Exhibitions

Heath the Soldier

‘Heath the Soldier’ is a permanent exhibition, detailing Sir Edward’s wartime experiences whilst serving with the Royal Artillery both in England and the European theatre of operations during the Second World War.

‘Britain’s Long Road In To Europe’

August 7th – November 1st 2017

Saturdays – Wednesdays 11am – 4pm (last entry)

Through narrative boards, photographs, news footage, cartoons, documents and artefacts, the ‘Britain’s Long Road in to Europe’ exhibition tells the story of Britain’s complex relationship with the European Community.

As the Minister responsible for the first negotiations, and then the Prime Minister who negotiated entry, Edward Heath was the constant figure who drove the process forward, primarily motivated by his wartime experiences. Following the election of his government in 1970, key breakthroughs were made that led to Britain’s accession in 1973. The country’s first national referendum followed in 1975 with a resulting 2:1 endorsement of continued membership.

The exhibition looks at some of the arguments then deployed for and against membership of the EEC, charting the key events on Britain’s road to joining. These include: the reasons why the country failed to engage in the early discussions leading to the EEC’s creation in the mid-50s; what motivated a change in approach heralded by Britain’s membership application under Harold Macmillan in 1961; the impact of President De Gaulle’s veto in 1963; the renewed application made under Harold Wilson’s government in 1967 and the Britain’s accession in 1973.

 

‘Sailing, Music, Travels’

Saturday 3rd June – Monday 24th July 2017

Salisbury Group of Artists Exhibition

Arundells is delighted to host an exhibition of work by local art group the Salisbury Group of Artists.

Sir Edward was a keen supporter of the arts and his extensive art collection includes works by both famous and lesser known artists. Pieces chosen for the show will reflect his interests in sailing, music and travel, as well as his love for Arundells itself.

The Salisbury Group of Artists was established in the 1940s and exists for the advancement and practice of painting and allied visual arts. The group comprises people of all ages and offers its members opportunities to develop new skills and to exhibit their work.

Works on show will be available to buy. A percentage of sales will go to the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation.