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The Trust holds a wide range of exhibitions relating to the history of Cirencester. These are drawn from its extensive art and archive collections.  Sometimes these include special loans from other collections.

Past exhibitions have included Pubs, past and present, Transport in Cirencester, Cirencester People, portraits over 200 years (focussing on the extraordinary Cox collection of photographs of local people dating from the 1860s), and Drawing on Cirencester, historic drawings of Cirencester over 200 years.

Exhibitions are normally on show from May to October and the gallery is open on alternate Saturdays from 10 to 2 (the same Saturday as the Farmers Market) with additional days in the first or second week in September for Heritage Open Days.

2018 Exhibition

This year’s exhibition will look at the work of Cirencester artists, focussing especially on those who lived and worked in the town. These include John Beecham, probably one of the most important of the town’s artists working in the 19th century, known for his historical paintings showing scenes from the history of the town. The exhibition will include some of the earliest views of Cirencester from 200 years ago, painted by John Burden, a drawing master in the town, and John Evans. It will also show new acquisitions, including a work by 20thcentury painter Anthony Klitz, known for his often red-clothed figures painted against a misty atmospheric backdrop, and by well-known local artist Tracey Elphick.

Our 2018 exhibition starts on 26th May.

Open: alternate Saturdays 26 May – 6 October, 2018, 10.00 to 2.00
(9 & 23 June, 14 & 28 July, 11 & 25 August, 8 & 22 September)
And 5 to 7 Sept 11.00 to 4.00 for Heritage Open Days
Admission free

Shepherd's Place Shepherd’s Place, Gloucester Street, 1914 Frank Gibbons

2017 Exhibition

The Abbey Grounds

This exhibition linked to Abbey 900, the Festival which marked the 900th anniversary of the founding of the Augustinian Abbey of St Mary, in Cirencester.

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Abbey Grounds The Parish Church, Cirencester, 1969 Victor Coverley Price

2016 Exhibition

Drawing On Cirencester

The exhibition was entitled ‘Drawing on Cirencester’ – historic scenes of Cirencester over 250 years and explore how Cirencester has been depicted using the most direct and simplest of artist techniques, drawing.

The earliest drawing dated from nearly 230 years ago and is by Joseph Farringdon who was a topographical artist known for his series of British views and monuments who visited the town in 1790 and drew the Parish Church. The Gallery was especially thrilled to borrow from Corinium Museum a series of bold expressive drawings created in 1814 by the well-known artist Jean Claude Nattes, best-known for his various views of Great Britain.

These included views of the Norman Arch, the Swan Inn and the Bathurst estate. In an age before the camera or mobile phone, drawing was the simplest way to capture the local scene and these drawings provide an important record of the town. Drawings often captured a freedom of expression which a more expensive record – an oil painting often did not have.

The exhibition was brought up to date by a pencil and crayon drawing of Cirencester Church made in 1947 by Richard Adler a German prisoner of war at Sidington Hall. There were also some drawings from 2012 by Cirencester artist Laurie Plant of more unusual scenes as they show his intriguing take on modern buildings in the town, the Bingham Library and St James Place.

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Cirencester Church A North View of the Church, 1815 John Evans

2015 Exhibition

Cirencester People

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Cirencester People Servants at the Beeches Cirencester, 1880-90

2014 Exhibition

Cirencester Places

This exhibition explores some of Cirencester’s historic places and what past use can tell us about the present? How can much loved places continue as vibrant living places today? What happens when historic spaces become unloved places?

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Cirencester Market Place Cirencester Market Place, 1965, Victor Coverley-Price

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