What's on

Exhibitions

Sue Brown Foyer Installation: Letters Home

Tuesday 28/03/2017
to
Sunday 18/06/2017

COST: Free

Sue Brown Foyer Installation: Letters Home
 

The latest in Sue's World War One Artist in Residence series. This installation will take inspiration from the Museum's collection of letters and postcards received in the Stroud District by the friends and families of the men away at war.

The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur

Tuesday 23/05/2017
to
Sunday 09/07/2017

COST: Free

The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur
 

A mini exhibition in the Geology Gallery

Taking our very own fossil baby Ichthyosaur, freshly cleaned and conserved, as its centrepiece, this temporary display will allow you to explore the underwater environment that this creature lived in. Discover what an Ichthyosaur ate for lunch, as well as the other creatures and plant life that shared its watery world. With artistic representations of how the Ichthyosaur lived around 190 million years ago, plus the fossilised remains of the Ichthyosaur and its contemporaries this exhibition is not to be missed.

Supported by The Curry Fund of the Geologists Association

Family Events

Half Term Fossil Hunt!

Saturday 27/05/2017
to
Sunday 04/06/2017

COST: Free

Half Term Fossil Hunt!
 

The hunt is on! Artist Adam White has hidden 20 fossils around the Museum and beyond. Can you locate them all? Ask at reception for clues to get you started.

Drop In Family Workshop: The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur

Tuesday 30/05/2017
to
Friday 02/06/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: £2 per child suggested donation

Drop In Family Workshop: The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur
 

Come along to this family drop-in workshop and makeyour own diorama of the watery world of the Ichthyosaur. Make your ownammonites, belemnites and plant life to populate your under-sea scene in thisthemed craft activity which allows you to explore the scientific evidence for thelife of the Ichthyosaur alongside your own creativity.

Supported by The Curry Fund of the Geologists Association

Special Events

Meet the Geologist

Wednesday 31/05/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Geologist
 

A chance to meet the Museum’s Geologist and learn more about our internationally significant geology collection. Bring your fossil finds for identification too! PLUS meet Adam White and other rock and mineral experts and hear about their amazing adventures and incredible discoveries.

Family Events

Pop Up Artist Studio in the Secret Garden Pavilion

Thursday 01/06/2017
to
Sunday 04/06/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Pop Up Artist Studio in the Secret Garden Pavilion
 

Visit a pop up studio full of intriguing artefacts, mineral magic and fossil finds! Call in and look, or stop and linger, draw, dream and imagine ...

Creative, playful art activities and displays presented by Periscope artist duo Emily Joy and Alison Cockcroft, to coincide with Adam White’s exhibition in Gallery One.

Everyone welcome, do come and discover this special space.

Supported by Stroud Festival

Special Events

Evening Gallery Opening

Friday 09/06/2017
7:30pm - 10pm
COST: Free

Evening Gallery Opening
 

A chance to meet Adam White and experience his exhibition ‘out of hours’ - giant experimental watercolours, new sculptures and very ancient dead things in rock! Expect the unexpected and look out for live performance art combining radioactive rock nodules and the tuneful whelp of the Geiger counter – meet Dr Richard Dean and Sean Roe at 9pm.

Workshops for Adults

Artist-led Workshop with Adam White: Turning Rock into Paint

Saturday 10/06/2017
2pm - 5pm
COST: £15/£10 Museum Friends

Artist-led Workshop with Adam White: Turning Rock into Paint
 

Join Adam White for a workshop based on his geological map 'Petrifaction By Numbers’, painted using mineral pigments. Adam will demonstrate how to find and grind up mineral pigments, lapis lazuli, malachite, ochres and other natural substances to make paint. Also, time allowing, there will be a chance to discover how he uses unusual watercolour techniques -  freezing, bubbles, isopropanol, plastics, scoring, weak acids and other mysterious things!

