An exhibition of art work depicting the dramatic siege of Dudley Castle in the seventeenth century has gone on display at the town’s museum this week.
Adult learners studying art in the borough have created the pieces as part of the Black Country Festival celebrations throughout July.
The theme of the exhibition is the siege of Dudley Castle, which came under fire twice – first in 1644, and again in 1646 - during the English Civil War. During both sieges the castle was held by Royalist troops.
The castle eventually fell to the Parliamentarian forces during the second siege in 1646.
At the time of the second siege, Governor Sir Thomas Leveson was in charge of the Royalist troops garrisoned in the castle. General Sir William Brereton led the Parliamentarian forces laying siege and the two sides were engaged in skirmishes outside the castle walls which included shootings, fire raising and mutiny.
The paintings and other artwork has been created by students taking part in art and craft courses run by Dudley Council’s adult learning service. The exhibition opened at Dudley Museum, which is part of the Dudley Archives building in Tipton Road, on Wednesday (Aug1). It will be on show until the end of the month.
Entry to the exhibition and the rest of the museum is free.
Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:
The eye-catching artwork produced for this exhibition captures really well how the castle would have looked at the time of the siege. It demonstrates the skills the learners have developed in their various art classes.
Visiting the exhibition is also an excellent opportunity to visit the rest of the museum and find out about the work of the archives.