What's on

Exhibitions

Sybils, Sorcerers and Stroudies

Tuesday 26/09/2017
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Sunday 29/10/2017

COST: Free

Image shows excerpt from Peter Drinkwater's apothecary's notebook, 1803

Sybils, Sorcerers and Stroudies
 

This small temporary display highlights objects in our collections which reflect the superstitious natures of our forebears, or which provide evidence for belief in the powers of witches and wise-women in the Stroud Valleys of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic

Saturday 30/09/2017
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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

One Woman's Search

Tuesday 03/10/2017
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Sunday 03/12/2017

COST: Free

Part of our World War One Commemoration Programme

One Woman's Search
 

In 2014 we told the story of 'One Man's War' following Samuel Watkins as he disembarked for France in 1918. This complementary display will tell the moving story of Daisy, his wife, as she tries desperately to find Sam following his disappearance. Follow Daisy's story through original letters and other documents in this single-case display in the Foyer of the Museum.

Walks

Autumn Tree Walk with Paul Rutter

Sunday 22/10/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: £3.50

Autumn Tree Walk with Paul Rutter
 

Whether you’re interested in working in conservation or simply want to find out more about trees and how important they are, this walk is a must!

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Workshops for Children

Drop In Family Workshop: Magic Hats, Good Luck Charms and Secret Spells

Tuesday 24/10/2017
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Friday 27/10/2017
11am - 3:30pm
COST: £2

Drop In Family Workshop: Magic Hats, Good Luck Charms and Secret Spells
 

Make yourself a magic hat! Family drop in craft activity for ages 5 and above, come dressed as a witch or a wizard if you wish.

Special Events

Meet the Curator

Wednesday 25/10/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Curator
 

Discover some strange and spooky objects from the Museum stores! All welcome.

Dark Tales of Gloucestershire

Friday 27/10/2017
7pm
COST: £7 adults/ £5 children/ £20 family

Dark Tales of Gloucestershire
 

Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company presents their  lively, funny performance for all the family based on local folk tales. Be prepared for drunken fairies, royal intrigue, mythical beasts and more! Performed with music, poetry, puppetry and dance outside in the Museum Courtyard. Wrap up well!  Hot soup and mulled apple juice on sale to warm you up.

To book your places call us on 01453 763394.

Apple and Pumpkin Day

Sunday 29/10/2017
11am - 8pm
COST: Various

Apple and Pumpkin Day
 

A community late harvest celebration day in collaboration with Stroud Valleys Project. Come along and press your own apple juice, enjoy delicious apple cake in our pop up café, admire an exhibition of heritage apples from Gloucestershire and more. In the evening, enjoy a magical pumpkin lantern trail around the Secret Garden.

Wise Women and Witches: Haunting Tales with Fiona Eadie

Sunday 29/10/2017
3pm
COST: £5 adults/ £3 children

Wise Women and Witches: Haunting Tales with Fiona Eadie
 

Spirited, skillful and strong ... or warty, wrinkled and wicked? Stories of both abound and this is the time of year to hear them. Join storyteller Fiona Eadie for an afternoon of haunting, healing stories from around the world. For adults as well as for children aged 5 and above.

To book your places please call us on 01453 763394.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Simon Draper: Places Names in the Gloucestershire Landscape

Thursday 02/11/2017
2pm
COST:

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Simon Draper: Places Names in the Gloucestershire Landscape
 

Back by popular demand! We welcome Dr Draper as he describes the stories of place names in the area.

Workshops for Adults

Book Festival Workshop with Andrew Morrison: Books with Secrets

Saturday 04/11/2017
10:30am - 4pm
COST: £25/£20 concessions

Book Festival Workshop with Andrew Morrison: Books with Secrets
 

Join book artist and lecturer Andrew Morrison for a creative one day workshop in the ‘Secret Garden’ Learning Pavilion. We’ll be making beautiful, unique books that have hidden compartments and concealed pages - books perfect for holding secrets! This special workshop is suitable for adults, and also ideal for students aged 16 who’d like to expand their art and design portfolios.

