What's on

Events in October 2017

Exhibitions

Sybils, Sorcerers and Stroudies

Tuesday 26/09/2017
to
Tuesday 31/10/2017

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
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

Talks

Talk with Cherry Knott: 'Within Garden Walls'

Sunday 01/10/2017
2pm
COST: £7/£5 Concessions

Talk with Cherry Knott: 'Within Garden Walls'
 

Cherry Knott uncovers the fascinating history of walled gardens, exploring a story of continuity and change over more than three centuries.

Booking recommended, please call on 01453 763394.

Exhibitions

One Woman's Search

Tuesday 03/10/2017
to
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.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Tony Conder: Canal People

Thursday 05/10/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Tony Conder: Canal People
 

This week we welcome Tony Conder as he delves into the stories of the people who ran and worked on the canals in days gone by.

Talk with Anne Jackson: Certaine Wytches - Fear, Myth and Magic

Saturday 07/10/2017
2pm
COST: £7/£5 Concessions

Talk with Anne Jackson: Certaine Wytches - Fear, Myth and Magic
 

Anne Jackson will discuss the background and development of ‘The Witchcraft Series’. She researches historic witch trials and prosecutions in the UK and across Europe, and transforms the resulting narratives  into knotted tapestries, textile artworks of great intricacy and richness, which also reflect upon our modern-day fears and concerns.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Family Events

Meet the Buzz Club

Sunday 08/10/2017
11am - 12pm
COST: £2

Meet the Buzz Club
 

Come and meet Stroud Buzz Club, see our Walled Garden bee hive, sample local honey and find out more about the importance of bees around the world. Everyone welcome.

Special Events

WITCH

Thursday 12/10/2017
7:30pm
COST: £7/£5 Concessions

WITCH
 

Circle of Spears Productions presents WITCH, an acclaimed original historical drama by Tracey Norman which is based on extensive research into witch trials and actual witch trial transcripts. It follows destitute healer Margery Scrope, who must face her accuser, Thomas Latimer, and the local magistrate Sir William Tyrell, to defend herself. Tyrell listens to both sides of the story before deciding whether the case should proceed to trial. Has Margery really 'bewitched' Latimer's children, or is there a darker purpose behind his accusation? Ultimately, whatever has happened, a woman's life is on the line.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Cherry Hubbard: Roman Gardens

Thursday 12/10/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with Cherry Hubbard: Roman Gardens
 

In this talk Cherry Hubbard explores the legacy of the Romans in our gardens. From how they created peaceful spaces in the home, to their use of plants for food, drink and medicine.

Family Events

Big Draw Weekend: Living Lines

Saturday 14/10/2017
to
Sunday 15/10/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Big Draw Weekend: Living Lines
 

What would happen if the Museum’s Animation Machine came to life? Explore the world of moving pictures in a magical immersive environment where your drawings take on a life of their own. A creative, inventive drop-in event for all ages presented by Periscope artists Alison Cockcroft and Emily Joy.

Admission free, donations welcome. 

Talks

Thursday Afternoon Talk with John Putney: Witchfynder

Thursday 19/10/2017
2pm
COST: £5

Thursday Afternoon Talk with John Putney: Witchfynder
 

Is your village plagued by witches? Step back in time and hear tales of Gloucestershire witches and how they were tried and punished.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

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
to
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.

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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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