What's on

Exhibitions

Two Make

Sunday 01/01/2017
to
Sunday 19/02/2017

COST: Free

Two Make
 

'Two Make' plots the shared output of ten pairs of established makers who have created new work together. The partnerships are diverse, ranging from life long friends who live in different parts of the country, makers working with each other for the first time, makers who wanted to learn new skills and a couple working together over pregnancy and the birth of their daughter. Two Makes explores collaboration, sharing ideas, working through problems, encountering risk and explorin uncertainty.

This exhibition is part of a wider project that explores cooperation within craft communities, particulalry drawing on the role of regional craft guilds and associations in supporting practitioners' livelihoods. Two Make emerged from Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen as a way to celebrate the spirit of cooperation and as a way of stimulating and enhancing the practice of current members.

Curated by Miranda Lenonard, in partnership with Dr. Nicola Thomas, University of Exeter and the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

Supported by the Arts Council and Humanities Research Council and the Arts Council.

Collections Display: Defence of the Realm

Sunday 01/01/2017
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Sunday 19/02/2017

COST: Free

Collections Display: Defence of the Realm
 

This exhibition takes a look at the World War One volunteer force - the forerunner of 'Dad's Army' - and efforts to protect the UK from possible invasion or attack during the war.

Touring Exhibition: Know Your Place

Saturday 07/01/2017
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Sunday 26/02/2017

COST: Free

Touring Exhibition: Know Your Place
 

Have you ever wondered what makes a place the way it is now? Or wished you could travel back in time and discover how your area has changed over the years?

Know Your Place is a cutting-edge exhibition which is showing at the Museum in the Park as part of an ambitious tour to 12 venues across the West of England. The exhibition will also be available online and can be viewed from any smartphone or connected device.

Featuring extraordinary images from archives, museums and heritage collections across the West of England, Know Your Place gives an unique insight into the history of the places where we live, work and visit every day.

This exhibition is part ofKnow Your Place – West of England, the digital mapping project to share your neighbourhood’s heritage online through old maps, historic images and heritage data.

Find out more at: www.kypwest.org.uk/exhibition

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Workshops for Adults

'Inspired Tales': Storytelling Workshop for Adults

Sunday 05/02/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: £15

'Inspired Tales': Storytelling Workshop for Adults
 

Celebrate this year’s National Storytelling Week and try the storyteller’s craft for yourself in a Sunday workshop at Stroud’s Museum in the Park on 5 February.

Course tutor Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers, who trained in storytelling at Ruskin Mill Nailsworth, guides participants through a sequence of spoken word exercises. No writing required! The day rounds off with the sharing of tea and tales, your moment to try out what you’ve discovered.

“The idea is for people to be inspired by objects and images from the fascinating collections around the museum,” said Chloë. “Some items will remind people of their childhood or grandparents, other pieces will fire up fantastic fiction. In modern storytelling, we want to hear personal and true life tales as well as traditional folklore and legends. Real storytelling is not just for children!"

“For 20 years I’ve been on a quest for new forms of spoken word story that will win the hearts of modern audiences,” added Chloë. “The Inspired Tales workshop is your chance to find your own unique way of storytelling and have a fabulous, fun time doing it.”

The day is affordably priced at just £15 including tea, coffee and biscuits, but advance booking is essential. Please register at the Museum by calling 01453 763394. Booking deadline is Monday 23 January.

Family Events

Made in Stroud: Incredible Inventions Trail

Saturday 11/02/2017
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Sunday 19/02/2017

COST: Free

Made in Stroud: Incredible Inventions Trail
 

The world's first lawnmower, the adjustable spanner, plastic made from milk, ground-breaking animations and so much more... Tracy Spiers has designed a new Museum Trail which invites you to discover just some of the incredible inventions which began here, in Stroud!

Link to Festomane, Stroud's Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering.

Special Events

Meet the Maker

Sunday 12/02/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Maker
 

Talented textile artist Jenny Bicât will be in the ‘Two Make’ exhibition this afternoon. Drop in to meet her and hear more about her fascinating collaboration with Bella Peralta.

