What's on

Exhibitions

Carry our Soldiers Out of Sickness, out of Darkness ...to the Light of Good Health

Tuesday 20/06/2017
to
Sunday 06/08/2017

COST: Free

Part of our World War One commemoration programme

Carry our Soldiers Out of Sickness, out of Darkness ...to the Light of Good Health
 

A temporary foyer display which looks at soldiers returning from the front injured and ill, through objects from the Museum Collections. The themes explored will include rest & recuperation, the VAD hospitals and the emergence of a new illness - Shell Shock

Picture shows the Standish VAD Hospital

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.

Stroud Local History Society Summer Exhibition

Saturday 15/07/2017
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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.

Family Events

Secret Garden Busy Bee Trail

Saturday 15/07/2017
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Sunday 27/08/2017

COST: Free

Secret Garden Busy Bee Trail
 

Follow our summer holiday trail around the magical Walled Garden and find out more about honeybees along the way. A fun I-Spy trail with a chance to win some honey prizes too, organised in collaboration with Stroud Buzz Club.

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
 

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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.

Exhibitions

Animal Squatters

Wednesday 26/07/2017
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Monday 28/08/2017

COST: Free

Animal Squatters
 

Enter a strange and surreal world where wild animals have moved in and made themselves at home. Gypsy Gee’s pictures combine collage and painting with a touch of fairytale magic.

Open Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Monday 11am – 5pm.

Opening hours vary during the week, please call ahead to check.

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!

Summer of Treasure Museum Trail

Friday 28/07/2017
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Sunday 20/08/2017

COST: Free

Summer of Treasure Museum Trail
 

Pick up our free trail and follow in our Curator’s footsteps to discover more about treasure in our Collection. Look out for some creative craft activities too, all to mark the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act.

Special Events

Animal Squatters Exhibition Opening

Sunday 30/07/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Animal Squatters Exhibition Opening
 

Join artist Gypsy for a cup of tea or a glass of lemonade or PIMMS to celebrate the opening of her new exhibition. All welcome.

Family Events

Outdoor Toys and Games of the Past

Tuesday 01/08/2017
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Monday 28/08/2017

COST: Free

Outdoor Toys and Games of the Past
 

If the weather is fine, we’ll be bringing out our old fashioned toys and games, chess, draughts, giant dominoes, hula hoops and hopscotch ... or perhaps you’d like to teach your grandchildren your favourite childhood skipping rhymes?

Drop In Family Workshop: Treasure!

Tuesday 01/08/2017
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Thursday 03/08/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: £2

Drop In Family Workshop: Treasure!
 

Discover the stories of some of our treasure finds, from the mysterious Nailsworth coin hoard to the Arlingham dragon brooch, gold and silver and more... Then create your own treasure to take home!

Creative, drop in craft activity for families with children aged 5 and above, designed by local artist Alison Cockcroft.

Special Events

Meet the Expert: Kurt Adams, Treasure Finds Liason Officer

Wednesday 02/08/2017

COST: Free

Meet the Expert: Kurt Adams, Treasure Finds Liason Officer
 

Come and get your archaeological artefacts identified by local experts. It doesn’t matter if it is made of stone, metal or pottery, as long as it was dug up out of the ground, it could be an important archaeological find that we may like to record. All welcome.

Family Events

Fossil Fridays!

Friday 04/08/2017
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Friday 25/08/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Fossil Fridays!
 

On Fridays during August families are invited to explore our Geology gallery where some fabulous fossils are on display. Then get creative with fossil wax crayon rubbings and simple but stunning printing with geology inspired designs.

An activity for all ages but children must be supervised by a parent or carer at all time.

Exhibitions

The Robbins and Roberts Pleasure Gardens

Tuesday 08/08/2017
to
Monday 28/08/2017

COST: Free

The Robbins and Roberts Pleasure Gardens
 

Contemporary, cutting-edge artist-curators Robbins and Roberts are taking over the Art Gallery this Summer!

The Pleasure Gardens of LOVE, unrequited, unfulfilled, lost, met, pained, beautiful, manicured, messy, mates for life. Robbins and Roberts explore the development of democratised spaces in the form of public parks and pleasure gardens through an exhibition of multi-media work. Working with local people Robbins and Roberts will develop new ways to encounter memories through objects, sound, park life, installation, performance and love.

Family Events

Drop In Family Workshop: Treasure Maps

Tuesday 08/08/2017
to
Thursday 10/08/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: £2

Drop In Family Workshop: Treasure Maps
 

X marks the spot! Will you be an Archaeologist, a Geologist or even a Pirate today? Imagine and create your own secret treasure map. Fancy dress welcome.

Creative, drop in craft activity for families with children aged 5 and above, designed by local artist Alison Cockcroft.

Special Events

Meet the Curator

Wednesday 09/08/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Curator
 

Call in and see what treasures our Curator has unearthed and find out more about the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act.  

The Robbins and Roberts Pleasure Gardens: Evening Opening

Friday 11/08/2017
7pm - 10pm
COST: Free Entry

The Robbins and Roberts Pleasure Gardens: Evening Opening
 

Book the babysitter, dust off your favourite summer frock or smartest shirt and come along to enjoy cocktails, conversation and R&R in the pleasure grounds of Stratford Park. Adults and over 16s only please!