Basic materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to being along their favourites papers and ‘secrets’ to hide within their book – perhaps letters, poems, small artefacts?

Tea and coffee provided but bring a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call us on 01453 763394.

Part of Stroud Book Festival

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop with Hannah Shaw: Villains and Baddies!

Saturday 04/11/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £2

Family Drop In Workshop with Hannah Shaw: Villains and Baddies!
 

Join local illustrator Hannah Shaw and imagine and make some stick puppet characters – they may be scary, creepy or just badly behaved! A creative drop in workshop for families with children aged 5 and above.

Part of Stroud Book Festival

Special Events

Meet Uley Blue

Saturday 04/11/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet Uley Blue
 

Come along and meet Uley Blue, a little hare with a big imagination! Join local illustrator Tracy Spiers for the launch of her new picture book inspired by adventures in the Museum. Make your own bookmark and follow the Uley Blue I Spy trail too. All welcome.

Supported by Stroud Festival

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop with Marth Lightfoot: Magical Mini Books

Sunday 05/11/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £2

Family Drop In Workshop with Marth Lightfoot: Magical Mini Books
 

 Join local illustrator Martha Lightfoot and make a magical mini book! Fill its pages with a spellbinding story complete with a hidden pocket to hide your secrets in. A creative family drop in workshop for families with children aged 5 plus.

Part of Stroud Book Festival

Special Events

Wise Women and Witches: Haunting Tales with Fiona Eadie

Sunday 05/11/2017
3pm
COST: £5 adults/ £3 children

Wise Women and Witches: Haunting Tales with Fiona Eadie
 

Join storyteller Fiona Eadie for haunting, magical stories from around the world. For adults and for children aged 5 plus.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Philip Moss: Gloucester in Old Postcards

Thursday 09/11/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Philip Moss: Gloucester in Old Postcards
 

A feast for the eyes as Philip Moss takes us on a tour of historic Gloucester through the eyes of tourists!

Exhibitions

Longfields Big Heart Exhibition

Saturday 11/11/2017
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Sunday 12/11/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Longfields Big Heart Exhibition
 

Last year more than 200 artists supported Big Heart, including amateurs and professionals, photographers and ceramicists. Antony Gormley, the Prime Minister and even Boy George took part. This is your chance to see the 2017 show in Stroud ahead of the online auction which will raise much needed funds for Longfields and help transform lives.

www.longfield.org.uk

Tales Through Others' Eyes

Saturday 11/11/2017
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Sunday 03/12/2017

COST: Free

Tales Through Others' Eyes
 

“A single experience can lead to many different responses - no two people see the world alike. It’s an easy thing to draw from life when informed by our own experience but to see through the eyes of others requires that we set out on a journey of imagination and empathy; to see clearly we might have to forget our own prejudices and preconceptions.” - Andrew Morrison, University of Gloucestershire

The Cheltenham Illustration Awards competition has been running for 10 years and attracts entries from across the world. Organised by the University of Gloucestershire, the Awards exhibition travels to venues such as London Book Fair and other galleries and universities, and is accompanied by a full colour hardback Annual.

The theme this year is ‘Tales through Others’ Eyes’, inviting us to imagine the world from a different perspective and reminding us that there are millions of lives beyond our own. Come and immerse yourself in this new collection of visual stories!

Please note that the exhibition will be closed Wednesday 22 November. Additionally we will be hosting our Festive Illustrators Fair in the Gallery on the weekend of the 2 and 3 December.

