New exhibitions at Thornbury Museum

March to May (special event March 6)

Opening times vary - see below

Thornbury Museum

THORNBURY Museum is going back to the 80s – and further still – with two new exhibitions to jog memories and shed light on the past.

Thornbury in 1980 takes a look at the town as it was 40 years ago this year, using a variety of photos commissioned by the late Nick Large, a former Thornbury Grammar School and Marlwood School teacher, taken by photography students from Newport during that year.

The exhibition is due to run until early May.

Going to the Flicks – The Story of Thornbury Picture House marks 100 years since the first film was shown in Thornbury, in May 1920.

The exhibition will be running for the foreseeable future and a special evening event was being held on March 6, when the museum was due to open its doors at 6.30pm before a talk at Armstrong Hall, at 7.30pm, about the former cinema. This will be followed by a screening of two Buster Keaton films from the 1920s – One Week and Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Pianist James Harpham will accompany the silent films.

Tickets cost £1 for Thornbury Picture House members and £5 for non-members, from the town hall or by calling 01454 412272.

There will also be 1920’s-style food in the shape of lardy cake, and bread and butter pudding.

The new exhibitions were opened by Thornbury Mayor Angela Symonds, who was joined by Charles Eardley-Wilmot, who was the town’s mayor in 1980, and his deputy from the same year, John Smith. 

Thornbury Museum is open on Tuesday to Friday from 1pm to 4pm and on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Picture: Thornbury Mayor Angela Symonds, the town’s 1980 mayor Charles Eardley-Wilmot and his deputy John Smith, with Jane Marks and Meg Wise of Thornbury Museum.