- About Us
- Why the Cockerel?
- The History of the Museum
- History of the Museum 1900-1983
- History of the Museum 1983 - Present
- The Cowle Trust
- Special Events
- School Holiday Activities
- Knitting Picnic Party
- Shakespeare Festival
- Garden Party for Democracy
- Future Exhibitions
- Lost for Words
- Previous Exhibitions
- 2018 Exhibitions
- 2017 Exhibitions
- 2016 Exhibitions
- 2015 Exhibitions
- 2014 Exhibitions
- 2013 Exhibitions
- 2012 Exhibitions
- 2011 Exhibitions
- 2010 Exhibitions
- 2007 - 2009 Exhibitions
- The Museum Collections
- Collections Enquiries
- Recent Acquisitions
- Mystery Object
- Highlights of the Collection
- Paintings from the Collection
- Wilf Merrett Postcard Collection Gallery
- Featured Objects - The Lawnmower
- Featured Object - Wallbridge Painting
- Featured Object - Spanners
- Featured Object - Baughan Motorcyle
- Featured Collection - Casein
- Featured Collection - Prinknash Pottery
- Featured Objects - the Berkeley Maces
- Featured Object - Anglo Saxon Mill Paddles from Nailsworth
- Collections Policies
- World War One Commemoration Events
- 2014 - One Man's War
- 2015 - Technology and Innovation
- 2016 - The World at War
- 2017 - The Home Front
- 2018 - Medals, Souvenirs and Legacy
- Echoes in Enamel Project
- Stories from the Collection
- Trephined Skull
- Bragg Clock
- Beaker Boy
- Woolly Mammoths
- The Story of Animation in Stroud
- Friends of the Museum
- Friends Events
- Friends Contributions
- The Gate to The Secret Garden Print
- The Walled Garden Project
- Walled Garden Plan
- Walled Garden Brief History
- Walled Garden Project Photographs
- Secret Garden Public Photography Day 2013
- The first Walled Garden Residency by Quercus
- Only the Flame Remains: A Collection of Poems
- Museum Volunteers
Walled Garden Opens 8th & 9th October
The once lost and forgotten Walled Garden has been returned to life; join us for the opening celebration on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2016
For decades the Walled Garden behind the Museum at the heart of Stratford Park, Stroud, was abandoned and overgrown, a lost and forgotten space. Now, after years of hard work and incredible support from the local community, the Museum in the Park is finally opening this enchanting place to the public.
People of all ages are invited to come and celebrate the long-awaited opening of ‘Stroud's Secret Garden' on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October, when the Museum will hold its annual ‘Big Draw' festival event there. ‘Periscope' artists Alison Cockcroft and Emily Joy have been busy preparing some special creative activities for everyone to enjoy. They invite you to come and take a journey of exploration and discovery, retracing the footsteps of a mysterious Plant Collector and discovering some of the garden's secrets along the way...
Everyone is welcome, call in for a short while or stay all day!
Meanwhile, behind the old brick walls, a very special, temporary exhibition of sculptures has just been curated, setting the scene for the opening of the Garden. “Gallery Pangolin is delighted to help celebrate this long-awaited opening with an exhibition of outdoor sculpture by West Country artists Anthony Abrahams, Ralph Brown, Jon Buck, Terence Coventry and Michael Cooper” revealed Sally James from Gallery Pangolin.
The sculptures presented by Pangolin join ‘Summoner' by Alan Thornhill, a permanent feature of the Walled Garden and one of the works of art from the Museum's Collection. This charismatic figure guards the garden threshold and invites you to come and explore this enchanting, ever changing place.
"The Walled Garden project is a result of great teamwork and Stroud can rightly be proud of those involved - the professionals, volunteers and supporters - who made it happen," said Fred Ward, Chair of The Friends of the Museum. “The Garden, with its excellent new Learning Pavilion, enhances all aspects of the Museum which already plays a vital part in the life of the local community and wider District.”
The Walled Garden opening celebration, linked to the UK-wide Big Draw Festival, will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October, 11am to 4pm.
For more on the Walled Garden project click here.
Art Lovers Weekend at the Museum
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March are packed full of artistic exploration at the Museum in the Park!
Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
Thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors will be able to step back in time to the sights and sounds of Ebley Mill for a dramatic new exhibition at The Museum in the Park in February 2018.
December Deep Clean
It’s almost December and we’re once again getting that deep-clean feeling. The Museum will be closing its doors for 2017 from December 4, when we’ll be sprucing the place up for a reopening on New Year’s Day. Read on to find out more about exactly what we get up in this month of closing.
Walled Garden Highly Commended
We are delighted to announce that Austin Design Works have received an award from the Landscape Institute for the Walled Garden project, here at the Museum in the Park.
Plan your visit
Select a date from the calendar to see what's on