The Giant Snowdrop Company
Jan
1
to Mar 31

The Giant Snowdrop Company

The Museum in the Park is celebrating the story of the Giant Snowdrop Company – a business based in Hyde, near Stroud, from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s. In addition to a small display in the museum’s reception area telling the story of this local company, including their RHS medals, we have a collection of snowdrop varieties connected with the company.

For further information on this special event click here.

Free, donations welcome.

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Japan: A Floating World in Print
Feb
16
to Mar 24

Japan: A Floating World in Print

This exhibition brings you a captivating display of Japanese ‘Ukiyo-e' woodcut prints, literally meaning ‘pictures of the floating world’. Created by masters such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro and Kuniyoshi this selection of enchanting images encompass the genres of the beautiful women, dramatic landscapes and Kabuki actors of the Edo (1603-1868) and Meji (1868-1912) periods.

Japan opened up to the wider world following the end of the Edo period in 1868 and interest in the country’s culture, arts and crafts quickly grew in the succeeding decades. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, many wealthy Western collectors amassed important collections of prints and decorative wares, and the bold woodcuts inspired and influenced many European artists.

The outstanding prints in this touring exhibition are predominantly drawn from the collections of Sir Walter Samuel, the son of Lord and Lady Bearsted. Sir Walter assembled his collection while travelling in Japan where the company his father founded, Shell Oil, had business interests. Sir Walter was a lover of the arts and generously donated his collection to Maidstone Museum in 1923 via the National Arts Collection Fund.

This exhibition promises to surprise and delight!

A touring exhibition organised by Maidstone Museum for Maidstone Borough Council

Reproduction prints can be ordered at £15 each.

Admission free, donations welcome.

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Stroud Film Festival Evening Event: Anna Cady and Gabriel Galvez-Prado: Animation and Dance
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

Stroud Film Festival Evening Event: Anna Cady and Gabriel Galvez-Prado: Animation and Dance

Creative responses to political and social issues featuring films and Q&A with artist film-maker Anna Cady and dancer Gabriel Galvez Prado.

30% (Women and Politics in Sierra Leone): Oil-painted animation combined with live action reveal the stories of three extraordinary women fighting for fair representation in the governance of Sierra Leone. Selected for Sundance Film Festival - 10 mins

Bitter Pineapples. Experimental film techniques, with dance and documentary footage set in Mexico and England, express the role dance has played for Gabriel in coming to terms with death, abuse, and exile. - 30 mins

Book tickets online at stroudfilmfestival.org.

Advance tickets £6 and £5 concessions, or £7 on the door (limited spaces so advance booking recommended!)

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Alan Vaughan of Eye Witness Productions Film Screening - MinPins Children’s Choir
Mar
28
2:00 PM14:00

Alan Vaughan of Eye Witness Productions Film Screening - MinPins Children’s Choir

We close our programme with something different – a documentary recording a story from very recent history, that of MinPins Children’s Choir.  Discover the story of this much-loved local choir, from its formation in 2014 to the World Premiere performance of ‘The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me’ at Bath Abbey in 2017. You may have been lucky enough to hear MinPins sing at the Museum, now this is a chance to discover their story.

£5 including refreshments

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Confluence: interconnectivity and interdependency
Mar
30
to Apr 28

Confluence: interconnectivity and interdependency

Walking the Land are an artist’s collective that link art, landscape and community.

'Confluence' brings together artists exploring how their work can reveal and re-enchant the landscape.  The exhibition is accompanied by seminars, talks and workshops that help explore the practices, techniques and philosophy behind the various approaches.

The artworks and activities encourage viewers and visitors to walk and experience the landscape and to engage with our natural and cultural heritage. The artists are pleased to exhibit and run workshops at the Museum in the Park, itself a hub for exploring the cultural heritage and landscape of the Stroud Valleys, the Severn Vale and beyond.

www.walkingtheland.org.uk

Free admission, donations welcome

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'Being With Nature' Convened by Andy Freedman
Apr
4
5:45 PM17:45

'Being With Nature' Convened by Andy Freedman

Outdoor games and activities for people of all ages designed to connect us more closely with our surroundings and sharpen our senses. Then time to reflect on what we’ve discovered and to look at the creative responses from children earlier in this project.

For adults and accompanied children aged 5+.

