name from the German for ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’. These were an early type of museum developed during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries by wealthy merchants and nobles. They combined varied displays in an attempt to categorise and tell stories about the marvels of the natural world.
In Wunderkammer, Hastings Museum’s art gallery will be transformed into an evolving display and work area as objects are cleaned, documented and then returned to the stores. You will see in real time how the museum’s curators and volunteers care for the collections, and witness the work that is required to ensure the continued preservation of these marvellous collections for generations to come.
Damian Etherington, Museum and Cultural Development Manager, said: “We are grateful to all our partners, The blackShed Gallery, Hastings Contemporary and De Le Warr Pavilion for their support in helping bring this exhibition together.’
First Tuesday of month: 4 February, 3 March, 2-3pm
Delve deeper into the Wunderkammer with a member of the curatorial team as they take you on a personal journey through the exhibition. Places are strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment.
£5 per ticket via Eventbrite
Last Sunday of the month: 26 January, 23 February, 29 March,1-3pm
Be inspired by Wunderkammer to draw, write or create your own response to the array of fascinating collections on display. Free entry.
• Wunderkammer: Hastings Curiosities 7 December 2019 – 19 April 2020
Free Entry, open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 12noon-4pm, closed Mondays. Curators and volunteers will be on-gallery Tuesday-Thursday each week. Schools will be using the gallery on Fridays.
• To find out more check our website www.hmag.org.uk
or our Facebook page.
• All images are of items from the Museum’s collections that will feature as part of the exhibition.
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