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Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast
An amazing exhibition is set to open on 27 May with some exciting family activities planned for the half term school holidays.
Saturday 27 May to Sunday 25 June at The Museum in the Park, Stroud
Artist and geologist Adam White is bringing his incredible giant watercolours, new experimental sculptures and curious collections of rocks, minerals and fossils to the Museum's Art Gallery. He'll also be showing the most complete known Ichthyosaur found in Gloucestershire, a 195-million-year-old Jurassic reptile found by the artist.
During half term, children are invited to join a fossil hunt seeking out Nautilus fossils re-created by Adam.
Adam says “there are about 20 hidden fossils out there - waiting to be found, and hundreds of prizes for everyone with a keen eye on prehistoric life”
“I remember the thrill of discovering fossils as a young person so I wanted to recreate this experience for everyone.”
Lucky finders will be rewarded with prizes that include rare fossils and minerals and Adam's artwork. The fossil prizes were found all around the UK - ammonites from Lyme Regis and minerals from Cornwall and Scotland have been kindly donated by the Cheltenham Mineral and Geological Society.
This is to be the first special event (of many) in Adam Whites new exhibition which celebrates fossils and minerals in all their exquisite glory alongside his own creations.
Inside the Museum itself, his exhibition will be complemented by a mini exhibition in the Geology Gallery: ‘The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur' showcases the Museum's newly conserved fossil specimen and will be accompanied by half term family drop in craft workshops.
Pete Lawrence of the Gloucestershire Geological Trust says ‘The Ichthyosaur at the Museum in the Park is a virtually perfect example of a very young individual and shows beautifully all the characteristic features.
It may not be the biggest but it is certainly ‘very cute' indeed!'
The Half Term Fossil Hunt starts on Saturday 27 May – ask at Museum reception for clues to get you started! Other events to look out for include ‘Meet the Geologists', Wednesday 31 May between 2pm and 4pm, and ‘The Fossil Hunter's Field Station' in the Museum's ‘secret garden' from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 June. Not to be missed!
Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
Thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors will be able to step back in time to the sights and sounds of Ebley Mill for a dramatic new exhibition at The Museum in the Park in February 2018.
December Deep Clean
It’s almost December and we’re once again getting that deep-clean feeling. The Museum will be closing its doors for 2017 from December 4, when we’ll be sprucing the place up for a reopening on New Year’s Day. Read on to find out more about exactly what we get up in this month of closing.
Walled Garden Highly Commended
We are delighted to announce that Austin Design Works have received an award from the Landscape Institute for the Walled Garden project, here at the Museum in the Park.
Museum work showcased
Some of the Museum's work has recently featured in two national reports.
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