Art on the High Street
Jun
25
to Sep 1

Art on the High Street

A museum foyer mini-display

Art on the High Street is a display of works by three local artists, all of which feature Stroud High Street. From Caroline Jaine’s Lost in Stroud to Steven Hubbard’s Bookshop we hope the works offer a glimpse into the art collections of the Museum in the Park and variety of artistic style to suit every enthusiast.

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The Mystery Wooden Box
Jul
2
to Dec 22

The Mystery Wooden Box

Rosie Simpson, one of the Museum’s wonderful team of volunteers, has been working with Fern Ryan, the Collections Assistant, to uncover the secrets of the mystery wooden box - a portable copying press patented by James Watt. Come to The Collectors Room and see the box open, with its contents displayed and learn about this fascinating early technology.

Curated by Rosie Simpson

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Marianne North: Adventurer, Botanist, Artist
Jul
13
to Aug 26

Marianne North: Adventurer, Botanist, Artist

Discover the story of the inspirational Victorian explorer, artist and botanist, Marianne North who was born and lived for much of her life in Hastings.She travelled the globe to satisfy her passion for recording the world’s flowers and plants with her paintbrush. At Kew Gardens, where Marianne North built her own gallery, there are 832 paintings, all completed in thirteen years of travel round the world.

This exhibition was originally part of the ‘Exploring Marianne North’ project organised by Creative Force with Hastings History Group, and supported by the National Lottery Fund. 

Gallery Two opening times vary so please call ahead before making a special visit.

Free admission. Donations welcome.

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Secret Garden Busy Bee Trail
Jul
13
to Sep 8

Secret Garden Busy Bee Trail

Learn about different kinds of bees as you follow our ‘Busy Bee’ I Spy trail created by artist Cleo Mussi. Look out for real bees, butterflies and mini beasts too as you enjoy a gentle walk around the enchanting garden. A family ‘I Spy’ trail for all ages.

Free. Donations welcome.

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‘Mussi’s Herbal’
Jul
13
to Aug 26

‘Mussi’s Herbal’

A new collection of inventive mosaics by Stroud-based artist Cleo Mussi.

An ornament of comely grace featuring garlands of the head, nosegaies and poesies for the recreation of mind and wholeness of being.

An exploration of ‘all the idle weeds that grow’, the vegetable guerrillas and common place plant escapees and trespassers that mark the well trodden tracks of human migration and movement. 

These adaptive generalists, wayside weeds and pot-herbs flourish despite constant disturbance. A visual delight seeking out “Honest downright good sort of weeds” that thrive in human company  as well as the outlaws and vegetable trash, invasive aliens and poysons; all of which are the global signs of upheaval, migration,  commerce and ritual since Neolithic times and an integral part of the contemporary British landscape.

After exploring the exhibition, be sure to take a wander around the Walled Garden, Cleo’s living, growing, every changing mosaic of colourful and dramatic plants and flowers.

Look out for special linked workshops, family drop in activities and a talk on plant lore by acclaimed author Roger Phillips.

Private View Friday 12 July, 6pm - 8pm 

www.mussimosaics.co.uk

Free admission. Donations welcome.

image © Cleo Mussi

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Lost in Space (and Time) Trail
Jul
13
to Sep 8

Lost in Space (and Time) Trail

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Here at the Museum we’re launching a brand new trail for the summer holidays ... The galleries seem to be full of astronauts who never made it to the moon. Can you find them? Where have they landed?

Free. Donations welcome.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge, visit www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

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Wild Weeds
Aug
20
to Aug 22

Wild Weeds

Forget the weeding, let your garden grow wild in drawings filled with monstrous foliage and fearsome flowers. With inspiration from the Walled Garden and examples provided by artist Alison Cockcroft create lush jungly scenes using colourful oil pastels and inks. Artist-led family drop in workshop recommended for ages 5+.

Cost £2

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‘Draw, Collage and Print’ Creative day workshop with Zoë Heath and Susan Kester
Aug
22
10:30 AM10:30

‘Draw, Collage and Print’ Creative day workshop with Zoë Heath and Susan Kester

Join artists Susan Kester and Zoë Heath for a day of creative exploration. Taking inspiration from the plants and flowers within the Museum’s walled garden, develop your observational and drawing skills together with the processes of collage and print. Materials provided but please bring a picnic lunch.  

