History of the Museum 1983 - Present

1983 to Today

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During the middle of the 20th century many independent museums began to struggle for survival – the Stroud Museum was no exception.  Gradually over time a partnership was established with the District Council and in 1983 the Museum became the Stroud District (Cowle) Museum. Although a Collections Management Centre was set up in Stonehouse in the 1990s, relieving some of the pressure on the Lansdown premises, it was becoming clear that they were no longer suitable as a public museum space.

This led the acquisition of the Mansion House in Stratford Park, and its fitting out as a museum – largely thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund award. In 2001 the Museum in the Park opened telling the story of the Stroud District using modern techniques. Learning and public programmes were developed well beyond what was previously possible, together with a front of house service, all of which have contributed to a significant rise in visitor numbers and ensured the viability of the new museum.

Today the Museum in the Park offers a wide array of educational and cultural experiences in a relaxed and friendly environment, with the historic collections and people of the district at its heart.

Did you know?

The Museum is still developing: its latest big project is to bring the long neglected Walled Garden back into use!


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