The Stables cafe is closed at the moment but the hall shop is open 11am to 4pm with refreshments available. A mobile refreshments unit is sited on the Hall car park, the Rotunda on the Riverside car park is offering drinks and snacks and an ice cream van is parked adjacent to the play park. The Hospice are offering refreshments outside the shop on weekends.
The hall has now re-opened with access to most parts of the hall at a reduced admission charge (£2.75 or £5.50 for the year) PLEASE NOTE - the Art Gallery is closed at the moment - hoping to open later in June but please, keep checking this page for updates.
De Morgan Exhibition
The much anticipated De Morgan Exhibition will soon be on show in the Stocks Massey & Sanderson Galleries , off the main Art Gallery, at Towneley Hall.
This exhibition will display 40 stunning paintings and drawings from the De Morgan collection. Completed in rich, jewel-like colours, they demonstrate the artist’s Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Movement style.
Born during the Crimean War, at a time when life in Victorian Britain was both full of the spirit of progress but dogged by short-lived military conflicts, she also lived through the Boer Wars and the Great War.
The outbreak of the First World War, which brought daily reports from the frontline and the huge death toll, deeply affected De Morgan. Possessing a strong belief that art should have a moral purpose, De Morgan fashioned an artistic response to war using a deliberate synthesis of academic style, symbolism and allegory to convey pacifist meanings and values. Her artwork became cathartic, allowing her a platform to present her profound fears and her hope that better days would come. Today, these paintings resonate deeply with our own experience of living through this global crisis, and reflect one positive outcome – that we are all united by a sense of hope.
A link to the De Morgan Foundation website where you can read about Evelyn de Morgan