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Events in June 2017

Exhibitions

The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur

Tuesday 23/05/2017
to
Sunday 09/07/2017

COST: Free

The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur
 

A mini exhibition in the Geology Gallery

Taking our very own fossil baby Ichthyosaur, freshly cleaned and conserved, as its centrepiece, this temporary display will allow you to explore the underwater environment that this creature lived in. Discover what an Ichthyosaur ate for lunch, as well as the other creatures and plant life that shared its watery world. With artistic representations of how the Ichthyosaur lived around 190 million years ago, plus the fossilised remains of the Ichthyosaur and its contemporaries this exhibition is not to be missed.

Supported by The Curry Fund of the Geologists Association

Family Events

Pop Up Artist Studio in the Secret Garden Pavilion

Thursday 01/06/2017
to
Sunday 04/06/2017
11am - 4pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Pop Up Artist Studio in the Secret Garden Pavilion
 

Visit a pop up studio full of intriguing artefacts, mineral magic and fossil finds! Call in and look, or stop and linger, draw, dream and imagine ...

Creative, playful art activities and displays presented by Periscope artist duo Emily Joy and Alison Cockcroft, to coincide with Adam White’s exhibition in Gallery One.

Everyone welcome, do come and discover this special space.

Supported by Stroud Festival

Special Events

Evening Gallery Opening

Friday 09/06/2017
7:30pm - 10pm
COST: Free

Evening Gallery Opening
 

A chance to meet Adam White and experience his exhibition ‘out of hours’ - giant experimental watercolours, new sculptures and very ancient dead things in rock! Expect the unexpected and look out for live performance art combining radioactive rock nodules and the tuneful whelp of the Geiger counter – meet Dr Richard Dean and Sean Roe at 9pm.

Workshops for Adults

Artist-led Workshop with Adam White: Turning Rock into Paint

Saturday 10/06/2017
2pm - 5pm
COST: £15/£10 Museum Friends

Artist-led Workshop with Adam White: Turning Rock into Paint
 

Join Adam White for a workshop based on his geological map 'Petrifaction By Numbers’, painted using mineral pigments. Adam will demonstrate how to find and grind up mineral pigments, lapis lazuli, malachite, ochres and other natural substances to make paint. Also, time allowing, there will be a chance to discover how he uses unusual watercolour techniques -  freezing, bubbles, isopropanol, plastics, scoring, weak acids and other mysterious things!

For adults, all materials provided.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham

Saturday 10/06/2017
10am - 4pm
COST: £75

The magic of Watercolour Painting en plein air with Richard Callingham
 

Pegasus Art is delighted to offer new workshops for adults in Stroud’s ‘Secret Garden,’ the enchanting, newly opened Walled Garden at the Museum. There are plenty of subjects to draw upon – vivid flowers and plants in the garden borders designed by artist Cleo Mussi, architectural details such as the historic 18th century wrought iron gate, and the majestic trees of the surrounding parkland. The new glass-fronted Learning Pavilion will be our base, and a useful workspace in the event of wet weather. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a delicious light lunch will be served at midday.

Learn how to paint with watercolours en plein air in the Museum’s beautiful Walled Garden. Whether you’re a total beginner or more experienced painter, Richard is on hand to offer plenty of tuition and share his tips and tricks for painting in this versatile medium. His teaching philosophy is to keep things simple and build confidence.

 “Watercolours are my passion. No other medium can give such a fresh and spontaneous effect.”

Museum in the Park Friends are entitled to a discount of 5%.

For further details and to book places call Pegasus Art on 01453 886560 or email info@pegasusart.co.uk

www.pegasusart.co.uk

Special Events

The Festival Players Present: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Wednesday 14/06/2017
7:30pm
COST: £15/£13.50 concessions

The Festival Players Present: The Merry Wives of Windsor
 

An outdoor production directed by Michael Dyer with music by Johnny Coppin

The roguish and foolish Knight, Falstaff, schemes to woo two married women to get his hands on their husbands’ money, but the wiley Wives of Windsor are more than a match for him. The Festival Players Theatre Company brings you this colourful comedy in an all-male, fast-paced, costumed summer feast of farce.

Grounds open at 6pm for picnics. Please bring low-backed chairs and rugs and clothing to suit all weathers. Pimms, teas and coffees on sale at the Museum.

Box Office: Stroud Tourist Information 01453 760900 or book online at www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

Workshops for Adults

Willow Workshop with Susan Early

Friday 16/06/2017
10am - 3:30pm
COST: £40/£30 Museum Friends

Willow Workshop with Susan Early
 

Susan Early is back by popular demand and invites you to come and make a beautiful fruit or bread basket using traditional techniques and Somerset willow. All materials provided, bring a packed lunch.

Booking necessary, please call on 01453 763394.

Special Events

Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaurs: A Day of Talks and Demonstrations

Saturday 17/06/2017
11:30am - 3:30pm
COST: £7.50 Advance Day Ticket/£5 per talk

Rocks, Minerals and Dinosaurs: A Day of Talks and Demonstrations
 

Join Adam White for a day of discovery: two illuminating talks will uncover the stories of the new Welsh dinosaur and mineral collecting in the Forest of Dean, with a tour of Adam’s exhibition and rock splitting demonstrations in between.

