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Myth, Mystery and Music – Art Exhibition

Myth Mystery Music
The 2018 Abingdon County Hall Musuem Guide is now available, and makes a very colourful and handy guide to the coming year.
Myth Mystery Music
The first new exhibition of 2018 opened yesterday, Saturday 13th January, and runs until 18th March, and is called Myth, Mystery and Music.
Myth Mystery Music
Local artist Caroline Ritson goes in search of sightings of the Green Man in hedges, flowers and foliage, and when she has found an eye or face, she paints it in great detail. It is fun to try to find the Green Man in her pictures. Caroline also has pictures of Morris Dancing and Music Festivals.
Myth Mystery Music
Alongside these are paintings by another local artist, Barbara Payne. Some of her paintings portray the mysteries to be seen near The Oldest Road (The Ridgeway), including the White Horse, Wayland Smithy, and Blowing Stone. She also has paintings of musicians, and produces ceramics, prints, and books of poetry.

The Magical MG, seen here, is always there in the museum gallery.

2 Comments January 14, 2018

New flagpole on the County Hall roof

New Flag Pole
There was a road closure early this morning to allow Ecclesiastic Steeplejack Ltd to install the new flagpole on the County Hall in Abingdon
New Flag Pole
The old pole had been shortened – to cut out the rot, resulting in flags being buffeted against the guy wires. The new timber pole is back to the original length of 6.7 meters.
New Flag Pole
It is finished in white marine gloss paint which will last for many years to come.
New Flag Pole
In this picture the new pole can be seen balanced across the walls at the top of the staircase as the giant cherry-picker brings the steeplejacks safely back to earth.
New Flag Pole
The new flagpole is now held in position by four guy wires – all ready for whatever flags the Town Council’s policy allows to be flown, and whatever winds buffet the flags.

35 Comments July 9, 2017

Raising a glass to Abingdon’s best rooftop views

rooftop views
At Abingdon’s County Hall Museum there are a series of new banners to tell visitors about the attractions.
rooftop views
You can even arrange for afternoon tea on the rooftop terrace and raise a toast to Abingdon’s best rooftop views.
rooftop views
The view across the rooftops and the River Thames towards the farmlands of South Oxfordshire.
rooftop views
The view over St Nicolas Church and The Guildhall to the trees where Abingdon Abbey once stood.
rooftop views
The view over the Market Place, with its four quadrants and four trees.
rooftop views
The view down East St Helen Street to St Helen’s Church.

4 Comments April 24, 2017

Taller Flag Pole Needed on County Hall Roof

Storm Doris
The flag pole has been taken down from the County Hall roof and will soon be replaced by a taller flag pole.
Storm Doris
Flags are flown every day of the year from that pole and some of them take a battering as they are blown against the stone finials that surround the tower. Mostly it is the Union Flag that is flown, but there are also the Abingdon Flag, St George’s Flag, Armed Forces Flag, and Commonwealth Flag. I remember the days when the EU Flag got flown on Europe Day once a year.

There is also a campaign to get a Rainbow Flag flown during Oxford Pride on Saturday 3rd June 2017.

9 Comments February 26, 2017

Reflections – A quilting Exhibition in the Abingdon Museum

Quilts
Abingdon quilters return to the museum today for a second exhibition that runs until 26th March 2017. Thanks to Judy Harris for the information.
Quilts
The highlight of the show is a huge piece on the Abingdon Workhouse whose hexagonal plan in the museum sparked the first idea, hexagon templates being the first step into quilting for many people. We started with the actual workhouse building then paused. This was an organic project which slowly grew and developed with input from a very large team, and also literally grew in size when the museum suggested hanging it in the central window of the gallery!
Quilts
On the other side of the gallery are smaller pieces inspired by the ancient people, customs and buildings of Abingdon, as well as an MG piece, and a piece protesting the destruction of the Green Belt round Abingdon. The windows are adorned with textile buns made by children in a museum workshop and at OLA Junior School.

There are workshops on offer with examples on show and a free drop-in workshop for children during half-term. If you would like any further information please contact Judy Harris, 07932 718889

Leave a Comment January 7, 2017

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