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Every Tuesday, enjoy an in-depth insight into the Barber’s stunning collection through this brand-new programme of mini podcasts.

Each week, staff will give short ten-minute talks about a variety of topics relating to the Barber’s collections. Discussions may include past and present displays, small groups of related works, an aspect of the member of staff’s own research, or single masterpieces and recent acquisitions.

These talks are part of our new initiative to bring the Barber’s collection into your home virtually, starting while the gallery’s doors are closed to visitors in line with government advice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 We hope you enjoy them.


30 June: Monet and Painting ‘en plein air’ with Beth Brankowski, Learning and Engagement Administrator.


23 June: Turner at the Barber Institute: Sun, Sea and Ships with Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator.


16 June: Saint James the Great and the World of Pilgrimage, Real and Imagined with April Armstrong-Bascombe, Collections Intern.


9 June: Cézanne and the Modern French Print with Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator.


26 May: Working Women: Attitudes to Female in Labour in 19th-century Art with Mimi Buchanan, Learning and Engagement Intern.


19 May: Maternal Bonds: Adriaen van Ostade’s ‘The Child and The Doll’ and John Sloan’s ‘The Women’s Page’ with Beth Brankowski, Learning and Engagement Administrator and curator of the display.


12 May: Rossetti and ‘The Blue Bower’: Pre-Raphaelite Symbolism and Ideals of Beauty with a Single Female Muse with Helen Cobby, Assistant Curator.



Coming soon…

Naming the Nude with Becca Randle, Learning and Engagement Coordinator.

More on the way – watch this space.

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