Rhodes Arts Complex & Bishop's Stortford Museum
The Rhodes Arts Complex
The Rhodes Arts Complex is a contemporary venue for the arts and is the home of the excellent Bishop’s Stortford Museum and Thorleybourne Gallery. The original part of the building (Netteswell House) is the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes, financier, statesman and entrepreneur.
Rhodes is a thriving, lively venue in the heart of Bishop’s Stortford which provides a year round varied programme of events including in-house, professional and local theatre, dance productions, live music, comedy, exhibitions, educational workshops and lectures.
The venue has a full size cinema screen and shows a selection of the latest blockbuster films and Oscar winners and also hosts free music events and quizzes in the Theatre Lounge on a regular basis.
Rhodes has rooms available to hire for exhibitions, conferences, meetings and celebrations. This includes a state of the art auditorium, two dance studios, three meeting rooms and the theatre lounge which are all available to hire.
Rhodes is open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm and until 10pm on performance days.
The Bishop's Stortford Museum
The Rhodes Museum was established in 1938 in two listed Victorian buildings which are the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes, Victorian empire builder. As such it is a significant local landmark and has national and international links. The Cecil Rhodes Collection and the Local History Collection are housed together and provide a new focus on the town's rich local history and unique links with the story of Cecil Rhodes, Empire and Africa.
The Museum has accredited status from the Museums Libraries and Archives Council.
The Thorleybourne Gallery regularly hosts exhibitions by leading artists, photographers and sculptors and provides opportunities for local schools and groups to exhibit their work to the public.