Nine month education project thanks to grant

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THE Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded Rugby Art Gallery and Museum a grant of £14,600 to run a nine month education project exploring portraits in its collections.

The Talking Portraits project aims to encourage the 12 schools taking part, community groups and the general public to examine portraits and unlock the stories behind them, whilst enabling participants to become passionate about the town’s collections.

The Night at your Museum event on May 12 celebrated the start of the project with more than 700 adults and children discovering the museum at night and enjoying storytelling sessions inspired by portraits from the Rugby Collection and Social History Collection.

Since then, school groups have been taking part in talks, re-enactments, storytelling, drawing and printing workshops in the gallery, with a particular focus on the Victorian and the Second World War periods.

They have investigated objects used as props in portraits, and looked at period costume, local photographs, etchings and pastel drawings to learn about the artworks and portraiture, to discover how these relate to the periods in Rugby.

Artwork produced by the schools will be on display in the art gallery from 15 June, and a teachers’ pack and resources will also be created as part of the project.

From August, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum will be working with a community group to explore portraits through photography, animation and object handling over a ten week period.

The final artwork will be exhibited at the ‘Big Draw’ event in October.

For more information contact Rugby Art Gallery & Museum on (01788) 533201, email, or visit