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Upcoming Talk
Narratives and Archives of the British Thomson Houston Co.
Tuesday 17 May 6pm
at the Modern Records Office, University of Warwick

THE history of Rugby engineering powerhouse British Thomson-Houston takes centre stage next month at a special event at the University of Warwick. Rugby Art Gallery and Museum are contributing several objects to this event.

British Thomson-Houston: Narratives and Archives has been organised by the university's Modern Records Centre as part of its Community Speakers series.  The event includes guest speakers and an exhibition of photographs, letters and pamphlets assembled from both the Modern Record Centre and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s collections. The company was founded in 1894 and started production in Rugby in 1900, making electric motors, generators and steam turbines. British Thomson-Houston amalgamated with Metropolitan Vickers in 1928 to form Associated Electrical Industries (AEI), which was taken over by the General Electric Company (GEC) in 1967.  Rugby branches of GEC merged with Alsthom at the turn of the millennium, and the now renamed Alstom retains a presence in the town to this day.

Narratives and Archives focuses on British Thomson-Houston's impact on Rugbeians' working, social and sporting lives, and takes place at the Modern Records Centre at 6pm on Tuesday 17 May.

Guest speakers include engineering history expert Alain Foote, Anne Lockyer, from the Institute of Engineering and Technology Archives (IET), and Michael Hughes, from the Marconi Archives.

Residents with an interest in British Thomson-Houston have been invited to attend the event, but places must be booked in advance.

For more information, and to book a place, email

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Express Art & Craft


Benn Partnership Centre

Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm    
(Term time only)

Join us at the Benn Partnership Centre on Thursday mornings for our fun, social, art and craft group. Each week we will explore a new technique and exciting ideas! Free tea and coffee included at the end of the session. All abilities welcome.

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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is pleased to announce it has received a grant to run a yearlong project  linked to improving health and wellbeing for people living in social isolation and people living with dementia. The project will include weekly games and adult colouring sessions, and monthly craft and artefact workshops in the art gallery and museum. We will also be creating reminisce boxes which can be used in the building or off site.  We will also be running off site workshops in partnership with local charities, homes and organisations. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Jessica Hartshorn or Jo Bailey on 533201.

RSN Certificate and Diploma Courses

Royal School of Needlework Tutor Nicola Jarvis

Tuition takes place on Wednesdays and one Saturday per month 
Term Dates 2015-2016
9 September - 16 December
6 January - 16 March
6 April - 29 June

Autumn Term
Wednesdays Only (please book directly with Nicola Jarvis)
September 9,16,23,30
October 7,14,21,28
November 4,11,18,25
December 2, 9, 16

Spring Term
Wednesdays Only (please book directly with Nicola Jarvis)
January 6,13,20,27
February 3,10,17,24
March 2, 9,16

Summer Term
Wednesdays Only (please book directly with Nicola Jarvis)
April 6,13, 20, 27
May 4,11,18, 25
June 1,8,15, 22, 29

Saturdays (please book directly with Anne Butcher)
September 19
October 17
November 14
December 12
January 16
February 20
March 19
April 16
May 21
June 18

Cost:  Eight days (one technique) £1040.00 (£130.00 per day)

For further details and to book contact: Programme Director Anne Butcher on (0203) 166 6937.