What's on

Exhibitions

Echoes in Enamel Part Two - A Double Tragedy Near Stroud

Tuesday 12/04/2016
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Sunday 05/06/2016

COST: Free

Part of our World War One Commemoration Programme

Echoes in Enamel Part Two - A Double Tragedy Near Stroud
 

Come along to explore the tragic story of Stroud's own star-crossed lovers Archie Knee and Dorothy Beard through this new art work created by Sue Brown

Babies of the 1920s

Wednesday 18/05/2016
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Sunday 03/07/2016

COST: Free

Image shows two knitted baby's bonnets from the 1920s

Babies of the 1920s
 

To celebrate the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this quirky display will feature baby's clothing and other baby-related ephemera from 1926 - the year the Queen was born.

David Corio and Fred Chance: Keeping Time

Saturday 28/05/2016
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Sunday 26/06/2016

COST: Free

David Corio and Fred Chance: Keeping Time
 

David Corio began his professional career in 1978 taking photographs for New Musical Express, followed by The Face, Time Out, City Limits and Black Echoes, covering a wide range of music and portraiture. Corio has worked as a freelance photographer for many publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, Q, Mojo and Rolling Stone. Over the years, David Corio has documented musicians from the world of rock, reggae, hip hop, jazz, blues and world music along with portraits of many people in the arts.

His photographs are held by the National Portrait Gallery, London, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. and have been exhibited at The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Hayward Gallery, The Photographers’ Gallery, The I.C.A. and The Special Photographers Gallery in London, The Morrison Hotel Gallery, The Brownwyn Keenan Gallery and The Jack Shainman Gallery in New York and in Europe, Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Fred Chance has made photographs with musicians relaxing, rehearsing and performing for over 30 years. He lives in Stroud with his family and has worked as an independent photographer there for the past 15 years. In 2007 he was co-director, with Carlos Ordonez, of the PhotoStroud Festival of Photography and has been curator of a range of important exhibitions including work by Don McCullin and Andy Goldsworthy. He has collaborated in print with a number of writers and poets and worked with painters and theatre groups. His photographs with Travelling People are available in book form as are his works with Circus Performers.

His photographs are included in a number of private collections and have been exhibited internationally.

Workshops for Adults

One Day Enamelling Workshop with Sue Brown

Saturday 28/05/2016
10am - 4pm
COST: £20

One Day Enamelling Workshop with Sue Brown
 

Sold Out!

Enamelling is a traditional technique used to create a decorative surface of glass onto metal. This workshop will take you on an exciting journey exploring contemporary uses and applications of wet and sifted enamel on copper, using drawing and printmaking techniques. Be prepared to use the medium in surprising and unexpected ways. Suitable for experienced artists and those new to enamelling.

All materials will be provided. Bring a fabric apron (not plastic), and a packed lunch. Please wear long sleeves and shoes (not sandals!).

Booking is necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Supported by Arts Council England 

Family Events

Wind in the Willows 'I-Spy' Museum Trail

Saturday 28/05/2016
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Sunday 05/06/2016

COST: Free, donations welcome

Wind in the Willows 'I-Spy' Museum Trail
 

Characters from ‘Wind in the Willows’ have escaped from the book and are hiding in the Museum. They are felted and furry and we think, very small ... can you spot them all? For all ages but especially fun for younger children.

With thanks to ‘The Makers’ Steffi Stern and Sophie Buckley

www.themakerss.co.uk

Drop In Family Fun: Crowns and Coronets

Tuesday 31/05/2016
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Saturday 04/06/2016
11am - 4pm
COST: £1

Drop In Family Fun: Crowns and Coronets
 

Be a King or Queen for the day! Make a fabulous crown to wear which is as individual as you are.

A family drop in activity for all ages.

Special Events

Meet the Curator

Wednesday 01/06/2016
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Meet the Curator
 

Call in and discover some fascinating objects from our stores. This time there will be Royal connections in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Buzz Club at the Museum

Saturday 04/06/2016
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Buzz Club at the Museum
 

Meet Stroud Beekeepers and learn all about bees and beekeeping!

Linked to Stroud Festival of Nature

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park

Friday 10/06/2016
8:30pm
COST: Free

Mothing Evening in Stratford Park
 

Discover the night-time world of the moths of Stratford Park with expert guide Mike McCrea. Bring a torch, wear sturdy shoes/boots and meet outside the Museum.

All welcome but children must be supervised by a parent or carer at all times.

Workshops for Adults

Wind in the Willows Needle Felt Workshop for Adults

Saturday 11/06/2016
10:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £45/£35 Friends

Wind in the Willows Needle Felt Workshop for Adults
 

Join the authors of Making Needle Felted Animals for a summer workshop inspired by childhood classic Wind in the Willows.  Learn to needle felt whilst creating two of the following characters: Mole, Toad, Mr. Badger and Ratty. As well as taking away your creations, you will also be able to keep the needle felting tools for future projects.  On the day you will be able to purchase a signed copy of the book, and kits at a discounted rate. For adults and students aged 16 and above.

Needle felting is a fun craft and easy to learn – but beware – it can be highly addictive!

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Friends Events

The Festival Players Present: Hamlet

Wednesday 15/06/2016
7:30pm
COST: £15/£10 Concessions

The Festival Players Present: Hamlet
 

In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, The Festival Players Theatre Company is proud to present the Bard’s most famous play, Hamlet. Presented in full costume, an all-male company will bring you the excitement of this great thriller; intrigue, ghostly visitations, passion, a play-within-a play, a gripping duel, and humour, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced 2-Hour production.

Organised by the Museum Friends, this event supports the Walled Garden project. Bring seating, all-weather clothing and a picnic to enjoy at this outdoor production under the summer skies. Cakes, ice creams and Pimms available to buy during the interval and before the show. Grounds and Museum open at 6pm.

A Museum in the Park Friends event, proceeds to The Walled Garden Project

Box office: Cornish Riviera tel: 01726 879 500 or www.crbo.co.uk

Special Events

Film Screening: A Great Day in Harlem

Thursday 16/06/2016
8pm
COST: £5/£4 Concessions

Film Screening: A Great Day in Harlem
 

In keeping with the muscial theme of Keeping Time, we are pleased to screen two of the best films ever made about Jazz. A Great Day in Harlem, in the story of a still photograph. Jean Bach made the film in 1958, recording the moment when photographer Art Kane made his iconic image of 57 of the greatest Jazz musicians on a street in Harlem.

To book please call us on 01453 763394

Victorian Lawn Party

Sunday 19/06/2016
2pm - 4pm
COST:

Victorian Lawn Party
 

Without Stroud, the legendary lawnmower and tennis ball cloth, would Wimbledon be happening every year, we wonder? Join us for a quirky alternative as we remember the early days of tennis.  Meet a Victorian tennis player and watch a match or two on the gently sloping lawns in front of the Museum. Bring a picnic and, if you wish, come dressed in Victorian costume ... prizes will be awarded for the best dressed Mister and Miss and Lady and Gent. Light-hearted summer fun for all the family ... so long as rain does not stop play!

Film Screening: Jazz on a Summer's Day

Thursday 23/06/2016
8pm
COST: £5/£4 Concessions

Film Screening: Jazz on a Summer's Day
 

In this film, the connection to still photography is through the director, Bert Stern, one of the great photographers of the 1950's. It was made in the same year as A Great Day in Harlem, during the Newport Jazz Festival. Stern's skill at framing images is apparent throughout.

To book please call us on 01453 763394

Meet the Photographers

Sunday 26/06/2016
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Photographers
 

Fred Chance and David Corio will be in the gallery, talking about their work and sharing some of the techniques and experiences of making photographs in the challenging context of stage shows. Come and ask questions, share stories and enjoy a last visit to the exhibition.

Exhibitions

Bob Davison: Borders

Saturday 02/07/2016
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Sunday 31/07/2016

COST: Free

Bob Davison: Borders
 

Bob Davison's paintings and drawings evolve from his interest in nature, scienceand landscape. He may begin figuratively, from observation, noting colour, pattern, structure and space. Much of the work as it develops becomes unrecognisable and abstract, attempting to show how we perceive things. Marks, colour, pattern and space become a complex mix; elements become transient and elusive. Details and contrasts seen in garden borders and Cotswold landscapes become striking combinations of colour, marks and shapes.

