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Museum Collections Inspire New Book
A new picture book inspired by the Museum Collections is to be launched at Stroud Book Festival on 4 November 2017.
The Museum is looking forward to being part of the second Stroud Book Festival with a fabulous line up of workshops for adults and young people alike.
"We're very pleased to be involved in this fantastic Festival which will celebrate the wonders and importance of books, authors and illustrators at venues across Stroud" said Ann Taylor, Learning Programmes Officer.
"And we're delighted that one of the events happening here will be the launch of a brand new picture book by local illustrator Tracy Spiers, inspired by the Museum Collection and our local heritage."
The new pocket-size book tells the tale of Uley Blue, a little hare with a big imagination who visits her grandfather Scarlet Red Hare while he is at work at the Museum in the Park.
As she looks at the collection, Uley's creative magic enables her to have tea with the ammonites, ride a mammoth around Cainscross roundabout, be knighted by an important man in a painting, get threatened by an early animation machine and dance with a statue in the Museum's Secret Garden.
Illustrated and written by Tracy, Uley Blue also pays tribute to the textile industry of the Stroud valleys. Scarlet Red and Uley Blue are two of the woollen cloths which could be seen drying out in surrounding fields on tenter hooks.
The limited edition 60-page A6 book, which features hand-drawn images of the Museum's objects, was supported by a bursary awarded by Stroud Festival. It is the first book Tracy has published under Spotty Flamingo Publishing and is being launched on Saturday, November 4 (2-4pm) at the Museum as part of Stroud Book Festival. There will also be a Uley Blue trail and a bookmark making workshop for children.
"There are so many rich stories waiting to be told in the Museum. It's about asking the right questions and looking beyond what is in the cabinets. I hope Uley Blue will inspire the young and old to enjoy this special place using their own imagination," said Tracy.
For the full line up of Stroud Book Festival events and workshops see https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk/
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.
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