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Family Events

Secret Garden Busy Bee Trail

Saturday 15/07/2017
to
Sunday 27/08/2017

COST: Free

Secret Garden Busy Bee Trail
 

Follow our summer holiday trail around the magical Walled Garden and find out more about honeybees along the way. A fun I-Spy trail with a chance to win some honey prizes too, organised in collaboration with Stroud Buzz Club.

Exhibitions

Summer of Treasure

Tuesday 25/07/2017
to
Monday 04/09/2017

COST: Free

There is also a summer Treasure Trail around the museum for families to enjoy.

Summer of Treasure
 

This summer, in partnership with the British Museum, we present the Summer of Treasure. As part of celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act we have created a temporary display of objects acquired via the Treasure process in the Collectors Room. The display includes two coin hoards. In addition, other small treasure objects have infiltrated displays elsewhere in the Museum.

You can also visit the British Museum's website to find out more about all of our Treasures on display, plus those displayed at other UK Museums

Animal Squatters

Wednesday 26/07/2017
to
Monday 28/08/2017

COST: Free

Animal Squatters
 

Enter a strange and surreal world where wild animals have moved in and made themselves at home. Gypsy Gee’s pictures combine collage and painting with a touch of fairytale magic.

Open Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Monday 11am – 5pm.

Opening hours vary during the week, please call ahead to check.

Family Events

Summer of Treasure Museum Trail

Friday 28/07/2017
to
Sunday 20/08/2017

COST: Free

Summer of Treasure Museum Trail
 

Pick up our free trail and follow in our Curator’s footsteps to discover more about treasure in our Collection. Look out for some creative craft activities too, all to mark the 20th anniversary of the Treasure Act.

Outdoor Toys and Games of the Past

Tuesday 01/08/2017
to
Monday 28/08/2017

COST: Free

Outdoor Toys and Games of the Past
 

If the weather is fine, we’ll be bringing out our old fashioned toys and games, chess, draughts, giant dominoes, hula hoops and hopscotch ... or perhaps you’d like to teach your grandchildren your favourite childhood skipping rhymes?

Fossil Fridays!

Friday 04/08/2017
to
Friday 25/08/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Fossil Fridays!
 

On Fridays during August families are invited to explore our Geology gallery where some fabulous fossils are on display. Then get creative with fossil wax crayon rubbings and simple but stunning printing with geology inspired designs.

An activity for all ages but children must be supervised by a parent or carer at all time.

Exhibitions

The Robbins and Roberts Pleasure Gardens

Tuesday 08/08/2017
to
Monday 28/08/2017

COST: Free

The Robbins and Roberts Pleasure Gardens
 

Contemporary, cutting-edge artist-curators Robbins and Roberts are taking over the Art Gallery this Summer!

The Pleasure Gardens of LOVE, unrequited, unfulfilled, lost, met, pained, beautiful, manicured, messy, mates for life. Robbins and Roberts explore the development of democratised spaces in the form of public parks and pleasure gardens through an exhibition of multi-media work. Working with local people Robbins and Roberts will develop new ways to encounter memories through objects, sound, park life, installation, performance and love.

I'm patriotic as can be and ration points won't worry me!

Tuesday 08/08/2017
to
Sunday 01/10/2017

COST: Free

Part of our World War One commemoration programme

Picture shows the 1914 Princess Mary Gift Tin

I'm patriotic as can be and ration points won't worry me!
 

A temporary foyer display which will look at how people on The Home Front provided entertainment and inspired patriotism, through objects from the Museum Collections. The themes explored will include rationing, morale boosting and fundraising at home.

Special Events

IKP present: Alice in Wonderland

Sunday 20/08/2017
4:30pm
COST: £10/£8 concessions/£5 children

IKP present: Alice in Wonderland
 

Follow IKP down the rabbit-hole this Summer and join Alice as she meets the weird and wacky residents of Wonderland. Adapted from the novel by Lewis Carroll, this new adaptation for all the family promises to entertain young and old alike. So bring along a picnic, as the Mad Hatter invites you to his tea party, and experience Wonderland like never before as Alice’s world becomes curiouser and curiouser, until you think you’ve gone mad. But let us tell you something – all the best people are!

Following their previous summer successes with A Rip-Roaring Summer Adventure and The Wind in the Willows, IKP return with their unique brand of fast-paced, quick-witted adaptations of classic British novels, which promise to entertain all the family.

Outdoor performance, bring clothing to suit all weathers!

Box Office: Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

IKP present: Three Men in a Boat

Sunday 20/08/2017
7:30pm
COST: £10/£8 concessions

IKP present: Three Men in a Boat
 

Come along on the adventure of a lifetime – well, of the Summer at least – and sail on down the River Thames with three men in a boat (to say nothing of the dog). Join Jerome, Harris, George and Montmorency from Kingston-upon-Thames to Oxford as they encounter a variety of people, places and peculiar maladies and discuss various important topics such as ‘why very few people suffer from sea-sickness on land’ and ‘the advantages of cheese as a travelling companion’.

Following their previous summer successes with A Rip-Roaring Summer Adventure and The Wind in the Willows, IKP return with their unique brand of fast-paced, quick-witted adaptations of classic British novels with this new adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s iconic story. Voted the 2nd funniest book of all time by Esquire and listed in The Guardian’s 100 best novels, Three Men in a Boat promises to entertain and delight!

Warning! Recommended for adults and older children only. Performance contains some scenes with partial nudity.

Outdoor performance, bring clothing to suit all weathers!

Box Office: Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

Family Events

Drop In Family Workshop: Animal Invasion!

Tuesday 22/08/2017
to
Thursday 24/08/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: £2

Drop In Family Workshop: Animal Invasion!
 

