- 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
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- 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
- 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
Thursday Afternoon Talks and Tea
Don't miss our Early Bird offer where you can attend all ten talks for just £40 - a saving of £10! To take advantage give us a call on 01453 763394.
Our popular programme of Thursday afternoon talks take place during the Autumn and Winter months and explore different aspects of local history. Talks start at 2pm and tickets cost just £5 per talk and include tea and biscuits.
Advance booking and payment is necessary for all events, please call us on 01453 763394 or ask at reception during your next visit.
Rose Hewlett: A Village Life Through Time
11 January | 2pm | £5
Rose Hewlett will outline the chronological development of a village in the Severn Vale from 180 million years ago to the beginning of the twenty-first century. Time has not stood still, but Jurassic fossils (which were used to make medicine for cattle in medieval times) are still found in its gardens.
Gwilym Davies: Percy Grainger - Folk Song Collecting in Gloucestershire
18 January | 2pm | £5
Percy Grainger (1882 – 1961) was one of the first song collectors to make use of the phonograph to make sound recordings of singers, from which he was able to study the music in great detail. This talk looks at his three visits to Gloucestershire in the early 1900s.
David J H Smith: Gloucestershire Victorian Victims and Villains
25 January | 2pm | £5
A peek into the murky criminal history of Victorian Gloucestershire. Take a look at our ‘Fighting Crime’ display upstairs in the Museum for a reminder of how things used to be!
Paul Barnett: Rout on the Riviera - The Slapton Sands Disaster
1 February | 2pm | £5
Discover the story of the Slapton Sands Disaster (28 April 1944), a tale of wartime tragedy and drama which was hidden from the public until the 1970s.
Howard Beard: E P Conway, Photographer
22 February | 2pm | £5
Howard is back, this time to reveal the story of the Nailsworth photographer E P Conway. We’re looking forward to viewing some intriguing photographic images of local scenes and people captured long ago!
Steve Marshfield: Ebley Mill Captured on Camera
1 March | 2pm | £5
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. Linked to the ‘Cathedral of Cloth’ exhibition showing in Gallery One.
Film Screening: The Cotswold Craftsmen
8 March | 2pm | £5
A change this week as we enjoy a film produced by Harold Baim in 1954. Step back in time and see some of the founder members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen at work. Runtime around 25 minutes.
Barry Harrison: John Canton
15 March | 2pm | £5
Barry Harrison explores the story of ground-breaking physicist John Canton, a weaver’s son who was born in Middle Street, Stroud in 1718.
Brian Partridge: You Cannot be Serious!
22 March | 2pm | £5
When Brian Partridge’s knees began sending him painful messages, he re-thought his love of tennis and embarked on a new career as linesman and umpire, serving at Wimbledon between 1992 and 2002.
A real treat for all past and present tennis players – or Wimbledon fans – not to be missed!
Maureen Anderson: A House Built from Cloth
29 March | 2pm | £5
Local historian Maureen Anderson shares her research into the history of a former clothier’s house.
Plan your visit
Select a date to see what’s on. We are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays)