Compton Verney’s Youth Advisory Panel: The journey so far….

We were in the midst of a third lockdown when I applied to Compton Verney’s Youth Advisory Panel. By then, it’d been 6 months since I had stepped into a museum or gallery space, and I was desperate for any opportunity to relive the visitor experience. I had scoured every online tour you could take, listened to an unreasonable amount of podcasts, and had stared longingly at the Instagram accounts of galleries across the world. But, in all that longing for a return to arts and culture, big questions still loomed. With time away from galleries and museum spaces, many of us had the opportunity to re-examine art’s place within our lives, and the way in which institutions and galleries made us feel about art. With this wider societal debate in mind, I applied to be a youth advisor for Compton Verney and was luckily accepted into the role. In many ways, joining the role felt like an empowering moment, both as a young person and as a visitor.   In the art world, there is always a sense of mystery when it comes to putting on exhibitions and shows, which the average visitor never quite gets to see. And […]

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A Celebration of Motherhood – The Holy Kinship

Blog by Christine Cluley, Visitor Engagement Interpreter

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Gunpowder at Compton Verney!

With Guy Fawkes celebrations underway, the historic story itself is one which resonates very much with Compton Verney… Robert Catesby himself was Warwickshire-born, and the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament was supposed to have led to a Catholic uprising in Warwickshire and surrounding counties. But one of the star attractions in the galleries at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park is a splendid portrait of the man who discovered the plotters – Sir Thomas Knyvet.  Thomas Knyvet or Knyvett (1545-1622) was a member of a prominent Wiltshire landowning family who had risen to the position of Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth I. Knighted by King James I in 1604, he shot to national prominence in 1605 when he was ordered by the king to search the cellars below the Houses of Parliament on the evening of 5th November. There he discovered and apprehended Catesby, Fawkes and their fellow-plotters, thus frustrating the Gunpowder Plot. As a reward, Sir Thomas was made responsible for the education of the king’s daughter, Mary, and in 1607 was created Baron Knyvet of Escrick in Yorkshire.  Compton Verney’s fine portrait of Knyvet of c.1569 is one of the most incisive depictions of the […]

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