Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
We provide places for the people of Coventry and visitors to the City to meet, celebrate and explore their cultural and creative past, present and futures.
Museum, Gallery, Archive
Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History
The Herbert has extensive and wide ranging collections which are grouped under four broad headings:
• Visual Arts
• Social and Industrial History
• Natural History
The museum collections contain hundreds of thousands of items ranging from tiny insects to large industrial machinery like a jacquard loom, and from everyday household objects to fine paintings by important artists.
Crafts Of The Punjab: Explore The V&A's South Asian Collection
- 20 October 2017 — 21 January 2018 *on now
For thousands of years, the Punjab region of the Indian subcontinent has been a cultural crossroad, resulting in a rich and vibrant legacy of arts and crafts.
Seen in the most everyday objects, the delicate and detailed artistry of local craftspeople has been woven into fabrics, carved into furniture and engraved on precious ornaments for centuries.
Using the exceptional collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Crafts of the Punjab has been created especially for the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, and presents the extensive range of arts and crafts made across the area from the 2nd to the19th century.
Discover the skilful art of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain sculpture, Amritsar’s delicately carved ivories, Hoshiarpur’s elaborate musical instruments and Sialkot’s gold-inlaid steel artefacts. One of the most extraordinary pieces on show will be the Golden Throne made by a Muslim craftsman in Lahore for Ranjit Singh, the first Sikh Maharaja of the Punjab.
Journey across the ‘land of five rivers’, and uncover the cross-cultural influences that shaped this remarkable region, now divided between India and Pakistan.
Featuring never before exhibited objects, famous artefacts and unique masterpieces of craftsmanship, this is a rare opportunity to view these stunning works outside London.
- Any age
Sacred Things: Elalmadinah …To The City
- 1 December 2017 — 11 February 2018
This winter the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum presents Sacred Things, a new exhibition by British photographer and anthropologist Liz Hingley.
For this fascinating exhibition Hingley has collaborated with Syrian refugees who have recently been welcomed to Coventry on a unique UN programme. The work draws on the stories and experiences of the Syrian individuals, and explores symbols both of the past and of contemporary life.
Historically, honored visitors were presented symbolic keys to the city gates. In this exhibition, the sim card given to refugees on landing in the UK appears as the present-day key to the city. The sim card offers a direct link to scattered loved ones and a collection of photographic memories. As an object and tool it offers an immediate sense of security, identity and home in a new place.
Presented within an immersive installation, keys from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum’s collections represent the city’s eclectic history alongside illuminated photographs of silver sim cards portraying messages from Syrian individuals to their new city.
- Any age
Herbert Illuminations: The Secret Sisterhood Of George Eliot And Harriet Beecher Stowe
- 12 December 2017 12:30-1:30pm
Guest speakers are authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney.
George Eliot is often imagined as an isolated figure, set apart from other female writers by her lofty genius. However in today's event, authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney reveal the story of Eliot's little known friendship with the American author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Despite being separated by thousands of miles, these two literary legends overcame vast differences in personality, opposing views on religion and even the stigma of Eliot 'living in sin' to form a deeply personal bond.
Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney are the co-authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf, published by Aurum Press.
Sensory Stories And Rhymes
- 28 November 2017 From 10:30am
- 5 December 2017 From 10:30am
- 12 December 2017 From 10:30am
Every Tuesday during Coventry-term time
Childminders' session: 10.30am - 11.00am
Our childminder session is an opportunity for you to meet with other child care providers, increases your children’s social experiences, and we will offer additional support if needed during the session to help you when caring for multiple children.
Open to all: 11.30pm – 12.00pm
Have fun and explore our galleries through songs, stories and rhymes in these inventive Early Years sessions. Explore our collections through songs, stories, movement and sensory play. A regular chance to get your little one learning with friends.
Suitable for age 0 - 4
£1 per child
Festive Gin Tasting Experience With The Little Gin Company
- 8 December 2017 8-10pm
Receive a festive cocktail on arrival to enjoy whilst you find out about gin from the experts. Next, taste four seasonally themed, artisan gins to explore the taste and aromas of different botanicals. Following a cocktail demonstration, make your very own themed cocktail – it might just become your signature cocktail for the season.
Herbert Lates: Making Merry
- 8 December 2017 7:30-10:30pm
The evening take on our fabulous feast of festive fun returns, bringing you the best local and ethical arts and crafts. Get ahead of the game with workshops, music, choirs and more. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the season and find unique gifts for family and friends. You’ll discover handmade delights of all kinds, tasty treats in our café, and the perfect antidote to the stresses of the high street.
Making Merry: Wreath Making Workshops
- 9 December 2017
Create a fabulous wreath in this ever popular workshop. We’ll supply a host of materials and greenery plus an artist to help you find the perfect balance of ribbon to cinnamon sticks or dried orange to berries. These are fun and friendly workshops and you’ll leave with an exquisite seasonal decoration for the price of a standard shop bought wreath. Even better news is that you can re-use the base year on year so using your new skills you’ll create beautiful Christmas wreaths for ever more!
Making Merry: Festive Arts, Crafts And Gifts Fair
- 9 December 2017 10am-4pm
Our fabulous feast of festive fun returns, bringing you the best local and ethical arts and crafts. Get ahead of the game with workshops, music, choirs and more. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the season and find unique gifts for family and friends. You’ll discover handmade delights of all kinds, tasty treats in our café, and the perfect antidote to the stresses of the high street.
- Any age
A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera
- 10 December 2017 From 7:30pm
The quintessential Victorian Christmas classic! GreenMatthews bring you a brand new retelling of the most thrilling Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
First published in 1843, the story is credited with reinventing and reinvigorating the British Christmas and has been loved by generations since.
Using new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) use a bewitching blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite in this medieval building.
Suitable for age 8+
- Family friendly
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
024 7623 7521