Corinium invites you to a right royal exhibition!
[image Watermoor School Silver Jubilee Fete, 1977]
On Monday 30 April, the Corinium Museum will unveil a free exhibition celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which will run until Tuesday 5 June.
The exhibition will feature an eclectic mix of local photographs and items from 1952 Coronation celebrations in the Cotswolds, and other royal memorabilia honouring Elizabeth II’s sixty years as the monarch. Particular attention is focused on the depiction of the Queen on stamps, and the variety of artwork which has been used since 1953, including works commissioned for Royal Mail stamps from artists such as Tony Meeuwissen, Martin Parr, Jake Sutton and Terence Millington.
The exhibition will also showcase postcard designs from the Corinium’s recent Best of Britain stamp competition, which attracted submissions from across the globe, and was won by local artist Imogen Harvey Lewis. Imogen’s winning design will be on the front cover of a book – ‘The Jubilee Postcards’ - which is being published to celebrate the project.
Competition organiser Lavinia Drake commented: “There was a great response attracting entries from as far as Australia, Argentina and India, as well as locally. I’ve had wonderful feedback from a variety of artists saying how the ‘Best of Britain’ theme of the competition has inspired them to get creative, and they all relished the chance to help celebrate the Jubilee year. ”
Cotswold District Council’s Cabinet member responsible for the Museum, Leisure and Arts, Cllr Barry Gibbs, added: “It’s fair to say that the Jubilee has captured the imagination of local residents, and I am aware of many celebrations being planned across the district to celebrate the occasion. Ahead of the main events on 4 and 5 June, this free exhibition will provide a fascinating insight into previous celebrations from 1952 onwards, and I believe it will appeal to a broad range of tastes and all age groups.”
The Corinium Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10.00 - 17.00 and on Sundays from 14.00 - 17.00.
Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1PX
Tel: 01285 623 169