Summer 2021 Newsletter

The Amelia: Enriching Lives, Inspiring Learning

SUMMER 2021 NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the regular newsletter for The Amelia, keeping you up to date on all our upcoming events and bringing you all the latest news and updates from the project.

Set to open in spring 2022, The Amelia will bring together books, objects, documents, photographs, and visual art, housed in a vibrant and revitalised building. The building will be named after the suffragist and Tunbridge Wells resident Amelia Scott. Read on to find out the latest on our news and events, or browse our website for more information about current services, and the services of our partners.


ARTISTS COMMISSIONS

The Amelia team is delighted to announce the seven artists appointed for the seven artist commissions, fully funded by Arts Council England.

Lighting Commission – James Tunnard
The work combines locally made translucent glass with interactive, digital LED lighting to create “a dynamic beacon of light and colour welcoming visitors into the building”. The work is programmable, responds to visitor movement and connects in its use of light with the AEC stain glass window.

Ironwork Gates – Alex Fox
An innovative, intricately crafted, playful and coherent work outlining the importance and evolution of the local Wealden Iron Industry. The work skillfully integrates this historic industry alongside the current building and will be an invaluable tool in telling this complex and often visually/object scarce significant part of our history.

Window Seating – Angus Ross
The proposal draws inspiration from the town’s connection to water as well as Tunbridge-Ware and acts as a seamless and timeless, modular, adaptable, multifunctional piece.

Courtyard Commission – Catriona Rowbotham
Despite the complexities of the site (tall, shaded, paved, multiple users), the proposal integrates a clear and simple design and scheme that incorporates thematic areas, locally significant flora, with mobile, modular forms.

Fountain Commission – Circling the Square
This proposal outlines a minimalist, multi-level, accessible and functionally considered ‘A’ silhouette form – in honour of our building and namesake.

Visitor Resource Point – Eskait
This proposal is a craft focused, versatile, and characterful family of functional items inspired by the breadth of activities and visitors to the building.

Brickwork Frieze – Adam Chodzko
Both a functional and sculptural conceptual piece formed from iconic Kentish peg tiles and oak cone baton(ing) made through local and traditional methods. The work, initially inspired by Amelia Scott’s handkerchief, also integrates an hourglass form, NUWSS designs and oast house architecture.

Visit The Amelia website for more information on the artists and updates.


A WIDE RANGE OF ONLINE COURSES FROM KENT ADULT EDUCATION

Kent Adult Education continues to offer a large variety of online, real time courses. These cover Arts, Craft, Languages and more. Selected centres are open, in-centre spaces are limited.

For more details and to book a course please visit www.kentadulteducation.co.uk or call 03000 41 40 25.


KENT LIBRARIES – OPENING OF SOUTHBOROUGH HUB

Southborough Library reopened on Monday 26 April for bookshelf browsing, pre-booked computer and WiFi sessions. If you are unsure of what to read next, or would prefer to collect books without browsing the shelves at one of our open libraries, why not use our Staff Picks service?

We regret to inform you that all of our library events and activities including Storytime, Talk Time, Rhyme Time, Digital Dens and groups are suspended until further notice.

Any items on loan before the first lockdown have been extended until 31 May 2021. There are no fines when the library is closed.

Tunbridge Wells Library also promotes activities, events and new books on their Facebook page.

Southborough Hub


WANTING TO DISCOVER YOUR LOCAL AREA, EXPLORE YOUR HERITAGE, AND SEARCH THE RECORDS BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO START?

Sign up to our free Research Surgeries webinars to learn more. A guide to primary sources is the next in a series of Research Surgeries designed to introduce you to different aspects of local history research.

Research Surgeries Webinar Series:
A Guide to Primary Sources – Wednesday 14 July, 1pm-2pm
A Guide to Secondary Sources – Wednesday 11 August, 1pm-2pm

These events are FREE although booking is essential. You can book your place through The Amelia website.


TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE IS OPEN

The Tourist Information Centre reopened its doors to the public on Tuesday 4th May 2021. The office is open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am – 3pm. We are currently located in the Corn Exchange in the heart of the Pantiles and will eventually be based in the Amelia Scott as part of the integrated Amelia service. Call us on 01892 515675 or email us on touristinformationcentre@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.


THE FRIENDS

The Friends completed their Winter series of Talks. Anne Stobo gave a presentation entitled” A Georgian Journey” celebrating the life and times of Mary Delany 1700-1788. This was very well received by both The Friends and members of Tunbridge Wells U3A who joined us for the evening. A total of 44 participants enjoyed the event.

A collage of flowers and plants

Collage by Mary Delany courtesy of The British Museum.

We were very pleased that the work of the Friends and their activities was recently featured in the spring edition of Tunbridge Wells Community Ad which goes out to thousands of homes in the local area.

The Friends of Tunbridge Wells Museum, Library and Art Gallery News Article


USEFUL LINKS

Volunteering
There are still opportunities to get involved with volunteering during these unusual times. Find out more on our website by visiting the volunteering page at www.theamelia.co.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

Council services
http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/find-and-contact-us/gateway

Visit Tunbridge Wells
https://www.visittunbridgewells.com/things-to-do/activities/walking

Kent Adult Education
https://www.kentadulteducation.co.uk/

Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives
www.kent.gov.uk/libs

TW Social
Online resources and entertainment from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, to help establish online sense of community across our borough and to help combat the social isolation and loneliness we can all feel sometimes. Visit https://twsocial.co.uk/

The Friends
Find out more on their Facebook page.