MA Rope Exhibition

A Margaret Agnes Rope Retrospective exhibition ran at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, from September 12th 2016 until January 15th 2017.
If you’d like to know a little bit more about what exactly the Margaret Rope exhibtion was comprised of, click here for a full review.

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On this page we list: details of the exhibits on show; details of special events including lectures; ticket prices & concessions; and also tourism information for those visiting from other parts of the UK and world; and related news.

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THE EXHIBITION

On display were thirty designs/’cartoons’ (some 6ft high), half-a-dozen painted cards, a dozen original documents, four stained-glass panels (never seen in public before), original photos, personal memorabilia, painted boards/frames, sacred metalworks, ceramic & plaster works including the huge Dr Rope triptych.
A special display has been created of glass-making tools and raw glass of the period.
To give a flavour of Marga’s church glass, a three-way projector will show giant images of her works on the walls of the museum in a constant loop.
Ten display panels will tell the story of Marga’s life and achievements.
And… a nativity scene of eleven life-size cardboard figures (!) painted by Marga will their own niche.

To help you enjoy the exhibtion, a guide is on sale for £1 – though all exhibits are fully labelled anyway.
To help you remember the experience, a range of M Rope cards, postcards and books (including the wonderful photo-book of nearly all her works) are on sale – in the Information Centre.

VISITING THE MUSEUM

The Margaret Rope exhibtion started in September 2016, and runs to 15th January 2017.

For those coming from outside the town ticket-entry gives two great advantages: it entitles entry to the WHOLE of the rest of the museum; and it incorporates a pass-out (ie you can spend the morning with us, leave for a stroll round the town, and still come back later – just keep hold of your ticket!!)

The Museum is in a beautiful old building; and is slap bang in the centre of Shrewsbury’s old quarter.
Great restaurants, wonderful churches, quaint hotels, Jacobean buildings, quality shops, ancient pubs, the riverside park … all are within five minutes walk.

Entry to the whole museum (including the exhibition) is: £4.50 per adult (£2 for a child), but there are also many concessions.  If you visit the museum more than a few times a year, a season ticket is the cheaper option. See: Shrewsbury Museum Entry
Shrewsbury Museum recognises the Art-Fund National Art Pass – its holders get in free.

A ticket allows the holder access to all the rooms in the museum & art gallery, including the Medieval Room, the Jacobean Room, the main Art Gallery, the Roman & Stone-Age Room, the contemporary-art area, plus the Charles Darwin and the Community displays – as well as the Margaret Rope Exhibition. A full day’s visit!
(However – the museum’s cafe-bar and the museum’s Roman section do have free entry).

The life-size Nativity Crib at Margaret Rope Exhibition
The life-size Nativity Crib at the exhibition

Shrewsbury Museum is a five-minute walk from the both the town bus-station and its railway station.
Photography is allowed in the museum.
Large group visits are welcomed (there are price concessions too for groups of 12 or more!) but the cafe-bar is of limited size, so you may want to book ahead for a function room-plus-catering at the museum if you have a large group. Please contact the ‘Stop Cafe-Bar’ for prices.
If your group would like a knowledgeable guide to show you round the exhibition when you visit, please ask for details on booking one.
Pass-outs are permitted. If you wish to leave the museum for a while, simply ask for a pass-out at the information-desk and you will be able to return anytime the same day.
A student-group rate, of £3 per student for groups of 12 or more, is available for the Margaret Rope exhibtion.

TOURISM

Official information is available at the Shrewsbury Tourism Shop & Office.
Want to have your visit coincide with other events in the county? See What’s On 2016

If you are coming in a group, it’s worth seeing what the area can offer – see ‘Shrewsbury For Groups – with Map’ leaflet (downloads as pdf).
You may wish to optimise your visit to Shropshire by hiring a coach company to do a customised tour of selected sites for your group. Shrewsbury-based ones are Williamsons, Long Mynd Coaches and Regional Transport.
There are also professional guides willing to organise customised short, or extended, tours for small, or large, groups (of the town, or the county).  Among them are Robert Elliott and Dorothy Nicolle.

Organisations can request a speaker to come to them. A popular talk is ‘How Not To Be Famous – Who Is Margaret Rope?’ a talk given by Mark Stewart. Please email us if you want Mark to come and speak to your group.

Children are very welcome. In the exhibition area there is a play-space for children to make their own, self-guided, ‘stained-glass’ out of coloured plastic and card. There is also a quiz/trail for them to complete.
In the holidays (see below), there will be guided workshops for them too.  

