What's on

Events in August 2017

Exhibitions

Summer of Treasure

Tuesday 25/07/2017
to
Monday 04/09/2017

COST: Free

There is also a summer Treasure Trail around the museum for families to enjoy.

Summer of Treasure
 

This summer, in partnership with the British Museum, we present the Summer of Treasure. As part of celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act we have created a temporary display of objects acquired via the Treasure process in the Collectors Room. The display includes two coin hoards. In addition, other small treasure objects have infiltrated displays elsewhere in the Museum.

You can also visit the British Museum's website to find out more about all of our Treasures on display, plus those displayed at other UK Museums

Family Events

Outdoor Toys and Games of the Past

Tuesday 01/08/2017
to
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
to
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.

Please note that last entry to our workshops is around 30 minutes before they end. This is to ensure you have plenty of time to make the most of our fabulous craft activities!

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
to
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.

Please note that last entry to our workshops is around 30 minutes before they end. This is to ensure you have plenty of time to make the most of our fabulous craft activities!

Exhibitions

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

Tuesday 08/08/2017
to
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.

Special Events

Meet the Curator

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

Part of our Summer of Treasure partnership project with the British Museum

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.  

Workshops for Children

Dream Zine Workshop

Wednesday 09/08/2017
2pm - 5pm
COST: £5

Dream Zine Workshop
 

Join us for this very special workshop, where we will be making mini magazines (or zines) that are inspired by dreams! Be sure to bring along your smartphone or tablet to capture some beautiful, dream-inspired images. 

To book your place please call us on 01453 763394.

Mixing philosophy, photography and publishing, the Dream Zine workshop aims to get young people aged 8 to 15 thinking and expressing themselves creatively through photography and zine making. The workshop will be run by Rachel Poulton, an art and philosophy for children specialist and photographer Katie-Jane Watson.

Special Events

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
to
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.

Please note that last entry to our workshops is around 30 minutes before they end. This is to ensure you have plenty of time to make the most of our fabulous craft activities!

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

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!

Warning! Recommended for adults and older children only. Performance contains some scenes with partial nudity.

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 5 and above.

Please note that last entry to our workshops is around 30 minutes before they end. This is to ensure you have plenty of time to make the most of our fabulous craft activities!

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!

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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