Bob has been teaching on the BA course at the Art School/University in Cheltenham for over 30 years. For the first twenty he commuted from his studio in London. Fifteen years ago he moved to Stroud. He has had many roles at the University, including Fine Art Field Chair and Course Leader of Fine Art Painting and Drawing.

He has exhibited widely and has works in many national and private collections. Locally they may be found in Glos Royal Hospital, The University of Gloucesteshire and Willans & Willans in Cheltenham.

The progress of The Walled Garden Project at the Museum in the Park has provided a great opportunity to exhibit some of Bob's recent work, particularly those that maintain their reference to landscape, gardens and plants. Much of the work stems from observations in his garden, just outside Stroud.

Special Events

Stroud Festival of Nature: Courtyard Art

Sunday 10/07/2016
11am - 4pm
COST: Free

Stroud Festival of Nature: Courtyard Art
 

Stroud Festival of Nature is back in Stratford Park with a host of happenings exploring the wonders of the natural world and celebrating the wildlife around us. Come along to our courtyard for nature-inspired art activities today. Hands-on fun for all ages and abilities.

www.stroudnature.co.uk

Stroud Festival of Nature: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 10/07/2016
2pm
COST: Free

Stroud Festival of Nature: Butterfly Walk
 

Join Mike McCrea for a walk around the park, this time looking out for butterflies and exploring the plants and flowers which attract them. All welcome but children must be supervised by a parent or carer at all times. Sorry, no dogs!

Meet the Artist: Bob Davison

Sunday 10/07/2016
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Meet the Artist: Bob Davison
 

A chance to meet Bob Davison and learn more about his work and inspiration.

Exhibitions

Stroud Local History Society Summer Exhibition

Saturday 16/07/2016
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Sunday 24/07/2016

COST:

Stroud Local History Society Summer Exhibition
 

Once again, members of Stroud Local History Society show you our town from a different perspective. The old Stroud Brewery will be one of the highlights, alongside more local stories and slideshows.

Family Events

Punch and Judy

Wednesday 27/07/2016
12pm, 2pm & 3pm
COST: Donations

Punch and Judy
 

Storybox Theatre is back in town with traditional, Summer holiday Victorian entertainment from the devious Mr Punch and friends.

For stout-hearted boys and girls of all ages, but definitely not for those of a delicate disposition. Puppet shows take place outside, weather permitting, and last 30 minutes.

Suggested donation of £5 per family on the door. Watch the weather on the day, then pack your picnic and roll up armed with your raincoats and umbrellas or suncream, hats and shades!

The British Festival of Archaeology: Mini Digs Family Fun Day

Friday 29/07/2016
11am - 4pm
COST:

The British Festival of Archaeology: Mini Digs Family Fun Day
 

You don’t have to be an archaeologist to join in - the annual, nationwide Festival of Archaeology gives you the opportunity to learn about local heritage, see archaeology in action, and get hands on with history.

Here in Stroud you can try your hand at being an archaeologist!

Take part in our mini-excavation and see what you can find – can you correctly identify it? Learn how to record the finds from your trench and try out some archaeological drawing techniques. PLUS make a bronze age beaker! Mostly outdoor fun for all ages.

Most activities are free, donations welcome, and £1 per person for making a clay beaker.  

Special Events

Jenny Wren Productions present: Robin Hood

Sunday 31/07/2016
7pm
COST: £12/£10 concessions/£8 children

Jenny Wren Productions present: Robin Hood
 

"Beware outlaws! They are a plague, and a pestilence, and a blight.”

None more so than Robin Hood: he’s bold, he’s brave, he’s keen (and he’s rather smug).

Jenny Wren and her Merry Men take on the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham in this new adaptation of Robin Hood. As he strives to win the Golden Arrow and the hand of the valiant Maid Marian, Robin and his motley crew entertain all the family with our own brand of action, adventure, astonishingly attractive actors and… appalling green tights.

It’s just Robin, and some men, and the forest… Perfectly delightful.

What more could you want from a summer’s evening?

An outdoor theatre show outside the Museum, grounds open at 6pm for picnics. Ice creams, teas and coffees on sale at the Museum.

Box Office: Stroud Tourist Information Centre 01453 760900

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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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