The museum has a lively temporary exhibition programme.
Below are details about some of our shows.
As seen on TV – Dressing Victoria
21 July – 9 September
As worn by Jenna Coleman in the hit TV programme, these jaw-dropping costumes have been brought to Nuneaton for this very special show. Victoria’s wedding dress and her coronation robes are set to be included in this exciting line-up – not to be missed!
Hilary Morris – Simply Coastal
7 July – 16 September
Welcome to summer! With these pen and wash scenes of harbours, estuaries, boats and beaches you’ll be reliving your summer get away with every visit. Hilary is a self-taught local artist whose work never fails to cheer us up on a rainy day. She uses her delicate but lively drawing style, and great use of colour, to rekindle memories of those calm summery days. These lovely pictures make great gifts for the whole family – prices start from just £35 for an original framed artwork.
Time and Tide
14 July – 2 September
Themes of loss, childhood and even derelict buildings come together to capture a sense of nostalgia in this great mixed discipline show. Included in the exhibition are ceramic and glass pieces, paintings, different types of print and more. Full of a variety of skills, materials and approaches, this thoughtfully developed exhibition shows both conceptual and traditional responses to the theme of ‘Time and Tide’. This group show will include work for sale.
Interactive Postal-Themed Exhibitions!
‘Mail Rail’ and ‘Pop it in the Post’, both on tour from The Postal Museum.
8 September – 28 October
Mail Rail. Who doesn’t want to try their hand at being a Mail Rail Engineer? On entering this
exhibition visitors will be greeted by a huge inflatable tunnel – just right for anyone wanting to go exploring down the Post Office’s Underground Railway! The original included driverless electric carriages and moved up to 4 million letters a day – not bad considering it was built in 1927! That’s not all, there are also dressing-up costumes to enjoy.
Pop it in the Post. This family-friendly exhibition looks at how, for over 160 years, people in Britain have been able to stay connected. Discover the story of the writing revolution, enabled by the world’s first ever stamp, and the UK’s first pillar boxes.
Laura Hickman – Hickman’s Insecta Extraordinaire & Passing By Exhibition
15 September – 4 November
Roll-up, roll-up! Welcome to ‘Hickman’s Insecta Extraordinaire’! This array of mind-bending prints inspired by the traditional Victorian flea circus is a must-see for curious minds and anyone with a taste for the wacky. Laura’s show is truly unique in its humour, its use of traditional 1840’s production methods and its glimpse into the mind of a fascinating artist. It includes work from her ‘Passing By’ collection too – where Laura uses light to recapture the movement of creatures which are no longer living. So…if the idea of a frog being towed on a bike by a fly remotely tickles your fancy be sure to catch this all-round show-stopper.
For Valour: The First World War through the experiences of Knox and Beesley
22 September – 18 November
The Victoria Cross is the Highest Award in the UK Honours System. It is awarded for gallantry and is given for acts of extreme bravery. There were two Victoria Cross winners from Nuneaton & Bedworth in the First World War. Incredibly, both survived to receive them. 100 years on from Britain’s victory, this exhibition casts light on the First World War through the experiences of these two men. Explore the stories of both Cecil Leonard Knox and William Beesley, and learn more about the War in which they fought.