Our Temporary Exhibitions allow us to delve more deeply into specific themes and ideas from the 17th century, exploring their legacy up to today. These are usually located in the two rooms on the top floor of the museum, floor 5.
Scenes of the Season: Celebrating Summer
“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside” – Maud Hart Lovelace
Experience the sights and feelings of summer across six stunning artworks, handpicked from our collection. The scenes have been selected to celebrate the senses of British summer from the sounds of crops swaying in the breeze in fertile farmland to the scent of flowers in full bloom, as well as seaside scenes which showcase the country’s capricious weather from crashing waves amidst blustery skies to peaceful sun-drenched paddling.
The six artists are well renowned and include Newark’s own Sir William Nicholson, Virginia Woolf’s sister and Bloomsbury Group member Vanessa Bell, and impressionistic colourist Winifred Nicholson who was a friend of Mondrian.
Artwork in this exhibition may be rotated and will transform with the seasons to celebrate each in turn.
Our permanent galleries include the Main Civil War Gallery on Floor 1 which gives a comprehensive overview of the causes of the conflict while The World Turned Upside Down galleries on Floor 3 examine their consequences and 17th century life more closely.
The World Turned Upside Down
The unmatched devastation of the Civil War led to an extraordinary transformation. Re-building society after such a dramatic breakdown opened the door to a chance at revolution, and the chaos of war left a remarkable opportunity for creativity in its wake. This 'World Turned Upside Down' is the focus of a brand new permanent exhibition exploring the 17th century's seismic shifts in religion, science, culture and politics. The exhibition will ask just what happened to turn the world from right way up to 'upside down'; examine what it would have been like to plunge into the mayhem of war and emerge into an unfamiliar landscape; and uncover how the pyramid of power shifted from the God-chosen King on top... to Charles' head on the ground.
Newark’s story begins with Ice Age travellers, following their prey along the high ground between rivers. After the ice melted, other travellers left their mark and their treasures here. Romans gave us our roads. Vikings named many of our streets. Anglo Saxons built Newark Castle and the New Werk – the town we know as Newark today.
Explore these two rooms to see some of the clues left to us by generations past. Find out about our local history and the people who built Newark. Who buried the golden torc by the River Trent? Why did Lord Byron have his first volumes of poetry printed here? Who used folding bikes before commuters?