For adults, all materials provided.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham

Saturday 10/06/2017
10am - 4pm
COST: £75

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham
 

Pegasus Art is delighted to offer new workshops for adults in Stroud’s ‘Secret Garden,’ the enchanting, newly opened Walled Garden at the Museum. There are plenty of subjects to draw upon – vivid flowers and plants in the garden borders designed by artist Cleo Mussi, architectural details such as the historic 18th century wrought iron gate, and the majestic trees of the surrounding parkland. The new glass-fronted Learning Pavilion will be our base, and a useful workspace in the event of wet weather. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a delicious light lunch will be served at midday.

Learn how to paint with watercolours en plein air in the Museum’s beautiful Walled Garden. Whether you’re a total beginner or more experienced painter, Richard is on hand to offer plenty of tuition and share his tips and tricks for painting in this versatile medium. His teaching philosophy is to keep things simple and build confidence.

 “Watercolours are my passion. No other medium can give such a fresh and spontaneous effect.”

Museum in the Park Friends are entitled to a discount of 5%.

For further details and to book places call Pegasus Art on 01453 886560 or email info@pegasusart.co.uk

www.pegasusart.co.uk

Special Events

The Festival Players Present: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Wednesday 14/06/2017
7:30pm
COST: £15/£13.50 concessions

The Festival Players Present: The Merry Wives of Windsor
 

An outdoor production directed by Michael Dyer with music by Johnny Coppin

The roguish and foolish Knight, Falstaff, schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husbands’ money, but the wiley Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him. The Festival Players Theatre Company brings you this colourful comedy in an all-male, fast-paced, costumed summer feast of farce.

Grounds open at 6pm for picnics. Please bring low-backed chairs and rugs and clothing to suit all weathers. Pimms, teas and coffees on sale at the Museum.

Box Office: Stroud Tourist Information 01453 760900 or book online at www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

Workshops for Adults

Willow Workshop with Susan Early

Friday 16/06/2017
10am - 3:30pm
COST: £40/£30 Museum Friends

Willow Workshop with Susan Early
 

Susan Early is back by popular demand and invites you to come and make a beautiful fruit or bread basket using traditional techniques and Somerset willow. All materials provided, bring a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaurs: A Day of Talks and Demonstrations

Saturday 17/06/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £7.50 Advance Day Ticket/£5 per talk

Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaurs: A Day of Talks and Demonstrations
 

Join Adam White for a day of discovery: two illuminating talks will uncover the stories of the new Welsh dinosaur and mineral collecting in the Forest of Dean, with a tour of Adam’s exhibition and rock splitting demonstrations in between.

11.30am

Talk with Cindy Howells, Palaeontology Curator, National Museum of Wales:.‘Dinosaurs and Deserts in Wales’

In 2014 a totally new meat-eating dinosaur skeleton was discovered in Wales. This is the very earliest Jurassic dinosaur fossil yet found and is around 30% complete. This talk will cover the background behind the find and other Welsh dinosaurs, and explore the changing environments in which they lived.

12:30pm – 1.30pm

Exhibition Tour & Rock Splitting

Join artist Adam White for a tour of his exhibition, followed by live live rock-splitting of the Triassicbone bed – find your inner Triassic reptile!

Tea and coffee will then be served (bring a picnic lunch with you if you wish).

2pm

Talk with Tom Cotterell, Senior Curator of Mineralogy, National Museum of Wales: 'Mineral collecting in the Forest of Dean - from the enlightenment period to today'

One of the first people to assemble a collection of geological specimens in this country was Dr John Woodward (1665-1728), Professor of Physick at Gresham College, London. Woodward bequeathed his collection of ‘Fossils’ to Cambridge University where it is preserved intact. His sizable collection contains many specimens of iron ores from the Forest of Dean, one of the oldest mining districts in Britain. Tom Cotterell reveals the insights Woodward’s collection give us into the Forest of Dean mines prior to 1728 and what sorts of ores were being extracted at that time.

The day will end around 3.30pm with a chance to view the Museum’s mini exhibition, ‘The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur’.

Book by 14 June and pay just £7.50 for the day (tea & coffee and a fossil or mineral ‘prize’ included) or pay £5 per talk.

To book call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park

Friday 23/06/2017
9pm
COST: Free

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park
 

Join lepidopterist Mike McCrea for a summer moth hunt in the park.

All welcome, bring a torch and meet outside the Museum. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Midsummer Garden Party

Sunday 25/06/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Midsummer Garden Party
 

Come along to the ‘Secret Garden’ and enjoy its summer splendours. Look out for time-travelling Mr Budding, inventor of the World’s first lawnmower, stop for tea or Pimms in the Pavilion Pop Up Café, or have a play at traditional outdoor games. Miserden Nurseries’ plant sale will entice keen gardeners too. All welcome, come into the garden to relax, unwind and enjoy.

Exhibitions

Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys

Saturday 01/07/2017
to
Sunday 30/07/2017

COST: Free

Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys
 

A photographic exhibition celebrating the beauty of the wildflower-rich limestone grasslands surrounding Stroud. Photo sequences also document the work of local organisations and community groups working to conserve these internationally important habitats.

Photographer Deborah Roberts will be available to meet visitors and answer questions between 2pm and 4pm on Sundays 2, 9, 16 and 30 July.

Family Events

National Meadows Day

Saturday 01/07/2017
11am - 3pm
COST: Free

National  Meadows Day
 

Celebrate National Meadows Day at the launch of Deborah Roberts’ grasslands photography exhibition with activities run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board’s Magnificent Meadows team, including bug hunts and quizzes to test your observational skills.

All welcome – come and find out why meadows matter!

Workshops for Adults

Sketching and Painting in the Garden with Alison Vickery

Saturday 08/07/2017
10am - 4pm
COST: £75

Sketching and Painting in the Garden with Alison Vickery
 

Pegasus Art is delighted to offer new workshops for adults in Stroud’s ‘Secret Garden,’ the enchanting, newly opened Walled Garden at the Museum. There are plenty of subjects to draw upon – vivid flowers and plants in the garden borders designed by artist Cleo Mussi, architectural details such as the historic 18th century wrought iron gate, and the majestic trees of the surrounding parkland. The new glass-fronted Learning Pavilion will be our base, and a useful workspace in the event of wet weather. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a delicious light lunch will be served at midday.

Enjoy a tutor-led day painting the vibrant flower borders, trees and parkland setting of the Museum in the Park. Local artist Alison Vickery will guide you with demonstrations and plenty of help and advice in working with watercolours and crayons. This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with more experience.

Museum in the Park Friends are entitled to a discount of 5%.

For further details and to book places call Pegasus Art on 01453 886560 or email info@pegasusart.co.uk

www.pegasusart.co.uk

Family Events

The Wishing Tree

Saturday 08/07/2017
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Sunday 09/07/2017
10am - 5pm
COST: Free

The Wishing Tree
 

Visit the Wishing Tree created by artist Corinne Hockley and tie your wish onto a branch.

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Butterfly Hunt

Saturday 08/07/2017
to
Sunday 09/07/2017
10am - 5pm
COST: Free

Butterfly Hunt
 

See if you can spot some butterflies lost inside the Museum! A fun I-Spy trail for families with young children, created by local illustrator Tracy Spiers.

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Exhibitions

Animal Squatters

Saturday 08/07/2017
to
Sunday 09/07/2017
11am - 5pm
COST: Free

Animal Squatters
 

A special sneak preview of this exhibition of intriguing pictures by Gypsy Gee. The full exhibition will be shown in August - watch out for more details closer to the time!

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Family Events

Family Workshop with Martha Lightfoot

Saturday 08/07/2017
10am - 11am
COST: £2

Family Workshop with Martha Lightfoot
 

Make your own stand up creatures and plan their journey. Where will they go?

A snippy, snappy family workshop for children aged 5 and above.

To book your places call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Pop Up Library

Saturday 08/07/2017
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Sunday 09/07/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Pop Up Library
 

Drop in to the Pop Up Library outside the Museum and listen to a story, or read one yourself. If you have your library card you can borrow books too! 

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Bear on a Bike Workshop with Hannah Shaw

Saturday 08/07/2017
12pm - 1pm
COST: £2

Bear on a Bike Workshop with Hannah Shaw
 

Children aged 3-7 are invited to join Bear on his journey. Listen to the story and help Hannah make a huge drawing!

To book your place call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Family Workshop with Linda Newbery

Saturday 08/07/2017
2pm - 3pm
COST: £2

Family Workshop with Linda Newbery
 

Hear about some of Linda’s travelling characters, including Lob, the Green Man, and get lots of writing and story making secrets and tips from an award winning author in this fun, family workshop. For families with children aged 7 and above.

To book your place call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Stories with Jamila Gavin

Saturday 08/07/2017
3pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Stories with Jamila Gavin
 

Listen to Jamila tell the exciting story of The Odyssey, and other journeys, with the help of a big map.

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Stroud Festival of Nature: Courtyad Art

Sunday 09/07/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Stroud Festival of Nature: Courtyad Art
 

Look out for outdoor art activities in our courtyard today, part of Stroud Festival of Nature.

Stories with Jamila Gavin

Sunday 09/07/2017
11am - 12pm
COST: Free

Stories with Jamila Gavin
 

Enchanting talesabout the journeys made by people, animals, birds and maybe even butterflies! 

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Workshop: Opera Up Close!

Sunday 09/07/2017
2:15pm
COST: £2

Workshop: Opera Up Close!
 

A fun workshop for young actors and singers aged 7 with Ulla and her friends in the ‘Secret Garden’ at the Museum. Who knew singing to tell a story would be so much fun! Workshop lasts 50 minutes.

To book your place call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Minpins Choir Performance

Sunday 09/07/2017
3:30pm
COST: Free

Minpins Choir Performance
 

The brilliant Minpins Children’s choir will enchant in the ‘Secret Garden’.

All welcome, donations appreciated.

Part of the Stroud Children's Festival

Exhibitions

Stroud Local History Society Summer Exhibition

Saturday 15/07/2017
to
Sunday 23/07/2017

COST: Free

Stroud Local History Society Summer Exhibition
 

Meet local historians and learn more about the history of the local area through displays, old photographs and slideshows. A chance to share your stories and memories too.

Workshops for Adults

Poetry Workshop with Adam Horovitz

Sunday 16/07/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: £15/£10 Museum Friends

Poetry Workshop with Adam Horovitz
 

Join acclaimed local poet Adam Horovitz for an afternoon of creative writing. We’ll be taking inspiration from the ‘Grasslands’ exhibition and the wonders offered by meadow landscapes.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Walks

Butterfly Walk in Stratford Park

Sunday 16/07/2017
11am
COST: Free

Butterfly Walk in Stratford Park
 

Join Mike McCrea for a walk in search of the park’s butterflies, bees and other insects.

All welcome, meet outside the Museum.

Special Events

Grasslands: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Adam Horovitz & Rebecca Dellow

Friday 21/07/2017
7:30pm
COST: £5/£3.50 concessions

Grasslands: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Adam Horovitz & Rebecca Dellow
 

Join Adam and Rebecca for an evening of poems and fiddle music inspired by meadows and grazing lands. Open mic slots too for anyone with a new poem to share.

Booking advised, please call on 01453 763394.

Workshops for Adults

Mobile Photography Workshop with Kel Portman

Sunday 23/07/2017
10am - 5pm
COST: £20/£15 Museum Friends

Mobile Photography Workshop with Kel Portman
 

Are you a keen photographer who wants to get the most out of your smartphone or tablet camera? If so, this course is for you and will help you unlock the amazing array of features your mobile device has to offer. Tutor Kel Portman will offer practical tips and help you develop your understanding of photography. The day will include a visit to the 'Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys' exhibition to explore the art of making photo essays. We’ll also be walking the grounds of Stratford Park and nearby meadows.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Jenny Wren Productions present: The Jungle Book

Sunday 23/07/2017
4:30pm and 7:30pm
COST: £12/£8 Concessions/£35 Family Ticket

Jenny Wren Productions present: The Jungle Book
 

Theatre in the open air, come rain or shine!

