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Exhibitions

AV Kirby & CW Carter - A World War One Story

Tuesday 06/09/2016
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Sunday 02/10/2016

COST: Free

AV Kirby & CW Carter - A World War One Story
 

The next installment in our World War One commemoration programme, this display takes in the story of two local men - Private AV Kirby of the Gloucestershire Regiment and Sapper CW Carter of the Royal Engineers

See our World War One pages for more details about our Commemoration Programme and themes

Stroud Cyclists - Life on Two Wheels

Tuesday 06/09/2016
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Sunday 09/10/2016

COST: Free

Image shows a Dursley Pedersen bicycle

Stroud Cyclists - Life on Two Wheels
 

In celebration of the Tour of Britain passing through the district on 8th September we present a small display relating to cyclists of the Stroud District who are represented in the collections.

Schools Photography Exhibition: Wild Wonder Gloucestershire

Thursday 29/09/2016
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Sunday 02/10/2016

COST: Free

Schools Photography Exhibition: Wild Wonder Gloucestershire
 

A stunning portrait of Gloucestershire’s wild diversity, from adders and bees to orchids and water voles, discovered and photographed by pupils from more than 30 local schools during the past year. Taking a wildlife safari in school grounds or beyond the gates to a nearby wildlife hotspot, children have studied spectacular snowdrop displays, experienced the awe and seasonal wonder of trees, discovered rhino beetles and rare butterflies.

www.wildwonder.co.uk

The Stroud District VCs

Tuesday 04/10/2016
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Sunday 04/12/2016

COST: Free

Part of our World War One Commemoration Programme

The Stroud District VCs
 

Come along to the Museum to discover the incredible stories of the two recipients of the Victoria Cross during World War One. Captain Butler of Berkeley was awarded his VC in November 1914, and Lieutenant Bennett won his in November 1916.

Talks

Marion Hearfield: Stroud Brewery

Thursday 06/10/2016
2pm
COST: £5/£3.50 Friends

Marion Hearfield: Stroud Brewery
 

Come along for a new talk based on Marion’s research for her new book. There may even be a chance to sample some of the new, modern-day Stroud Brewery beers after the talk.

Exhibitions

Momentum and Walking

Saturday 08/10/2016
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Sunday 30/10/2016

COST: Free

Momentum and Walking
 

Walking is something most of us do without thinking – it’s such an automatic activity, learnt at a tender age and then largely taken for granted. Most of us walk before we talk or draw.

This exhibition explores the subject of ‘Momentum’, bringing together artists from Somerset and Gloucestershire, whose work is initiated by or responds to the act of walking and the momentum it creates.

Louise Baker, Sara Dudman, Michael Fairfax, Gordon Field, Debbie Locke, Linn O’Carroll, Nicola Pearce, Kel Portman, Deborah Roberts and Deborah Westmancoat.

Accompanied by walks and workshops for adults and half term holiday activities for all ages.

Special Events

Big Draw Weekend in Stroud's Secret Garden

Saturday 08/10/2016
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Sunday 09/10/2016
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Big Draw Weekend in Stroud's Secret Garden
 

What secrets and discoveries has the mysterious plant collector brought back from faraway lands? What do they dream of creating within these high garden walls?

Come and help us celebrate the long-awaited opening of Stroud’s very own Secret Garden and take part in creative activities inside this special place. All ages welcome to come and draw, play or simply see and explore. Creative and playful activities facilitated by local artists Alison Cockcroft and Emily Joy.

Exhibitions

Explore and Draw Exhibition

Saturday 08/10/2016
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Sunday 16/10/2016
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Explore and Draw Exhibition
 

Come along and discover some of the artwork that children created during our series of special summer workshops!

The exhibition is in Gallery 2 will be open Saturday and Sunday the 8 and 9 October and Saturday and Sunday the 15 and 16 October.

Supported by Arts Council England and Stroud Festival.

Talks

Gareth Williams: Edward Jenner - Life and Work

Thursday 13/10/2016
2pm
COST: £5/£3.50 Friends

Gareth Williams: Edward Jenner - Life and Work
 

Join Professor Williams as he explores the life and work of the local country doctor who changed the world.

Special Events

Early Evening Gallery Opening & Meet the Artists

Friday 14/10/2016
4pm - 7pm
COST: Free

Early Evening Gallery Opening & Meet the Artists
 

You are invited to drop in and see the new ‘Momentum’ exhibition, meet the artists and enjoy tea and cake at 4pm or a glass of wine later on. All welcome.

Workshops for Adults

Laying the Ground: Experimental Art Workshop for Sixth Form Students

Friday 14/10/2016
10am - 1pm
COST: Free, booking essential

Laying the Ground: Experimental Art Workshop for Sixth Form Students
 

This experimental. artist-led workshop offers students an exciting opportunity to work with artist Linn O'Carroll, whose installation is a major feature of the Momentum exhibition.

