Telling Tales

August 2, 2022

8 October 2022 – 12 March 2023 Narrative Art was the reality television of the Victorian era. While the artistic elite rejected it, the general public loved to see soap opera drama on the gallery walls. Its accessible and sensational quality allowed viewers to transport themselves to the scene and identify with the characters depicted. […]

The Lost Words Poem Treasure Hunt

July 11, 2022

Join artist and art teacher Stuart Faulkner for a Lost Words Acrostic Poem Treasure Hunt in the Russell-Cotes Garden. Create and decorate your own nature-themed acrostic poem and help us decorate the Russell-Cotes Garden. Saturday 13 August 10.30am – 4pm  Suitable for all ages. Free event in the Russell-Cotes garden, although an admission ticket to […]

Museum Late: The Art of Wellbeing

July 11, 2022

A late evening celebrating the power of art and museums to improve everyone’s sense of wellness. Join us for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment. We will be raising the blinds throughout the house to experience the simple pleasure of the setting sun. As well as this, expect Mindful Looking, creative activities to engage the […]

Museum Late – Around the World

June 28, 2022

Thursday 18 August 5pm – 8pm Join us for a vibrant evening celebrating global communities and culture. Expect traditional Indian dance, an African drumming workshop, Tai Chi class, Chinese tea ceremonies spotlight talks and more.   Schedule of the evening 5:00pm – 7:30pm: Object handling 5:00pm – 7:30 pm: Create a Mexican god’s eye craft […]

Family Day – The Lost Words

June 21, 2022

Join us for a free family activity day in the Russell-Cotes Garden, inspired by our exhibition The Lost Words, celebrating nature, poetry and magic. Come along for craft activities, a trail, and other special family fun. Free drop-in event in Garden. No need to pre-book. Wednesday 24 August 11am – 3pm   Image ©Jackie Morris […]

Family Day – Discover the World

June 21, 2022

Wednesday 17 August 11am – 3pm Come along for our free drop-in family event in the Russell-Cotes garden to discover stories and objects from different cultures around the world. So what’s happening… Latin Dance Workshop with Pavilion Dance South West – learn some Latin steps at this exciting drop-in class for children – 1.30pm and […]

Collecting the World: QuayCrafts at the Russell-Cotes

February 1, 2022

Tuesday 28th June – Sunday 16th October 2022 An exhibition of contemporary art responses by QuayCrafts, a group of artist/makers based on the Isle of Wight. Celebrating the centenary of the Russell-Cotes Museum, nine artists have created responses, inspired by the home and collections of Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes using a wide range of media.  […]

The Lost Words

January 21, 2022

Saturday 26 March – Sunday 18 September 2022 This enchanting exhibition combines the creative talents of writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris to celebrate the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s power to spark the imagination. The exhibition is based on The Lost Words, the Sunday Times bestselling book, published in […]

Sixpence Day

January 20, 2022

Celebrating 100 Years! This year we are celebrating our centenary, and throughout the year we are offering specific days that our visitors have the chance to enjoy the historic house for the 1922 Thursday admission price of sixpence. Whilst the original sixpence stopped being legal tender in 1980, visitors can bring along 6p in today’s […]

The Road to the Museum

January 17, 2022

Print Room Exhibition 25 January – 1 September 2022 As part of the museum’s centenary celebrations in 2022, our latest exhibition in the Print Room tells the story of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes from a new perspective. Devised by Paul Whittaker (Sir Merton’s biographer) The Road to the Museum follows in the footsteps […]