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Exhibitions

World War One - Souvenirs

Tuesday 01/05/2018
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Sunday 02/09/2018

COST: Free

Image shows the gift tin issued to soldiers at Christmas 1914 - it would have contained chocolate or cigarettes

World War One - Souvenirs
 

A mini-foyer display showing souvenirs made and acquired by those involved in the First World War.

Part of our World War One Commemoration Programme

Collections Display: Comic Book Cabinet

Tuesday 17/07/2018
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Sunday 02/09/2018

COST: Free

Collections Display: Comic Book Cabinet
 

Don’t miss our mini display of marvellous comics from our Collections!  This display coincides with the Summer Reading Challenge organised by libraries across the country. This year the theme is ‘Mischief Makers’, inspired by the iconic Beano, which celebrates 80 years in 2018. Show your Reading Challenge passport to claim a special sticker when you visit!

Family Events

Drop In Family Fun: Outdoor Toys and Games

Saturday 21/07/2018
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Monday 27/08/2018

COST: Free

Drop In Family Fun: Outdoor Toys and Games
 

If the weather is fine, enjoy hula hooping, quoits and dominoes and more – look out for our ‘old fashioned’ toys and games outside. Or maybe your Granny can teach you some skipping games?

Drop In Family Fun: Busy Bee Trail

Saturday 21/07/2018
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Monday 27/08/2018

COST: Free

Drop In Family Fun: Busy Bee Trail
 

Can you spot all our ‘busy bees’ hiding around the Secret Garden? Our fun I Spy trail is back for the summer holidays! Keep a look out for real butterflies, bumble bees and honey bees too as you hunt for clues.

Drop In Family Fun: Museum Butterfly Hunt

Saturday 21/07/2018
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Monday 27/08/2018

COST: Free

Drop In Family Fun: Museum Butterfly Hunt
 

Can you find all the giant butterflies hidden inside the Museum? Our summer I Spy hunt is back, perfect for families with young children to enjoy together. Each butterfly is decorated with pictures of Museum objects – can you spot these too?

Exhibitions

Hannah Dyson: Landscape and Fairytale

Saturday 04/08/2018
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Sunday 02/09/2018

COST: Admission Free

Hannah Dyson: Landscape and Fairytale
 

Hannah Dyson studied Illustration at Brighton University and then the Royal College of Art. Since working as a freelance illustrator her clients have included The Idler, The Guardian, The Independent and BBC Publishing. 

She has lived in Stroud, Gloucestershire for the last eight years and has fallen in love with the rolling hills and mysterious valleys which surround the town. She’s currently an artist in residence at Prema, the wonderful Arts Centre based in a converted chapel in nearby Uley.

Using ink, brushes and Rotring pens Hannah draws her elements and textures, then assembles, cuts and colours via a graphic, multi-layered digital image. She has a passion for paper collaging and drawing with shapes. Her inspirations include the work of Maurice Sendak, Edward Gorey, Richard Scarry and Tove Jansson. She is also fascinated by fairytales and folk legends, and her images sometimes hint at darker, other-worldly goings on the deep woods beyond the sun-dappled fields.

www.hannahdyson.co.uk

Gallery Two Exhibition: Everything in a Suitcase

Saturday 18/08/2018
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Sunday 16/09/2018

COST: Free

Gallery Two Exhibition: Everything in a Suitcase
 

‘Everything in a Suitcase’ explores how artist Elisabet Prieto has adapted the way she works after moving to a new country, and a new (much smaller) studio! From huge colourful prints, to miniature paintings, this exhibition asks “what memories would you put in a suitcase?”.

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop: Holiday Adventures

Tuesday 21/08/2018
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Thursday 23/08/2018
10:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £2

Family Drop In Workshop: Holiday Adventures
 

Join Elisabet Prieto on a creative journey into printmaking! We’ll pack our imaginary suitcases, go off on incredible journeys by boat, train, bike or plane, and then make some marvellous monoprints as mementos of our adventures.

Recommended for families with children aged five and above.

Special Events

Meet the Curator: Romans in Stroud

Wednesday 22/08/2018
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Curator: Romans in Stroud
 

The Romans once roamed this land and built many villas, towns and cities ...Come and see some of the fascinating objects they left behind in the Stroud valleys and vales!

Walks

Stroud Timewalks: Stratford Park

Saturday 25/08/2018
11am & 2pm
COST: £5

Stroud Timewalks: Stratford Park
 

From ridge and furrow to stately lawn, Stratford Park has been moulded by many generations of families. Join Blue Badge tour guide and musician Steve Hill and actor Kim Baker as they unravel the landscape and lives of the people who have lived and worked here. Combining comedy, history and song, this walk will entertain and enlighten.

To book call Stroud Tourist Information 01453 760900.

Special Events

Daisies, Dahlias and Doughnuts

Friday 31/08/2018
10:30am - 12 noon
COST: £5

Daisies, Dahlias and Doughnuts
 

Another opportunity to relax in the summer Walled Garden, savouring a little light-hearted lyricism interspersed with coffee, cake and conversation. Seasonal readings and mild-mannered participation. Hosted by the Museum’s own resident wordsmith, Steven Deproost. For the mature in years and young at heart.

To book please call on 01453 763394.

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park

Friday 31/08/2018
8:30pm
COST: Free

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park
 

Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for an evening of ‘mothing’ in the park. We’ll be sugaring the trees at the edge of the woodland to see what species are active, and setting up a moth lamp by the Orangery. All welcome but children must be supervised by parents or carers. Bring a torch and meet outside the Museum.

Workshops for Adults

Lace Workshop

Saturday 01/09/2018
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Sunday 02/09/2018
10:30am - 4:30pm
COST: £60

Lace Workshop
 

Learn the skills needed to make traditional Honiton, Torchon or Bedfordshire bobbin lace. All abilities welcome and more advanced students may wish to try their hand at design or contemporary work. There will also be a chance to view a small selection of historic lace from the Museum’s collection. With experienced tutor and lacemaker Jane Wright.

For further details and to book email info@funnelweblace.co.uk

www.funnelweblace.co.uk

Exhibitions

Collections Display: Peace and Commemoration

Tuesday 04/09/2018
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Sunday 28/10/2018

COST: Free

Collections Display: Peace and Commemoration
 

A mini-exhibition in the Museum Foyer looking at the end of World War One, how the Peace was announced and early moves towards commemorating the lives lost and remembering the Great War.

Special Events

Extraordinary Women of Stroud

Thursday 06/09/2018
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Extraordinary Women of Stroud
 

Join author Avalon Weston in an exploration of the lives of the women of her family who lived in the Stroud District in the early 20th century. From Gabrielle who became one of Britain’s first female police officers in the munitions factories of World War One, to Joan Mary who was a prolific local artist who produced over 300 paintings and sketches during her lifetime. There will also be opportunity to meet our Curator and see some of Joan Mary West’s sketchbooks from our Collection.

To book please call on 01453 763394.

A Heritage Open Day event

Exhibitions

Stroud School of Art Staff Show 2018

Saturday 08/09/2018
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Sunday 23/09/2018

COST: Admission Free

Stroud School of Art Staff Show 2018
 

Stroud School of Art is one of the best art schools in the country, with outstanding results and an outstanding reputation. It is firmly established as one of the UK’s top providers of art and design tuition, and offers a wide range of courses from beginners right through to advanced levels.

It began its life in a purpose-built Victorian gothic building, the Centre for Science and Art, in Lansdown, Stroud. It shared home for many decades with the town’s Museum. In the second decade of the 21st century, the Museum and Art School continue to be neighbours, with SGS college sited just beyond Stratford Park, where the Museum moved to in 2001. Students often visit to draw our Collections, see exhibitions in the Gallery and make work in response to the inspirational indoor and outdoor settings.

This annual ‘taster’ show offers students and members of the public the chance to get a glimpse of the wide variety of work being made by some of the Art School’s tutors. This team of passionate, committed and talented professionals includes photographers and printmakers, ceramicists and illustrators, textile and fashion designers, painters and sculptors and more.

Meet the tutors at the Private View on Friday 7 September, 5pm – 7pm.

Special Events

Sounds for a Small Space: Experimental Music Evening

Saturday 08/09/2018
7:30pm
COST: £3.50

Sounds for a Small Space: Experimental Music Evening
 

Join phonsonic and guests for another evening of eclectic and experimental live electronic music in the beautiful Walled Garden Pavilion. Come and experience surprising new sounds as traditional, unusual and electronic instruments converge. Art Gallery open too and drinks on sale in the foyer café bar.

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park

Friday 21/09/2018
7:30pm
COST: Free

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park
 

Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for another evening of ‘mothing’ in the park. We’ll be sugaring the trees at the edge of the woodland to see what species are active, and setting up a moth lamp by the Orangery. All welcome but children must be supervised by parents or carers. Bring a torch and meet outside the Museum.

Exhibitions

Arts Society Painswick Exhibition

Saturday 22/09/2018
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Sunday 23/09/2018
11am - 4pm
COST: Admission Free

Arts Society Painswick Exhibition
 

The Arts Society Painswick celebrate their 50th Anniversary year with this special pop up art exhibition in Gallery Two. The show includes work by members of the society, covering a wide range of media including watercolour, embroidery and photography.

Local school children have been involved too, and have produced a colourful collection of bugs and beetles during workshops with local artists Susie Walker and Tracy Spiers.

As part of the celebrations, there will be a children’s trail around the ‘Secret Garden’ and a pop up café in the Garden Pavilion, where delicious cakes and tea and coffee will be on sale in aid of a local charity. There will also be a free drop in craft workshop for all ages led by local community artist Susie Walker.

All welcome, come and relax and enjoy!

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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From the Collection

View of Wallbridge, Stroud, c.1790, artist unknown. A popular painting on display in the Museum which shows Wallbridge in Stroud at a time when spinners and weavers worked at home in their cottages.

 
 

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