We are fundraising!

Help us to bring home to Retford a collection of rare photographic slides

We are aiming to raise £2000 to acquire for the museum a collection of over 100 photographic slides by Stephen F. Pegler of Amcott House, Retford (1852-1937). Mr Pegler was a Retford Mayor, Alderman and a director of the Northern Rubber Co., but above all he was a very skilled photographer.

Why are the slides so unique? Pegler’s fabulous images are early colour photographs on glass (autochromes). They show beautiful still lifes, places such as Retford, Clumber and Rufford, and an array of local people – gentry, town officials, servants and many others. What makes the slides even more exciting, is the fact that most of them are stereoscopic and can be viewed in 3D with the aid of a special viewer!

We appreciate all donations and have prepared rewards for contributions of £10 or more. Here’s what you can receive:

£10 – sponsorship certificate and ‘Bassetlaw Guide’

£20 – sponsorship certificate, ‘Bassetlaw Guide’ – scanned copy of an autochrome that you ‘adopted’ for the museum collection. You can ‘adopt’ as many autochromes as you like.

£200 or more – sponsorship certificate, ‘Bassetlaw Guide’ – scanned copies of 10 ‘adopted’ autochromes – opportunity to get close and personal with the collection highlights for you and your guest! You will be joined by the Museum Curator.

If you wish to donate, please contact the museum Bassetlaw Museum, Amcott House, 40 Grove Street, DN22 6LD bassetlaw.museum@bassetlaw.gov.uk, 01777 713 749

Thank you for your support.



Dernie's shop, Retford, 15.3.1926

Dernie’s shop, Retford, 15.3.1926

Red Cross Nurses, World War I period

Red Cross Nurses, World War I period

‘A life in colour’. Paintings by Sidney Wright

Saturday 21st January – Saturday 4th March 2017

Exhibition of watercolours and oil paintings by Sidney Wright (1914-2006).

Sidney was born in Hoyland Common, South Yorkshire in 1914, into a family predominantly engaged in mining and engineering. He was educated at an ‘ordinary but good’ school where a sympathetic headmaster recognised and encouraged his talent as an artist. However, despite gaining a place at a prestigious art school Sidney was apprenticed in heavy engineering at a local foundry, his father believing there were ‘enough starving artists in the world‘!

Sidney’s real love though was fine art and he began to widen his scope to embrace technical illustration, commercial art and professional model making.

Sidney had a great interest in the fairground and circus, travelling with small, family shows over a number of years. However, when this life ceased to fit in with his own young family, he secured employment with G. Hurst of Retford. Amongst other things they were at the time well-respected builders of living wagons for Showmen in the area. Now Sidney was able to use his considerable knowledge and skills in the production of these ‘top of the range’ living wagons.

He was one of the founder members of both Retford and Worksop Art Societies, holding the post of President on several occasions. He was also involved in the development of Doncaster Art Society. His skills enabled him to work and exhibit in many parts of the UK, seeing his work in municipal, commercial and private collections.

In retirement, Sidney entered a productive period of his artistic life, and even into his nineties, remained enthusiastic and committed. He continued to draw and paint whilst always helping and inspiring others. Sidney died in 2006 having lived a long and colourful life.

His lasting legacy is to have passed on some of his considerable flair and talent not just to a second but a third generation of his family, many of whom have chosen careers in the Arts.