SPECIAL EVENTS which took place during the exhibition
#   Sun January 15th 2017 at Shrewsbury Museum:  Readings by poet-in-residence Kate Innes of poems inspired by the Margaret Rope exhibition. At 2.30pm.
#   Tues January 10th 2017: ‘Windows into Heaven: Margaret Rope’s Stained Glass’ talk by art historian Dr Claire FitzGerald at The Guildhall in Shrewsbury (Frankwell site) at 6pm. Part of the Shrewsbury University Public Events programme. Free.
#   Wed December 21st:  Giant Light-Projections of Margaret Rope Images, in The Square in Shrewsbury.  This is the last outing for this latest work by international light-artist Andy McKeown: a display of giant moving images of stained-glass work by Margaret Rope – projected on to the front exterior of Shrewsbury Museum. Please note that this is an early-evening event: 5pm-9pm. Free.
#   Wed December 21st at Shrewsbury Museum:  Readings by poet-in-residence Kate Innes of poems inspired by the Margaret Rope exhibition at 5.00pm and 6.30pm / also, guided tour of the exhibition by stained-glass artist Nathalie Liege at 6.15pm.   The museum is remaining open on this evening until 7.30pm (last admission 6.30pm) – and access to these events is included in the normal museum admission ticket.
#  Wed December 14th: Art Cafe event at Shrewsbury Museum from 6pm-8pm – s a great chance for like-minded arts-loving folk to come together for conversation & nibbles, but, priced at £3 a ticket, it is also actually a 30% discounted entry to the MRope exhibtion and rest of museum. Includes refreshments – a bargain…!  Also includes a talk from Nathalie Liege on stained-glass techniques
#  Wed 9 & Thurs 10 December: Demonstrations of stained-glass painting techniques by Nathalie Liege (and a chance to try it yourself) at Shrewsbury Museum
#  Sunday November 27: ‘Windows into Heaven: Margaret Rope’s Stained Glass’ talk by art historian Dr Claire FitzGerald at St. David’s College in Cardiff. Organised by the Wales & Marches Catholic History Society. Dr Fitzgerald specialises in the Birmingham-trained craftswomen who were working in book-illustration, tempera painting, stained glass and embroidery
#   Thursday 17 November: ‘David Evans of Shrewsbury and the Revival of Gothic Stained Glass’, a talk by art-historian Martin Crampin (Aberystwyth University) at 3.30pm at Shrewsbury Museum. Presented by The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum.  Non-members £3
#   Thursday 10 November: ‘Margaret Rope & Her Shrewsbury Family’ talk by Dr Peter Phillips at Shrewsbury Museum. Dr Phillips is the Shrewsbury Catholic Diocese Archivist. Organised by Shrewsbury NADFAS and one must be a member of the group to attend the talk (click here about how to join)
#   Wednesday 26 October: ‘Inspired by Stained-Glass’ – drop-in workshops for children, with community artist Jamila Walker; making jam-jar lanterns and coloured designs out of straws. Parents can join in too! Free with museum admission. A midday session: 10am-2pm
#    Tuesday 25 October: Giant Light-Projection of Margaret Rope Images, in The Square in Shrewsbury. The latest work by international light-artist Andy McKeown is a display of giant images inspired by his love of stained-glass – projected on to the front exterior of Shrewsbury Museum. Evening event: 7pm-8.30pm. Free.
#   Tuesday 25 October: ‘Inspired by Stained-Glass’ – drop-in workshops for children, with community artist Jamila Walker; making jam-jar lanterns and coloured designs out of straws. Parents invited too! Free with museum admission. Please note that this is an evening opening: 5pm-9pm
#    Thursday 6 October: ‘Lowndes & Drury & Post-1945 Stained Glass’ talk by Alan Brooks at Ely Cathedral Stained-Glass Museum.   Margaret Rope had a workshop at the Lowndes & Drury Studios for ten years, until 1923)
#   Tuesday 4 October: ‘Margaret Rope & The Women of The Arts & Crafts Movement’ talk by Dr Sally Hoban (University of Birmingham) – at 3.30pm at Shrewsbury Museum. Presented by The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum.
#   Thursday 29th September: ‘How Not To Be Famous – Who Is Margaret Rope?’ a talk given by Mark Stewart to the Hmmm Squad (Free-Thinking Group) at the Shrewsbury University Centre in Frankwell at 7.30pm. Free entry
#   Monday 26th September: Broadcast of Margaret Rope Documentary on BBC Television – on BBC One (West Midlands) at 7.30pm
#   Saturday 24th September: “Margaret Rope’s Shrewsbury Cathedral windows’, a talk by art historian Dr Claire FitzGerald at Shrewsbury RC Cathedral at 2pm in front of the Margaret Rope windows. Free entry but donations welcome. Contact the Friends Of Shrewsbury Cathedral for details
#   1oth September: Book-signing by Arthur Rope, signing copies of his new book ‘Margaret Rope Of Shrewsbury’ at Shrewsbury Library

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