Linn's installation was inspired by her fascination with walking, archaeology, ancient drover trails and the chalk landscape surrounding her home in South Wiltshire.

The session with include the use of pre-made concertina paper books which be gessoed with grounds and slips by the participants. We will focus on drawing, investigating and experimenting with marks and tools. Playing with line, shape and composition whilst 'slow looking' at the objects and creating a timeline of drawings for students to take away.

The workshop is suitabke for year 12 and 13 students, with teacher participation expected. Students will be working directly from Linn's installation so will sit and work from the gallery floor. All materials/tools/books/aprons will be provided.

Linn requests permission to photograph the workshop and students so that the session can be shared on various social media platforms.

To book please contact our adminstrator on 01453 673394.

Walks

Autumn Tree Walk

Sunday 16/10/2016
2pm - 4pm
COST: £3.50

Autumn Tree Walk
 

Did you know that there are just 32 species of tree native to the UK? That trees, like humans, have hormones that influence the way they behave? On our Autumn Tree Walk with Paul Rutter you will discover more about these amazing woody plants, including some of the very special and rare species that we have here, in Stratford Park.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Workshops for Adults

Creative Network Business Forum

Wednesday 19/10/2016
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Wednesday 09/08/2017
10:30am - 12:30pm
COST: Various

Creative Network Business Forum
 

Creative Network runs business forums for those working in any part of the arts, crafts and design sectors. It's time away from your studio or desk to discover & explore the business dimensions of your work. Learn skills and refresh on existing skills within a facilitated supportive peer-to-peer community.

The 'Creative Network' business forums will run every six weeks from Stroud's Museum in the Park with the first forum running on Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 10.30am - 12.30pm. Further details can be found on Facebook or at the website: www.creativenetwork.org.uk

Each forum will include a training seminar by industry expert Abbi Kirby and will include discussions as well as offering thinking tasks and the chance to have free business mentoring sessions.

Benefits of being part of Creative Network are accessing: low-cost business seminars and training; facilitated discussions; help with doing market research and how to interpret data; support with developing marketing plans; ways to generate leads brushing up on sales and selling techniques; exploration of ways to raise awareness and reach audiences; identify routes to market and sell; expand your networks to create meaningful peer-to-peer support; listen and learn from other peoples' experiences; you'll be set challenges to stretch yourself; feedback sessions to enable you to move forward positively; build your resilience stay positive and motivated.

To attend a session costs £25.
If you attend 5 sessions in a row you qualify for 1 hour free business mentoring with Abbi Kirby.
Drop in as and when you need support.
Free membership.
No contract or monthly payment required.
Email to book and pay online to reserve your place.
Try out your first session for £20.

To register your interest or to ask a question, send a note to: info@creativenetwork.org.uk

Talks

Howard Beard: William Lee - Stroud's Young Edwardian Photographer

Thursday 20/10/2016
2pm
COST: £5/£3.50 Friends

Howard Beard: William Lee - Stroud's Young Edwardian Photographer
 

We invite local historian Howard Beard to tell the story of one of Stroud’s early photographers and show us the town as it was in days gone by.

Workshops for Adults

Gaining Momentum with your Mobile

Sunday 23/10/2016
11am - 4pm
COST: £20/£15 Friends

Gaining Momentum with your Mobile
 

The course is facilitated by Kel Portman and aimed at photographers who want to get the best out of their smartphone or tablet camera.

Camera use is changing rapidly with many photographers both amateur and professional using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets instead of their ‘old fashioned’ cameras.

Although simple to use, there are features that many users fail to find and with advances in simple to use editing apps and software, photographs taken on smartphones and tablets can offer a new and exciting means of creativity and self expression.

This practical course will help you develop your understanding of photography and won’t confuse you with ‘Gobbledeegook’ or technical jargon.

We’ll be walking the grounds of Stratford Park’s diverse landscape as our subject, so you’ll need to bring suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the British Climate.

Bring with you your device (smartphone or tablet) and make sure you have enough spare memory available. Make sure it has a full charge and bring your charger, just in case. 

Participants will be contacted before the course with a small list of Apps and software to download…much of it will be free or very minimal cost.

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring a packed lunch to keep you going.

What the course will cover:

  • Subject, Selection & Image composition
  • Applications, software and gadgets
  • Macro
  • Landscape
  • Difficult lighting condition and night photography

Booking necessary, please email museum@stroud.gov.uk or call 01453 763394.

Family Events

Half Term Holiday Activities: Autumn Nature Art

Tuesday 25/10/2016
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Friday 28/10/2016
11am - 3:30pm
COST: Free

Half Term Holiday Activities: Autumn Nature Art
 

Enjoy a walk outside in the park collecting colourful fallen leaves, seed pods and pine cones.  Then come inside and create some ephemeral nature art … bring your mobile or digital camera so you can capture your creations!  All ages welcome.

Special Events

Bulb Planting in Stroud's Secret Garden

Wednesday 26/10/2016
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Bulb Planting in Stroud's Secret Garden
 

Help us plant Spring flowering bulbs in the Walled Garden. All ages welcome, come along and help nurture Stroud’s new garden and encourage it to grow.

The Museum at Night

Friday 28/10/2016
7pm - 9pm
COST: Free

The Museum at Night
 

As the evenings draw in and Halloween approaches, we invite you to discover a different side of the Museum. Bring a torch and experience the spooky, spine-tingling atmosphere of the Museum at Night. You can also meet the Curator and see what frightful finds she’s uncovered in the stores. Enter if you dare!

Apple Day in Stroud's Secret Garden

Sunday 30/10/2016
11am - 4pm
COST:

Apple Day in Stroud's Secret Garden
 

Come along and join us as we celebrate our local apple trees and orchards, past and present, including the newly planted Orchard corner in the Walled Garden. Admire displays of heritage Gloucestershire apples from Days Cottage or have a go at apple pressing and make your own juice to take home. Delicious apple teas will be served in the Walled Garden Pavilion, making this a great day to visit for all the family. Watch out for further details nearer the time.

Organised in collaboration with Stroud Valleys Project & local artists Cockcroft & Joy.

Walks

Gaining Momentum

Sunday 30/10/2016
11am - 4pm
COST: £5/£3.50 Friends/concecssions

Gaining Momentum
 

The course is aimed at artists and non-artists who enjoy our wonderful countryside and want to use artwork, drawings, photography or words to reflect their appreciation.

The ‘artwalk’ leaves from Stratford Park and will take you around 4 miles over footpaths, through Autumnal woodland and over hills. Every so often, there will be a short stop to draw, photograph, write or just to look.

Walking the Land artists will offer subject matter, approach, techniques, feedback and advice to help expand participant’s enjoyment of making artwork.

Bring with you your art materials of choice, your camera (with spare batteries and memory) your smartphone or tablet and a notebook. You’ll need to wear suitable footwear and dress appropriately for the Autumnal Climate.

Landscape artist’s collective Walking the Land are based in Stroud and have been active in using art to bring landscape issues to the public over the past decade.

www.walkingtheland.org.uk

Talks

Barry Simon: The History of Aviation in Gloucestershire

Thursday 03/11/2016
2pm
COST: £5/£3.50 Friends

Barry Simon: The History of Aviation in Gloucestershire
 

Barry Simon looks at the fascinating story of aviation in this area and the early pioneers who dared to dream that they could take to the skies.  

Exhibitions

Longfield's Big Heart Secret Art Exhibition

Saturday 05/11/2016
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Sunday 06/11/2016
11am - 4pm
COST:

Longfield's Big Heart Secret Art Exhibition
 

The Big Heart secret art auction aims to raise vital funds to support Longfield’s art for health community programme. Last year more than 100 specially-commissioned pictures were sent to Longfield and sold on eBay in a secret auction. This year even more artists and celebrities are taking part! This is your chance to see the artworks in Stroud before the online auction opens on 22 November.

www.longfield.org.uk

Andy Lovell: Shifting Shapes

Saturday 05/11/2016
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Sunday 04/12/2016

COST: Free

Andy Lovell:  Shifting Shapes
 

Andy Lovell was born in Dagenham, East London in 1964, and moved to the Stroud area with his young family in 2007. He has has enjoyed a diverse career as Artist and Illustrator, but his chief love remains printmaking, in particular the immediacy of the screenprint and monotype processes. This exhibition centres on his silkscreen prints and monotypes and showcases new work covering landscape, cityscape, circus and abstraction.

www.andylovell.co.uk

Walks

Autumn Bird Walk

Sunday 06/11/2016
10am
COST: Free, donations welcome

Autumn Bird Walk
 

Join Mike McCrea for a morning walk around the park. All welcome, wear walking boots and meet outside the Museum.

Talks

Jane Bethell: The Wooden Cross at Woodchester

Thursday 10/11/2016
2pm
COST: £5/£3.50 Friends

Jane Bethell: The Wooden Cross at Woodchester
 

Join us as Jane reveals the moving story of the wooden cross, erected in 1917, which is believed to be the oldest WW1 memorial in the country.

Family Events

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Make your own stand up creatures!

Saturday 12/11/2016
11am - 1pm
COST: £2

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Make your own stand up creatures!
 

A simple, snappy drop-in session with Martha Lightfoot. She will show you how to create some wonderful cut out characters so you can do your very own story telling. Create a character from a favourite book or imagine and invent a new one ... a person or an animal, an alien, robot or fairy? You can also make a tiny character to add to our Crowd of Museum Visitors too! For ages 5 and above.