Friends Events

Museum Friends' Bake Sale

Sunday 12/02/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: Free

Museum Friends' Bake Sale
 

Come along to the Museum today, meet members of the Museum Friends and enjoy homemade cakes and coffee in Gallery Two, where the Friends will be running a pop up cafe to raise much-needed funds for the Museum. You can also watch a rolling slideshow of images of old Stroud from the Wilf Merrett postcard collection.

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop: Valentine's Day Cards

Tuesday 14/02/2017
11am - 3:30pm
COST: £2

Family Drop In Workshop: Valentine's Day Cards
 

Come along to the Museum where we will be sharing love and affection with a unique, handmade card!

A family activity for people of all ages.

Workshops for Adults

Floral Design Workshop: An Edwardian Tussie Mussie Posy

Tuesday 14/02/2017
10am - 1pm
COST: £55

Floral Design Workshop: An Edwardian Tussie Mussie Posy
 

Join Katherine Kear and her team for this unqiue opportunity to receive expert tuition on how to produce historically influenced foral arrangements. Set in the Pavilion in our newly opened Walled Garden, this is a wonderful opportunity for floral creativity!

Refreshments and all materials will be provided. To book please telephone 07774979844 or email floralcreativity@gmail.com.

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop: Make a Mini Museum

Wednesday 15/02/2017
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Friday 17/02/2017
11am - 3:30pm
COST: £2

Family Drop In Workshop: Make a Mini Museum
 

Imagine your very own museum! Be inspired by real Museum objects or invent a new collection of intriguing finds and mysterious treasures.

A fabulous drop in workshop for families with children aged five and above.

Special Events

Meet the Curator: Miniature Museum Objects

Wednesday 15/02/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Curator: Miniature Museum Objects
 

Call in to meet the Curator and take a look at some of the teeniest, tiniest objects from Stroud District's wonderful Collections!

Two Make Closing Event

Sunday 19/02/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Two Make Closing Event
 

Join us for your last chance to visit the fantastic Two Make Gallery One exhibition. There will be drinks and nibbles, as well as the opportunity to meet some of talented makers.

Exhibitions

Collections Display: To my Dearest Love

Tuesday 21/02/2017
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Sunday 26/03/2017

COST: Free

Collections Display: To my Dearest Love
 

As a warm up to Sue Brown's new installation we will show a selction of letters sent to and from the men fighting the war.

Workshops for Adults

Creative Network Business Forum

Wednesday 22/02/2017
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

Exhibitions

Cheltenham Illustration Awards: Tales of Nonsense

Saturday 25/02/2017
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Sunday 19/03/2017

COST: Free

Cheltenham Illustration Awards: Tales of Nonsense
 

This exhibition showcases work by contemporary illustrators who were shortlisted for the 2016 Cheltenham Illustration Awards.

Organised by the University of Gloucestershire, the annual competition attracts entries from around the world and is open to students as well as emerging and established professionals. The exhibition is accompanied by a full colour Annual and focuses on narrative and visual storytelling.

The 2016 theme was 'Tales of Nonsense'. We sing nonsense rhymes to our children, we speak in riddles when we can't face the facts, we hide our deepest mysteries in absurdity... Nonsense attempts to explain the inexplicable and makes us smile when common sense fails.

Friends Events

Lecture with Tony Conder: Canals and Landscape Painting

Saturday 25/02/2017
2pm
COST: £7.50/£5 Friends

Lecture with Tony Conder: Canals and Landscape Painting
 

A lovely way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon. Join the Friends of the Museum for this fascinating lecture.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Illustrators Fair

Saturday 04/03/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Illustrators Fair
 

Interested in studying illustration at degree level or wanting to find out more about the inventive, diverse world of illustration? Come along to our Illustrators Fair, organised by the University of Gloucestershire’s Illustration Department and meet illustrators and illustration students. This is also an excellent opportunity to admire or buy diverse illustrated books and artefacts created by local artists and designers. Families can also enjoy Tracy Spiers’ brand new Mad March Hare trail which will be launched today.

Exhibitions

Exhibition in Gallery Two: Animation in Stroud

Tuesday 07/03/2017
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Sunday 02/04/2017

COST: Free

Exhibition in Gallery Two: Animation in Stroud
 

In 2014, a generous donation was made to the Museum in the Park of an ‘Acmiola’ sound and film editing machine. It came from Halas and Batchelor’s animation studio in Stroud, the most important animation company in Britain during the mid twentieth century. We are about to embark on a new project to tell the story of animation in Stroud, a story that has never before been told. The starting point will be the display of the Acmiola with a film clip to bring the object to life. New school sessions will be developed based around the character: The Animator. A programme of workshops run by a local artist, will allow three different age groups to create artworks inspired by animation.

Come along to this exhibition for the opportunity to discover more and see the animation cells created by Halas and Batchelor. An exciting way to celebrate our new project!

Friends Events

Lecture with Sir Henry Elwes: Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park

Saturday 11/03/2017
2pm
COST: £7.50/ £5 Friends

Lecture with Sir Henry Elwes: Snowdrops at Colesbourne Park
 

Sir Henry will talk about the renowned snowdrop collection at Colesbourne Park which was started by his great grandfather, Henry John Elwes (1846-1922), a traveller-naturalist who introduced many plants to cultivation.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Workshops for Adults

Floral Design Workshop: A Victorian Posy

Saturday 25/03/2017
10am - 1pm
COST: £55

Floral Design Workshop: A Victorian Posy
 

Join Katherine Kear and her team for this unqiue opportunity to receive expert tuition on how to produce historically influenced foral arrangements. Set in the Pavilion out in our newly opened Walled Garden, this is a wonderful opportunity for floral creativity!

Refreshments and all materials will be provided. To book please telephone 07774979844 or email floralcreativity@gmail.com.

Friends Events

Lecture with Dr John Chandler: Tales of the Severn

Saturday 25/03/2017
2pm
COST: £7.50/£5 Friends

Lecture with Dr John Chandler: Tales of the Severn
 

Join the Friends of the Museum for scintillating tales from the Severn!

Booking necessary, please call on 014553 763394.

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop: Cards and Crafts for Mother's Day

Sunday 26/03/2017
11am - 3:30pm
COST: £2 per activity

Family Drop In Workshop: Cards and Crafts for Mother's Day
 

Brighten up your Mum's day with some hands-on creative, crafty fun. Make a card, a brooch or both!

All ages welcome for card making, but brooch making is a little more fiddly and is recommended for children aged seven and over.

Exhibitions

Sue Brown Showcase Installation: Letters Home

Tuesday 28/03/2017
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Sunday 04/06/2017

COST:

Sue Brown Showcase Installation: Letters Home
 

The latest in Sue's World War One Artist in Residence series. This installation will take inspiration from the Museum's collection of letters and postcards received in the Stroud District by the friends and families of the men away at war.

Special Events

Meet the Artist: Sue Brown

Friday 31/03/2017
11am - 3pm
COST: Free

Meet the Artist: Sue Brown
 

Meet our artist in residence, Sue Brown, and find out how she made the latest installation for 'Echoes in Enamel, Letters from the Front'. Sue will demonstrate Gum Arabic transfer and talk about the inspiration behind the new piece on display in the Museum foyer.

Workshops for Adults

Floral Design Workshop: Dutch Period Floral Design

Tuesday 11/04/2017
10am - 1pm
COST: £55

Floral Design Workshop: Dutch Period Floral Design
 

Join Katherine Kear and her team for this unqiue opportunity to receive expert tuition on how to produce historically influenced foral arrangements. Set in the Pavilion out in our newly opened Walled Garden, this is a wonderful opportunity for floral creativity!

Refreshments and all materials will be provided. To book please telephone 07774979844 or email floralcreativity@gmail.com.

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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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