Find out more about Ebley Mill in not one but two of our talks this autumn!

Thursday Afternoon Talks and Tea

Welcome to our new programme of Thursday afternoon talks!

Talks start at 2pm and the ticket price (£5.50 per talk) includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Our ‘early bird’ offer for regulars is back too – book all ten for just £40.

To snap up your tickets call the Museum’s front of house team on 01453 763394 or ask at reception. Our opening and event booking hours are 10am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Advance booking and payment is necessary for all events, please call us on 01453 763394 or ask at reception during your next visit.

Ian Mackintosh: Stories from Ebley Mill

13 September | 2pm | £5.50

For 200 years Ebley Mill has had a massive impact on its surroundings and many people were involved before its closure as a textile mill in 1982. This talk recalls some of the long forgotten workpeople involved, the mill’s working conditions, the camaraderie and the dangers.

Jacq Barber: Fabric as Evidence

20 September | 2pm | £5.50

Objects can tell us stories, providing tangible connections to the past and the societies in which they were created and consumed. In this lecture, we’ll explore how we can read history through looking in detail at a late 18th century patchwork coverlet.  We’ll discover what its fabric and design can reveal to us about the people who made it and the world in which they lived. 

Rose Hewlett: William Sheppard, Cromwell's Law Reformer

27 September | 2pm | £5.50

William Sheppard (1595-1674) was one of the most prolific legal writers of the 17th century. His aim was to make the law accessible and more easily understood. As Oliver Cromwell's legal adviser (1654-57), Sheppard proposed a comprehensive set of legal reforms so far ahead of their time that many were not enacted until more than two hundred years later. Overshadowed in popular legal history by his illustrious Gloucestershire contemporary, Sir Mathew Hale, William Sheppard is today relatively unknown within his native county.

Pauline Thomas: The Wonders of Westonbird

4 October | 2pm | £5.50

Pauline, a volunteer at Westonbirt Aboretum, invites you to come and hear more about this truly special place. Learn about its incredible collection of trees, the changing seasons and what the future holds for the organisation.

Chas Townley: Margaret Hills - From Women's Suffrage to Citizenship

11 October | 2pm | £5.50

Margaret Hills is a rediscovered hero of the struggle for votes for women, having been an organiser and speaker for Millicent Fawcett's Women's suffrage campaign. Later she became the first woman elected to Stroud Urban District Council and became involved in many aspect of community life. In this talk local historian, Chas Townley, explores her role as a national campaigner and her later work in Stroud.

Paul Barnett: Purton Hulks Re-visited

18 October | 2pm | £5.50

Maritime historian Paul Barnett is back with one of his most popular talks, exploring the history of the famous ‘ship graveyard’ on the banks of the River Severn.

Diana Wall: Minchinhampton Aerodrome

1 November | 2pm | £5.50

Diana Wall reveals the history of the Australian airforce in the Tetbury, Leighterton and Minchinhampton areas during WW1.

Steve Marshfield: Ebley Mill Captured on Camera

15 November | 2pm | £5.50

Photographer Steve Marshfield had the foresight to capture the interiors of Ebley Mill before the historic building was renovated and transformed into the modern day base for Stroud District Council. This slideshow reveals some of his images and memories of the mill.

Marion Hearfield: Stratford Park and its Mansion

22 November | 2pm | £5.50

The Stratford Park estate has been part of Stroud since the 14th century and the oak tree on the hillside overlooking the house dates from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. This talk, based on Marion’s new book, looks at the story of this special place, its early owners and the people who have lived and worked here. Books will be on sale after the talk and Marion will be happy to sign a copy for you.

'From Time to Time': A Victorian Christmas

29 November | 2pm | £5.50

The series closes on a light-hearted, festive note, as two Victorian ladies, Lady Maud Grey and Miss Eliza Kneebone, show you how the Victorians enjoyed their Christmases, from St Thomas’s Day through to Boxing Day, and all the bits in between.  They will tell you of the many traditions, some of which are still carried on today, with conversation, a story, and a quiz to jog your memory.  Not forgetting the music – some you will know, some you may not, and some for you to join in with! 

With many thanks to all our guest speakers, our volunteers and to our volunteer host, Marion Hearfield.

Did you know?

In addition to our Thursday Afternoon Talks, there are talks and lectures programmed throughout the Calendar year. Keep your eye out for our events brochure, or take a look at the Calendar page to see what's coming up!

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