The exhibition will continue in the Near Year, showing from 1 to 28 January 2018. It will be accompanied by special events, workshops and a Festive Illustrators Fair, all organised in collaboration with staff and students from the University’s Illustration Department. For further details or to take part email museum@stroud.gov.uk

Walks

Stratford Park Bird Walk

Sunday 12/11/2017
10am
COST: Free

Stratford Park Bird Walk
 

Join Mike McCrea for a gentle Winter ‘bird spotting’ walk around the park. Put your walking boots on and meet outside the Museum.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Alan Pilbeam: Old Paths of Gloucestershire

Thursday 16/11/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Alan Pilbeam: Old Paths of Gloucestershire
 

Join us for meadering stories of the old pathways and cut throughs that can be found in Gloucestershire.

Workshops for Adults

WEA Day School: The Life and Works of Pablo Picasso

Saturday 18/11/2017
10:30am - 4:30pm
COST: £25

WEA Day School: The Life and Works of Pablo Picasso
 

We’ll spend this study day discovering the life and work of Pablo Picasso. Starting with his early life in Spain, we will continue though his years in Paris and the experimentations that led to the evolution of Cubism. Also, we shall examine his mature period, including the Surrealist period, and how his work was informed by the Spanish Civil War and WW2. We’ll conclude with his later years and his engagement with the Old Masters.

Booking necessary, call the WEA on 01392 457300.

Exhibitions

'La Niña Aurelia' by Dolores Phelps

Sunday 19/11/2017
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Sunday 03/12/2017
Various
COST:

'La Niña Aurelia' by Dolores Phelps
 

This MPhil/PhD illustration research project is a visual response to a memoir left to Dolores Phelps by her late mother, who was one of the 4,000 children evacuated from Bilbao by the ship Habana to Southampton in May 1937.

Dolores’ images are an interpretation of her mother’s memories of living in Bilbao during the Spanish Civil War - air raids, starvation, then the terrible voyage and starting life in the UK. Her work is also shaped by extensive research into the collective experiences and memoirs of other Basque refugee children who had to flee their homes and families.

Opening times vary, please call ahead to check before making a special visit. Tel: 01453 763394

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Di Wall: Soldiers' Sons, Shirts and Suffragettes

Thursday 23/11/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Di Wall: Soldiers' Sons, Shirts and Suffragettes
 

In this week's talk Di Wall takes a look at The Great War from the perspective of women. A fascinating, alternative look at events.

Family Events

Family Drop In Workshop: Greetings Cards, Tags and Badges

Saturday 25/11/2017
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Sunday 26/11/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £1

Family Drop In Workshop: Greetings Cards, Tags and Badges
 

Get creative with inventive illustration students from the University of Gloucestershire and make colourful greetings cards, gift tags and badges. For ages 5 and above.

Workshops for Adults

Wreath Making Drop In Workshop

Sunday 26/11/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £10

Wreath Making Drop In Workshop
 

Make a beautiful, festive Winter wreath to adorn your door. All materials and tea and coffee provided, but bring along some ribbons and special decorations to embellish your creation if you wish. For adults, and for young people.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Steven Blake: John Bellamy, A Gloucestershire Travelling Showman

Thursday 30/11/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Steven Blake: John Bellamy, A Gloucestershire Travelling Showman
 

In 19th Century Britain travelling shows were very popular and John Bellamy's 'British Model Gallery' was one of the most well known. Join us for this talk that looks at the Gloucesterhsire-born man behind the show.

Special Events

Festive Illustrators Fair

Saturday 02/12/2017
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Sunday 03/12/2017
11:30am - 4:30pm
COST: Free Entry

Festive Illustrators Fair
 

Come along to admire and buy beautiful books, cards, gift wrap, bags and other marvellous and magical illustrated artefacts! A great chance to buy unique and unusual gifts and meet up and coming illustrators, students and makers.

Carol Singing

Sunday 03/12/2017
4:30pm
COST: Free

Carol Singing
 

Join Eleanor Holliday and friends for a festive sing-along to close the Museum’s 2017 programme and mark the start of the festive season. Everyone welcome, come and sing your hearts out!

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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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