Events in August 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
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!
Meet the Curator: Bugs and Butterflies
2pm - 4pm
Drop in and join our Curator to find out about the beautiful butterflies and moths which made up the collections in the early days of the Museum.
All ages welcome.
Hannah Dyson: Landscape and Fairytale
COST: Admission Free
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.
Family Drop In Workshop: The Magical Forest
10:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £2 per child
Taking inspiration from Hannah Dyson's wonderful exhibition use drawing, paper cut-outs and collage to help create a large scale enchanted landscape inhabited with quirky characters and magical beings. What adventures will your character have and who will they meet on their journey through the forest?
Led by artist Alison Cockcroft, recommended for families with children aged five and above.
Meet the Curator: Trains and Railways
2pm - 4pm
Did you know that August 11 is the 50th anniversary of the last steam train journey on British Rail? This is an opportunity to see objects never before displayed which have a link to the railways in and around the Stroud District.
Sounds for a Small Space
Phonsonic and guests present an 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.
Family Drop In Workshop: The World in a Box
10:30am - 3:30pm
Using ideas and techniques from fabulous illustrator Hannah Dyson's exhibition create your own magical mini-world with colourful pens and paper cut-outs.
This creative drop in workshop will be led by artist Alison Cockcroft and is recommended for families with children aged five and above.
Meet the Curator: From India to Stroud
2pm - 4pm
August 15 is the 71st Anniversary of Indian Independence. Drop in and view rarely seen artefacts from our stores with links to both India and Stroud.
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?”.
IKP present: The Three Musketeers
COST: £12/£10 concessions/£8 children
Join D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they travel the length and breadth of France saving the day, rescuing people in distress and generally being heroes. This hilarious comedy adaptation takes the audience on a whistle-stop tour around France, and still has time for a quick trip across the Channel. With swash-buckling physical comedy, fast-paced action and quick wit, IKP’s production promises to entertain all ages.
Box Office: Everyman Theatre 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk
Family Drop In Workshop: Holiday Adventures
10:30am - 3:30pm
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.
Meet the Curator: Romans in Stroud
2pm - 4pm
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!
Stroud Timewalks: Stratford Park
11am & 2pm
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.
Daisies, Dahlias and Doughnuts
10:30am - 12 noon
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
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.
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