- About Us
- Why the Cockerel?
- The History of the Museum
- History of the Museum 1900-1983
- History of the Museum 1983 - Present
- The Cowle Trust
- Special Events
- Thursday Afternoon Talks
- School Holiday Activities
- Select 2018: My Nature
- Future Exhibitions
- Sandra Porter: All Things Being Equal
- Select Festival 2018
- Previous Exhibitions
- 2017 Exhibitions
- 2016 Exhibitions
- 2015 Exhibitions
- 2014 Exhibitions
- 2013 Exhibitions
- 2012 Exhibitions
- 2011 Exhibitions
- 2010 Exhibitions
- 2007 - 2009 Exhibitions
- The Museum Collections
- Collections Enquiries
- Recent Acquisitions
- Mystery Object
- Highlights of the Collection
- Paintings from the Collection
- Wilf Merrett Postcard Collection Gallery
- Featured Objects - The Lawnmower
- Featured Object - Wallbridge Painting
- Featured Object - Spanners
- Featured Object - Baughan Motorcyle
- Featured Collection - Casein
- Featured Collection - Prinknash Pottery
- Collections Policies
- World War One Commemoration Events
- 2014 - One Man's War
- 2015 - Technology and Innovation
- 2016 - The World at War
- 2017 - The Home Front
- 2018 - Medals, Souvenirs and Legacy
- Echoes in Enamel Project
- Stories from the Collection
- Trephined Skull
- Bragg Clock
- Beaker Boy
- Woolly Mammoths
- The Story of Animation in Stroud
- Friends of the Museum
- Friends Events
- Friends Contributions
- The Gate to The Secret Garden Print
- The Walled Garden Project
- Walled Garden Plan
- Walled Garden Brief History
- Walled Garden Project Photographs
- Secret Garden Public Photography Day 2013
- The first Walled Garden Residency by Quercus
- Only the Flame Remains: A Collection of Poems
- Museum Volunteers
The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur
The Museum in the Park in Stroud has put on display an amazing 180 million old Ichthyosaur!
Our fossilised baby Ichthyosaur, has been freshly cleaned and conserved, and will form the centrepiece of a temporary display which will allow visitors 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, plus the fossilised remains of the Ichthyosaur and its contemporaries this exhibition is not to be missed.
Ichthyosaurs are dolphin like 'fish lizards' and were first made famous by the celebrated lady fossil collector, Mary Anning of nursery rhyme 'she sells sea shells by the seashore' fame. Although numerous examples of these predatory marine reptiles are known there are very few 'baby' examples on public display.
This example was originally discovered in Lyme Regis, Dorset before being gifted to the Museum by a local gentleman.
Pete Lawrence of the Gloucestershire Geological Trust says 'The specimen at the Museum in the park is a virtually perfect example of a very young individual and shows beautifully all the characteristic features. It may not be the biggest but it is certainly ‘very cute’ indeed.'
The Watery World of the Ichthyosaur is open during normal Museum opening times until 9 July 2017.
Drop In Family Workshop: Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June 2017, 11am - 4pm
£2 per child suggested donation
Come along to this family drop-in workshop and make your own diorama of the watery world of the Ichthyosaur. Make your own ammonites, belemnites and plant life to populate your under-sea scene in this themed craft activity which allows you to explore the scientific evidence for the life of the Ichthyosaur alongside your own creativity.
Supported by The Curry Fund of the Geologists Association
Photo shows Hellen O'Connor a geologist and our Visitor Services Officer, holding the baby Ichthyosaur with Alexia Clark, Collections & Documentation Officer.
Cathedral of Cloth: Celebrating 600 years of Ebley Mill
Thanks to a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, visitors will be able to step back in time to the sights and sounds of Ebley Mill for a dramatic new exhibition at The Museum in the Park in February 2018.
December Deep Clean
It’s almost December and we’re once again getting that deep-clean feeling. The Museum will be closing its doors for 2017 from December 4, when we’ll be sprucing the place up for a reopening on New Year’s Day. Read on to find out more about exactly what we get up in this month of closing.
Walled Garden Highly Commended
We are delighted to announce that Austin Design Works have received an award from the Landscape Institute for the Walled Garden project, here at the Museum in the Park.
Museum work showcased
Some of the Museum's work has recently featured in two national reports.
Plan your visit
Select a date from the calendar to see what's on