Glorious Glass at the Abbey Museum

Glorious Glass and the Wormholes of Research by Michael Strong

Join the Abbey Museum Friends for their Annual Luncheon and this fascinating presentation.

The Abbey Museum’s Senior Curator, Michael Strong, will share some of the fascinating research undertaken to identify the stained glass in the Museum Collection prior to the publication of our catalogue. In trying to identify the origins of panels and the history of the heraldic shields Michael has followed leads across the world liaising with international scholars and researchers.

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Aboriginal Heritage Trail Glasshouse Mountains

Aboriginal Heritage Trail Glasshouse Mountains (Copy)

  • Cost 14.30 per student
  • Collect guide(s) from Abbey Museum
  • Discuss the geological forces that formed the Glasshouse Mountains 25 million (plus) years ago
  • Discover the Dream Time legends about the Glasshouse Mountains
  • Visit Bora Ring ceremonial grounds to discuss Aboriginal initiation rites, customs and lore
  • Visit traditional axe-grinding site
  • 3-4 hours including breaks
  • Minimum 20 students
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Aboriginal Heritage Trail Glasshouse Mountains

Aboriginal Heritage Trail Glasshouse Mountains

  • Cost 14.30 per student
  • Collect guide(s) from Abbey Museum
  • Discuss the geological forces that formed the Glasshouse Mountains 25 million (plus) years ago
  • Discover the Dream Time legends about the Glasshouse Mountains
  • Visit Bora Ring ceremonial grounds to discuss Aboriginal initiation rites, customs and lore
  • Visit traditional axe-grinding site
  • 3-4 hours including breaks
  • Minimum 20 students
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Aboriginal Heritage Trail Glasshouse Mountains

Aboriginal Heritage Trail Glasshouse Mountains

  • Cost 14.30 per student
  • Collect guide(s) from Abbey Museum
  • Discuss the geological forces that formed the Glasshouse Mountains 25 million (plus) years ago
  • Discover the Dream Time legends about the Glasshouse Mountains
  • Visit Bora Ring ceremonial grounds to discuss Aboriginal initiation rites, customs and lore
  • Visit traditional axe-grinding site
  • 3-4 hours including breaks
  • Minimum 20 students
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Aboriginal Heritage Trail Glasshouse Mountains

Aboriginal Heritage Trail Glasshouse Mountains

  • Cost 14.30 per student
  • Collect guide(s) from Abbey Museum
  • Discuss the geological forces that formed the Glasshouse Mountains 25 million (plus) years ago
  • Discover the Dream Time legends about the Glasshouse Mountains
  • Visit Bora Ring ceremonial grounds to discuss Aboriginal initiation rites, customs and lore
  • Visit traditional axe-grinding site
  • 3-4 hours including breaks
  • Minimum 20 students
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Abbey Trivia Night

Join us for another trivia night filled with quick-witted quiz questions designed to enhance your cerebral fitness and of course have some fun with friends (spiced with a little rivalry!). There’s lucky door prizes, fantastic raffle prizes and all proceeds support the stained glass conservation appeal.  This very social evening is finished with a light supper. Price $15

(NB: School aged children free). Time: 6pm registration, Start: 6:30pm.

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An Evening of Gregorian Chant

A Medieval Christmas: An Evening of Gregorian Chant

Gregorian Chant Choir, Schola Cantorum, will perform in the delightful ambience of the Abbey Church in what is now almost a traditional commencement of Advent for the Abbey Museum.

Schola Cantorum’s Gregorian Chants and the magical evening light from the stained glass windows of the Abbey Church create a very soothing and memorable Christmas experience.

Arrive around 5.00pm to give you sufficient time to visit the Museum to view the precious medieval manuscripts and the medieval Lamentation sculpture. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the Museum shoppe to browse the array of unique gifts and souvenirs for those difficult-to-find Christmas gifts.

The chant begins in the Abbey Church at 6.30pm followed by a medieval themed supper of traditional Christmas food and gingerbread!

This event books out every year, so don’t miss your chance!

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Guests Enjoy a Picnic at Pemberley

Picnic at Pemberley

On Saturday 19th September the Abbey Museum grounds will be transformed into a picturesque Regency paradise, hosting its annual Picnic at Pemberley. Guests enjoy regency entertainment, activities, games and delicious home-made delicacies.

Gates open at 11.30am. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or pre-purchase a picnic hamper.

Guests to the Picnic will sip tea from the finest china, indulge in a wide selection of home made Regency treats and participate in a variety of diverting activities including Pall Mall – a simple form of croquet, Battledore -played with a shuttlecock and a small bat, Archery, Game of Graces, dancing. The event will conclude with a display from our Noble Militia.

Visitors to the event are encouraged to tour the priceless collection of artefacts on display in the Museum and view the magnificent Winchester Cathedral stained glass located in the Abbey Church.

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Kids Dig It – Squire Academy 2019

Get your kids out of the house and send them back in time. Your squire will learn about heraldry, train like a knight, and become an archer.

Program will run from 10am – 2pm and is for 8-12 year old children. You can drop your kids off so you can do some Christmas shopping in peace.

10:00 – Drop Off: Parents can drop children off at the museum entrance.

10:00 – 10:30 – Stained glass tour: Children will head into the church to see the collection of stained glass windows. They will learn how they were made and what their purpose was in the Middle ages. Heraldry can be seen in these windows which will be discussed.

10:30 – 11:00 – Designing heraldry: Taking knowledge of the stained glass window heraldry, children will design their own heraldry that is inspired by their family, their personality and medieval imagery.

11:00 – 11:30 – Painting their own shield: Children will take their heraldry and paint it onto a wooden shield they will take home.

11:30 – 12:0 0 – Daily training: …

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Abbey Museum's stained glass window St Hilda

Symbols in Art – Clues and Problems

When we explore medieval religious art you could be astonished by the number of objects being held by the figures depicted either in paint or in stained glass windows. Looking at some of the stained glass windows in the Abbey Church there are a number of saints that follow this medieval tradition. They range from serpents to puppy dogs, from skulls to monstrances. Why are they there? What do they mean?

The use of symbols in figurative art began at a time when very few people could read or write, but also when the Church had a huge influence on the population. The introductions of symbols provided an easy form of identification for the onlooker. By incorporating symbols which were well known and associated with saintly men and women, the Church could use the works of art as teaching metaphors for a more spiritual life. These symbols often related to some aspect of the life of the individual depicted which they would have heard many times in sermons from the local bishop or priest. A palm frond told us that …

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