11.30am

Talk with Cindy Howells, Palaeontology Curator, National Museum of Wales:.‘Dinosaurs and Deserts in Wales’

In 2014 a totally new meat-eating dinosaur skeleton was discovered in Wales. This is the very earliest Jurassic dinosaur fossil yet found and is around 30% complete. This talk will cover the background behind the find and other Welsh dinosaurs, and explore the changing environments in which they lived.

12:30pm – 1.30pm

Exhibition Tour & Rock Splitting

Join artist Adam White for a tour of his exhibition, followed by live live rock-splitting of the Triassicbone bed – find your inner Triassic reptile!

Tea and coffee will then be served (bring a picnic lunch with you if you wish).

2pm

Talk with Tom Cotterell, Senior Curator of Mineralogy, National Museum of Wales: 'Mineral collecting in the Forest of Dean - from the enlightenment period to today'

One of the first people to assemble a collection of geological specimens in this country was Dr John Woodward (1665-1728), Professor of Physick at Gresham College, London. Woodward bequeathed his collection of ‘Fossils’ to Cambridge University where it is preserved intact. His sizable collection contains many specimens of iron ores from the Forest of Dean, one of the oldest mining districts in Britain. Tom Cotterell reveals the insights Woodward’s collection give us into the Forest of Dean mines prior to 1728 and what sorts of ores were being extracted at that time.

The day will end around 3.30pm with a chance to view the Museum’s mini exhibition, ‘The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur’.

Book by 14 June and pay just £7.50 for the day (tea & coffee and a fossil or mineral ‘prize’ included) or pay £5 per talk.

To book call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Workshops for Adults

Creative Writing Workshop with Kevan Manwaring: Unearthing Stories

Sunday 18/06/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: £10/£8 concessions

Creative Writing Workshop with Kevan Manwaring: Unearthing Stories
 

Using Adam White’s exhibition ‘Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast’ for inspiration this playful, exploratory workshop will use short writing activities to stimulate your imagination and create mini-stories, poems, and life-writing. Through personal excavation who knows what stories you will unearth? No experience necessary. Just bring pen and paper.

For adults and children aged 12 years and older.  Kevan Manwaring is a prize-winning writer and creative writing lecturer.

Booking necessary, please call the Museum on 01453 763394.

Exhibitions

Carry our Soldiers Out of Sickness, out of Darkness ...to the Light of Good Health

Tuesday 20/06/2017
to
Sunday 06/08/2017

COST: Free

Part of our World War One commemoration programme

Carry our Soldiers Out of Sickness, out of Darkness ...to the Light of Good Health
 

A temporary foyer display which looks at soldiers returning from the front injured and ill, through objects from the Museum Collections. The themes explored will include rest & recuperation, the VAD hospitals and the emergence of a new illness - Shell Shock

Picture shows the Standish VAD Hospital

Special Events

Postponed due to wind - Mothing Evening in Stratford Park

Friday 23/06/2017
9pm
COST: Free

Postponed due to wind - Mothing Evening in Stratford Park
 

We've decided to cancel the mothing this evening due to the wind which would mean we would be unlikely to see any moths.  Apologies for the inconvenience.

Join lepidopterist Mike McCrea for a summer moth hunt in the park.

All welcome, bring a torch and meet outside the Museum. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Arts Inc Workshops

Saturday 24/06/2017
11am - 5pm
COST: Free, donations welcome

Arts Inc Workshops
 

Join us for a day of Arts Inc Workshops!

You will gain new insights and inspiration from exciting emerging artists who draw on a diverse palette of experience and creative starting points. Each workshop will be informative and thought provoking, inviting participants to engage in a creative process.

Palaeontology is a Dangerous Beast led by Adam White | 12 - 1pm

Exploring experimental watercolours, sculpture and dead things in rock. Adam's interest in palaeontology and the relationship between fossil patterns and art making processes will be the focus for the practice-based aspect of the workshop.

Collaboration in Proposing and Staging Exhibitions led by Odyssey Artists | 2pm - 3pm

The group embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. Their workshop will use installation and collage techniques to explore collaborative approaches to designing and staging group exhibitions.

I Say it with Crayons - Architecture and Mental Health led by Liam Whelan | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Creating a space to think and create work that opens up a conversation about the experiences of mental health challenges through art and audience participation. 

To book your place, please contact Art Shape on 01452 863855 or info@artshape.co.uk. Limited places only.

Midsummer Garden Party

Sunday 25/06/2017
2pm - 4pm
COST: Free

Midsummer Garden Party
 

Come along to the ‘Secret Garden’ and enjoy its summer splendours. Look out for time-travelling Mr Budding, inventor of the World’s first lawnmower, stop for tea or Pimms in the Pavilion Pop Up Café, or have a play at traditional outdoor games. Miserden Nurseries’ plant sale will entice keen gardeners too. All welcome, come into the garden to relax, unwind and enjoy.

Select a date from the calendar to see what’s on.  We are closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays and in August).

 
 
 
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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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