Grand Entrance for Revived Walled Garden

Grand Entrance for Revived Walled Garden

A handover ceremony was held on Tuesday 15th March to mark the completion of a contemporary entranceway which will link the walled garden to the Museum in the Park, Stroud.



Those involved in the project including Museum Friends, funders, Stroud district councillors, the design team, museum staff and contractors attended to see the entranceway unveiled.

Kevin Ward, museum development manager, said:

‘The new entranceway will provide an intriguing journey into the walled garden. The entranceway, which is a vital part of the whole museum experience, will lead visitors into the revived walled garden and also provide a creative space that will support learning. The entranceway is to our knowledge unlike any other in a walled garden’. 

The modern design features limestone terrace and steps, benches with sweet-chestnut seating, bound gravel ramps with integral lighting throughout. The auditorium style entrance with gentle ramp forms a new route of discovery with points of rest and contemplation, promoting the same sense of discovery that visitors experience in the Museum, but this time in the ‘hidden’ Garden.

Once fully open, the project will give the original 2,000sqm walled garden a new lease of life, after lying derelict for over 20 years, providing a valuable open space to the public in the grounds of this popular museum. It will feature four ‘traditional’ quarters, divided by a cross section of paths with a dipping pond at the centre, an area for planting and events and an orchard/wild meadow quarter. Schools have already been making extensive use with of the museum’s new learning pavilion which opened in 2015.

Professor Stephen Owen, Chair of the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust (GET), which provided £30,000 of funding for the entranceway, expressed his delight in reaching this point. 

He thanked everyone who has supported and worked on the project, and said:

‘The pavilion which was funded by Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and Stroud District Council provides a very fitting venue for the museum’s learning programme. The entranceway enhances the whole experience for all visitors whether leading them into the garden for learning and enjoyment, or as part of their journey to the pavilion’.

Professor Owen and Cllr Gary Powell, vice-chair of Stroud District Council, unfurled a Museum in the Park flag, to reveal a plaque acknowledging the support of key funders.  In addition to Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and Stroud District Council, funding has also come from the Garfield Weston Foundation, David Thomas Charitable Trust, Summerfield Trust, and Friends of the Museum through donations from hundreds of members of the public.

Cllr Powell said: ‘Along with other funders, Stroud District Council is pleased to be supporting this project. The dedication of the Friends and museum team to completing this project will benefit the local community and the thousands of visitors to the museum. The new entranceway is beautifully designed and befitting of the location.’

The Friends of the Museum are continuing to seek the final amount of funding to complete the planting and other soft landscaping before the walled garden is fully opened to visitors.

Mr Ward added:

“The walled garden will open to the public once the planting and other landscaping is complete. We want everyone to enjoy their journey into the revived garden, and to be inspired and enjoy their time with us. In the meantime, the garden will be used for some groups who book the museum’s educational programmes.”

For more information on the project and how to support it, visit

Photograph by Steve Marshfield.  Shows funders, Members, Friends Committee, Contractors, Museum Trustees, Museum staff and volunteers in the new Entranceway.


Editors Notes:

The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust provides grants from funds generated by the Landfill Communities Fund provided by Cory Environmental (Gloucestershire) Ltd, which owns and manages the waste management operations in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.  More information on how to apply for Gloucestershire Environmental Trust funding can be found at

The Friends of the Museum (Friends of Stroud District (Cowle) Museum) is a charitable trust which offers support and financial assistance to Museum in the Park. See

The Summerfield Charitable Trust was established in 1989, it has paid more than £7 million in grants to good causes in Gloucestershire benefiting the arts, the natural heritage and environment, community projects, education, recreation and sport, and the vulnerable and disadvantaged.

The Garfield Weston Foundation has been donating money to charitable causes across the UK for over half a century. On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation ranging from the smallest community and volunteer projects through to large national organisations.

The project to construct the entranceway has been led by Nailsworth based architects David Austin & Associates.  The lead contractor is DJP Construction

Other members of the entranceway design team include: 

  • Richard Jackson Ltd
  • Broadhursts Chartered Quantity Surveyors
  • Stroud District Council Building Control
  • Phillex Electrical Solutions

Older News


The Story of 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.


Walled Garden a Regional Finalist

The Walled Garden Project is a Regional Finalist in the 2019 Civic Trust Awards.


Collections inspire IN-Sight

A new exhibition showcases work inspired by the Museum Collections.


Meet the Curator events this August

Take a journey to the Museum this August and get up close to the collection!

