Richard Jefferies Museum

Richard Jefferies Museum A small community museum and gardens in the farmhouse where Victorian nature writer Richard Jefferies was born. PLEASE NOTE: Car park for volunteers & disabled visitors only.
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A small, community-run museum set in the old farmhouse where Victorian nature writer Richard Jefferies was born. As well as the museum, there is a tearoom, and wonderful gardens with a nature trail, wooded picnic area, an orchard, vegetable plots, and a thousand places for children to run about and hide. The museum holds regular events for families, as well as writing classes, poetry events, and opportunities for local people to come and get involved.

05/06/2020
Visitor to the Museum

A path had appeared in the orchard two days ago at the Museum, so we put the motion detecting camera down to find the 'culprit' and caught him in the act...

Posted @withregram • @marlboroughlitfest A Thursday treat for you all - the final Richard Jefferies reading by our patro...
04/06/2020

Posted @withregram • @marlboroughlitfest A Thursday treat for you all - the final Richard Jefferies reading by our patron, Simon Russell Beale. Listen to 'Amaryllis at the Fair' https://www.marlboroughlitfest.org/litfest-speaking/
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With thanks to @richardjefferiesmuseum and The Richard Jefferies Society.
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Richard Jefferies was a Victorian nature writer, renowned for his depiction of English rural life. He grew up on a small Wiltshire farm in the village of Coate, which heavily influenced his writing. The farmhouse is now a museum.
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#marlboroughlitfest #marlborough #wiltshire #cultureinquarantine #victorian #RichardJefferies #naturewriter #simonrussellbeale #swindon

Make a Goat Mask 🐐🐐🐐🐐Along with the cows living in Mr Jefferies' cattle shed ( where our allotment gardens are now) I am...
04/06/2020

Make a Goat Mask 🐐🐐🐐🐐

Along with the cows living in Mr Jefferies' cattle shed ( where our allotment gardens are now) I am sure there would also have been at least one goat. (Probably a Mrs Goat, but this is Billy Goat)

Cut about 2inches from the edge of a paper plate, and cut that piece in half.These will be the horns. Cut a roughly "V" shape from the sides of the plate, to form the ears.

Goats have interesting eyes. Their pupils are horizontal, which gives them a peculiar expression. Cut a rounded heart shape for the nose, and give the goat a big grin.

Add some big bushy eyebrows, and some bits of grass for him to eat, and you are ready to add the holes for the string.

If you make three you and your family can play the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. (you can choose who will be the troll...)

As we have not been able to open for our normal summer Sundays, we will be doing something a little different.Some of th...
03/06/2020

As we have not been able to open for our normal summer Sundays, we will be doing something a little different.

Some of the amazing musicians who would have played at the Museum will be creating music for us.

We will be streaming it on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

More details coming soon. #letscreate #swindon #bandsoninswindon #visit_swindon #we_are_swindon #livemusic #wiltshire #museum #lockdown #musicinlockdown

As we have not been able to open for our normal summer Sundays, we will be doing something a little different.Some of th...
03/06/2020

As we have not been able to open for our normal summer Sundays, we will be doing something a little different.

Some of the amazing musicians who would have played at the Museum will be creating music for us.

We will be streaming it on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

More details coming soon.

One year ago the blue plaque was unveiled at the Museum; the birth place of Richard Jefferies. #richardjefferiesmuseum #...
02/06/2020

One year ago the blue plaque was unveiled at the Museum; the birth place of Richard Jefferies. #richardjefferiesmuseum #richardjefferies #blueplaque #swindon #museum #victorian

Paint a cow! 🐮🐮🐮🐮🐮In the Museum allotment garden there once was a cattle shed, full of cows. I have no idea what kind of...
02/06/2020

Paint a cow! 🐮🐮🐮🐮🐮

In the Museum allotment garden there once was a cattle shed, full of cows. I have no idea what kind of cows, and I know they come in all sorts of colours, but I thought we could paint a nice easy one using simple shapes.

(The pencil drawing didn't show up in the photographs, so I have used a black marker pen, just so that you can see the stages of the painting.)

Draw a line across the middle of your page. The top half will be the sky, so draw a circle for the sun. The bottom half will be the grass.

Draw a fat rectangle in the middle of the page, and add smaller rectangles for the legs, a flower shape for the udder, and a tail.

Draw a "U" shape for the cow's head, and use small triangles for the ears and little horns.

Add a tree and some flowers - the tree can be a circle on top of a long rectangle.

