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Museums at Night – Abingdon

Thanks to Malvin for sending this report… Abingdon County Hall Museum was open from 6pm to 9pm for Museums at Night on 14th May 2016. There were lots of exhibits to look round as well as musical performances.
Museums at Night
Ben Heaney owns a very rare Fender Violin. It is a model that never went into full production, and so is more rare than a Stradivarius. He started the proceedings by actually playing it for 30 minutes.
Museums at Night
The Oxford Horn Quartet followed his performance in the Gallery.
Museums at Night
First performer on the roof terrace was Sarah Fell with some folk songs.
Museums at Night
The Oxford Waits performed later as the sun began to go down.
Museums at Night
Also performing was a young lady, who the Oxford Waits persuaded to sing a song, and then improvised alongside. Malvin said it was ‘brilliant’.

Malvin also took some video clips which I uploaded to Youtube.

1 Comment May 15, 2016

Coffee, Cadets, Clarinets and The Town Crier

Most of the people were drinking coffee at tables round Abingdon’s Market Place this morning.
The Town with Tomorrow
OCVA were recruiting volunteers for a variety of ventures. The Sea Cadets were also looking for enthusiastic helpers.
The Town with Tomorrow
The large clarinet section of Abingdon Concert Band were playing and the Town Crier was there to promote them and other town events on behalf of the Mayor. Just a normal Saturday morning on the Market Place in Abingdon-on-Thames.
The Town with Tomorrow
Town Criers are getting better and better at projecting their voices from the County Hall Roof – something I don’t remember happening before the refurbishment and reopening last year. It always get a cheer.

1 Comment September 8, 2013

Museum Re-opens

Museum Opening
There were flowers waiting at the County Hall this morning.
Museum Opening
A motorcade of MG cars brought the Mayor of Abingdon to the County Hall for the re-opening of the Museum.
Museum Opening
Alongside the Mayor is Martha Howe-Douglas from the Children’s TV program : Horrible Histories, and Julie Mayhew-Archer, the chairman of the County Hall Museum Committee.
Museum Opening
Both Mayor and Martha cut the ribbon. Children bought history books to be signed.
Museum Opening
The museum lift can now take people down to the cellar but not yet up to most of the museum (pictures to follow in a day or so). The iconic building itself has been saved and restored and set up for the next 50-100 years, and the museum is now warm, and protected from the elements with more available, better, space for exhibits.

There is still work to be done to allow some people to enjoy the museum – like a mum who would like to go up with her children.

3 Comments July 8, 2012

Museum re-opens Saturday

Museum Re-opens Saturday
Thanks to Maggie for this picture of one of the new museum signs, and people relaxing outside Throwing Buns last Saturday. Throwing Buns will also be running Buns in The Basement, the new cafe in the County Hall cellar.

Museum re-opening day is this coming Saturday. The Mayor of Abingdon and Martha Howe-Douglas, star of TV show ‘Horrible Histories’, are to reopen the museum on Saturday at 12 noon.
Museum Re-opens Saturday
Maggie also sent me pictures of the Open Gardens event put on last Saturday by the Friends of the Museum to help raise funds towards the  County Hall Museum redevelopment. Three gardens were open in East St Helen Street. The fund raising done by the Friends has been an essential part of the process. Their hard work and commitment has shown the kind of community involvement needed to get money from bigger sponsors like the National Lottery.

5 Comments July 5, 2012

Lift and Lights at the County Hall

Lift and Lights
Before getting to the magnificent lighting of the Old County Hall I should perhaps mention the lift.

This was the reason the County Hall project started in the first place – to give access to people who could not get up the stairs. That was before maintenance of the fabric became a major concern.

Unfortunately the lift designs failed to impress English Heritage (or Private Eye for that matter) and a less ambitious lift to the undercroft and basement was put in instead. One of the panes of glass is already cracked.
Lift and Lights
The lighting on the other hand looks magnificent, as is all the paving, roofing and flooring.
Lift and Lights
Along the walkways round the building are a number of pavement level up-lights.
Lift and Lights
The lighting engineers should get an award.
Lift and Lights
As should all the local craftsmen involved.

17 Comments June 1, 2012

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