£45 Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

Please note this is a repeat of the workshop on 16th August.

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From Plant to Paper - Workshop with Ursula Jeakins
Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

From Plant to Paper - Workshop with Ursula Jeakins

Make a variety of stationery items using plant based papers with expert tuition from bookbinder Ursula Jeakins. The workshop will show you how to take plant fibre papers, including Lokta petal papers and Khadi papers from recycled cotton rag, and combine these with  recycled greyboard, which we throw away in household waste every day,  to produce lovely bindings of notebooks and folders. For adults and over 16s.

£35 (£30 concs) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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SOLD OUT ‘Draw, Collage and Print’ Creative day workshop with Zoë Heath and Susan Kester
Aug
16
10:30 AM10:30

SOLD OUT ‘Draw, Collage and Print’ Creative day workshop with Zoë Heath and Susan Kester

Join artists Susan Kester and Zoë Heath for a day of creative exploration. Taking inspiration from the plants and flowers within the Museum’s walled garden, develop your observational and drawing skills together with the processes of collage and print. Materials provided but please bring a picnic lunch.  

£45 Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Meet the Curator – The Good, the Bad and the just Plain Weird!
Aug
14
2:00 PM14:00

Meet the Curator – The Good, the Bad and the just Plain Weird!

Meet our curator in this drop-in Q&A session highlighting objects which are not on display.

Pop in to take a closer look at some of the treasures and oddities that have been collected over the years, find out more about what the museum holds in its stores, and how and why the collection came together in the way it did.

Free event. Donations welcome.

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Outdoor Theatre Show in the Walled Garden: ‘The Sword in the Stone’ Presented by IKProductions
Aug
11
5:00 PM17:00

Outdoor Theatre Show in the Walled Garden: ‘The Sword in the Stone’ Presented by IKProductions

“Whosoever pulls this sword from the stone is the rightful King of England”
 Wizards, Magic Swords, Knights in Shining Armour, and the Throne of England. There are fights to be fought, Knights to be knighted, and quests to be… quested. See for yourself exactly how Arthur became the most renowned King of England in this madcap, hilarious retelling of the legendary English story of The Sword in the Stone.
Following their phenomenal response from last year’s The Three Musketeers, IKP are back with another unique, tongue-in-cheek adaptation of a classic story. Excellent fun for all ages - with slapstick, physical humour, fast-paced multi-rolling, and a smattering of playful innuendo for the grown-ups, IKP's The Sword in the Stone is an unmissable Outdoor Theatre treat this Summer.

Picnics welcome. There is no seating provided, so please bring something to sit on. This production is designed to be performed in the open-air and will continue in all safe weathers.

Bring low backed chairs or blankets to sit on and clothing to suit all weathers.

Gates open at 4pm, picnics welcome, drinks and ice creams on sale.

Tickets available in advance from Everyman Theatre call  01242 572573 or book online at www.everymantheatre.org.uk/box-office

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SOLD OUT Botanical Dyes: Workshop with Mila Harris-Mussi
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

SOLD OUT Botanical Dyes: Workshop with Mila Harris-Mussi

This workshop will teach the process of natural dying using a variety of plants found in the Museum’s walled garden and the surrounding countryside.  

Exploring everything from the common plants Nettle, Ivey and Marigold to the galls and barks of Beach and Oak trees, the workshop will show you how to create a beautiful range of colours with plants you can find easily and locally. We will also be experimenting with the brighter colours of Madder, Logwood, Annatto and Turmeric to achieve a varied and tonal colour palette on silk and linen.

The workshop will give you the chance to experiment with the different dyes and create your own unique colour pallet on a variety of differing fibres.

You will then be shown the traditional Japanese techniques of Shibori, which will enable you to create bold, repeat patterns through blocking, clamping and stitching the cloth. Using these techniques you can create your own naturally dyed length of silk to take home at the end of the workshop.  Materials provided, bring a notebook and pen. For adults and 16+.

£25 (£20) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

image © Aloha Bonser Shaw


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CANCELLED Moth Event in Stratford Park
Aug
9
8:30 PM20:30

CANCELLED Moth Event in Stratford Park

Sorry, this event has been cancelled - too windy for moths tonight!

