Events in May 2017
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.
Select Festival 2017: Dis/rupt
The Dis/rupt project is the result of a series of workshops between the members of the Textile Study Group with curators and artists such as Professor Lesley Millar, Caroline Bartlett and Dr Melanie Miller. The Textile Study Group is exploring several main themes, including global conflict, with the concomitant problems of migration and the refugee crisis; climate change and ecological disruption; conflict within domestic relationships; and disruption within traditional fabric making processes. TSG members will produce individual responses to their selected theme through the influence of stitched textiles, but not exclusively with fabric and thread. A programme of linked workshops and events will provide opportunities for participation, learning and discussion
‘’Whilst the effects of disruption can be problematic, disruption can have a positive outcome: it can force change, it can lead to greater understanding as well as previously un-thought of opportunities”
Dr Melanie Miller (curator)
There will be artist tours of the exhibition too - see www.sitselect.org
In addition to the Gallery One exhibition there will be a jewellery showcase curated by Mary La Trobe Bateman, featuring the work of renowned contemporary designer Jonathan Boyd.
- Sunday 7 May, 10am – 4pm: Natural Structures with Alice Fox
- Saturday 13 May, 10am – 12.30pm: Zen Stitch with Sian Martin
- Saturday 13 May, 1.30pm – 4pm: Make Paper Work like Cloth with Ruth Issett
- Sunday 14 May, 10am – 4pm: Add to it, alter it, erase it! With Dorothy Tucker
- Saturday 20 May, 10am – 4pm: What’s in a Word with Alison King
For full details, further courses available, prices and to book go to www.sitselect.org bookings page.
Bat Walk with Stroud Valleys Project
8pm - 10pm
Join Nadine Smykatz-Kloss from SVP for a walk in search of bat sightings and sounds in Stratford Park. Museum open from 7pm until 10pm for ‘Museums at Night’.
Booking necessary, please call SVP on 01453 753358.
Museums at Night: Evening Museum & Walled Garden Opening
7pm - 10pm
A rare chance to visit the Museum ‘out of hours’ and enjoy its evening atmosphere. Bring a torch and see what intriguing artefacts catch your eye. The garden will also be open. Teas, coffees, wine and Stroud Brewery ales will be on sale at the Foyer Café Bar.
All Night Under the Moon
Doors and bar open at 7:30pm
COST: £15/£10 Concessions
Join us for an evening of music, as Dave Ayre and his ensemble perform in the Walled Garden Pavilion. A performance of eclectic music spanning four centuries and inspired by the heritage of Stroud and Gloucestershire.
To book your tickets call the Museum on 01453 763394.
Event supported by Pitt Godden & Taylor LLP.
Spring Bird Walk in Stratford Park
Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for a walk around the park looking at nesting sites and spring birds.
All welcome, wear walking boots or wellies and meet outside the Museum.
A Special Gala Evening with Nick Macer: Plant Hunting Around the World
7:15pm - 9:15pm
COST: £15/£12.50 Museum Friends
Nick Macer, plant collector and owner of Pan Global Plants - his specialist nursery in Frampton on Severn, spends several weeks every year searching for rare plants. With expeditions ranging from Vietnam and Mexico to Azerbaijan and Chile, his talk at the Museum promises much of interest. It will be illustrated by his own magnificent photographs.
Nick recently appeared as a guest presenter on the BBC's 'Gardeners World', visiting gardens with special micro-climates to see the surprising plants that could be grown there.
The evening begins with an exploration of the Walled Garden, with Mr Macer’s talk beginning at 7:45pm. The talk will be followed by a glass of wine and light refreshments.
To book your place please call the Museum on 01453 763394.
National Bee Day Celebration
11am - 12pm
Join us out in the Walled Garden on National Bee Day for the first ever Buzz Club meeting at the Museum! A great opportunity to learn more about these bee-autiful creatures with study and fun activities.
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
Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast
An Exploration of All Things Geological through an Artist's Fossil Myopia
Adam White interrogates geology through a series of giant experimental watercolours and votive objects that address the vital human concerns of our origins, hidden mythologies of the present day, how and why we think, the mystery of life and death, and the wilful blurring of belief and science.
Exhibits include ‘Petrifaction by Numbers’, a giant geological map of the British Isles made from crushed rock pigments; ‘The Vertebrae and the Spineless Wonder’, transparent dinosaur bones turned into votive objects which carry human stories marooned inside them, and ‘The Ichthyosaur’, a 195-million-year-old Jurassic Ichthyosaur found by the artist in Gloucestershire. It is the most complete ichthyosaur currently known in the county.
The artist will be in residence every Sunday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm.
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
11am - 4pm
COST: £2 per child suggested donation
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
Meet the Geologist
2pm - 4pm
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.
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