Now you can paint your drawing! Give your cow a name and tell us what it is in the comments.🐮🐮🐮

Poppies on the verge outside the Museum.  Thank you to Deb Schu Tremblin for sharing this amazing photo with us. Please ...
01/06/2020

Poppies on the verge outside the Museum. Thank you to Deb Schu Tremblin for sharing this amazing photo with us. Please note the Museum and Gardens are currently closed. #richardjefferiesmuseum #richardjefferies #visit_swindon #we_are_swindon #poppies

Beautiful skyPlease note the Museum and Gardens are currently closed.
01/06/2020

Beautiful sky

Please note the Museum and Gardens are currently closed.

Memories at the Museum; The gardens in bloom last year.Please note the Museum and Gardens are currently closed.
30/05/2020

Memories at the Museum; The gardens in bloom last year.

Please note the Museum and Gardens are currently closed.

Day 10 and our last day of the virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with acc...
29/05/2020

Day 10 and our last day of the virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry workshop 'taster' by Dawn Gorman.
The exhibition and workshop were due to be held 'physically' at the museum in May 2020, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Sarah Harding
Plantain Major
Tempera on gessoed panel
£3,000

Artist’s Statement
This painting of Plantain is a small homage to one of my favourite artists Albrecht Durer. I wanted to draw attention to the beautiful details of small, often ignored British flora. This plant was used in the past as a herbal remedy, pertinently enough as a cure for coughs and disorders of the respiratory tract. It has also, historically been part of children’s games. Song birds eat the seeds and the leaves are eaten by rabbits. It is painted in the traditional technique of egg tempera on gesso with layer upon layer of colour to build luminosity.

Tom Deakins
Henry’s Oak
Oil on canvas panel
29cms x 34cms
£750

Artist’s Statement
Born: Barnet, Herts. Lived in/near Gt Dunmow, Essex since 1965. Education: Newport [Essex] Grammar School, BA [Hons] Fine Art 1980, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Art Teacher’s Certificate 1982, Leeds University. Taught Art, History of Art and Architecture, Silversmithing at Felsted School and local adult education centres from 1982 – 1991, currently gardening part-time and occasionally leading cycle-tours. Works mainly in oils on canvas panels, with a balance of fine detail and broader atmosphere: small in scale – emphasis on light, and a sense of place in the landscape.

Well worth a listen
28/05/2020

Well worth a listen

On such a beautiful sunny day, kick back and immerse yourself in the sunny delights of #SavernakeForest with our latest #RichardJefferies reading by our patron #SimonRussellBeale Listen here to this extract taken from an essay titled A Summer Day in Savernake Forest, published in 1876: https://www.marlboroughlitfest.org/litfest-speaking/

#RichardJefferies was a #Victorian #nature #writer, renowned for his depiction of English rural life. He grew up on a small Wiltshire farm near Swindon in the village of Coate, which heavily influenced his writing; the farmhouse is now a museum open to the public. The @RichardJefferiesSociety and The White Horse Bookshop award an annual prize for nature writing, cementing Jefferies’ literary legacy to a genre that has become increasingly popular. For more information: www.richardjefferiessociety.org

#MLF2020 #CultureInQuarantine

(Not quite a) thatched cottage 🏡🏡🏡Richard Jefferies lived in a thatched cottage, which is now part of our Museum, and al...
28/05/2020

(Not quite a) thatched cottage 🏡🏡🏡

Richard Jefferies lived in a thatched cottage, which is now part of our Museum, and also where we have our fantastic cream teas! I thought I would try and make one, using cardboard and grass.

I cut 4 house shapes from the cardboard - two square, for the sides, and two with a gable ( triangle shape on top of the square) so my cottage could have a roof. The roof was an empty cereal packet.

I cut windows and doors in the shapes, then taped them together. (It would have been easier if I had had three hands, but you can ask someone to help you.)

I started to decorate the cottage, painting it white and putting some flowers around the door.

The leaves of the long grass makes a good roof, glued to the card, but you can use leaves, twigs (stick with tape) or even shredded paper. If you really want to, use Shredded Wheat!!

Pretend you are at the Museum and have some scones and jam 🐞🐞🐞

Day 9 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry w...
27/05/2020

Day 9 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry workshop 'taster' by Dawn Gorman.
The exhibition and workshop were due to be held 'physically' at the museum in May 2020, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Nick Schlee
Copse in Warren Farm Valley
Oil on board
46cms x 41cms
£800

Artist’s Statement
In this small picture I have really painted a portrait of the tree clump in front of a landscape that tells you a lot about the character of the copse. It has an importance because you can see that the farmer has not cut it down but left it as an awkward interruption to a large field. The bold brushstrokes emphasises the respect this bold, perhaps magical strength this copse possesses. The clear yellow-green foreground forces the viewer’s eyes to rush right up to confront the trees. Like an ancient army’s chosen champion the copse stands solidly in front of the landscape it defends.

Stella Carr
Seven Years
French sepia ink, charcoal on gessoed Arches.
32x44cm
£425 unframed
£525 framed

Artist’s Statement
Stella Carr’s paintings examine how regenerative relationships between species are part of the whole. Fundamentally the works are about coming home to the sensation that we are all nature. “I paint outside, absorbing and looking, an intimacy develops then I slowly get a feeling of being in a unified whole, I settle in a different reality, deeper, more intense, more inner” This drawing is part of a series produced from working on the Stanway House Estate, Gloucestershire where Lord Wemyss has been regenerating, over decades, the 1780's parkland planting based on sacred geometry. As artist in residence there I am capturing these ancient trees alongside new planting for future legacy..

Not quite a corn dolly 😎The new thatched roof at the Museum is looking beautiful in the summer sun, and it got me thinki...
26/05/2020

Not quite a corn dolly 😎

The new thatched roof at the Museum is looking beautiful in the summer sun, and it got me thinking about corn dollies. I don't have any corn, or even any paper straws, but I do have an old newspaper, so ah-ha! this is what I did with it...

Roll a page of newspaper quite tightly and secure the roll with some tape. It makes it easier if you start off folding the page before rolling it.

(You can make several of these tubes of different lengths. You will discover different ways of making your figure with them.)

Bend one tube in half, and tape it at the "neck". Use another tube for the arms and tape them firmly

Make an outfit by folding some paper in half and cutting the clothes shape from it. You can make trousers or a dress, whatever you want, and decorate them however you like.

Add some hair and a face if you want to.

Share your Not Corn-Dollies in the comments and show us how you made them!

The stained glass window in our Museum room,  based on the novel ‘After London’ by Richard Jefferies. Please note the Mu...
25/05/2020

The stained glass window in our Museum room, based on the novel ‘After London’ by Richard Jefferies.

Please note the Museum and Gardens are currently closed.

Day 8 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry w...
25/05/2020

Day 8 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry workshop 'taster' by Dawn Gorman.
The exhibition and workshop were due to be held 'physically' at the museum in May 2020, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Celia de Serra
Fire Road II
Oil on canvas
30cms x 45cms
£1,200

Artist’s Statement
I’ve always lived and worked ‘in the sticks’ (rural Kent, West Dorset, Devon, Shropshire and the Welsh Marches), so my art practice is very much about my experiences and love for the natural world. This is a small oil painting I completed a number of years ago. There is a path leading through a welsh forest, planted with ubiquitous conifers, it is actually a farm for trees that clings to the mountain side. There are very few environments in the world untouched by man, and I like to see the beauty in the landscapes that we have. Here the uniform trees line the slopes, highlighting the contours of the mountains. There’s a sense of space, light and drama in spite of the dark trees.

Jacqui Wedlake-Hatton
Holne Hawthorne
Oil on canvas
33cms x 43cms
£700

Artist’s Statement
I have allowed my love of the beauty of woodlands a free rein in these recent paintings. However, I find that other themes emerge and what appears on the canvas is more than a simple image of woodland. Intuitive gestures made with paint belie the complexity of the relationship between circumstance, locality and context. So a landscape painting is never just a landscape but has this interestingly dream like aspect, interwoven and interconnecting, where all of those themes coincide.

Day 7 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry w...
24/05/2020

Day 7 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry workshop 'taster' by Dawn Gorman.
The exhibition and workshop were due to be held 'physically' at the museum in May 2020, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Alex Egan
A Wish Fulfilled, Scots Pine, Sandringham
Pencil, ink and watercolour
43cms x 36cms

Artist’s Statement
Alex Egan is and artist based in Norfolk. Her love of trees has become the predominant feature of her work in recent years and her involvement with The Arborealists has been a great source of inspiration and impetus. A fair bit of time recently has been taken up with commissions, drawing intricate portraits of trees on estates around the country; she is the tree artist in residence at Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk. Aside from this she works on paintings from life and in her studio.

Buckmaster/French
Fagus I

Etching on beech leaves
24cms x 26,5cms
£380

Artist’s Statement
The Tree Portraits are a series of etchings of native tree species printed onto paper made from the trees’ own leaves. Emma Buckmaster and Janet French work together to make the leaf paper and then the etching plate. Emma and Janet are Fellows of the Society of Botanical Artists and members of the Arborealists. Their work is now held in public and private collections worldwide.

Memories at the Museum: the Allotment area last year
23/05/2020

Memories at the Museum: the Allotment area last year

Day 6 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry w...
23/05/2020

Day 6 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry workshop 'taster' by Dawn Gorman.
The exhibition and workshop were due to be held 'physically' at the museum in May 2020, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Tim Craven
Selinunte
Watercolour
58cms x 75cms
£500

Artist’s Statement
My work explores the dichotomy and relationship between painting and photography. I contrast a deadpan, Photorealist style with English romantic subjects such as trees. I am drawn to the strong, dynamic verticals, spatial drama and abstract qualities of tree forms animated by sunlight and I see striated, organic pattern akin to a sort of natural Op Art.