Family Events

Secret Garden Story Cafe with Fiona Eadie

Sunday 13/08/2017
3pm
COST: Donations

Secret Garden Story Cafe with Fiona Eadie
 

For thousands of years many of our most spectacular stories and tantalising tales have been set in the garden ... the rooted place where the journey begins and ends, where the seeds of adventure are sown. Join storyteller Fiona Eadie in our wonderful Walled Garden where the story café will be blooming with intriguing, enchanting folktales from around the world.

For adults with or without children and for children over 5 with adults .

No need to book, just come along and listen. Tea and cold drinks available to buy.  

Drop In Family Workshop: Awesome Anglo-Saxons

Tuesday 15/08/2017
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Thursday 17/08/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: £2

Drop In Family Workshop: Awesome Anglo-Saxons
 

Be inspired by our beautiful Saxon saucer brooch and create your own magical designs ... perhaps for a King’s sword or shield or jewellery fit for a Queen? Find out more about what counts as treasure too ... “all that glisters is not gold”!

Creative, drop in craft activity for families with children aged 5 and above, designed by local artist Alison Cockcroft.

Special Events

Meet the Saxons

Wednesday 16/08/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Saxons
 

Call in and meet the Anglo-Saxons this afternoon and try your hand at spindle spinning. You may even get to dress up too! Free family activities presented by Stroudwater Textile Trust volunteers ‘in costume’.

IKP present: Alice in Wonderland

Sunday 20/08/2017
4:30pm
COST: £10/£8 concessions/£5 children

IKP present: Alice in Wonderland
 

Follow IKP down the rabbit-hole this Summer and join Alice as she meets the weird and wacky residents of Wonderland. Adapted from the novel by Lewis Carroll, this new adaptation for all the family promises to entertain young and old alike. So bring along a picnic, as the Mad Hatter invites you to his tea party, and experience Wonderland like never before as Alice’s world becomes curiouser and curiouser, until you think you’ve gone mad. But let us tell you something – all the best people are!

Following their previous summer successes with A Rip-Roaring Summer Adventure and The Wind in the Willows, IKP return with their unique brand of fast-paced, quick-witted adaptations of classic British novels, which promise to entertain all the family.

Outdoor performance, bring clothing to suit all weathers!

Box Office: Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

IKP present: Three Men in a Boat

Sunday 20/08/2017
7:30pm
COST: £10/£8 concessions/£5 children

IKP present: Three Men in a Boat
 

Come along on the adventure of a lifetime – well, of the Summer at least – and sail on down the River Thames with three men in a boat (to say nothing of the dog). Join Jerome, Harris, George and Montmorency from Kingston-upon-Thames to Oxford as they encounter a variety of people, places and peculiar maladies and discuss various important topics such as ‘why very few people suffer from sea-sickness on land’ and ‘the advantages of cheese as a travelling companion’.

Following their previous summer successes with A Rip-Roaring Summer Adventure and The Wind in the Willows, IKP return with their unique brand of fast-paced, quick-witted adaptations of classic British novels with this new adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s iconic story. Voted the 2nd funniest book of all time by Esquire and listed in The Guardian’s 100 best novels, Three Men in a Boat promises to entertain and delight!

Outdoor performance, bring clothing to suit all weathers!

Box Office: Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

Family Events

Drop In Family Workshop: Animal Invasion!

Tuesday 22/08/2017
to
Thursday 24/08/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: £2

Drop In Family Workshop: Animal Invasion!
 

Is that a tiger on the sofa and a zebra in the hall?  Be inspired by Gypsy’s exhibition and make your own picture-story about animals who move into your house.

A creative drop in craft activity for families with children aged 5and above.

Special Events

Secret Garden Story Cafe with Fiona Eadie

Sunday 27/08/2017
3pm
COST: Donations

Secret Garden Story Cafe with Fiona Eadie
 

For thousands of years many of our most spectacular stories and tantalising tales have been set in the garden ... the rooted place where the journey begins and ends, where the seeds of adventure are sown.

Join storyteller Fiona Eadie in our wonderful Walled Garden where the story café will once again be blooming with intriguing, enchanting folktales from around the world.

For adults with or without children and for children over 5 with adults .

No need to book, just come along and listen. Tea and cold drinks available to buy.  

Swan Tours

Monday 28/08/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Swan Tours
 

Robbins and Roberts invite you to enjoy a Swan Tour outside the Museum to mark the last day of their summer show.

Swan Tours started three years ago in Stroud. Artists Robbins and Roberts wanted to encourage people to see life from a different angle, quite literally. Visitors to their exhibition, at The Brunel Goods Shed, were greeted by a swan pilot and guided around the exhibition seated aboard an inflatable swan on wheels. The swan pilot also acted as a personalised tour guide. The positive response from exhibition travellers led to further tours in the local area; and at exhibitions and events in Cardiff, Swansea and London.

Swan Tours are back in Stroud for one afternoon only – not to be missed!

Exhibitions

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.

Special Events

Meet the Artist: Alison Vickery

Sunday 03/09/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Artist: Alison Vickery
 

Come and celebrate the opening of Alison’s new exhibition with tea and cake!

Heritage Open Day Event: Meet the Animator

Sunday 10/09/2017
3pm
COST: Free

Heritage Open Day Event: Meet the Animator
 

Not many people realise that by the mid twentieth century, Stroud was home to Britain’s biggest and most influential  animation company, Halas and Batchelor. Discover more about the work of this famous studio with ‘The Animator, presented by Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company’.

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

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

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.

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.

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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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