What's on

Exhibitions

Medals

Monday 01/01/2018
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Sunday 04/03/2018

COST: Free

Part of our World War One commemoration programme.

Medals
 

This display looks at the Museum's collection of medals from the First World War

Cathedral of Cloth: Life and Times at Ebley Mill

Saturday 03/02/2018
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Sunday 04/03/2018

COST: Free

Cathedral of Cloth: Life and Times at Ebley Mill
 

In 2018 Ebley Mill celebrates the building of the Long Block at Ebley 200 years ago. The story of the mill reaches back to the early 1400s; it was owned by a fashionable man about town before Samuel Marling made it into the powerhouse of the Stroud Valleys. The finest cloth for Victorian gentlemen was made there, but also materials for 1960s so called "dolly birds" (fashion models) and racing car drivers.

This fascinating exhibition reveals the stories of the famous people and the ordinary workers connectedto the mill and includes many rarely seen items.

Presented by Stroudwater Textile Trust in partnership with the Museum in the Park.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Howard Beard

Thursday 22/02/2018
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Howard Beard
 

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!

Workshops for Adults

WEA Day School: The Human Story with tutor Greg Morter

Saturday 24/02/2018
10:30am - 4:30pm
COST: £25

WEA Day School: The Human Story with tutor Greg Morter
 

In this examination of the broad sweep and patterns of human history we will be asking, and trying to answer, some very big questions. Why, for example, did our ancestors survive when our cousins the Neanderthals became extinct? Why were plants domesticated in some places but not others?  Why did many places in different parts of the world experience very similar processes of urbanisation, centralisation of power and empire building? And why, in the nineteenth century, did Britain become the dominant global power rather than, say, China?

Book online at www.wea.org.uk course code C3528850

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Steve Marshfield

Thursday 01/03/2018
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Steve Marshfield
 

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.

Walks

Winter Bird Walk with Mike McCrea

Sunday 04/03/2018
10am
COST: Free

Winter Bird Walk with Mike McCrea
 

Join Park Supervisor, Mike McCrea, for an early morning stroll around the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park, looking out for native and visiting birds along the way. Wrap up warm, put your walking boots on and meet outside the Museum.

Exhibitions

Echoes in Enamel: Medals

Tuesday 06/03/2018
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Sunday 29/04/2018

COST: Free

Part of our World War One commemoration programme

Echoes in Enamel: Medals
 

Artist Sue Brown will be displaying newly created work on the theme of Medals inspired by stories and objects within the Museum collections. Sue's medals express emotion and words associated with the war, alongside the Edwardian and Victorian language of flowers.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Film Screening

Thursday 08/03/2018
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Film Screening
 

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.

Exhibitions

All Things Being Equal

Saturday 10/03/2018
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Sunday 15/04/2018

COST: Free

All Things Being Equal
 

Paintings, prints and drawings by Sandra Porter RWA

Grids and stripes feature heavily in Sandra Porter’s work which often finds its beginnings in architecture, usually grand as in St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow or Siena Cathedral in Italy. Recently, humble corrugated iron bothans on the Isle of Skye have caught her eye, appearing like drawings in the landscape and inspiring the new works which are shown in this exhibition.  This is Sandra Porter’s first solo museum show and will include large-scale carborundum prints, drawings and paintings.

Join the Artist for drinks to mark the opening on Saturday 10 March, 1pm to 4pm.

Exhibition supported by Arts Council England & The Iona Foundation, Amsterdam.

Family Events

Drop In Workshop: Paper Posies for Mothering Sunday

Sunday 11/03/2018
11am - 3:30pm
COST: £2

Drop In Workshop: Paper Posies for Mothering Sunday
 

Pop in and make a gorgeous paper posy for – or with – your Mum! All ages welcome, for grown ups as well as for children to enjoy.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Barry Harrison

Thursday 15/03/2018
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Barry Harrison
 

Barry Harrison explores the story of ground-breaking physicist John Canton, a weaver’s son who was born in Middle Street, Stroud in 1718.

Workshops for Children

Aardman Animations Clay Modelling Workshops

Saturday 17/03/2018
10:30am (sold out), 12noon (sold out), 2pm
COST: £5

Aardman Animations Clay Modelling Workshops
 
  • 10:30am – 11:30am workshop for 7 – 11s: ‘Hognob'- SOLD OUT
  • 12noon – 1pm workshop for 7 – 11s: ‘Shaun the Sheep’ - SOLD OUT
  • 2pm – 3pm workshop for 12s – 16s: ‘Gromit’

Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Chicken Run, and the brand new feature film Early Man, are giving you the chance to make your very own clay character at these fun, hands-on modelling workshops. Lead by one of their expert models makers, you’ll get the opportunity to create a model of either Shaun, Gromit or Hognob, plus you’ll be able to ask about the animation processes involved in making Aardman’s award-winning titles. And the fun doesn’t have to stop there – you can take your models home and have a go at animating them using Aardman’s easy to use Animate It! app, which they’ll show you how to access and use.

