Part of our World War One commemoration programme.
This display looks at the Museum's collection of medals from the First World War
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.
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
10:30am - 4:30pm
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
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.
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.
Echoes in Enamel: Medals
Part of our World War One commemoration programme
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.
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.
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.
Drop In Workshop: Paper Posies for Mothering Sunday
11am - 3:30pm
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.
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
10:30am (sold out), 12noon (sold out), 2pm
- 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
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
11am - 3:30pm
COST: Free, donations welcome
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
2pm - 4:30pm
COST: £25/£20 concessions
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
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!
Meet the Artist: Sue Brown
11am - 3pm
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.
Thursday Afternoon Talk with Maureen Anderson
Local historian Maureen Anderson shares her research into the history of a former clothier’s house.
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
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.
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
Select Festival 2018: My Nature
11am - 5pm
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.
- 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