(Also on Tuesday 9th April 2.30pm - 4pm)

£5 (under 16s free). To book call 01453 763394

Walking the Land ‘Confluence’ linked event

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‘Landscape, Places and Identity’ Walk & workshop with artists Richard Keating & Rachel McDonnell
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

‘Landscape, Places and Identity’ Walk & workshop with artists Richard Keating & Rachel McDonnell

Explore the role of landscape in forming our identity and providing common ground in divided times.  Walk, talk and draw followed by workshop.  Dress appropriately and bring your own materials. Walk unsuitable for less-able people, young children and dogs.

£25. To book call 01453 763394

A Confluence exhibition linked event

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Willow for the Garden – Workshop with Norah Kennedy
Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

Willow for the Garden – Workshop with Norah Kennedy

Join Norah for an enjoyable day in the Walled Garden, making some willow structures to enhance your garden – a wigman for sweetpeas or beans, a fan shape for climbers against a wall, and perhaps a small hurdle or trellis too. You may event have time to create a decorative dragonfly too. All materials and tea/coffee included, bring a packed lunch.

£45 (£40) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Exhibition in Gallery Two: ‘Beyond the Garden Gate’ new work by Helen Williams
Apr
7
to May 5

Exhibition in Gallery Two: ‘Beyond the Garden Gate’ new work by Helen Williams

Having expressed herself, in the recent past, with textiles on a fairly large scale, Helen Williams has now returned to drawing and stitching in a highly detailed, closely-observed style. The framed pieces in this exhibition showcase her passion for the outdoor world of Nature, as well as details of an intimate interior.

In this collection, Helen presents her garden; the wildlife she encounters walking daily beside a nearby stream; her perennial love of the sea shore; her journeys to Ireland and Scotland, and also, familiar items in her kitchen.

These 50 works comprise pen drawings, paintings and needlepoint embroidery.

Meet the Artist on 13 , 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28 April,  and 4 & 5 May, all 2pm - 4pm

Gallery Two opening times vary, please call ahead to check: 01453 763394

Free admission, donations welcome.

image © Helen Williams, ‘Rita’s Roses’

Special event, Exhibition Opening with tea and cake, Sunday 7th April, 2pm - 4pm, all welcome.

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'Being With Nature' Convened by Andy Freedman
Apr
9
2:30 PM14:30

'Being With Nature' Convened by Andy Freedman

Outdoor games and activities for people of all ages designed to connect us more closely with our surroundings and sharpen our senses. Then time to reflect on what we’ve discovered and to look at the creative responses from children earlier in this project.

For adults and accompanied children aged 5+.

(Also on Thursday 4th April 5.45pm - 7.15pm)

£5 (under 16s free). To book call 01453 763394

Walking the Land ‘Confluence’ linked event

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'Walking Pages’ with artist Maxine Relton
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

'Walking Pages’ with artist Maxine Relton

Join artist Maxine Relton for a sketching stroll around the Museum Park and parts of Stroud, completing a small concertina book back in the Museum. ‘Walking Pages’ will engage and intensify your attention to the world around you and is an experience that can be enjoyed by those with any level of drawing ability.

£12 Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

image © Maxine Relton

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Spring Bird Walk
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Spring Bird Walk

Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for a gentle walk around the beautiful park grounds in search of nesting sites and new arrivals. All welcome, wear walking boots or sturdy shoes and meet outside the Museum. Uneven surfaces and occasional steep pathways - not suitable for wheelchairs/pushchairs.

Free event

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Stroud Film Festival Event: Halas & Batchelor Shorts on a Loop
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

Stroud Film Festival Event: Halas & Batchelor Shorts on a Loop

Back again by popular demand! If you’ve yet to discover the innovative, humorous and subversively entertaining work of “the British Disney”, you are in for a treat.  Visit our pop up cartoon café and enjoy some beautifully crafted, technically brilliant and wonderfully inventive short animated films from the award winning studio which was based in Stroud for many years. All welcome, just call in for ten minutes or stay for an hour or more. There will even be tea and cake!

www.stroudfilmfestival.co.uk

Free drop-in, donations welcome.

Image © Tracy Spiers

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Art History Lecture with Paul Chapman: ‘West meets East’ Japanese Woodcuts & Western Art
Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Art History Lecture with Paul Chapman: ‘West meets East’ Japanese Woodcuts & Western Art

This talk will introduce us to the influence that Japanese prints had on Western Artists. The bold use of colour combined with the strong yet elegant line, cropped compositions and dramatic perspectives all served to influence and inform the works of many artists working across Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

£7 (£5 MiP Friends & concs) Booking necessary - call 01453 763394.

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‘Life in a Cotswold Romano-British Villa’ - Cherry Hubbard
Mar
14
2:00 PM14:00

‘Life in a Cotswold Romano-British Villa’ - Cherry Hubbard

Step far back in time to visit the homes of the wealthy Romano Britons, who appear to have enjoyed a comfortable life in their sumptuous villas. Cherry will look at how they spent their days in their silks and furs and ask, what did they consider luxury and who owned these lavish villas?

£5 including refreshments

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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‘Slow Printmaking’ Workshop with Arthur Penn
Mar
10
10:30 AM10:30

‘Slow Printmaking’ Workshop with Arthur Penn

We’ll be taking inspiration from the Japanese woodcuts in the current exhibition and the Winter landscapes of the ‘secret garden’ and surrounding parkland for relief printmaking using lino and a traditional Japanese technique of hand-burnishing. All materials and tea or coffee included, bring a packed lunch.

£30 (£25 concs) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394.

Image © Arthur Penn

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‘Sounds for a Small Space’ - Experimental Music Evening
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

‘Sounds for a Small Space’ - Experimental Music Evening

The first evening in the 2019 series: experience surprising sounds and live performances of electronic, electroacoustic and ambient music made with a combination of modern, traditional and unusual instruments. Venue: the Walled Garden Pavilion.

www.soundsforasmallspace.org

Doors and foyer bar open at 7.30pm, event starts at 8pm.

£5 on the door

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The Poet’s Voice – Poetry Performance Workshop with Eleanor Holliday
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

The Poet’s Voice – Poetry Performance Workshop with Eleanor Holliday

Discover your Poet’s Voice with Eleanor Holliday, Theatre Practitioner and Voice Coach. Participants will look at articulation, unity of sound and content, power in the voice and stage presence. Please bring a poem or two to work with, preferably your own material. 

£30 (£25 concs)

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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An Introduction to Cosmology: WEA Day School with Greg Morter
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Cosmology: WEA Day School with Greg Morter

During the last century cosmologists came to the seemingly bizarre conclusion that the Universe began in a ‘Big Bang’ 13.8 billion years ago. We will discover what drove them to this idea, and how it built upon the 500 years of experiment and discovery sparked into life by thinkers such as Copernicus and Galileo.

For further details and to book your place:

enrolonline.wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464

£25  Course ID: C3530226

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‘Finding Focus Exhibition’ in the Walled Garden Pavilion
Mar
2
to Mar 3

‘Finding Focus Exhibition’ in the Walled Garden Pavilion

A 'mindful photography' exhibition showing work of participants from four 6-week courses held at the Museum, run by arts and health charity Artlift, in collaboration with Stroud-based photographer Ruth Davey from Look Again. Programme supported by the National Lottery.

  • Exhibition opening & meet the artists 2pm - 4pm on Friday 1 March

  • Free mindful photography taster workshop 2pm - 3pm on Saturday 2 March (booking required – call the Museum on 01453 763394)

www.look-again.org

artlift.org

Admission free, donations welcome.

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A Pioneering Enterprise - The Giant Snowdrop Company at Hyde
Feb
28
2:00 PM14:00

A Pioneering Enterprise - The Giant Snowdrop Company at Hyde

Snowdrops – known botanically as Galanthus – came of horticultural age between 1854–2014. This talk by Jane Kilpatrick and Jennifer Harmer is based on a new book ‘ The Galanthophiles’, and focuses on The Giant Snowdrop Company of Hyde and the story of the people who sought out, cherished, and shared these deceptively fragile white flowers. Keep an eye on the Walled Garden during January and February and watch as some special, and very beautiful, varieties emerge.

Sorry , this event is now SOLD OUT

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Feb
7
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT ‘Tales from the towpath: stories and histories of the Cotswold canals’

For 150 years the Cotswold canals played a vital role in Stroud’s history. Navvies and lock-keepers, lengthsmen and leggers formed part of a vast and numberless company who lived and worked on these waterways. Their stories are just some of the fascinating tales brought to light in Fiona’s new book, and she’s delighted to share some of them with you.

SOLD OUT

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Jan
31
2:00 PM14:00

CANCELLED Talk with Timothy Prince: The Royal International Air Tattoo

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. Tim was one of the volunteer founders of this world-famous event and will reveal the story of how it all began.

Cost £5 including refreshments

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

SORRY, THIS TALK IS CANCELLED

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Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Illustrated Talk with Paul Barnett: Defence of the Drift - Alfred Henry Hook VC

Paul will transport the audience from the sun baked plains of Victorian South African to the serene pastures of rural Churcham. All the while setting the scene of the now long forgotten tale of local lad Alfred Henry Hook, V.C. winner, and his epic exploits at Rorkes Drift (22 to 23 January 22, 1879). Tea and cake will be served after the talk.

This talk is a repeat of the one held on Thursday 10 January 2019.

Cost £5 including refreshments

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Jan
25
10:00 AM10:00

WEA Course with Cath Humphris - Reading Short Stories

What makes a good short story? Increase your understanding and enjoyment of this interesting and often under-rated form. Each week we will discuss two stories and consider what makes a good English short story. A 7 week course.

For further details and to book your place: enrolonline.wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464

£54 Course ID: C3530225

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Jan
24
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Talk with Kirsty Hartsiotis: ‘ Enchanted Cotswold Country: John Drinkwater and the Arts and Crafts Movement’

Discover the story of Dymock poet John Drinkwater, who had links with the Arts and Crafts Movement from his early days as a playwright in Birmingham, through to his time living in Far Oakridge, near Stroud, during the First World War.

Cost £5  Tea and biscuits included.

SOLD OUT Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Jan
10
2:00 PM14:00

Illustrated Talk with Paul Barnett: Defence of the Drift - Alfred Henry Hook VC

This talk will transport the audience from the sun baked plains of Victorian South African to the serene pastures of rural Churcham. All the while setting the scene of the now long forgotten tale of local lad Alfred Henry Hook, V.C. winner, and his epic exploits at Rorkes Drift (22 to 23 January 22, 1879). Tea and cake will be served after the talk.

Cannot make it? This talk is repeated on Saturday 26 January 2019, 2pm.

Cost £5 including refreshments

Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Jan
2
to Jan 4

Family Drop in Workshop: Make a Wassail Stick

Daily 11am - 4pm. Get ready for Stroud Wassail! Invent a new tradition and make a marvellous, musical wand to wave at Stroud Wassail on 12 January. Or perhaps your own version of ‘the Broad’? For families with children aged 5+,younger siblings welcome too. Materials provided but if you have some bells and ribbons, bring those along to use too.

Cost: £2 per stick, make one each or make one together as a family.

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31 Years of 31 Studio Photography
Jan
1
to Feb 10

31 Years of 31 Studio Photography

'31 Years of 31 Studio' showcases the work of this unique Platinum printing studio. Works on show will include prints from historical archives right through to contemporary photographers and artists, across a diverse range of styles, produced using the 19th century Platinum Palladium process. Amongst images from the glass negatives of Frederick Evans and Jacques Henri Lartigue there are images by Bill Brandt, Linda McCartney, Don McCullin, Sebastião Salgado and Idris Khan. Not to be missed!

Gallery walk & talk with Max Caffell of 31 Studio, Wednesday 16 January, 7.30pm (free, booking advised)

Organised in collaboration with 31 Studio and PhotoStroud

31 Studio back catalogues available to buy at Museum reception, £10 each.

Free, donations welcome.

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Tangled Tales - Cheltenham Illustration Awards Exhibition
Nov
3
to Dec 2

Tangled Tales - Cheltenham Illustration Awards Exhibition

“Lives connected by strands of overlapping narrative. Bridging borders and boundaries, a world united by a tangle of tales.”

The focus of the Cheltenham Illustration Awards has always been one of narrative. Visual storytelling, whether sequential or single image, gives scope to the imagination and opens up possibilities beyond the present moment. The exhibition includes a selection of work by some of the many students and emerging and established artists who entered this year’s competition – the prize being inclusion in the show or in the full colour annual. The Student category is open to all full-time students over 18 years of age worldwide. The Emerging and Established category is open to any newly practising illustrators who are wishing to gain exposure of their work and to those who are more established and are apart of the illustration world. Come view and enjoy this year’s collection of new visual stories, this time on a theme of ‘Tangled Tales’.

Free Entry, donations welcome.

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