Celebrate Christmas at the American Museum – A Winter’s Tale: Christmas Displays Celebrating American Literature

September 29, 2014 - Tamsin Treverton-Jones

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CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM
A WINTER’S TALE: CHRISTMAS DISPLAYS CELEBRATING AMERICAN LITERATURE
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER – SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER 2014
Every year the American Museum is magically transformed for the festive season. This year, the Period Rooms will be redisplayed to celebrate Literature – novels, short stories and poems – all set in America. These eagerly awaited Christmas displays are the perfect opportunity for Kate Hebert, Collections Manager, to delve into the Museum’s stores and to rediscover objects that are not usually on display.

‘This year my working wish list of items already numbers over 100 objects not usually seen’, says Kate. ‘I am particularly excited by the indigo blue linsey-woolsey whole-cloth quilt, a perfect match to the one described by Celia Rees in her novel Witch Child’. Rees’s novel, one of superstition, fear and persecution amongst Puritan settlers in seventeenth century America, is just one of a number of selected works inspiring this year’s displays. Others include Washington Irving’s spooky stories set during the American Revolution, Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, the iconic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and the much-loved Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore, A Visit From St Nicholas.

ALSO ON DISPLAY..
Visitors with a passion for historic costume will be delighted by the large number of pieces on display from the costume collection and there will also be a small display of books from the library’s special collection, showcasing different
types of illustration.

AND FOR YOUNGER VISITORS:
Younger visitors will be able to follow the trail for Bertie the Bookworm. Bertie loves reading and is hiding among the displays to enjoy the stories for himself. Bertie has been hand crafted by a team of volunteers using a variety of
techniques.

LATE NIGHT OPENING: EXPERIENCE THE ATMOSPHERE
OF AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS
Late night opening on Friday 5 December is a magical time to experience the atmosphere of an American Christmas. The Museum stays open from 12 noon till 8pm and as darkness falls, the magnificent 17-foot Christmas tree in the Central Hall, decorated with handmade ornaments, is lit by thousands of tiny white lights.

FATHER CHRISTMAS AND CAROLS
On Sunday 14 December Father Christmas will be at the Museum to celebrate the last day of the Christmas season. Trowbridgebased community choir Sounding It Out will be singing carols and visitors are invited to make their own traditional paper bird Christmas decorations.
The Museum’s shops will be open throughout, selling a range of original Christmas gifts and decorations.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 22/23 NOVEMBER
Over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 November, from 12 noon – 4.30pm, the Museum hosts a Christmas Craft Fair. Free to enter, the Fair has been carefully curated to feature a wide range of the best quality crafts and decorative
arts, with local artists and craftspeople competing to be selected as stallholders. This is a wonderful seasonal opportunity to buy truly individual Christmas gifts, support local craftspeople, see them at work on site and escape the frenzy of the Christmas high street.

Museum Admission: Adults £9, concessions £8, children £5, family £25, Gift Aid rates available.

Free Parking and entrance to shops and café.

A free shuttle bus will run from Bath City Centre.

Museum Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday 12 noon – 4.30pm Closed on Mondays
Late Night Opening Friday 5 December 12 noon – 8pm

For all further information please contact
Tamsin Treverton Jones
press@americanmuseum.org
01452 741762 / 07980 585664