Special anniversary exhibition goes on display this week

A silver vinaigrette from the Hubert Coop Collection at the Burton Art Gallery.A silver vinaigrette from the Hubert Coop Collection at the Burton Art Gallery.

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the 65th anniversary of the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford.

To celebrate the anniversary, staff have chosen 65 objects for a special six week exhibition to represent the life of the Burton from a collection of more than 5,000 objects.

The collection includes artefacts, paintings, sculptures, jewellery and 17th century pottery worth £1.4million.

As part of the celebrations there will be a Talk and Tour on Saturday at 2pm led by Warren Collum, the collections and exhibitions officer.

Boat breaking at Lower Cleave by Henry Ardmore Sandercock is part of the exhibition.Boat breaking at Lower Cleave by Henry Ardmore Sandercock is part of the exhibition.

The 65 objects will feature as part of a daily 'reveal' on Facebook and the anniversary collection itself will be on display until October 28.

Warren said: "Rather than us randomly choosing 65 objects, we've delved deep into our archives to find evidence of how, when and why certain objects were donated to the gallery.

"This treasure hunt approach makes it more intriguing for us and, of course, for people looking at the exhibits, because the mysteries surrounding every single item will become clear as every display will have newspaper cuttings, handwritten notes and receipts relating to its age, where it originated from and when it was given to us."

The gallery was established in 1951 by Thomas Burton and his businessman friend and artist, Hubert Coop.

In April it became a charitable trust and now has esteemed permanent collections, a museum, two galleries, a separate craft gallery, café and shop.

Some of the objects on display at the exhibition include a Betram Prance illustration for Punch circa 1920, intricate silver and ivory-carved calling card cases by Arthur McTaggart and a Victorian Baluster shape pewter tankard c1850.

Entry is free and the exhibition is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.