Allen Gallery

Allen Gallery Ceramics, exhibitions, cafe, garden. Part of Hampshire Cultural Trust.

An intimate setting for one of the South's most outstanding ceramics collection of English, continental and oriental pottery, porcelain and tiles from 1250 to the present day. Regular special exhibitions of art, crafts, photography, local and natural history, local artists and the delightful watercolours and oil paintings of W H Allen. There is the comfortable coffee lounge, and charming walled garden provides a peaceful retreat in the middle of Alton.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
28/06/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

MUSIC IN THE GALLERY GARDEN: Allen Gallery, Alton, 20 July. Pop along to the Allen Gallery to enjoy music by local performers in the beautiful setting of the gallery garden. Drinks, ice cream, cakes and biscuits will all be for sale in the gallery café, or bring along a picnic and enjoy the music while you eat! Free admission. 🎼

Hampshire Cultural Trust
27/06/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

📷 TONY COLE PHOTOGRAPHY: Allen Gallery, Alton, 6 July - 31 August. Tony Cole is a local amateur photographer who simply has a passion for taking photos. This exhibition displays work from from Tony's wildlife portfolio. All the photographs displayed were taken from places as local as Kings Pond in Alton and surrounding areas, to as far afield as Zimbabwe, northern Finland and Mexico. Free entry.

It is a beautiful sunny day here in Alton today - a perfect time to pop along to the Allen and enjoy an ice cream or sli...
22/06/2019

It is a beautiful sunny day here in Alton today - a perfect time to pop along to the Allen and enjoy an ice cream or slice of cake.
Many thanks to the Friends of the Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery for funding the purchase of our brand new parasols.

Come along to the Alton Community Fayre in the Public Gardens and find out more about volunteering with us!
22/06/2019

Come along to the Alton Community Fayre in the Public Gardens and find out more about volunteering with us!

We have been very busy here at the Allen Gallery planning our summer events, starting next month with Music in the Galle...
17/06/2019

We have been very busy here at the Allen Gallery planning our summer events, starting next month with Music in the Gallery garden on SATURDAY 20th JULY.
More details to follow soon!

12/06/2019

The Allen Gallery will be open as usual at 10.30am today

Joe Low photographer
10/06/2019

Joe Low photographer

William Curtis as a name in Alton exists in considerable abundance. One (1770-1849) was surgeon apothecary to Jane Austen. Another (1803-1881) was Alton's Curtis Museum founder. Yet another (1746-1799) was a botanist and entomologist who became known as one of the greatest naturalists of the 18th century, and there is currently an exhibition entitled 'dear Nature's child' celebrating this William Curtis's work. I took this photograph recently at the private view held at the Allen Gallery, Alton. The exhibition runs until 20th July. As well as the exhibition, there is also an Physic Garden to view, which features herbs grown that could have been used to cure the people of Alton at that time.

08/06/2019

Due to a technical problem with one of our shutters, we are currently closed. We hope this will be fixed as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Our team of gardening volunteers have been working hard today to plant our new flower beds inspired by the work of Willi...
06/06/2019

Our team of gardening volunteers have been working hard today to plant our new flower beds inspired by the work of William Curtis the botanist.

Our cafe exhibition by Paula Paton is well worth a visit. Pop along and enjoy a coffee and cake at the same time!
05/06/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Our cafe exhibition by Paula Paton is well worth a visit. Pop along and enjoy a coffee and cake at the same time!

Now on until 29 June at the Allen Gallery: FLUIDITY: AN EXHIBITION BY PAULA PATON. Paula Paton is a fine artist trained and graduated from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. Her use of bold colours and dramatic expressions show her influences from that region and her love for nature. Free entry.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Allen Gallery just like Helen, please let us know!
04/06/2019

If you are interested in volunteering at the Allen Gallery just like Helen, please let us know!

⭐️Helen, Allen Gallery, Alton.
Helen has been volunteering at the gallery for three years. After she left the Cabinet Office, she was keen to do something different and preferably outdoors. As she enjoys gardening at home, helping with the gallery garden was the ideal opportunity. She feels inspired by the garden and enjoys working with her fellow gardeners and developing new ideas at the gallery - they're currently working on adding plants identified by the botanist William Curtis in his journals.

https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/dear-natures-child-william-curtis-fascinating-story-one-greatest-naturalists-1...
01/06/2019
‘dear Nature’s child’ - William Curtis: the fascinating story of one of the greatest naturalists of the 18th century | Hampshire Cultural Trust

https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/dear-natures-child-william-curtis-fascinating-story-one-greatest-naturalists-18th-century
Our fantastic new exhibition about the botanist William Curtis opens today! The Gallery Garden is also looking beautiful, so it is a perfect time to visit both. We are open until 4.30pm.

