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Visit to Rooth's Picture Framers

There are still a few places free for the visit to Rooth’s Picture Framers in Bradford on Avon, on Monday 31st March, from 2 - 4 o’clock.
This is a fascinating workshop in a very old building, and we will be shown the techniques and processes involved in the restoration and repair of antique frames. Rooth’s have worked for the National Trust and many museums over a long period.

For further information please contact Trish Tassis at

Joseph Wright of Derby

The wonderful new exhibition Joseph Wright of Derby is now open to the public.  Friends have unlimited free entry on showing a current membership card.

Friends' Quiz

Our recent Quiz evening was great fun with tables of six people competing to answer a series of fiendish questions on a Georgian theme. A delicious dinner afterwards was kindly provided by members of the Friends' committee and proved to be a very jolly and sociable occasion. For anyone who missed it, here are the questions and answers to try out at home.

Object of the Month
Ivory portrait miniature of Mary Ickeringill 1790s

In an act of extreme generosity, this rare ivory portrait relief was recently presented to the Museum by a Friend of the Holburne. Made in Bath by virtuoso carvers Stephany and Dresch in the 1790s, the relief depicts Mary Ickeringill, the sister of the donor’s great-great grandmother Ann Wilson (nee Ickeringill).  The Ickeringills were a Yorkshire family and the relief must have been carved during a visit to Bath.  The portrait is surrounded by a garland of Stephany and Dresch’s characteristic miniature carvings of flowers.  It perfectly complements two Stephany and Dresch ivory landscapes already in the collection, acquired by Sir William Holburne.

The relief is currently being conserved and reframed, after which it will be displayed in the Andrew Fletcher Gallery.  It forms part of a growing collection of miniatures, silhouettes and portrait reliefs made in Bath during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

We would welcome readers’ suggestions for their favourite items to be featured on this page.  Please send your ideas and a short description to Mary Jane Wilkinson at

A Request for Help

Our annual Plant Sale takes place this year on Sunday 11 May and we are relying on you, our Friends, to continue making this event as popular and successful as ever.  Contributions of plants for sale, homemade cakes, nearly new gardening and cookery books would be most gratefully received. Please contact the organiser, Valerie Ferguson at or telephone: 01225 319161

Full details about the Plant Sale appear on page 26 of the current Newsletter.


The Newsletter for Spring 2014 is now available here to view together with downloadable booking forms for our forthcoming events. 

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