With moth expert Mike McCrea, a chance to discover the nocturnal moth world of the park and woodland. Wear walking boots, bring a warm coat and torch and meet outside the Museum gates. For adults and accompanied children aged 5+.  Please be aware that some pathways are steep and uneven.

Free event.

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Floral Watercolour Workshop with Amy Perkins
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Floral Watercolour Workshop with Amy Perkins

Spend the day amongst some beautiful blooms learning the techniques used to create stunning floral watercolour paintings. Textile Designer Amy Perkins will guide you through some of the processes she uses to paint flowers using shapes and colours inspired by nature.  With loose strokes and bleeding colours you will produce multiple studies and vignettes and perhaps even come away with a piece to frame and hang.  Within the perfect surroundings of the Walled Garden you are sure to feel inspired and encouraged to let loose your creative side whilst meeting some like minded folk and learning lots of skills for future painting sessions.

For adults and over 16s, beginners and all abilities welcome, all materials provided but please bring a picnic lunch.

£35 (£30 concs) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394 Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

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Meet the Curator – Mystery Objects
Jul
31
2:00 PM14:00

Meet the Curator – Mystery Objects

Meet our curator in this drop-in Q&A session highlighting objects which are not on display. Pop in to take a closer look at some objects which you might not immediately recognise – can you guess what they are or what they might be used for? A chance to test your reasoning skills, your materials knowledge and to see some objects you might not have encountered before.

Free drop-in event. Donations welcome.

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Family Drop in Workshop: Magical Mosaics
Jul
30
to Aug 1

Family Drop in Workshop: Magical Mosaics

Be inspired by Cleo Mussi’s fantastic creations on show in the Art Gallery and make your own paper mosaic to take home. You can also play with our colourful tiles and pieces of china, create a design and snap a photo on your phone.

A family drop in workshop for ages 5+.

Cost £2

image © Cleo Mussi

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Outdoor Theatre Show in the Walled Garden: ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ By Baroness Orczy, adapted by Jenny Wicks
Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

Outdoor Theatre Show in the Walled Garden: ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ By Baroness Orczy, adapted by Jenny Wicks

We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!

It’s 1792 and France is deep in the throes of revolution. The aristocracy are holding out for a hero, and one swoops in from across the Channel.

A tale of England and France, of rich and poor, of divided loyalties and of a mysterious hero saving French nobles from the guillotine – just for fun!

A small troupe of actors adopt many disguises, accents and probably some beards, as Baroness Orczy’s classic adventure story gets the Jenny Wren treatment 

Vive la Révolution! 
Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité! And knitting!

Bring low backed chairs or blankets to sit on and clothing to suit all weathers.

Gates open at 6.30pm, picnics welcome, drinks and ice creams on sale.

£12, £10 concs, £8 under 16s Tickets available in advance from Everyman Theatre call 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk/box-office

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Talk: ‘Plant Lore from Herbs to Fungi’ with Roger Phillips MBE
Jul
27
2:00 PM14:00

Talk: ‘Plant Lore from Herbs to Fungi’ with Roger Phillips MBE

We’re delighted that the acclaimed author, presenter and photographer Roger Phillips will be giving an illustrated lecture to accompany the summer exhibition ‘Mussi’s Herbal’. Come and discover the fascinating world of plant lore past and present, then enjoy tea and cake a look around the beautiful garden with its stunning summer borders designed by Cleo Mussi.

£7 (£5 concs) Early booking highly recommended!

To snap up your places, call the Museum on 01453 763394.

About Roger Phillips MBE

Roger is in some senses an anti-academic. What he sets out to do is learn and understand a scientific discipline and then explain the subject to the general reader. His success is in part due to his being able to work in both camps without patronising the one or demeaning the work of the other. His knack is finding new ways of bringing known material to a larger public.

Roger Phillips originally trained as a painter at the Chelsea Art School and he has pioneered the use of colour photographs for reliable plant identification. Most of his photographs are taken using a plain background so that every detail of the plant specimen can be examined. His work has been so successful over the last 45 years, that he now has more than 40 books to his credit ranging from Roses to Mushrooms, through Vegetables, Trees, Perennial Garden Flowers, Shrubs and Wild Flowers. The books are translated into eight European languages and his international sales have now topped five million copies. Go to Google for more detail. 