Blaze Cyan
Greenwich Park
Wood engraving
26cms x 20cms
£135
Artist’s Statement
Blaze was born in rural Wiltshire and now lives and works at her studio in London. She has a BA in Fashion Design, an MA in Fine art (specializing in printmaking) and is a Fellow and Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Blaze’s practice includes the mediums of etching, drawing, woodcut and wood engraving. Her work is about the beauty and complexity of trees in nature and its importance in supporting and enriching lives.

Day 5 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry w...
22/05/2020

Day 5 of our virtual exhibition of “The Art of the Tree” - An exhibition by the Arborealists, with accompanying poetry workshop 'taster' by Dawn Gorman.
The exhibition and workshop were due to be held 'physically' at the museum in May 2020, but were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Claire Cansick
The Search II
Oil on wood panel
16.5cms x 21.5cms
£200

Artist’s Statement
I am inspired to paint landscape by my immediate surroundings, poignant memories, dreams and current affairs using colour to convey mood. I like to explore recessive colours merging them with reality utilising the infinite possibilities of oil paint.
Trees remain a subject of my landscapes where I explore their relationship to humanity.

Paul Finn
Through the Trees
Oil on panel
39cms x 32cms
£600
Artist’s Statement
My work is Observational but isn’t completely realistic. I am not an en plein air painter. Working initially from direct observation whilst on the landscape usually drawing in a range of materials allows me the freedom to paint and recollect the subject in my studio. In this way I try to give what is for me a deeper account of a place and my responses to it. My work doesn’t only rely on objectivity, but will always include subjective elements, memory, and an acceptance of the realities and uncertainties of the painting process itself. My interest is in the organisation of pictorial space. By this I mean two things 1) the spatial divisions on the flat surface of the canvas and 2) the illusory space created by colour, marks and scale.

Posted @withregram • @marlboroughlitfest How is everyone doing at the moment? We've another ray of sunshine for you with...
21/05/2020

Posted @withregram • @marlboroughlitfest How is everyone doing at the moment? We've another ray of sunshine for you with part two of our Patron Simon Russell Beale reading a new extract from Victorian Wiltshire nature writer Richard Jefferies titled The Story of My Heart. Listen on our website through the link https://www.marlboroughlitfest.org/litfest-speaking/.

And listen to @bbcradiowiltshire this afternoon to hear Simon Russell Beale chat with James Thomas about the readings.

With thanks to Richard Jefferies Museum and The Richard Jefferies Society.

Richard Jefferies was a Victorian nature writer, renowned for his depiction of English rural life. He grew up on a small Wiltshire farm near Swindon in the village of Coate, which heavily influenced his writing; the farmhouse is now a museum open to the public.
#MLF2020 #marlboroughlitfest #litfest #literaryfestival #literature #nature #naturewriting #richardjefferies #simonrussellbeale #cultureinquarantine #swindon

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Thank you to Richard Jefferies Museum for letting us use the Museum space several times in 2019 much love from all at the Swindon Striders .
Lots of fun at nature tots today 🎃
on the back wall of the Wyvern theater can be seen fon the back of the Savoy
Susie and her pet pigeon today at Nature Tots!
Great Sunday Afternoon at Richard Jefferies - Music from 12.30 to 4.30 plus cream teas and even dancing. Yes... Geoff Davies and Maria Cormack. AT-It seemed to proved most of the equipment and 3 solo artists and a Bass player in 4 of Hearts. Running order was Gary Nash - singer songwriter and percussionist in AT-It AT-It Themselves Jack Trueman (also guitar maker returning after many years away) Nick Weaver - Lead Singer for AT-It and great solo vocalist 4 of Hearts - AT-It bassist, Alan, Arthur plus 1 on percussion Canutes Plastic Army - Anish and Neil. John Chivers - Guitarist extraordinary - also in AT-It
The Fascinating Vintage Cider Apple Crushing Machine at Richard Jefferies Museum xx
A Wonderful Afternoon xx
The secret garden at RJM... Everytime we visit, we fall more in love with this place ❤️🌳🍎
Two years on Richard Jefferies Museum Halt 😎
Reversing out mind my car 😁
Very excited that a picture I entered into a community competition (post a photo of a Swindon historical landmark/site) has won! Thankyou Richard Jefferies museum!
Presenting Dr Mike Pringle with £80 which was raised by Swindon Striders members who attended a BBQ on the grounds of the mueseum last Saturday ..Funds for the upkeep of this beautiful space .