Is that a tiger on the sofa and a zebra in the hall?  Be inspired by Gypsy’s exhibition and make your own picture-story about animals who move into your house.

A creative drop in craft activity for families with children aged 5 and above.

Please note that last entry to our workshops is around 30 minutes before they end. This is to ensure you have plenty of time to make the most of our fabulous craft activities!

Special Events

Secret Garden Story Cafe with Fiona Eadie

Sunday 27/08/2017
3pm
COST: Donations

Secret Garden Story Cafe with Fiona Eadie
 

For thousands of years many of our most spectacular stories and tantalising tales have been set in the garden ... the rooted place where the journey begins and ends, where the seeds of adventure are sown.

Join storyteller Fiona Eadie in our wonderful Walled Garden where the story café will once again be blooming with intriguing, enchanting folktales from around the world.

For adults with or without children and for children over 5 with adults .

No need to book, just come along and listen. Tea and cold drinks available to buy.  

Swan Tours

Monday 28/08/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Swan Tours
 

Robbins and Roberts invite you to enjoy a Swan Tour outside the Museum to mark the last day of their summer show.

Swan Tours started three years ago in Stroud. Artists Robbins and Roberts wanted to encourage people to see life from a different angle, quite literally. Visitors to their exhibition, at The Brunel Goods Shed, were greeted by a swan pilot and guided around the exhibition seated aboard an inflatable swan on wheels. The swan pilot also acted as a personalised tour guide. The positive response from exhibition travellers led to further tours in the local area; and at exhibitions and events in Cardiff, Swansea and London.

Swan Tours are back in Stroud for one afternoon only – not to be missed!

Exhibitions

Gallery Two Exhibition: Alison Vickery

Saturday 02/09/2017
to
Sunday 01/10/2017

COST: Free

Gallery Two Exhibition: Alison Vickery
 

Alison is a local artist with a love of the beautiful countryside and natural forms around us. She is interested in capturing the fleeting moment, particularly the transforming effect of light on form and colour. She works in a wide range of media directly from the subject outside or from sketches drawn in situ which are later worked on in her studio. This exhibition shows work from the last couple of years and is a mix of floral pieces and local views.

Open Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Opening hours vary during the week, please call ahead on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Meet the Artist: Alison Vickery

Sunday 03/09/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Artist: Alison Vickery
 

Come and celebrate the opening of Alison’s new exhibition with tea and cake!

Exhibitions

Stroud School of Art Show 2017

Saturday 09/09/2017
to
Sunday 24/09/2017

COST: Free

Stroud School of Art Show 2017
 

Look out for a rare chance to see work by talented artists, makers and designers who teach at Stroud School of Art.

Special Events

Heritage Open Day Event: Meet the Animator

Sunday 10/09/2017
3pm
COST: Free

Heritage Open Day Event: Meet the Animator
 

Not many people realise that by the mid twentieth century, Stroud was home to Britain’s biggest and most influential  animation company, Halas and Batchelor. Discover more about the work of this famous studio with ‘The Animator, presented by Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company’.

Workshops for Adults

Get Off Auto: Digital Photography Workshop with Alan Law

Saturday 23/09/2017
10am - 3pm
COST: £50/£90 for both

Get Off Auto: Digital Photography Workshop with Alan Law
 

The first of two special photography workshops!

If you have only used Auto mode, or tried other settings on your Digital SLR camera, with disappointing results, this workshop will give you a good understanding of photography and how to work in Manual mode in just one day. You will have plenty of ‘hands on’ experience combined with tips and worksheets helping you put your new skills into practice. Bring your camera and laptop so you can view and edit your pictures.

Tea and coffee include, bring your digital camera, laptop and a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Exhibitions

Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic

Saturday 30/09/2017
to
Sunday 05/11/2017

COST: Free

Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic
 

In Anne Jackson's current project, ‘The Witchcraft Series’, she presents a series of works exploring the history of witch-persecution in Europe, and the metaphors which the idea of ‘witchcraft’  evoke in modern culture, through the medium of knotted tapestry.

Referencing sources from the earliest printed books warning against the evils of witches, to the repeal of the final Witchcraft Act in English law in 1957, the works explore the imagery and social attitudes that led to the trial and execution of thousands of people, mostly women, across Europe. 

Jackson's large and small-scale tapestries often depict evidence given in individual witch-trials, including that of young children encouraged to testify against their mothers. Whenever possible, she reproduces the original printed texts from witch-hunting pamphlets and trial accounts as part of the tapestry composition, seeing this as a kind of ventriloquism, giving a voice to individuals from the distant past.

Several tapestries also utilise the metaphor of ‘witchcraft’ to reflect upon our sense of powerlessness in the face of current fears and concerns, such as climate change.

Anne Jackson has exhibited widely across Europe, the USA, and in Australia. Her work is held in public collections, including the Art Endowment of the City of Aalborg, Denmark, the Geffreye Museum, London, and the Museum of Applied Art, Budapest, Hungary.

The Artist will be at the Museum on Friday 13 October, Wednesday 18 and 25 October, Saturday 28 October and 4 November between 2pm and 4pm. Call in to meet her and find out more about her work.

Supported by The Hartlebury Fund and weaversbazaar

Workshops for Adults

Get Off Auto: Digital Photography Workshop with Alan Law

Saturday 30/09/2017
10am - 3pm
COST: £50/£90 for both

Get Off Auto: Digital Photography Workshop with Alan Law
 

This second workshop will further develop your skills and help you learn new techniques to become more creative and confident with digital photograpy. Aimed at adults who attended Alan’s first workshop or who are already fairly confident with ‘Manual’ mode but want to expand and polish up their skills.

Tea and coffee include, bring your digital camera, laptop and a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

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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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