January can be a quiet month, but there’s plenty going on at Haslemere Museum to keep you entertained.

The Historic Haslemere exhibition reveals the fascinating history of Haslemere told through beautifully illustrated story boards where you will be taken on a journey about the history of the town. Some interesting and rare exhibits will also be on display as well as five paintings depicting the 1786 murder of an unknown sailor at Hindhead. The vicious nature of the crime shocked local people and the murder became famous nationwide. For anyone interested in local history, this exhibition is a must!

Running at the same time is Byron Cooper – Tennyson’s Country, an exhibition showcasing the Museum’s collection of works by the eminent Victorian artist, George Gordon Byron Cooper which runs until 3 March. The poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, inspired Byron Cooper to depict the dramatic landscapes and vivid emotions evoked in his prose.

The picture (above) is part of Byron Cooper’s Painting across the pond – Haslemere (1894).

Looking for something different to do? There is Tea and Talk at the Museum – Offshore Sea Voyages in an Open Boat – on Tuesday 23 January at 14:30. Peter Clutterbuck will present a fascinating slide show of some long offshore sailing adventures that are the subject of his book, The Sea Takes No Prisoners, published by Bloomsbury.  Entry is free for Museum Members, Non Members £3.

The Museum’s lively programme of family drop in events also gets underway with The Big Garden Bird Watch on Saturday 27 January. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to have fun together making bird cakes, doing craft activities and discovering the birds in our grounds and galleries. This is a free event and runs from 11am to 4pm.

To find out more on all events and exhibitions at the Museum, see www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk


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