St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

Open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday
10am - 4pm on Sunday

01590 676969

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

Starts: October 9 - 2:00pm
Ends: December 4 - 4:00pm

Help us create knitted or crocheted farmyard animals for a soft play area in the museum on the following dates: 10 July, 7 August, 11 September, 9 October, 6 November, 4 December.


Tea and Memories

Tea and Memories

Starts: October 17 - 2:00pm
Ends: October 17 - 4:00pm

St Barbe Museum and Art gallery hosts regular events for older local residents to share their experiences of days gone by. These discussions are held every couple of months around a theme, this month on Wednesday 17 October the topic is ‘Wellworthy’.

In 1912 John Howlett started Wellworthy in Lymington, they manufactured shells during the war and were a key producer of piston rings. Howlett developed a method of producing pistons that were more reliable than his rivals which put them in great demand. At its peak, nearly every family in and around Lymington had some connection with the firm. They provided housing for many employees, established a social club, arranging dances, a sports club and had a prize-winning brass band.

Jim Insole worked on the Ampress factory in 1967: “My job was very social. In the course of my rounds I could chat briefly to the operatives and I made many friends. Some were originally from Pakistan, who commuted daily from Southampton; we had some very interesting discussions on all manner of subjects.”

We would love more stories of those who worked at Wellworthy or who’s family worked there would join us at St Barbe on Wednesday 17 October, in the McCarthy Room between 2-4pm to share their memories and pass on their knowledge. Tea and biscuits provided!


Creative Cafe

Creative Cafe

Starts: October 23 - 2:30pm
Ends: November 27 - 4:00pm

From October hArt will be running a ‘Creative Cafe’ group at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery!

Beginning on Tuesday 23rd October, the sessions will run every 4th Tuesday of the month, in the McCarthy Room. All materials are provided for a small donation and refreshments are available to purchase from the gallery cafe.

For more information, please contact fran@hart.works or call 01590 435045


Explore the Archive Week

Explore the Archive Week

Starts: November 19 - 10:00am
Ends: November 23 - 12:00pm

Get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at our archive, learn how to care for your family treasures and pick up some research tips.
Free of charge (entrance to King Research Room only)


Wreath making Workshop

Wreath making Workshop

Starts: November 23 - 3:00pm
Ends: November 23 - 6:00pm

Join Sarah Wilkins of Corbins Florist, Brockenhurst to create your own beautiful wreath for Christmas. All flowers and materials provided.
Price £45. Limited places available.


Paint the Perfect Present

Paint the Perfect Present

Starts: December 3 - 10:30am
Ends: December 3 - 4:30pm

An oil painting workshop with Kim Whitby.
Create a still life oil painting for that special someone this Christmas. Bring along items which are significant or evoke memories of the recipient (or maybe things that will remind the recipient of you), and you’ll end up with the perfect gift for the person who has everything!
Price: £35. Limited places available
(with 1 hour break for lunch – not included)