News Archive

31.12.2018 The Story of the Giant Snowdrop Company
07.11.2018 Walled Garden a Regional Finalist
28.09.2018 Collections inspire IN-Sight
28.07.2018 Meet the Curator events this August
27.07.2018 Accredited Museum launches summer programme
31.05.2018 The fascination of the Museum Collection
25.05.2018 The first Stroud Shakespeare Festival
19.03.2018 Art Lovers Weekend at the Museum
18.12.2017 Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
29.11.2017 December Deep Clean
24.11.2017 Walled Garden Highly Commended
22.11.2017 Museum work showcased
25.10.2017 Museum Collections Inspire New Book
19.09.2017 Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic
01.09.2017 Museum retains national quality mark
04.07.2017 Children's Festival coming to town this weekend...
22.06.2017 Museum Art Gallery Runner Up in Gloucestershire Awards
24.05.2017 Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast
22.05.2017 The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur
02.05.2017 Celebrate Museums at Night at the Museum in the Park
13.04.2017 The alternative St Georges Day at The Museum in the Park, Stroud
28.02.2017 Animation in Stroud
22.02.2017 Tales of Nonsense...
31.01.2017 Preliminary Design for Stratford Park Leisure Centre
06.01.2017 Inspired Tales - Storytelling Workshop For Adults
06.12.2016 The December Shut Down
28.10.2016 Autumn Celebration - Apples & Pumpkins Day
14.10.2016 Stroud's VCs
07.10.2016 Walled Garden Opens 8th & 9th October
22.09.2016 The Wonder of Wildlife in Gloucestershire
16.09.2016 Garden to open soon..
12.09.2016 Motoring Heritage brought to life
11.09.2016 Worldwide Impact of Stroud Cloth
07.09.2016 Historic Motorbike gets a run out for Heritage Open Day
19.08.2016 New business skills training sessions at The Museum in the Park
05.08.2016 Museum borrows a Post Office...
27.07.2016 Museum is a 'Quality Visitor Attraction'
20.06.2016 Exclusive Sneak Peek During Exhibition Launch
20.05.2016 Happy 90th Birthday: Babies of 1926
04.05.2016 Enter if you dare...
26.04.2016 Colour in Stroud's history over tea and cake...
12.04.2016 Echoes in Enamel Part Two - 'A Double Tragedy Near Stroud'
22.03.2016 15 Years of the Museum in the Park!
20.03.2016 Keeping Craft Skills Alive
18.03.2016 Grand Entrance for Revived Walled Garden
12.03.2016 Meet our Spring Artist in Residence at The Museum in the Park
04.03.2016 IMPRESS Printmaking Festival returns to The Museum in the Park
21.01.2016 Special event for National Storytelling Week
05.01.2016 Commemorative Material from Putten, Netherlands
26.11.2015 Museum Closes in December for Deep-Cleaning
23.10.2015 Patchwork Meadow Exhibition in Gallery Two
06.10.2015 You are invited to take part in the world's biggest festival of drawing!
30.09.2015 Fieldwork: New Work in Willow and Other Materials by Dail Behennah
27.08.2015 Work begins on Walled Garden Entranceway
18.08.2015 Tourism board praises Museum in the Park
21.07.2015 Museum remains a 'Quality Assured Visitor Attraction'
15.07.2015 Finding Alice in the Museum in the Park
03.07.2015 Walled Garden gets funding boost
12.06.2015 Waterloo - 200th Anniversary events at the Museum
01.06.2015 Objects of Desire and Delight
21.04.2015 The Miniature Museum of Museums has arrived!
27.03.2015 First pupils set foot inside the new Learning Pavilion
16.02.2015 Arts Council grant to help bring forgotten wartime stories to life
09.02.2015 New learning building for the district
05.02.2015 Secret Garden Silhouette Screen back at the Museum on 14th and 15th February
04.02.2015 Forgotten wartime stories to be brought to life
20.11.2014 Creative Talent supports Stroud's Secret Garden
03.11.2014 Remembering World War One - local stories, local impact
22.10.2014 Secret Artist 2014 - Save the date!
25.09.2014 Celebrate Poetry Past & Present
12.09.2014 Musical matchsticks go on show at the Museum
10.09.2014 A poetic celebration of Laurie Lee country
27.08.2014 Get on your bike to celebrate the Tour of Britain as it comes through the Stroud district
14.08.2014 Creating a buzz at the Museum in the Park
07.08.2014 Raise a Pint to the Pavilion!
15.07.2014 The Consumer Society under a Mosaic Microscope
26.06.2014 Roses for Laurie Lee's Birthday
25.06.2014 Chadwick's Place in Art History
12.06.2014 You are invited to step inside a world-famous sculptor's studio!
01.05.2014 Help celebrate 'Cider with Rosie', Laurie Lee's international bestseller!
22.01.2014 Artist in Residence at the Museum
05.01.2014 Museum Strikes Bronze
06.12.2013 Opening up Stroud's Secret Garden one step closer
13.11.2013 Art in Boxes
31.10.2013 Halloween Horrors from the Collections
29.10.2013 Secret Garden Photography Workshop
15.09.2013 Museum opens store for public tours

Plan your visit

  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      

Select a date from the calendar to see what's on


Some things you might like to know...

Contact & enquiriesAccessibilityCookie PolicyPrivacy Policy
© 2013 The Museum In The Park. All Rights Reserved
Website design The Creative Consortium
Stroud District (Cowle) Museum Service


Mystery Object Corner

Can you identify the mystery
object from our collection?

Click here to visit the mystery object page