Tickets in advance: Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

Or try your luck and come along to the Museum at 11am on the day!

ww.marthalightfoot.com

Workshops for Children

Stroud Children's Book Festival: The Glump and the Peeble

Saturday 12/11/2016
2pm
COST: £2

Stroud Children's Book Festival: The Glump and the Peeble
 

Children aged 5 to 9 are invited to come and be inspired by the story of the Glump and the Peeble read by author Wendy Meddour. Afterwards get crafting with Rebecca Ashdown on your own creations. If you made a creature in the morning workshop you might want to bring it along to this one!

Tickets in advance: Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

Or try your luck and come along to the Museum at 11am on the day!

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Tales from the Home Front

Sunday 13/11/2016
2pm
COST: £2

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Tales from the Home Front
 

Sandra Ashenford’s workshop for children of all ages will inspire you to unlock stories about the 1940s with her collection of fascinating objects. By the end of the session you should have a short story or poem to take home with you. And if that’s not enough you have the whole Museum collection just waiting to inspire you too!

Tickets in advance from Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

Workshops for Adults

Stroud Book Festival: Introduction to Story Telling Schools

Thursday 17/11/2016
4pm - 6pm
COST: £20

Stroud Book Festival: Introduction to Story Telling Schools
 

A workshop with Jamila Gavin and Chris Smith.

In a Storytelling School all children become storytellers. Learning to tell stories from memory is an inspiring, engaging and inclusive way to acquire language and discover topic content. The Storytelling Schools approach integrates the tried and tested principles of Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ into a whole school approach to learning.

This twilight training for teachers and teaching assistants is designed as an introduction to the Storytelling Schools approach. We will introduce you to the overall elements of the system: teaching storytelling, deepening, shared writing, innovation and invention, and how it all fits together.

Booking necessary, please call the Museum on 01453 763394 or Stroud Tourist Information Centre on 01453 760900.

Talks

Barry Harrison: John Canton 1718 - 1772

Thursday 17/11/2016
2pm
COST: £5/£3.50 Friends

Barry Harrison: John Canton 1718 - 1772
 

Discover the story of a local boy, the son of a weaver, who was born and educated in Stroud and went on to become a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was important for his early investigation of electricity and its effects.

Workshops for Children

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Stan Stinky

Saturday 19/11/2016
11am
COST: £2

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Stan Stinky
 

Have a go at inventing your own sewer hero or silly pet shop character at Hannah Shaw’s fun workshop. For ages 5 and above.

Tickets in advance from Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

www.hannahshawillustrator.co.uk

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Bear on a Bike

Sunday 20/11/2016
11am
COST: £2

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Bear on a Bike
 

Enjoy some of Hannah Shaw’s wonderful stories and have a go at drawing. For ages 3 and above, this event is open to all ages but will be great for younger children – a chance to focus on Hannah’s newest (and silliest!) book!

To book call Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

www.hannahshawillustrator.co.uk

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Come and tell a teen spy story...

Sunday 20/11/2016
2pm
COST: £3.50

Stroud Children's Book Festival: Come and tell a teen spy story...
 

Join Jane Ryan in her workshop as she discusses all the ingredients needed for a stunning spy story. Delve into plots and plans and discover how the most ordinary objects can be important. For ages 11 to 16.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394 or Stroud Tourist Information Centre on 01453 760900

www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

Talks

From Time to Time: Victorian Entertainment

Thursday 24/11/2016
2pm
COST: £5/£3.50 Friends

From Time to Time: Victorian Entertainment
 

You are invited to join Lady Maud Grey and Eliza Kneebone for a light-hearted and entertaining look into how leisure time was passed in Victorian middle class homes. Book early to secure a seat!

Special Events

Art History Day School with Paul Chapman: The Work of David Hockney

Saturday 26/11/2016
10:30am - 4:30pm
COST: £25

Art History Day School with Paul Chapman: The Work of David Hockney
 

A fascinating day course organised by the WEA, presented by acclaimed lecturer Paul Chapman. Come and explore the work and influences of one of the UK’s most highly regarded living artists.

Advance booking necessary. For further details email museum@stroud.gov.uk or call us on 01453 763394.

Museum in the Park Christmas Weekend

Saturday 03/12/2016
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Sunday 04/12/2016
11am - 5pm
COST:

Museum in the Park Christmas Weekend
 

A medley of traditional Winter delights will be on offer before the Museum closes for its December Deep Clean. There will be something for all ages, from lantern or wreath making to carol singing, card making and more … look out for further details nearer the time!

Select a date from the calendar to see what’s on.  We are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays and in August).

 
 
 
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View of Wallbridge, Stroud, c.1790, artist unknown. This popular painting on display in the Museum shows Wallbridge in Stroud at a time when spinners and weavers worked at home in their cottages.

 
 

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