WHAT'S ON AT ATHELSTAN MUSEUM





Lace Day on Saturday 29th April

The Museum is hosting a Lace Day in the Wesleyan Room, Malmesbury Town Hall on Saturday, 29th April. If you would like to go and see this fascinating and beautiful skill you are very welcome to join the lacemakers between 11.a.m. and midday. Malmesbury has long been a centre of lacemaking and this is a joint venture between the Museum and the Malmesbury and Hullavington Lace Groups. Hope you can pop in and take a look at lace being made.

Exhibition on until 15 May 2017 - Wiltshire at War: Keeping the Home Fires Burning

This enlightening exhibition on the impact of World War I on Wiltshire includes the stories of Belgian Refugees, the enigmatic Albany Ward who provided film entertainment around the county, stories about lady postmen and many more. This is exhibition 4 of the Wiltshire at War county-wide exhibit commemorating WW1.

Commemoration of Walter Powell's Balloon Flight - Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May 2017

To commemorate the 1881 event there will be guided walks and talks and finally, Sir David Hempleman-Adams and James Gray M.P. will ascend in a hot air balloon from the Cross Hayes.

In 1881 Walter Powell who had recently been elected MP for Malmesbury and was a keen balloonist took off from the Cross Hayes in his balloon, the Eclipse. It was quite an event with, it is claimed, 4,000 turning up to watch. A special pipe was laid from the gasworks to fill the balloon (it took all the gas that could be produced so the whole town had to go without!).

Sadly, a later flight, not from the Cross Hayes, in a balloon called the Saladin ended tragically; the MP in his balloon was blown out to sea and never seen again!

Tickets for all the events are available at the museum and all proceeds will go to the Moravian Church Restoration fund.

For further information about the event and all the activities around it from Friday 19th May to the launch on Sunday 21st May use the following link:

Malmesbury Eclipse Flight

Display of South West Wiltshire Metal Detecting Finds on through 30 June

The museum is fortunate to have a number of fascinating objects on display from throughout South West Wiltshire. They are on loan from the Western Region branch of the National Council for Metal Detecting.

Lull - Malmesbury's Missionary Monk

The exhibition "Lull Malmesbury's Missionary Monk" is still displayed downstairs in the museum.

The exhibition includes many interesting items kindly loaned from the museum of Bad Hersfeld that explain the relationship Saint Lull had and continues to have with the people of Hersfeld and Malmesbury. Included in this generous loan is a wonderful 16th century painting of Archbishop Lull. Come and learn more about this fascinating monk from Malmesbury who lived and worked in 8th century Germany and is the beloved founder of Bad Hersfeld, Germany with whom Malmesbury is forming an official friendship agreement.

A new book on Lull by Tony McAleavy and Maria Marsh is available in the museum and this has recently been translated into German and is on sale in Bad Hersfeld.