Ancient High House - Arts and Exhibitions

The Ancient High House is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free with the exception of some events.

Art at the Ancient High House

View the work of local artists in the beautiful surroundings of this Tudor building.  Much of the work will be for sale - a great opportunity to pick up an original and unique piece of art.  For more information on exhibiting your own artwork, call 01785 619131


Stafford: A County Town at War 1914-18
History Exhibition
31 January to 22 April

2_Stafford a county town - 31 Jan - 22 AprThe stories of local servicemen and women help to bring into sharp focus the events of the 1914-18 war.  Rare photographs, medals and militaria feature in this poignant record of service and loss.  Supported by Staffordshire County Council, The Trustees of The William Salt Library and by local collections.


Collective Memories
Shire Artists
11 April to 6 May

5_Collective Memories - Shires Artists 11 April - 6 May_v2A talented group of both amateur and professional artists brought together by their desire to create and share original art.  The exhibition is centred around the wonderful memories we all hold so dear.  It demonstrates the artists' ability to capture those moments forever in colour, light and shade.

Tudor Times: Life in Stafford Under the Tudors
History Exhibition6_Tudor times - _25 Apr - 24 June
25 April to 24 June

A glimpse into daily life during the Tudor dynasty.  Rare documents, prints and artefacts help to tell the story of this fascinating era in Stafford's history. Supported by Staffordshire County Council, The Trustees of the William Salt Library and by local collections.


Annual Selected Exhibition
Stafford Art Group7_Annual selected exhibition - stafford art Group 9 - 20 May
9 May to 20 May

The best selected work in all media produced by members of Stafford Art Group.  The group was founded in 1963 and is open to anyone interested in the visual arts.

8a_Brighter colours - Pedro Ojeda 23 May - 3 June8_Brighter colours - Pedro Ojeda 21May - 3 JuneBrighter Colours
Pedro Ojeda
23 May to 3 June

An exciting eclectic collection of mixed media paintings by this Spanish artist.



Through My Eyes
Jo Watson
9_Through my eyes - Jo Watson 6 June - 1 July6 June to 1 July

A collection of original paintings and prints capturing moments that have inspired the artist.  Each one portrays her love of colour and the use of composition and detail to draw the viewer into the paintings.

The Splendour of Ancient Egypt
History Exhibition
27 June to 9 September

10_Splendour of ancient egypt - 27_June - 9 SeptRare artefacts combined with new research help unravel some of the secrets of Egypt in the time of the pharaohs.  Statuary, exquisite jewellery and religious amulets feature alongside domestic artefacts, helping to bring the past into vivid focus. Supported by local collections.


Margaret Cross and Rob Cross - Cross Culture Images
4 July - 29 July

11_FotoCross - Margaret & Rob Cross 4 - 29 July_v3Photography from around the world.  Stunning images of land, city and seascapes offer a diversity of perspective, detail, light, shade and movement.  An interest in wildlife beautifully expands on this skill, placing animals and birds within the context of their natural environment.



Assorted artworks of Tony Smith and Friends
1 August - 2 September12_Assorted artworks of Tony Smith 1 Aug - 2 Sept_v2

A joint exhibition of mixed media artwork by military veterans who use painting as therapy, relaxation and enjoyment.  On display will be aviation, abstract and fine art.



Up Close and Personal
Julia Humphreys and Egle Gelaziute-Petrauskiene
5 September - 14 October

13a_Up Close and Personal - Egle Gelaziute-Petrauskiene 5 September - 14 October13_Up close and personal - Julia Humphreys 5 September - 14 OctoberA joint exhibition featuring animals in two very different art styles.  Julia's artwork focuses on animal portraits with the attention being on the eyes of a subject and capturing personality.  Egle is an illustrator and creates her images using pencil, pen, inks and watercolour.  She also includes the use of digital pencils and brushes.

Puppets from the Douglas Hayward Collection
12 September - 11 November

14_Puppets 12 Sept - 11 NovDouglas Hayward spent a lifetime making and collecting puppets and his collection is now in the care of the Staffordshire County Museum.  This fun and interactive exhibition features the whole puppet family including marionettes and shadow, rod and glove puppets - and of course, there would be no show without Mr Punch!  Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service


To Die For?
21 November - 30 December

15_To Die For - 21 November - 30 DecemberHave you ever considered that what you are wearing may be bad for your health?  Over the centuries many fashions have led to serious and often deadly health problems for the people who wore them.  Internal organs were squeezed by corsets and feet were distorted by high heels.  Fabrics were highly flammable and were often set on fire by open fires or accidents with candles.  Discover whether there really was such a thing as a fashion victim in this fascinating and deadly exhibition.  Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service

Looking Back16_Looking Back - Matt Sayers 21 Nov - 31 Dec
Matt Sayers
21 November - 30 December

A collection of paintings looking back at the hard working people who made up the character rich streets of working class Britain.

It's a Small World
21 November - 30 December

Tin soldiers and dainty dolls.  A nostalgic look at miniature figures from times gone by.  Supported by Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service and Newcastle Borough Museum.

Access for Disabled People

Because of the many steps, access to the House is extremely difficult for people with severe mobility impairment.  However, guides are always willing to give any assistance possible.

Tel: 01785 619131
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