He was awarded an MBE for his voluntary work protecting the gardens of London Squares.

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Butterfly Walk in Stratford Park
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Butterfly Walk in Stratford Park

Led by Mike McCrea, Park Supervisor. Spot butterflies and find out how special planting projects are encouraging different species to make a home here in the park. All welcome, but some pathways not suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Meet outside the Museum gates.

Free event. Donations welcome.

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Living Limestone Weekend
Jul
13
to Jul 14

Living Limestone Weekend

Celebrate this marvellous material, the quarrymen who harvested it, the stonemasons who fashioned it, and the fantastic fossils they have revealed.

Witness the traditional craft of a dry stone waller building a new section of wall.

Examine fossils and stone working tools from the Museum’s collection.

Meet a master stonemason and watch him at work.

If Dorset’s limestone cliffs form the Jurassic Coast, then the Cotswolds must be Jurassic Park!

Free event. Donations welcome.

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Pop up Print Workshops: Nature Prints
Jul
7
11:00 AM11:00

Pop up Print Workshops: Nature Prints

Take part in the Great Big Nature Festival in the Park today and celebrate the wonders of Stratford Park and our local green spaces. Make mono prints using leaves, feathers and other finds, or things from the recycling bin. Join printmakers from GPC in the Museum Courtyard for creative, hands-on fun in this drop in workshop for everyone!

Free event drop-in. Donations welcome.

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Stroud Nature Festival in Stratford Park
Jul
7
11:00 AM11:00

Stroud Nature Festival in Stratford Park

Stalls, demonstrations, talks and a host of activities all exploring and celebrating nature and wildlife and inspiring us to act now to take better care of our planet. At the Museum, make a nature print or visit Festival Director Steve Roberts’ wonderful wildlife illustration exhibition in Gallery Two. Museum open from 10am until 5pm today.

www.stroudnature.org

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Printmaking Workshop with Arthur Penn
Jul
6
10:30 AM10:30

Printmaking Workshop with Arthur Penn

Slow down and relax in the Walled Garden and try your hand at relief printmaking with  expert guidance from Arthur Penn. We’ll take inspiration from the glorious summer borders and beautiful natural forms outside, and will use a traditional Japanese technique of hand-burnishing to print our designs. All abilities welcome, for adults and students aged 16+.

£30 (£25 concs) Booking necessary – call 01453 763394

image © Arthur Penn

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Moth Evening in Stratford Park
Jun
28
9:00 PM21:00

Moth Evening in Stratford Park

Join Mike McCrea, Park Supervisor and moth expert, for a tour around the park in search of these wonderful nocturnal insects. Wrap up warm, wear sturdy shoes (paths are steep and uneven) and bring a torch. For all ages but children must be supervised and accompanied by parents. We’ll meet outside the Museum gates.

Free event.

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Stroud Pride: ‘Flags & Gladrags’ Family Workshop
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Stroud Pride: ‘Flags & Gladrags’ Family Workshop

Stroud is hosting a Pride Picnic on Saturday 29 June and everyone is invited! To get ready for the family festivities we need YOU to help us build rainbow bunting and fancy flags. Come along to this workshop, learn about colour and its many meanings and help make giant rainbow bunting for Stroud Pride. For all ages, free but donations welcome.

Free drop-in event.

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Wildlife Illustration Exhibition
Jun
11
to Jul 7

Wildlife Illustration Exhibition

Steve Roberts of Footprint Design presents a wonderful wildlife illustration exhibition.  Steve has been providing interpretation planning and design consultancy services for over thirteen years. Prior to this, his time was shared between wildlife illustration, outdoor educational activities for local schools and graphic design.

An exhibition to coincide with the Festival of Nature of which Steve is one of the directors. Works are also on sale.

Please note that Gallery Two is a shared use space and so access is not always possible.  If you are making a special visit to see this exhibition please contact us before travelling.

