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Raise a Pint to the Pavilion!
A milestone in the construction of the new Community Learning Pavilion in the Walled Garden at the Museum in the Park was celebrated on Tuesday 5th August. Museum Friends, Trustees from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, Stroud District Councillors along with the design team, Museum staff and contractors attended a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony.
To mark this special occasion, Evelyn Ward, age 8, and Joseph Ward, age 5, each placed a shoe inside the wall of the building. Kevin Ward, the Museum Development Manager explained how this now largely forgotten tradition of placing items in the walls of buildings dates back to the Middle Ages and is thought to bring happiness and vitality to the occupants.
Stephen Owen, Chair of the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust which has provided the majority of funding for the building expressed his delight in reaching the milestone. He thanked everyone who has supported and worked on the project, adding 'This building is the flagship feature of the Walled Garden project which aims to bring the previously derelict and lost Garden back to life. It is wonderful to mark this event by involving the next generation and leaving a little piece of their energy in this building. Gloucestershire Environmental Trust is particularly pleased to provide funding for the pavilion, which should provide the impetus for the complete restoration of the Walled Garden.'
Professor Owen and Cllr Tom Williams, Deputy Chair of Stroud District Council then unfurled a Museum in the Park flag, which as tradition dictates, will not be removed until the building contractors have received a pint of beer - in this case, 'Budding Ale' from Stroud Brewery. Cllr Williams said that 'Stroud District Council is pleased to be supporting this project which will benefit the local community and the thousands of visitors to the Museum. As the mansion and Stratford Park estate was at one time owned by a brewer, this is a lovely historical touch, and one which I’m sure the contractors will enjoy!'
The Friends of the Museum continue to seek funding to complete the Entrance Way from the Museum up into the Garden. For more information on the project and how you can support it please visit http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/walled-garden-project/
The photograph shows Cllr Tom Williams, Vice-Chair of Stroud District Council toasting the building with David Gilkes, Director, DJP Construction. Watched by Fred Ward, Chair of the Friends of the Museum and Kevin Ward, Museum Development Manager. Photograph by Steve Marshfield.
Museum Collections Inspire New Book
A new picture book inspired by the Museum Collections is to be launched at Stroud Book Festival on 4 November 2017.
Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic
Work by tapestry artist Anne Jackson exploring 'witchcraft' comes to the Museum in the Park.
Museum retains national quality mark
The Museum in the Park retains official tourist board's quality assurance mark
Children's Festival coming to town this weekend...
Art, music, storytelling and ground-breaking opera for the young at heart! An action-packed weekend of events coming to Stroud celebrating both nature and literature.
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