What’s On at the Museum at Home Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery...May 2021

We look forward to welcoming back our visitors on 18 May to the Museum!

Whilst the building is closed we are sharing stories, collections and activities across a number of platforms. Read on to find out what’s available and when!

A project exploring the fantastic George Eliot Collections at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Nuneaton Library and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

Look out for the launch of our new Exploring Eliot website, showcasing the highlights of the George Eliot collections at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton Library, and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

We will also be launching a beautifully illustrated trail, exploring the places which inspired and celebrate George Eliot.

Temporary Exhibitions

Take Five! Craft Show

  • 18 May - 17 July 2021
  • White Gallery

Discover our wonderland of artists and makers, showcasing talent from around the region. Discover bold ceramics, handmade jewellery, and original paintings. With such an array of gifts on offer you are sure to find the perfect presents for friends, family, and yourself, whilst supporting your local artists and makers.

Under the Surface

Association of Leicester Artists

  • 18 May – 5 June 2021
  • Yellow Gallery

Come and explore with us as we go under the surface in our latest exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery. Our Yellow Gallery is bursting with colourful paintings, mixed media, collages and sketches so why not come and be inspired.

Treacle Town

Ben Hannaby

  • 18 May – 17 July 2021
  • Landing Gallery

Local Artist Ben Hannaby wants to make a mark on the town he loves.

Bright and colourful digitally drawn adaptations of well-known Nuneaton landmarks feature in a selection of artwork designed for a local upcoming skateboard brand.

Activities for All Ages!

Talking Collections is back!

Our Talking Collections object boxes give access to museum objects, allowing you to creatively share memories with people!

The boxes are designed specifically for reminiscence work can be used anywhere where people get together such as day centres, residential homes, hospital wards and care homes.

Each box focuses on different life experiences and contains objects, information, images, and suggestions for use. A £20 deposit for each box is required on collection for a two-week period. The boxes and contents are fully sanitised before collection so are safe to use.

Choose from:
  • All Dressed Up
  • In The Kitchen Make Do & Mend
  • Childhood
  • High Days & Holidays
  • Washday

For further details or to make a booking please telephone 024 7637 6158 or email: museum@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

Bank Holiday & Half Term Activities

Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June

Join Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery online over the May Bank holiday and Half Term Week as we will be offering some fabulous downloadable craft activities all based on our fantastic Take 5 exhibition.

Visit our new webpage to download and print out some fantastic activities each day of the holidays.

You can also show us your masterpiece creations by sharing them on our Facebook.

Spot The Difference

Have you got an eye for detail? We will be regularly posting two photographs from our collection on our Facebook page. Are they identical? You decide!

Rhyme Time

Join us on Facebook and Youtube as we present a short story or nursery rhyme for under 5s with Helen or Matt. Don’t forget to join in, make some noise and have fun!


See if you can make up the jigsaw on our Facebook page.

Photo Quiz

Watch out for our photo quiz, featuring images from our Museum collection

Can you answer this fortnight’s question?
  • Where was this photo taken?
  • What was there before?
  • How old is it?
  • What did this factory make?
  • When did this shop close?

Comments and guesses are warmly encouraged and the answer is posted on Fridays.

Stories and Collections

Museum Blog

Our ‘Behind the Scenes at Nuneaton Museum’ blog is all about what we do at the Museum that you can’t always see! Visit our blog to meet our staff, explore our collection, find out about recent projects, look at how we care for objects, how objects are conserved, our learning resources, exhibition installations and what new objects have been donated to us. You can also read about local events and traditions that link to items in our collection. Recent blogs have been about the unveiling of the Boer War Memorial in Nuneaton, Candlemas, The Civil Defence Corps, Bake-off inspired cooking and our Collecting Covid-19 project. In addition, our Museum Access Assistants are now conducting their popular ‘Hands on History’ sessions online with a new topic each month!

Some years ago, the Museum blogged two journals written by Robert Evans, Land Agent of the Arbury Estate and father of novelist George Eliot. The diaries give an insight into the daily work he undertook, the development of the canals and the developing industry in the area.

The blog has been used by researchers from all over the world.


As usual we’ll be sharing our collections and stories on Instagram.

Collection Chat film

Last Friday of the month

Watch our curator as she chats about a favourite object from the Museum collection. Previous Collection Chats have featured a doll’s house, tea caddy, shop bag, dog ornament and puzzle jug. You can catch up on all our Chats below

#OnThisDay is on Facebook

Regularly throughout each month, we highlight historic objects from our collection that relate to that specific day’s date.

Collecting Covid-19:

Objects related to the pandemic

The Museum would like to add more objects to its collection that reflect the current coronavirus pandemic. We need objects to help future generations understand what this time was like and the experiences people had. If you have any objects related to the pandemic that you would consider donating to the Museum, please do get in touch by emailing: museum@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk.

  • Objects may include items related to your work, home or social life such as:
  • Protective items
  • Items related to Covid-19 testing
  • Items related to community support
  • Items representing new hobbies during Lockdown
  • Items sent or received to cheer people up
  • Items related to a celebration that has been impacted by Covid-19
  • Items related to socially distanced events
  • Items used or produced during home schooling or entertaining children during Lockdown
  • Items related to working from home
  • Letters, leaflets, magazines that mention Covid-19
  • Diaries or scrapbooks

We can arrange for you to bring your object safely to the Museum. We will agree a convenient date and time for you to visit on a day when the Museum is closed to the public. All interaction will be at a social distance and carried out in our reception area, all staff will wear face masks, hand gel will be available and paperwork to sign will have been quarantined. We will then quarantine your object after your visit. So, until the end of Lockdown, please just tell us what you have, then keep a hold of it and keep using it if you need or want to.

You can read about objects that have already been donated to the Museum on our Blog:

Sing out:

Join Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery’s FREE online choir

Every Wednesday 12.30-1pm

Open to all, no experience needed!

Join our FREE online choir led by a professional choir leader.

Are you missing your regular choir? Ever fancied joining a choir but shy of singing with strangers? Now is your chance to give it a go.

Singing together is a fantastic way to lift your spirits and have fun.

Inspired by local novelist George Eliot’s own love of music, we will be singing a wide range of popular music.

Once registered you will receive a weekly link by email for sessions. If you do not wish to continue just let us know.

Alternatively please email exploringeliot@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk for details and joining instructions.

Created By
Paul McArthur