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Gloucestershire Printmaking Cooperative Summer Print Show
Jun
8
to Jul 7

Gloucestershire Printmaking Cooperative Summer Print Show

The Gloucestershire Printmaking Cooperative was founded in 2005 with the mission to promote fine art printmaking.  Unique in Gloucestershire, the GPC has specialist printmaking studios and a gallery at Griffin Mill, Thrupp, near Stroud. Print forms are developed and taught in a rich range of courses and include etching, stone lithography, letterpress, relief print forms such as lino, woodcut and wood engraving, screen print and textile printing.

GPC has over 100 members, many who regularly exhibit locally and nationally.

This exhibition is a sample of the wide range of work from large screen prints to intricate artists’ books.

gpchq.co.uk

Meet the artists on Sundays June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and July 7th 2-4pm.

Relief Printmaking workshop on Saturday 6 July (booking required)

Pop-up print workshops on Sunday July 7th

image © GPC

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Stroud Shakespeare Festival
May
30
to Jun 2

Stroud Shakespeare Festival

Stroud Shakespeare Festival returns to the Museum in the Park to kick off your summer with a Stroudie kaleidoscope of all things Bill. Theatre, visual arts, craft, music, and children’s workshops (and plenty of “mirth and merriment” in-between) will delight both newcomers to Shakespeare’s work, and those with annotated complete works.

Come along and “fall into our rustic revelry!”

As well as performances from eighteen different companies, there are plenty of activities planned for the four days, including a children’s trail, a dress-up box (not just for kids!), design a poster, and write your own sonnet. Refreshments available, from great local providers such as Grouch Coffee, and The Canteen.

Tickets range from FREE to £10, and are available from stroudshakespearefestival.com

The Tempest * Comedy of Errors * Macbeth *Impromptu Shakespeare * The Wooden Spoon Press * Autolycus! * Twelfth Night * Right Proper Barding * Sorelle Singers *The Shakespeare Heptet * Children’s Workshops * Make a Tudor Rose * and more!

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Stroud Valleys Project Bat Walk
May
17
8:30 PM20:30

Stroud Valleys Project Bat Walk

Encounter Stroud’s many incredible types of bats with a local expert. We will listen for bats using bat detectors and hope to spot some flying too. Bring warm clothes and a torch. The Museum will be open late if you’d to explore its displays or buy a cup of hot chocolate or tea.

Booking essential as numbers are limited – call SVP on 01453 753358

£5 adult, £2 child

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Museum & Secret Garden Late
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Museum & Secret Garden Late

We know how it goes ... life is busy, work is busy, its all too easy to miss out on the wonders and curiosities offered by an your local museum, even if its just around the corner. So here’s a chance to visit ‘out of hours’ and enjoy a relaxing look around the displays indoors and the enchanting garden outside. Entry free, teas, coffees, wine and Stroud Brewery beers for sale.

Free event, donations welcome.

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‘In the North Wind’s Breath’ - Talk with Andy Christian
May
17
3:00 PM15:00

‘In the North Wind’s Breath’ - Talk with Andy Christian

In 1975 the artist Winifred Nicholson invited the recently graduated Andy Christian too live indefinitely at her home, Banks Head on the Roman Wall. Through her he came to meet and was befriended by numerous contemporary artists and collectors including the Rev. Geoffrey Bennett friend and collector of L. S. Lowry, the sculptors David Nash and Andy Goldsworthy, tapestry weavers Lynne Curran and William Jefferies along with the wildly eccentric composer of the Doctor Who theme music, Delia Derbyshire.

This talk will focus on the textile aspects of the years spent at Banks Head with works from that time to enjoy and share.

Tickets: £8 (concessions £6)

To book go to: www.sitselect.org

This event organised by SIT Select

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Poetry Evening in the Art Gallery
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Poetry Evening in the Art Gallery

Come and mark the publication of a new Stroud Poets pamphlet with readings in the Art Gallery. This is also a chance to enjoy the ‘Sightlines’ exhibition afterhours, as you will be surrounded by work by Helen Carnac, David Gates and Matthew Harris. Free entry, drinks and poetry books available to purchase.

Free event, donations welcome.

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BuzzClub
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

BuzzClub

Spring is in the air and summer is around the corner, so it’s time for Stroud BuzzClub to meet again. If you and your children or grandchildren want to find out more about the wonderful world of bees and how to encourage them, come and meet in the Museum Courtyard.

£3 per child, pay on the day, for accompanied children aged 5+.

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