Events in July 2018
World War One - Souvenirs
Image shows the gift tin issued to soldiers at Christmas 1914 - it would have contained chocolate or cigarettes
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
Garden Party Celebration for National Democracy Week
11am - 4pm
Join us to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, 90 years since equal voting rights for Women and National Democracy Week.
Family friendly activities for all ages organised in collaboration with the Elections Team at Stroud District Council. Make bunting and commemorative rosettes, join discussions about democracy, meet local Councillors, register yourself to vote and more … everyone welcome!
Gallery Two Exhibition: A4
COST: Admission Free
Yasemin is a local papercut artist who creates unique pieces of work. From a small home-based studio in Stroud, she cuts her own original designs from paper using a scalpel. Each piece is unique and entire, cut from a single sheet of paper. Nature and The Arts & Crafts Movement are her main sources of inspiration. This colourful collection demonstrates how a single piece of A4 sized paper can be transformed.
Works are for sale and proceeds will be donated by the artist to Duchenne UK. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common fatal genetic disease diagnosed in childhood. The disease almost always affects boys, and they tend to be diagnosed before the age of 5. There are around 2,500 patients in the UK and an estimated 300,000 sufferers worldwide.
Meet the Artist and find out more on Saturday 7 July between 2pm and 4pm.
Stroud Children's Festival
11am - 4pm
Stroud Festival welcomes you to the second Children’s Festival!
Taking place again at the Museum, with the wonderful Nature Festival creating a buzz in the park on Sunday, we have a weekend of fun lined up, and many of our events are free!
Write your wishes on the magical wishing tree, draw or write on the scribble wall and enjoy a story in the pop-up library. There are some inspirational writers to meet, a jewellery workshop to get you creative, and some fabulous games to play. Have a ride on the mini railway in the park’s woodland, come to the Golden Fleece show, and then take part in their brilliant workshop. Round it all off at the end of the day on Sunday by listening to the Minpins sing us out in the Magical Secret Garden.
Drop in activities, 11am – 4pm both days …
Visit the wishing tree created by Corinne Hockley and tie your wish onto a branch.
Some colourful pens and a blank canvas will be here for you to decorate. Doodle, draw or write. It’s up to you!
Have a Go Children’s Games
Challenge your Mum to a game of hopscotch and much more. Can you hula hoop?
Pop Up Library
Settle down for a good read, or listen to one. If you have your library ticket you can borrow a book too!
Stroud Children’s Festival, Saturday 7 July - Special Events …
11am – 12noon: John Dougherty
Internationally acclaimed, John Dougherty is our local superstar author, comedian and musician. Come along and be thoroughly entertained! For ages 7-11. £3 per child, pay on the door.
12noon – 1pm: Jewellery Workshop with Corinne Hockley
Make your very own piece of jewellery with the wonderful materials Corinne has found, and take your creations home with you. £2 per child, pay on the door.
(Change of programme: Please note that Jo Cotterill can no longer be here for her ‘superheroes’ event, as previously advertised for 7 July. We apologise for any disappointment and hope she can join us at another time!)
Stroud Children’s Festival, Sunday 8 July - Special Events …
11am – 12noon: Golden Fleece Show
An interactive, magical show about Jason and the Golden Fleece. Sign up for the adventure as our hero battles a swollen river, takes on the fearsome Harpies, dodges the Clashing Rocks and, with the help of Princess Medea, tames a pair of fire-breathing bulls and defeats an army of soldiers that spring from Dragons-Teeth. Phew! £5 per person, booking recommended.
To book places call the Museum on 01453 763394.
12.15pm – 1.15pm: Multi-Story Workshop
An hour-long active workshop with the two wonderful actors who brought you the Golden Fleece. Have fun making a drama with them, and go away fired up to make your very own play! £5 per child, or £8 for both show and workshop.
To book places call the Museum on 01453 763394.
2pm – 3pm: Join in with Julia!
Splash in the Big Red Bath! Stamp your feet with a very cross pirate and listen to great stories from Julia Jarman. For ages 3 . £3 per child, pay on the door.
