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www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2010 11ARTS NEWSNo morebuttonssays Kids inMuseumssurvey Museum visitors don't wanthands-on computer drivenattractions, preferringtraditional object displaysaccording to the charity Kids inMuseums. In its annualmanifesto, based on a surveyof families visiting museumsand galleries, it is the surprisenew element in a checklist of20 dos and don'ts."Visitors have said they don'twant unlimited hands-on anymore, they can do all that athome now," said Dea Birkett,Director of Kids in Museums."What they want is to touch areal bone - they want to betactile and get a sensualexperience. Let's face it, thetechnology is never going to beas good as Avatar. They wantthe thrill of the real."Another of the checklists hasalready got government action.Education Secretary Ed Ballshad pledged £25,000 tointroduce a 'flexible familyticket' for museums. The usualtwo-plus-two concessionavailable at most museums isonly available to a family of twoadults and two children,ignoring the shape of themodern British family andtaking no account of single-parent families. The manifesto also calls forpram parks in museums,adding to the convenience ofmothers with small children,and also other visitors whooften find large buggiesimpeding their access tomuseum exhibits. The British Museum, theWhitworth in Manchester, BristolCity Art Gallery, and the RoyalAlbert Memorial Museum andGallery in Exeter have all acquiredtapestries following the RamsesWissa Wassef Arts Centre'ssummer exhibition last year. The centre, in Cairo, wasfounded in 2005 in memory of theweaver and teacher who wasconvinced that everybody wascapable of being an artist, andwho in 1951 established a schoolto teach ordinary young Egyptianpeople tapestry making. He died in1974, but an exhibition of workdone at the centre was mounted atWallsworth Hall, Gloucestershire.There are already Wissa Wasseftapestries in The National Museumof Scotland, The Petrie Museumand the Victoria & Albert Museum.Museums buyWissa Wasseftapestries afterexhibitionMuseum school opens The first secondary school with amuseum specialisation has openedin Slough. The £23m LangleyAcademy, funded by the ArbibFoundation, is the first in thecountry to provide 'museumlearning', based on the model of aNew York school, with artifactsused for teaching conventionalsubjects. An example is an ancientoar blade used in design andtechnology, PE, English and historylessons. The academy has its ownmuseum with 500 objects, with aMuseum Learning Club run by thestudents. The oar theme is in themuseum's first exhibitionMovement, displaying 200-year-oldoars through to the British goldmedal winning boat from theSydney Olympics. Fittingly, theacademy was opened by Olympicgold medal winning oarsman SirMatthew Pinsent (pictured). New chair for Lightbox Retired businessman RogerHawksworth has becomeChairman of the Lightbox inWoking, Surrey. He succeedsRoger Umney who, as the firstChair, saw the project through fromplanning and fundraising from asingle room to the opening in 2007and winning the £100,000 prize forArt Fund Museum of the Year.Images: © Matthew Andrews 2009, Cypress and Olive Trees', Sawzi Moussa (1974)

ARTS NEWSMartin Gorick, vicar of Holy TrinityChurch in Stratford - whereShakespeare was baptised, where hemarried off his daughters, buried hisfather and his son Hamnet, and waseventually buried himself - believes hehas found the chalice Shakespeareused at his 1582 wedding to AnneHathaway. However, the weddingmay not have been in the church -which is celebrating its 800thanniversary this year - but in a smallchapel in the parish because thebride was already pregnant, a serioussocial scandal in 16th-centuryEngland. Dated 1571 and foundneglected in a safe among the churchsilver, the chalice is known as theBishopton Chalice after a nearbychapel which has now disappeared.Too small for general use, it wouldhave been reserved for marriages. Meanwhile, the Museum of London has mounted a display ofShakespearian shoes, most of them worn by actors in productions of hisplays, though the earliest was found in mud of the site of the RoseTheatre in Southwark where Shakespeare acted, and could, in theory,have belonged to him. Its owner, however, had a problem - a hole hadbeen cut into the shoe to accommodate a painful bunion. The boot onthe left of the photo is from Edmund Kean's costume as Richard III in theearly 19th century; Samuel Phelps wore the red silk boots as CardinalWolsey in Henry VIIIin 1878; and Sir Henry Irving wore the Tudor-styleshoes as Benedick in Much Ado about Nothingin 1882.Is this neglected silver cupShakespeare's wedding chalice?Leighton Housereopens at EasterLeighton House Museum, theWest London home of FredericLeighton (1830-1896), the firstpainter to be given a peerage,reopens in April after a £1.6mrefurbishment. Built to the designsof George Aitchison over 30 years,its centrepiece is the Arab Hall,designed to display Leighton'spriceless collection of over 1,000Islamic tiles. During the work, back stairswere found via which models wereable to go from the street directlyto Leighton's first floor studio. Thehouse reopens with a specialexhibition of Leighton's work. 12NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2010www.nadfas.org.ukAbove: Martin Gorick of Holy Trinity with the forgotten chaliceBelow: Museum of London's Hilary Davidson with theatre footwearJudi Denchjoins campaignto save theStaffordshireHoardDame Judi Dench has joinedthe list of celebrities who havepledged their support to savethe Staffordshire Hoard for theWest Midlands.The Art Fund campaign isleading the campaign to jointlyacquire the treasure forBirmingham Museums and ArtGallery and the PotteriesMuseum and Art Gallery inStoke-on-Trent. The campaignwas launched in January andas this issue went to press,more than £550,000 had beenraised. However, £3.3m mustbe raised before the campaigndeadline on April 17. Thoseinterested in donating can doso at www.artfund.org/hoard.The Hoard was found inStaffordshire in July last yearand comprises more than 1,500pieces of Anglo-Saxon goldand silver, the most valuabletreasure ever found in Britain. "It is essential that theStaffordshire Hoard should bekept and displayed in the areain which it was found,"commented Dame Judi. "Itwould have so much moremeaning to visitors and itwould be a great boost for the area."Antiques Roadshow2010 dates revealedThe dates of this year's BBCAntiques Roadshow have beenunveiled. They are as follows: April22 (Swindon Steam Museum) andApril 29 (Saltaire Victoria Hall); May14 (Beverly Minster) and May 20(Tatton Park); June 3 (BrightonCollege), June 10 (St Fagan'sOpen Air Museum of Welsh Life)and June 18 (Dartmouth BritanniaRoyal Naval College); July 1(Hutton-in-the-Forest), July 8(Chatsworth), July 15 (HatfieldHouse) and July 22 (HamptonCourt Castle near Leominster); andSeptember 2 (British Museum),September 9 (Blair Castle),September 16 (Charlecote Park),September 23 (WinchesterCathedral) and September 29(Colchester Town Hall).Images ©Leighton House Museum; Staffordshirehoard.org.uk and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery