What's on

Exhibitions

I'm patriotic as can be and ration points won't worry me!

Tuesday 08/08/2017
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Sunday 01/10/2017

COST: Free

Part of our World War One commemoration programme

Picture shows the 1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin

I'm patriotic as can be and ration points won't worry me!
 

A temporary foyer display which will look at how people on The Home Front provided entertainment and inspired patriotism, through objects from the Museum Collections. The themes explored will include rationing, morale boosting and fundraising at home.

Gallery Two Exhibition: Alison Vickery

Saturday 02/09/2017
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Sunday 01/10/2017

COST: Free

Gallery Two Exhibition: Alison Vickery
 

Alison is a local artist with a love of the beautiful countryside and natural forms around us. She is interested in capturing the fleeting moment, particularly the transforming effect of light on form and colour. She works in a wide range of media directly from the subject outside or from sketches drawn in situ which are later worked on in her studio. This exhibition shows work from the last couple of years and is a mix of floral pieces and local views.

Open Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Opening hours vary during the week, please call ahead on 01453 763394.

Stroud School of Art Show 2017

Saturday 09/09/2017
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Sunday 24/09/2017

COST: Free

Stroud School of Art Show 2017
 

This annual show gives students and members of the public a chance to see selected work by some of the talented artists, makers and designers who teach at SGS Stroud School of Art. It includes printmaking, ceramics, textiles, photography and more.

Workshops for Adults

Get Off Auto: Digital Photography Workshop with Alan Law

Saturday 23/09/2017
10am - 3pm
COST: 50/90 for both

Get Off Auto: Digital Photography Workshop with Alan Law
 

The first of two special photography workshops!

If you have only used Auto mode or tried other settings on your Digital SLR camera with disappointing results, this workshop will give you a good understanding of photography and how to work in Manual mode in just one day. You will have plenty of ‘hands on’ experience combined with tips and worksheets helping you put your new skills into practice. Bring your camera and laptop so you can view and edit your pictures.

Tea and coffee included, bring your digital camera, laptop and a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Secret Garden Yoga Retreat

Sunday 24/09/2017
9am - 1:30pm
COST: 55

Secret Garden Yoga Retreat
 

Join experienced yoga instructor Emma Tilley for a half-day, mini-retreat in the Museum’s beautiful Walled Garden and new glass-fronted Learning Pavilion. A wonderful way to relieve tension and create space in the body, mind and breath. The session will end with a gloriously delicious lunch brought in by local café Star Anise.

To book your place please email Emma: yoga_emma@btinternet.com

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Nick Herbert: Road Travel and Transport in Georgian Gloucestershire

Thursday 28/09/2017
2pm
COST: 5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Nick Herbert: Road Travel and Transport in Georgian Gloucestershire
 

Join us as we welcome Nick Herbert for this fascinating talk that will be focussing on the turnpikes and the improvement of the roads.

Exhibitions

Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic

Saturday 30/09/2017
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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.

The Artist will be at the Museum on Friday 13 October, Wednesday 18 and 25 October, Saturday 28 October and 4 November between 2pm and 4pm. Call in to meet her and find out more about her work.

Supported by The Hartlebury Fund and weaversbazaar

Workshops for Adults

Get Off Auto: Digital Photography Workshop with Alan Law

Saturday 30/09/2017
10am - 3pm
COST: 50/90 for both

Get Off Auto: Digital Photography Workshop with Alan Law
 

This second workshop will further develop your skills and help you learn new techniques to become more creative and confident with digital photograpy. Aimed at adults who attended Alan’s first workshop or who are already fairly confident with ‘Manual’ mode but want to expand and polish up their skills.

Tea and coffee include, bring your digital camera, laptop and a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Talks

Talk with Cherry Knott: 'Within Garden Walls'

Sunday 01/10/2017
2pm
COST: 7/5 Concessions

Talk with Cherry Knott: 'Within Garden Walls'
 

Cherry Knott uncovers the fascinating history of walled gardens, exploring a story of continuity and change over more than three centuries.

Booking recommended, please call on 01453 763394.

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Tony Conder: Canal People

Thursday 05/10/2017
2pm
COST: 5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Tony Conder: Canal People
 

This week we welcome Tony Conder as he delves into the stories of the people who ran and worked on the canals in days gone by.

Talk with Anne Jackson: Certaine Wytches - Fear, Myth and Magic

Saturday 07/10/2017
2pm
COST: 7/5 Concessions

Talk with Anne Jackson: Certaine Wytches - Fear, Myth and Magic
 

Anne Jackson will discuss the background and development of ‘The Witchcraft Series’. She researches historic witch trials and prosecutions in the UK and across Europe, and transforms the resulting narratives  into knotted tapestries, textile artworks of great intricacy and richness, which also reflect upon our modern-day fears and concerns.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Family Events

Meet the Buzz Club

Sunday 08/10/2017
11am - 12pm
COST: 2

Meet the Buzz Club
 

Come and meet Stroud Buzz Club, see our Walled Garden bee hive, sample local honey and find out more about the importance of bees around the world. Everyone welcome.

Special Events

WITCH

Thursday 12/10/2017
7:30pm
COST: 7/5 Concessions

WITCH
 

Circle of Spears Productions presents WITCH, an acclaimed original historical drama by Tracey Norman which is based on extensive research into witch trials and actual witch trial transcripts. It follows destitute healer Margery Scrope, who must face her accuser, Thomas Latimer, and the local magistrate Sir William Tyrell, to defend herself. Tyrell listens to both sides of the story before deciding whether the case should proceed to trial. Has Margery really 'bewitched' Latimer's children, or is there a darker purpose behind his accusation? Ultimately, whatever has happened, a woman's life is on the line.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Cherry Hubbard: Roman Gardens

Thursday 12/10/2017
2pm
COST: 5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Cherry Hubbard: Roman Gardens
 

In this talk Cherry Hubbard explores the legacy of the Romans in our gardens. From how they created peaceful spaces in the home, to their use of plants for food, drink and medicine.

Family Events

Big Draw Weekend: Living Lines

Saturday 14/10/2017
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Sunday 15/10/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Big Draw Weekend: Living Lines
 

What would happen if the Museum’s Animation Machine came to life? Explore the world of moving pictures in a magical immersive environment where your drawings take on a life of their own. A creative, inventive drop-in event for all ages presented by Periscope artists Alison Cockcroft and Emily Joy.

Admission free, donations welcome. 

Walks

Stratford Park Biodiversity Walk

Sunday 15/10/2017
10am
COST: Free

Stratford Park Biodiversity Walk
 

With Mike McCrea, discover pockets of the Park you may not have ventured into before. Find out about the rich variety of nature - insects, wildflowers, birds- in our own Stratford Park, a haven for wildlife.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with John Putney: Witchfynder

Thursday 19/10/2017
2pm
COST: 5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with John Putney: Witchfynder
 

Is your village plagued by witches? Step back in time and hear tales of Gloucestershire witches and how they were tried and punished.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Walks

Autumn Tree Walk with Paul Rutter

Sunday 22/10/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: 3.50

Autumn Tree Walk with Paul Rutter
 

Whether you’re interested in working in conservation or simply want to find out more about trees and how important they are, this walk is a must!

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Workshops for Children

Drop In Family Workshop: Magic Hats, Good Luck Charms and Secret Spells

Tuesday 24/10/2017
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Friday 27/10/2017
11am - 3:30pm
COST: 2

Drop In Family Workshop: Magic Hats, Good Luck Charms and Secret Spells
 

Make yourself a magic hat! Family drop in craft activity for ages 5 and above, come dressed as a witch or a wizard if you wish.

Special Events

Meet the Curator

Wednesday 25/10/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Curator
 

Discover some strange and spooky objects from the Museum stores! All welcome.

Dark Tales of Gloucestershire

Friday 27/10/2017
7pm
COST: 7 adults/ 5 children/ 20 family

Dark Tales of Gloucestershire
 

Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company presents their  lively, funny performance for all the family based on local folk tales. Be prepared for drunken fairies, royal intrigue, mythical beasts and more! Performed with music, poetry, puppetry and dance outside in the Museum Courtyard. Wrap up well!  Hot soup and mulled apple juice on sale to warm you up.

To book your places call us on 01453 763394.

Apple and Pumpkin Day

Sunday 29/10/2017
11am - 8pm
COST: Various

Apple and Pumpkin Day
 

A community late harvest celebration day in collaboration with Stroud Valleys Project. Come along and press your own apple juice, enjoy delicious apple cake in our pop up café, admire an exhibition of heritage apples from Gloucestershire and more. In the evening, enjoy a magical pumpkin lantern trail around the Secret Garden.

Wise Women and Witches: Haunting Tales with Fiona Eadie

Sunday 29/10/2017
3pm
COST: 5 adults/ 3 children

Wise Women and Witches: Haunting Tales with Fiona Eadie
 

Spirited, skillful and strong ... or warty, wrinkled and wicked? Stories of both abound and this is the time of year to hear them. Join storyteller Fiona Eadie for an afternoon of haunting, healing stories from around the world. For adults as well as for children aged 5 and above.

To book your places please call us on 01453 763394.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Simon Draper: Places Names in the Gloucestershire Landscape

Thursday 02/11/2017
2pm
COST:

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Simon Draper: Places Names in the Gloucestershire Landscape
 

Back by popular demand! We welcome Dr Draper as he describes the stories of place names in the area.

Workshops for Adults

Book Festival Workshop with Andrew Morrison: Books with Secrets

Saturday 04/11/2017
10:30am - 4pm
COST: 25/20 concessions

Book Festival Workshop with Andrew Morrison: Books with Secrets
 

Join book artist and lecturer Andrew Morrison for a creative one day workshop in the ‘Secret Garden’ Learning Pavilion. We’ll be making beautiful, unique books that have hidden compartments and concealed pages - books perfect for holding secrets! This special workshop is suitable for adults, and also ideal for students aged 16 who’d like to expand their art and design portfolios.

Basic materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to being along their favourites papers and ‘secrets’ to hide within their book – perhaps letters, poems, small artefacts?

Tea and coffee provided but bring a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call us on 01453 763394.

Part of Stroud Book Festival

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop with Hannah Shaw: Villains and Baddies!

Saturday 04/11/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: 2

Family Drop In Workshop with Hannah Shaw: Villains and Baddies!
 

Join local illustrator Hannah Shaw and imagine and make some stick puppet characters – they may be scary, creepy or just badly behaved! A creative drop in workshop for families with children aged 5 and above.

Part of Stroud Book Festival

Special Events

Meet Uley Blue

Saturday 04/11/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet Uley Blue
 

Come along and meet Uley Blue, a little hare with a big imagination! Join local illustrator Tracy Spiers for the launch of her new picture book inspired by adventures in the Museum. Make your own bookmark and follow the Uley Blue I Spy trail too. All welcome.

Supported by Stroud Festival

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop with Marth Lightfoot: Magical Mini Books

Sunday 05/11/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: 2

Family Drop In Workshop with Marth Lightfoot: Magical Mini Books
 

 Join local illustrator Martha Lightfoot and make a magical mini book! Fill its pages with a spellbinding story complete with a hidden pocket to hide your secrets in. A creative family drop in workshop for families with children aged 5 plus.

Part of Stroud Book Festival

Special Events

Wise Women and Witches: Haunting Tales with Fiona Eadie

Sunday 05/11/2017
3pm
COST: 5 adults/ 3 children

Wise Women and Witches: Haunting Tales with Fiona Eadie
 

Join storyteller Fiona Eadie for haunting, magical stories from around the world. For adults and for children aged 5 plus.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Philip Moss: Gloucester in Old Postcards

Thursday 09/11/2017
2pm
COST: 5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Philip Moss: Gloucester in Old Postcards
 

A feast for the eyes as Philip Moss takes us on a tour of historic Gloucester through the eyes of tourists!

Exhibitions

Longfields Big Heart Exhibition

Saturday 11/11/2017
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Sunday 12/11/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Longfields Big Heart Exhibition
 

Last year more than 200 artists supported Big Heart, including amateurs and professionals, photographers and ceramicists. Antony Gormley, the Prime Minister and even Boy George took part. This is your chance to see the 2017 show in Stroud ahead of the online auction which will raise much needed funds for Longfields and help transform lives.

www.longfield.org.uk

Tales Through Others' Eyes

Saturday 11/11/2017
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Sunday 03/12/2017

COST: Free

Tales Through Others' Eyes
 

“A single experience can lead to many different responses - no two people see the world alike. It’s an easy thing to draw from life when informed by our own experience but to see through the eyes of others requires that we set out on a journey of imagination and empathy; to see clearly we might have to forget our own prejudices and preconceptions.” - Andrew Morrison, University of Gloucestershire

The Cheltenham Illustration Awards competition has been running for 10 years and attracts entries from across the world. Organised by the University of Gloucestershire, the Awards exhibition travels to venues such as London Book Fair and other galleries and universities, and is accompanied by a full colour hardback Annual.

The theme this year is ‘Tales through Others’ Eyes’, inviting us to imagine the world from a different perspective and reminding us that there are millions of lives beyond our own. Come and immerse yourself in this new collection of visual stories!

The exhibition will continue in the Near Year, showing from 1 to 28 January 2018. It will be accompanied by special events, workshops and a Festive Illustrators Fair, all organised in collaboration with staff and students from the University’s Illustration Department. For further details or to take part email museum@stroud.gov.uk

Walks

Stratford Park Bird Walk

Sunday 12/11/2017
10am
COST: Free

Stratford Park Bird Walk
 

Join Mike McCrea for a gentle Winter ‘bird spotting’ walk around the park. Put your walking boots on and meet outside the Museum.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Alan Pilbeam: Old Paths of Gloucestershire

Thursday 16/11/2017
2pm
COST: 5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Alan Pilbeam: Old Paths of Gloucestershire
 

Join us for meadering stories of the old pathways and cut throughs that can be found in Gloucestershire.

Workshops for Adults

WEA Day School: The Life and Works of Pablo Picasso

Saturday 18/11/2017
10:30am - 4:30pm
COST: 25

WEA Day School: The Life and Works of Pablo Picasso
 

We’ll spend this study day discovering the life and work of Pablo Picasso. Starting with his early life in Spain, we will continue though his years in Paris and the experimentations that led to the evolution of Cubism. Also, we shall examine his mature period, including the Surrealist period, and how his work was informed by the Spanish Civil War and WW2. We’ll conclude with his later years and his engagement with the Old Masters.

Booking necessary, call the WEA on 01392 457300.

Exhibitions

'La Nia Aurelia' by Dolores Phelps

Sunday 19/11/2017
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Sunday 03/12/2017
Various
COST:

'La Nia Aurelia' by Dolores Phelps
 

This MPhil/PhD illustration research project is a visual response to a memoir left to Dolores Phelps by her late mother, who was one of the 4,000 children evacuated from Bilbao by the ship Habana to Southampton in May 1937.

Dolores’ images are an interpretation of her mother’s memories of living in Bilbao during the Spanish Civil War - air raids, starvation, then the terrible voyage and starting life in the UK. Her work is also shaped by extensive research into the collective experiences and memoirs of other Basque refugee children who had to flee their homes and families.

Opening times vary, please call ahead to check before making a special visit. Tel: 01453 763394

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Di Wall: Soldiers' Sons, Shirts and Suffragettes

Thursday 23/11/2017
2pm
COST: 5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Di Wall: Soldiers' Sons, Shirts and Suffragettes
 

In this week's talk Di Wall takes a look at The Great War from the perspective of women. A fascinating, alternative look at events.

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop: Greetings Cards, Tags and Badges

Saturday 25/11/2017
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Sunday 26/11/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: 1

Family Drop In Workshop: Greetings Cards, Tags and Badges
 

Get creative with inventive illustration students from the University of Gloucestershire and make colourful greetings cards, gift tags and badges. For ages 5 and above.

Workshops for Adults

Wreath Making Drop In Workshop

Sunday 26/11/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: 10

Wreath Making Drop In Workshop
 

Make a beautiful, festive Winter wreath to adorn your door. All materials and tea and coffee provided, but bring along some ribbons and special decorations to embellish your creation if you wish. For adults, and for young people.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Steven Blake: John Bellamy, A Gloucestershire Travelling Showman

Thursday 30/11/2017
2pm
COST: 5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Steven Blake: John Bellamy, A Gloucestershire Travelling Showman
 

In 19th Century Britain travelling shows were very popular and John Bellamy's 'British Model Gallery' was one of the most well known. Join us for this talk that looks at the Gloucesterhsire-born man behind the show.

Special Events

Festive Illustrators Fair

Saturday 02/12/2017
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Sunday 03/12/2017
11:30am - 4:30pm
COST: Free Entry

Festive Illustrators Fair
 

Come along to admire and buy beautiful books, cards, gift wrap, bags and other marvellous and magical illustrated artefacts! A great chance to buy unique and unusual gifts and meet up and coming illustrators, students and makers.

Carol Singing

Sunday 03/12/2017
4:30pm
COST: Free

Carol Singing
 

Join Eleanor Holliday and friends for a festive sing-along to close the Museum’s 2017 programme and mark the start of the festive season. Everyone welcome, come and sing your hearts out!

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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