4pm – 5pm: Minpins Children’s Choir
Relax after a busy weekend and listen to the wonderful Minpins sing us out in the secret garden. Free but donations welcome.
Summer Poetry Evening
Jeff Cloves reads from his new book, Once Weekly, which will be available at £5.
Jeff says that he has never been a prolific writer, so when a friend challenged him to write a poem a week for a year, he was apprehensive. Now here they are, unedited and printed in the order they were written. The first arrived on November 15th 2016 and not one week was missed in 52.
As the poems were prepared for print Jeff was taken aback to see how often his grandparents, his mum and dad, his children, his family cats even, appeared among memories, stories, and dreams. So this little book has turned out to be part biography, part autobiography, part journal. It's also part diary: a response to the seasons, to national news, to the universal pop arts of sport, film, and music.
Come along and enjoy! Free entry, books and drinks available to buy.
Butterfly Walk in Stratford Park
Join Mike McCrea for a summer stroll in search of beautiful butterflies in Stratford Park. A chance to hear about planting for biodiversity too. All welcome, put your walking boots and sunhats on and meet outside the Museum.
Free event, donations welcome.
Workshops for Adults
Printmaking Workshop with Arthur Penn
10:30am - 4pm
COST: £30/£25 concessions
A printmaking day in the beautiful Walled Garden. We will use its colourful borders as inspiration and the Apple Tree Moon exhibition as a stimulus to explore natural form using relief printmaking methods. We will use Pressprint as a fast medium to finish colour reduction prints made during the day. There will be opportunities to start to use Lino as well. All materials and tea and coffee supplied, but please bring a packed lunch. For adults and young people aged 16 , all abilities welcome.
Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.
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!
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
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
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?
Drop In Family Fun: Fossil Art Rubbings
When you visit the Geology gallery, stop and create your own piece of ‘fossil art’ using wax crayons, paper and our fabulous fossil and dinosaur tiles. Take a look at dinosaur bones and woolly mammoths tusks too – what’s the oldest thing you can spot?
Drop In Family Fun: Garden Printing Party
11:30am - 3:30pm
Join printmaker Arthur Penn for creative, hands-on fun! Get marvellously messy and make some colourful nature prints, inspired by Arthur’s designs and the plants and flowers in the glorious Walled Garden. Make a print to take home, and one to display in our pop up exhibition!
All ages welcome.
Daisies, Dahlias and Dougnuts
10:30am - 12 noon
An opportunity to relax in the summer setting of the 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 call on 01453 763394.
Jenny Wren Productions present: Emma
COST: £12/£10 concessions/£8 children
Adapted by Martin Millar and Doon MacKichan
Jenny Wren Productions delve into the dating scene of the early 19th century in this playful adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel. Emma constantly tries to pair off her unfortunate friend Harriet Smith with unsuitable men but is convinced that, for herself, the single life is the only way. Matches are made and unmade quicker than you can say "how delightful", but after all the outrageous flirting, declarations of love and heaving of bosoms, will Emma's heart escape unscathed?
As Jane Austen writes, members of her family become her characters; blushing heroines, dashing suitors and dastardly cads and many more, bringing her story of the ultimate matchmaker to mischievous life.
From the company that brought you Twelfth Night, Robin Hood and last year's Jungle Book, make a date this summer with Jenny Wren Productions out of doors in the beautiful Walled Garden. Gates open at 6.30pm.
Please bring blankets or low-backed chairs.
"How very happy a summer must lie before us..."
Box Office: Everyman Theatre 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Or buy tickets on the night from 6.30pm
Meet the Artist: Arthur Penn
2pm - 4pm
Join Arthur Penn and friends for a last look at the ‘Apple Tree Moon’ exhibition which ends today. Refreshing glasses of elderflower cordial, PIMMS or G&Ts will be available to buy, adorned with garnishes grown in the Walled Garden.
Family Drop In Workshop: Bugs, Bees and Butterflies
10:30am - 3:30pm
Take a look at the wonderful world of insects and create your own creepy crawly creatures using simple block printing techniques. Creative, hands on activities devised by artist Alison Cockcroft.
Recommended for families with children aged five and above.