To book call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Part of Stroud Film Festival

 

Special Events

Meet the Animator

Saturday 17/03/2018
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Sunday 18/03/2018
3pm
COST: Free

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’.

Limited places so booking advised, please call the Museum on 01453 763394. 

Part of Stroud Film Festival

The Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Cafe

Sunday 18/03/2018
11am - 3:30pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

The Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Cafe
 

If you’ve yet to discover the innovative, humorous and subversively entertaining work of “the British Disney”, you are in for a treat! Visit our pop up cartoon café and enjoy some beautifully crafted, technically brilliant and wonderfully inventive short animated films from the award winning studio which was based in Stroud for many years. All welcome, call in for ten minutes or stay for an hour or more!

Part of Stroud Film Festival

Workshops for Adults

Photography for Wellbeing Workshop

Sunday 18/03/2018
2pm - 4:30pm
COST: £25/£20 concessions

Photography for Wellbeing Workshop
 

In this workshop you slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at the world around you. You learn to take notice and see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You experience the opposite of 'snapping away'. As well as improve your photography skills, the workshop helps you reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. 

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Part of Museums & Wellbeing Week 2018

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Brian Partridge

Thursday 22/03/2018
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Brian Partridge
 

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!

Special Events

Meet the Artist: Sue Brown

Sunday 25/03/2018
11am - 3pm
COST: Free

Meet the Artist: Sue Brown
 

Sue Brown will be in residence in the foyer café today. Come and meet her and find out more about the medals she’s created for her final Echoes in Enamel project, a series inspired by the Museum’s WW1 archives and the hidden stories it reveals.  

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Maureen Anderson

Thursday 29/03/2018
2pm
COST:

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Maureen Anderson
 

Local historian Maureen Anderson shares her research into the history of a former clothier’s house.

Family Events

Easter Bunny Museum Hunt

Friday 30/03/2018
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Sunday 15/04/2018

COST: Free

Easter Bunny Museum Hunt
 

Can you find all the baby rabbits who have hopped into the Museum to hide? Our fun Easter ‘I Spy’ trail is back, perfect for families with younger children.

Secret Garden Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 30/03/2018
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Sunday 08/04/2018

COST:

Secret Garden Easter Egg Hunt
 

As you wander around the enchanting garden, look carefully and see if you can spot some beautiful, colourful eggs hidden here and there … a fun ‘I Spy’ hunt for families, with a chocolate Easter egg or Easter sticker prize for children who complete the challenge.

Exhibitions

Select Festival 2018: Hannah Waldron

Saturday 21/04/2018
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Saturday 19/05/2018

COST: Free

Select Festival 2018: Hannah Waldron
 

Hannah began weaving in 2010 after an encounter with the weavings of Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers at the Bauhaus archive in Berlin. In the learning of her craft, Hannah has often felt it is the process of stories, of place, travelling and narratives that take in all the senses. She now specialises in designing and creating research-led printed and woven textiles that have an emphasis on storytelling.

‘Primary Traveller’ is a nomadic modular structure that will house a new body of weavings specially created for the Festival.

Full details of events, along with ticket booking can be found at www.sitselect.org

Special Events

Select Festival 2018: My Nature

Saturday 05/05/2018
11am - 5pm
COST: Free

Select Festival 2018: My Nature
 

My Nature is an exciting exhibition of experimental textiles from Select Trail's Guest Artists in France, Thailand, Taiwan and Great Britain. Each artist explores textiles, consumerism and the environment using print, stitch, weave and natural dye techniques. Curator Emma Neuberg specializes in cross-cultural design and brings together an international group to stimulate new conversations across the festival and its communities.

Artists exhibiting:

  • Marian Lynch: Textiles Print - Head of Textiles, Morley College, London, with a focus on ecological print & dye techniques
  • Lola Ley: Textiles Dye - William Morris Gallery Artist-in-Resident and member of The New Craftsmen, with natural dye research & techniques
  • Pauline Dumas: Textiles Print & Stitch - French textile design student at Chelsea College of Art with a focus on self-expression inspired by the natural world
  • Archana Pathak: Textiles Print & Stitch - resident artist at Textiles Hub London with focus on sustainability and well-being
  • Chayanit Jinnasith: Textiles Stitch & Fashion - Thai textile design student at Chelsea College of Art with a focus on global warming
  • Pei-Chi Lee: Embroidery & Fashion - Taiwanese textiles student at the Royal College of Art with a focus on embroidered story-telling
  • Lucille Junkere: Textiles Dye - former William Morris Gallery Artist-in-Resident and Winston Churchill Lifetime Fellow for indigo & slave trade research, with a focus on Nigerian and Jamaican inspired indigo embroidered samples

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From the Collection

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

 
 

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