Warning! Wild animals at large! Watch your back around the Cotswolds this summer as Jenny Wren Productions let wolves, tigers, bears, and even a python loose at an open-air venue near you. OK, so we’re monkeying around – this all-singing, all-dancing menagerie might steal your picnic but they won’t actually bite! You are, however, in danger of exposure to silly humour, slapstick and even some serious storytelling. Darker than Disney, closer to Kipling, this is The Jungle Book in all its gory glory – good hunting all!

Performances will take place in the Museum’s new Walled Garden. Teas, coffees, PIMMS and ice creams on sale in the Museum foyer cafe.

Limited places, please book early to secure your seats. To book call the Box Office at Stroud Tourist Information Centre on 01453 760900.

Family Events

British Festival of Archaeology: Mini Digs Day

Friday 28/07/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Various

British Festival of Archaeology: Mini Digs Day
 

Take part in a mini dig and discover how archaeologists record their finds, or make a bronze age beaker. Fun, outdoor drop in activities for all ages!

Workshops for Adults

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham

Saturday 05/08/2017
10am - 4pm
COST: £75

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham
 

Pegasus Art is delighted to offer new workshops for adults in Stroud’s ‘Secret Garden,’ the enchanting, newly opened Walled Garden at the Museum. There are plenty of subjects to draw upon – vivid flowers and plants in the garden borders designed by artist Cleo Mussi, architectural details such as the historic 18th century wrought iron gate, and the majestic trees of the surrounding parkland. The new glass-fronted Learning Pavilion will be our base, and a useful workspace in the event of wet weather. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a delicious light lunch will be served at midday.

Another chance to learn how to paint with watercolours en plein air in the Museum’s beautiful Walled Garden. Whether you’re a total beginner or more experienced painter, Richard is on hand to offer plenty of tuition and share his tips and tricks for painting in this versatile medium. His teaching philosophy is to keep things simple and build confidence.

 “Watercolours are my passion. No other medium can give such a fresh and spontaneous effect.”

Museum in the Park Friends are entitled to a discount of 5%.

For further details and to book places call Pegasus Art on 01453 886560 or email info@pegasusart.co.uk

www.pegasusart.co.uk

Exhibitions

Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic

Saturday 30/09/2017
to
Sunday 05/11/2017

COST: Free

Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic
 

In Anne Jackson's current project, "The Witchcraft Series", she presents a series of works exploring the history of witch-persecution in Europe, and the metaphors which the idea of "witchcraft" evoke in modern culture, through the medium of knotted tapestry.

Referencing sources from the earliest printed books warning against the evils of witches, to the repeal of the final Witchcraft Act in English law in 1957, the works explore the imagery and social attitudes that led to the trial and execution of thousands of people, mostly women, across Europe. 

Jackson's large and small-scale tapestries often depict evidence given in individual witch-trials, including that of young children encouraged to testify against their mothers. Whenever possible, she reproduces the original printed texts from witch-hunting pamphlets and trial accounts as part of the tapestry composition, seeing this as a kind of ventriloquism, giving a voice to individuals from the distant past.

Several tapestries also utilise the metaphor of "witchcraft" to reflect upon our sense of powerlessness in the face of current fears and concerns, such as climate change.

Anne Jackson has exhibited widely across Europe, the USA, and in Australia. Her work is held in  public collections, including the Art Endowment of the City of Aalborg, Denmark, the Geffreye Museum, London, and the Museum of Applied Art, Budapest, Hungary.

Select a date from the calendar to see what’s on.  We are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays and in August).

 
 
 
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View of Wallbridge, Stroud, c.1790, artist unknown. This popular painting on display in the Museum shows Wallbridge in Stroud at a time when spinners and weavers worked at home in their cottages.

 
 

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