Julian Bream 15 July 1933 – 14 August 2020 Julian Bream, who lived in Wiltshire until his death last year at the age of 87, was part of a tradition that recognised both the past and the future of the guitar. He commissioned and played first performances by composers such as William Walton, Michael Tippett and…… Continue reading Remembering Julian Bream and his Wiltshire connection
Back in 2014 we were fortunate in securing a National Heritage Lottery Fund award as part of their Collecting Cultures project. This gave us funding to connect and support museum collections throughout the county of Wiltshire in a variety of ways. We could add to collections, perhaps filling gaps where creativity was unrepresented, provide…… Continue reading The Creative Wiltshire Journey
The new novel by Beatrice Parvin, praised for the “musicality and lyricism of its language” is rapturously showcased with British folk music and storytelling. A riotous tale of passion and tragedy, set on Salisbury Plain in the 1840s, will be brought to life by spellbinding voices, fiddle wizardry and accordion. ‘Captain Swing and the…… Continue reading CAPTAIN SWING AND THE BLACKSMITH
A wonderful opportunity has presented itself whereby through acquisition and the building of a unique collection we can appreciate the influence and inspiration the county has instilled in creative people across the centuries. This has been made possible as part of the HLF “Collecting Cultures” Creative Wiltshire & Swindon project. Creative Wiltshire aims to…… Continue reading ARTeology – ART inspired through ART re-discovered
Jamie Cullum was born in Essex, but grew up in Hullavington from the age of 4 when his father began working in Swindon. He has fond memories of growing up in the countryside; the sense of community where everyone knows each other. Living in a rural location gave him freedom and opportunity to concentrate on his…… Continue reading A Space for Music
A couple of weeks ago a photograph of the Swindon soprano Una Rouse (nee Boffin) was kindly dontated to the Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, fitting in ideally with the museum’s partnership on the Creative Wiltshire & Swindon project. Una was well known in the 1930s for her fine voice, singing regularly at the Empire…… Continue reading Swindon Museum & Art Gallery’s Latest Acquisition hits a Creative note!