Born in Alton in 1746 into a Quaker family, William Curtis was to become one of the centuries most original and pioneering minds in the study of native plants

📚 Story telling, 🏺 object handling, 🐸 pond dipping and much more! Pack your half term with great fun, in and ou...
23/05/2019
Half Term Activities | Hampshire Cultural Trust

📚 Story telling, 🏺 object handling, 🐸 pond dipping and much more! Pack your half term with great fun, in and out of doors, for all the family wherever you are around Hampshire.

Take a trip to our museums, arts centres and galleries across Hampshire for great family days out, to find out more about our history and heritage, discover world-class art or enjoy some of the very best in music, theatre and comedy that the county has to offer.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
17/05/2019

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Don't forget, on 4 July Alton's Allen Gallery will be hosting a talk by Victoria Johnson, author of American Eden, which was recently nominated for the Pulitzer prize! This talk focuses on her research into Dr David Hosack, the creator of America's first public botanical garden, and how he was influenced by the Alton-born botanist William Curtis. Tickets available from the Allen Gallery. https://hants.co/2VtSMcA

Local Dementia Advisor Sarah brought along some members of her group for women living with Dementia on the 2nd May. They...
16/05/2019

Local Dementia Advisor Sarah brought along some members of her group for women living with Dementia on the 2nd May. They took part in a shared reading session with our volunteer Reader Leader Fiona.

"The ladies had a fabulous time, thank you both so much, they really engaged with the poems and enjoyed them both although very different. Perfect choices, we had a delightful afternoon in a lovely,calm, conversation stimulating setting".

If you would like to find out more about shared reading, or you are interested in taking part in or bringing along a group, please get in touch.

For more info on the benefits of shared reading, check the Reader's website - http://www.thereader.org.uk/

We still have spaces on our Glass Coaster Workshop on Friday with artist Sigi Hill. For more information, please call th...
14/05/2019

We still have spaces on our Glass Coaster Workshop on Friday with artist Sigi Hill. For more information, please call the Allen Gallery on 01420 82802.

Tickets for this fascinating talk are available now at the Allen Gallery. Book your place now to avoid disappointment
04/05/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Tickets for this fascinating talk are available now at the Allen Gallery. Book your place now to avoid disappointment

AMERICAN EDEN: a talk by author Victoria Johnson, Allen Gallery, 4 July. This talk focuses on Victoria Johnson's research into Dr David Hosack, the creator of America's first public botanical garden, and how he was influenced by the Alton-born botanist William Curtis.

We have a new range of beautiful cards by Daniel Mackie at £2.50 each. We also have some new stock from local artist Sa...
25/04/2019

We have a new range of beautiful cards by Daniel Mackie at £2.50 each. We also have some new stock from local artist Sachiko Mason, who also makes cards and other handmade items, including these wonderful heart shaped key rings which we are selling for just £6 each.

Please help support the Curtis Museum's campaign to update the Childhood Gallery.
24/04/2019

Please help support the Curtis Museum's campaign to update the Childhood Gallery.

The Curtis Museum needs your help. Our Childhood Gallery is in need of some TLC! Help us to transform the gallery into an exciting new space for visitors of all ages. That’s where you, our loyal Facebook followers, come in.

These photos show the current Childhood Gallery. We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions as to how we can improve it and what you would like to see on display. For example, what was the most in demand toy from your childhood? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

We will also be launching a local fundraising campaign to help support this project. Watch this space for more information and updates.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
21/04/2019

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Happy Easter from Hampshire Cultural Trust! 🐣

18/04/2019

The Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery will be closed on Good Friday, but they will be open as normal on Easter Saturday.
We wish everyone a very happy Easter

18/04/2019

We have been setting up this morning for our Easter Hat family workshop. Pop along from 11-1, then from 2-4 to get creative! Only £2 per participant

A beautiful sunny day here in the Allen Gallery garden
10/04/2019

A beautiful sunny day here in the Allen Gallery garden

Hampshire Cultural Trust
08/04/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

ALTON COLLEGE CHINA 2019 EXHIBITION: Allen Gallery, until 27 April. In February 2019, 28 students and four staff travelled to China for the annual overseas trip offered by the Creative Visual Arts department at Alton College. The students were encouraged to take photos to record their own experiences and the exhibition is an opportunity to showcase some of the student’s creative outcomes through photography and art and bring a little bit of China back to Alton.

