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Shaker spindle-back settee project

Until 30 October 2016

On display in one of our Manor house galleries is an art installation by Andrew Southall. Inspired by an early nineteenth-century diagram showing how to make a Shaker spindle-back settee, Andrew set about using these plans to make his own bench. The bench is currently displayed in our first-floor gallery and is accompanied by a series of monochrome photographs that document the process of making it. The American Museum is home to some of the finest examples of Shaker furniture. It is fitting, therefore, that this exploration and celebration of Shaker design should be shown here.

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New Acquisition

This new acquisition is a portrait of Captain Breath, an American captain who sailed around China. The artist is Spoilum. The halo to the right of the sitter’s head is typical of this important artist. Spoilum was also known for capturing the character of his sitters and depicting their faces with detailed accuracy. This portrait will feature in our China Trade gallery.

Job Opportunities

The American Museum in Britain has a variety of positions available coming up. Do keep an eye on our website as more information is posted.

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Volunteer Opportunities 





In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Thursday 4 August, 1-4pm

Join us for a Star Wars celebration! Create your own intergalactic battle model, lightsabre, or Yoda ears. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (PG), the very first Star Wars film, will be screened from 2.30pm in the Stables.

Included with gardens admission. Drop-in, age 3+

The Circle of Life

Tuesday 9 August, 10am-12.30pm

Join Eco Wild for Summertime adventures in the American Museum’s woodland. Create natural art in the trees, discover which animals make their nests on the ground, light a fire, play stealth games, and learn how to ‘fox walk’ to test your skills against others!

£10 Booking essential, ages 8+. Please get in touch to book.

American Wilderness Survival

Thursday 11 August, 1-4pm

Practice making your own brush shelters for camping in the wild. Leave a message for visitors using Navajo symbols.

Included with gardens admission. Drop-in, age 3+

Toys Alive!

Thursday 18 August, 1-4pm

Bring your favourite toy ‘alive’ on paper. Make your own animated flick book to take away.

Included with gardens admission. Drop-in, age 3+

Textile Fair

August 20, 2016 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Now in its third year, the Textile Fair will bring a wide range of specialist textile retailers to the American Museum. Browse antique, vintage, and world textiles as well as yarns and makers’ supplies in the Museum’s beautiful surroundings.

Find out about this years stall holders please click here

If you’re a textiles trader or maker and would like to apply for a stall at the fair, please download an application form here: American Museum Textiles Fair 2016 Application Form

Included with gardens admission.
This is a drop-in event, pre-booking is not necessary. Please contact us with any queries.

Sean Taylor

August 21, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sean Taylor is one of the most exciting names on the roots and blues scene. He has supported John Fogerty, The Neville Brothers, Richard Thompson, Tony Joe White, Eric Bibb, Tom Paxton, Band of Horses, and Arlo Guthrie. In the words of Eric Bibb, ‘Sean Taylor is a wonderfully talented modern troubadour whose sincere, thoughtful songs pull you in… He swings. Check him out!’

This is a drop-in event and is part of The Music Series. It is included with gardens only admission. Please contact us with any queries.

Tipi Lanterns

Thursday 25 August, 1-4pm

Make colourful tipi-shaped lanterns from willow and tissue paper and discover what other kinds of houses Native Americans lived in. Don’t forget to try out the large tipi in the Museum grounds.

Included with gardens admission. Drop-in, age 3+

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