25 June 2020

Late lunch talk: Maria Policella – from Italy to Bristol

This talk will reveal the story behind an Italian outfit on display at M Shed.

It’s 10 years since we learnt about the outfit’s original owner, Maria Policella, and her family’s 100 year history in Bristol.

What brought the Policellas from Italy to Bristol? What do we know about their business in the city? Did Maria really wear the outfit to sell ice-cream? What did it mean to her?

Museum collections allow us to follow stories that are both public and personal, local and international.

We’re excited to welcome Maria Policella’s great grandson, Carlo Di Gesse who will be joining the talk.

Speaker: Kate Newnham, senior curator of visual arts.

Kate has worked at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for 20 years where she heads up the art team. She has curatorial responsibility for the Eastern Art collection and worked on the development of M Shed. Prior to Bristol, she worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Part of the World In Bristol festival – an online celebration of the diverse communities that call Bristol home.

How to take part

This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 25 June.

Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.


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