Our volunteer gardeners have been really busy today replanting the herb garden. Now the weather is warming up, it is a p...
27/03/2019

Our volunteer gardeners have been really busy today replanting the herb garden. Now the weather is warming up, it is a perfect time to pop into the gallery and enjoy a cup of coffee in our walled garden and watch these new plants grow!

https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/gardening-nature-talk-maddy-harlandMaddy Harland is the co-founder of Permanen...
21/03/2019
Gardening With Nature - A Talk by Maddy Harland | Hampshire Cultural Trust

https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/gardening-nature-talk-maddy-harland
Maddy Harland is the co-founder of Permanent Publications and the Sustainability Centre in East Meon.

In this informative talk, Maddy will be asking the question; how can we create sanctuaries that feed local wildlife, provide us with food and are resilient to the climatic extremes we are now experiencing?

Book your tickets in advance at the Allen Gallery to avoid disappointment.

Maddy Harland is the co-founder of Permanent Publications and the Sustainability Centre in East Meon.

Permaculture Magazine
19/03/2019

Permaculture Magazine

Maddy Harland is speaking about Gardening With Nature (her permaculture combination of no dig, forest & wildlife gardening) at the Allen Gallery in Alton, Hampshire on 28th March.

"It's a powerful way of building biodiversity, eating organic food, and sequestering carbon in the soil. If everyone did it, we would live in an entirely different world!"

If you're near by, please come.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
18/02/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Due to popular demand, David Graham will repeat his sold out February talk on the excavation of Neatham on 2 May. Tickets now available from the Allen Gallery in Alton.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
18/02/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

28 March at Alton's Allen Gallery: GARDENING WITH NATURE - a talk by Maddy Harland, co-founder of Permanent Publications and the Sustainability Centre in East Meon. In this informative talk, Maddy will be asking the question; how can we create sanctuaries that feed local wildlife, provide us with food and are resilient to the climatic extremes we are now experiencing? Limited tickets available. Please book your tickets in advance from the Allen Gallery to avoid disappointment. https://hants.co/2HS2jEp

Hampshire Cultural Trust
03/02/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

MUSEUM BY TORCHLIGHT: 20 February, Curtis Museum, Alton. Bring a torch and explore the museum at night with our family trail! Suitable for all the family, but children must be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child, adults free. 🔦

01/02/2019

Following further snowfall this afternoon, the Allen Gallery and Curtis Museum shall remain closed tomorrow (Saturday 2nd Feb). We hope to reopen as usual on Tuesday 5th February.

01/02/2019

The Allen Gallery and Curtis Museum will be closed today (Friday 1st February) due to the adverse weather conditions. We apologise for any inconvenience

Hampshire Cultural Trust
21/01/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP: 31 January, Allen Gallery, Alton. Learn the basics of Japanese calligraphy including an introduction to its writing system with artist Sachiko Mason. Learn how to move the brush and how to adopt the meditative mindset of a calligrapher. Booking in advance essential. To reserve your place, please call the Allen Gallery on 01420 82802.

Hampshire Cultural Trust
08/01/2019
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

W H ALLEN EXHIBITION: 'TO THE ROUGH SICKLE AND CROOK'D SCYTHE': Allen Gallery, 5 January - 23 February. Take a journey back to the turn of the last century and into the lost world of the agricultural labourer, the charcoal burner, the blacksmith, the ploughman and the miller, recorded for posterity in the paintings of W H Allen. Free entry.

22/12/2018

The Allen Gallery will be closing at 4.30 pm today. It will reopen at 10.30 on the 2nd January 2019.
We wish everyone a very happy Christmas and new year.

20/12/2018
Hampshire Cultural Trust

Hampshire Cultural Trust

📚Volunteers needed for Alton shared reading programme!

The Allen Gallery is seeking volunteers to support a shared reading programme in Alton to help combat isolation and loneliness.

The gallery is working with The Reader, a national charity and social enterprise whose mission is to build a world where weekly, informal read aloud groups are part of the fabric of life. The project has been extremely successful all over the country, with groups being set up in schools, community centres and care homes amongst other locations. Volunteers are needed to deliver the sessions on a weekly basis, with training for those who would like to be involved planned for the end of January.

To take part, please call the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery on 01420 82802 Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 5pm or email [email protected]. More details about The Reader can be found at www.thereader.org.uk.

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10-12 Church Street
Alton
GU34 2BW

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 10:30 - 16:30
Thursday 10:30 - 16:30
Friday 10:30 - 16:30
Saturday 10:30 - 16:30

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01420 82802

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