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The Primitive Eye exhibition (20th October to 10th November 2018)

The above image shows a small selection from a number of artefacts both antiquarian and from the modern age and ranging from the ‘primitive’ (however defined) to the pastoral that will be on show this autumn at The Winchcombe Archive Collection.  These include the secular and religious products and creativity of country craftsmen of the past as well as early twentieth century responses to pastoral traditons of art and craft in the guise of the revivalist slipwares of Michael Cardew and his inter-war team at Winchcombe Pottery.

The show opens at 9am on Saturday 20th October 2018 and runs for just three weeks. On the opening day we will be offering an afternoon Cream Tea with the Curator to include a handling session of artefacts from our permanent collections.  A formal talk is also planned for one Saturday afternoon later in the show’s run.

The fully illustrated catalogue may be viewed here:

The Primitive Eye 2018 ~ Long Room Gallery of Winchcombe


Robin Tanner & The Old Stile Press (9th June 2018)

In the last talk of the series we were delighted to be joined by Frances and Nicolas McDowell proprietors of The Old Stile Press and late publishing collaborators with the Tanners. Their involvement in the Tanner show was particularly appropriate as Robin had a lifelong interest in the printed page as well as in etching as a medium.

Notably, Frances brought along a collection of rare antique printed material formerly owned by Robin to share with attendees.

William Morris : Design for living (2nd June 2018)

Continuing the arts and crafts talks theme, we were delighted to welcome back Mary Greensted to speak on the influence of nature on Morris designs and his relationship with his homes in London and the Cotswolds.

Robin Tanner Artist Plantsman talk (26th May 2018)

This talk was provided by Stephen Torode, the Kew trained head gardener of local stately home, Sudeley Castle and a lifelong fan of the work of Tanner. Stephen’s presentation focussed on the influence of historic horticultural prints engravings and publications on Robin’s etchings.

Kathy Haslam talk on William Morris (20th May 2018)

Kathy Haslam, lead curator at Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’ country home, was very kind in providing a talk on Morris as part of our Tanner celebratory show. Robin described himself as a Morrisian socialist and the latter’s aesthetics were influential on the Tanner family aesthetic taste and on some of Tanner’s art so Kathy’s involvement was particularly relevant.

Barley Roscoe Talk on Robin & Heather Tanner (Saturday 19th May 2018)

We were delighted to welcome Barley Roscoe, founder curator of the Crafts Study Centre at Bath to give a keynote speech on the 30th anniversary of the death of Robin in May 1988. Barley became a close friend of the Tanners and organised the last show on Robin in London.

Robin and Heather Tanner show opening times

This 30th anniversary show will open to the public on Saturday 19th May 2018 at 9.00am. As we have a keynote speech in the afternoon by Barley Roscoe who was a close friend of Robin and Heather the show will then close temporarily at 12.30 that day, reopening at 4pm.  Those wishing to attend Barley’s talk are directed to the Methodist Church Hall next door: please arrive by 2.45pm for a prompt 3.00pm start.

The following opening hours will then apply:

Sunday 20th to Sunday 27th May 2018 inclusive : open daily 11.00am to 5.00pm

Monday 28th May to Saturday 16th June 2018 : open daily Thursday to Saturday inclusive 11.00am to 5.00pm

The show will be open on other days for pre-booked groups and individuals only by prior appointment (no Sundays)

The show will then close at 5.00pm on Saturday 16th June 2018


Here is the updated list of our talks series for this May / June. Please note that tickets for my talk as part of the Winchcombe Festival of Music & Arts are available direct via their website [ ] .

NB that this Festival talk (cost £5) does not include refreshments.  I will be offering a limited number of places for those wishing to come back to the Long Room Gallery after the talk for a traditional tea and handling session (additional charge £2.50) – for separate tickets please apply to me direct on the day or by telephone (01242 602 319) or email ( in advance.


This new 48 page booklet to be published to accompany our Tanner retrospective that opens on 19th May 2018 is profusely illustrated with around 100 images. Printed in full colour A5 format on top quality paper, it includes around 20 Tanner etchings and similar numbers of his drawings and watercolours, and also some 20 period photographs. A fair proportion of the material included is comparatively unknown.

Sections are included on Tanner’s art, Robin and Heather’s marital home Old Chapel Field, Robin’s art work with children in Chippenham schools of the 1930s, their books and publications and a comprehensive gazetteer of where original Tanner material may be seen. There are no Tanner studies currently in print and this will provide a useful resource for Tanner afficinados and collectors alike.

This limited edition booklet priced £15 plus p&p is available solely from the Winchcombe Archive Collection, Queen Anne House, High Street, Winchcombe, GL54 5LJ.

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