- About Us
- Why the Cockerel?
- The History of the Museum
- History of the Museum 1900-1983
- History of the Museum 1983 - Present
- The Cowle Trust
- Future Exhibitions
- Anglia Textile Works: Spring Exhibition
- Select Festival 2017: Dis/rupt
- Adam White: Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast
- Deborah Roberts: Grasslands of the Stroud Valleys
- Previous Exhibitions
- 2017 Exhibitions
- 2016 Exhibitions
- 2015 Exhibitions
- 2014 Exhibitions
- 2013 Exhibitions
- 2012 Exhibitions
- 2011 Exhibitions
- 2010 Exhibitions
- 2007 - 2009 Exhibitions
- The Museum Collections
- Collections Enquiries
- Recent Acquisitions
- Mystery Object
- Highlights of the Collection
- Paintings from the Collection
- Wilf Merrett Postcard Collection Gallery
- Featured Objects - The Lawnmower
- Featured Object - Wallbridge Painting
- Featured Object - Spanners
- Featured Object - Baughan Motorcyle
- Featured Collection - Casein
- Featured Collection - Prinknash Pottery
- Collections Policies
- Special Events
- Thursday Afternoon Talks
- School Holiday Activities
- Anglia Textile Works: Events
- Pegasus Art Painting Workshops
- World War One Commemoration Events
- 2014 - One Man's War
- 2015 - Technology and Innovation
- 2016 - The World at War
- 2017 - The Home Front
- 2018 - Medals, Souvenirs and Legacy
- Echoes in Enamel Project
- Stories from the Collection
- Trephined Skull
- Bragg Clock
- Beaker Boy
- Woolly Mammoths
- Friends of the Museum
- Friends Events
- Friends Contributions
- The Gate to The Secret Garden Print
- The Walled Garden Project
- Walled Garden Plan
- Walled Garden Brief History
- Walled Garden Project Photographs
- Secret Garden Public Photography Day 2013
- The first Walled Garden Residency by Quercus
- Only the Flame Remains: A Collection of Poems
- Museum Volunteers
Thursday Afternoon Talks and Tea
EARLY BIRD Special Offer... book all twelve talks for just £40!
Our popular programme of Thursday afternoon talks take place during the Autumn and Winter months and explore different aspects of local history. Talks start at 2pm and tickets cost just £5 per talk and include tea and biscuits.
Advance booking and payment is necessary for all events, please call us on 01453 763394 or ask at reception during your next visit.
Steve Hill: Necessary Arrangements
12 January | 2pm | £5
Kicking off 2017 in style, we are joined by Steve Hill who will be describing the Life and Times of Soldier / Artist Colonel Edmund Gilling Hallewell of Stroud.
Diana Humphrey & Fred Ward: Victorian Pastimes
19 January | 2pm | £5
“Lifewithout radio and television! How did they manage?!” A hands-on, sing-along, highly illustrated talk by Diana Humphrey in which she explores the Victorian free time activities of her very own Stanhope family from the parlour to the park, the nursery to the racecourse.
Louis Francis: Trials and Triumphs: Stroudwater Navigation Archive( SNAC )
26 January | 2pm | £5
Join Lois for part two of the canal story ... People working against the project and the triumph of the Company against the first railway!
Dr. Simon Draper: Place Names in the Gloucestershire Landscape
2 February | 2pm | £5
This week Dr Draper will be taking a look at local place names and the history and secrets they reveal.
Virginia Adsett: A Woman's Work is Never Done
9 February | 2pm | £5
From chapped hands to housemaid’s knee, discover the history of women’s work, including the changes taking place during WW1.
Mike McCrea: Stratford Park Full Circle
23 February | 2pm | £5
Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for a talk on Stratford Park as a public amenity, from early days to the present.
Alan Pilbeam: A Week's Holiday in the Forest of Dean, 1880
2 March | 2pm | £5
This week we discover how the Forest became a holiday destination, after the railways opened up new leisure opportunities for the public.
Paul Barnett: Wrecks to Relics - Gloucestershire’s Mulberry Harbour
9 March | 2pm | £5
Join us and the ever-popular Paul Barnett for another intriguing talk about the rich history of the River Severn.
Rose Hewlett: Village Life in the Great War
16 March | 2pm | £5
Rose will be talking about how the War affected life in local villages, based on her new book.
Richard Cann: Heavenly Light: A Look at Stained Glass
23 March | 2pm | £5
This week's talk is an introduction to the use of glass in church architecture, the making of stained glass, illustrated (in the main) with the windows of Gloucester Cathedral.
David Walton: Gimson and The Barnsleys
30 March | 2pm | £5
Join us for a look at Gimson and the Barnsleys and the local Arts and Crafts movement.
Ian Mackintosh: Changing Times at Stanley Mill
6 April| 2pm | £5
For our final talk of the season, we invite Ian Mackintosh as he looks at the story of Stanley Mill, one of the area’s many woollen mills.
Plan your visit
Select a date to see what’s on. We are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays)