What's on

Events in September 2017

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
to
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!

Exhibitions

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.

Family Events

CANCELLED - Mothing Evening

Saturday 09/09/2017
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Saturday 09/09/2017
CANCELLED 8pm until late (weather dependent)
COST: Free

CANCELLED - Mothing Evening
 

Due to the weather forecast we have decided to cancel this event.

Join local lepidopterist Mike McCrea for an evening of mothing in Stratford Park.  As well as setting up a light trap you'll wander through the Park applying sugar to trees (to attract the moths!). You will be surprised just how many different types of moth there are!

Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a torch.  Meet by the Orangery (just behind the Museum).

This event is weather dependent and may be cancelled at short notice.

Photo shows a Black Arches moth seen on the moth trap at a previous event.

Special Events

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.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Michael Mills: Bygone Chalford

Thursday 21/09/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Michael Mills: Bygone Chalford
 

We restart our Thursday Afternoon Talk programme with this delightful talk from Michael Mills. Featuring some very early images of old Chalford, this is sure to be a treat for those of us who know the village!

Special Events

Evening Shop Opening

Friday 22/09/2017
5pm - 8pm
COST: Free

Evening Shop Opening
 

A special evening opening for the launch of our beautiful new shop space. Join us for a glass of fizz and some nibbles, as well as the opportunity to start on some seasonal shopping with a one-night-only discount! The enchanting Walled Garden will be open too.

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

Exhibitions

Sybils, Sorcerers and Stroudies

Tuesday 26/09/2017
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Tuesday 31/10/2017

COST: Free

Image shows excerpt from Peter Drinkwater's apothecary's notebook, 1803

Sybils, Sorcerers and Stroudies
 

This small temporary display highlights objects in our collections which reflect the superstitious natures of our forebears, or which provide evidence for belief in the powers of witches and wise-women in the Stroud Valleys of the 18th and 19th centuries.

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.

Special Events

A Trip Down Theatre Lane

Saturday 30/09/2017
3pm
COST:

A Trip Down Theatre Lane
 

A journey back to the roots of theatre told by The Devonshire Minstrel through stories, rhyme and song.

How did it all begin?

Where are we heading now?

A Street Theatre piece influenced by the increased amount of closing theatres and funding cuts. Hopefully looking into the past, will enlighten our future. Devon based performer Matt Cann, provides a lively, funny, sometimes poignant look at theatre history.

"A Trip Down Theatre Lane" is part of Stroud Theatre Festival

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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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