The Museum in the Park

The Museum in the Park
Stratford Park
Stratford Road
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL5 4AF
England

Website

Our website

www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Digital Stroud

www.digitalstroud.co.uk

E-mail

General emails and enquiries

museum@stroud.gov.uk

Telephone

Museum Office

01453 763394

Fax

Museum Office

01453 752400

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The Museum in the Park
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Family-friendly museum in beautiful parkland setting.
Featuring colourful displays relating to the history, people and places of Stroud District and a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and events.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

April - Sept: Tue - Fri 1000 - 1700, Sat & Sun 1100-1700
Oct - Mar: Tue - Fri 1000 - 1600, Sat & Sun 1100 - 1600
Bank Holiday Mondays: 1100 - 1700
Open every day in August. Closed 1 - 31 December.

Closed: Mondays (except August / Summer Bank Holidays)

Admission charges

Free. Charges may apply for some special exhibitions.

Objects relating to the Stroud District:
Dinosaurs, fossils, and mammoth remains.
Roman altars, glassware, jewellery and pottery.
Local landscape paintings and photographs.
Early lawnmowers and spanners invented in Stroud by Edwin Budding.
Locally manufactured cloth samples, tennis balls, textile machinery, plastics, spanners and walkingsticks.
Objects representing family and working life on the Cotswold Hills and in the Servern Valley
Coins, ceramics and natural history specimens relating to local collectors.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Anthony Abrahams
  • Nick Cudworth
  • Edward Smith
  • Alfred Smith
  • Pangolin Editions
  • Millenium Masks by the Mask Studio
  • Stroud Valleys Artspace
  • Stroudwater International Textile Festival
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

'All Consuming'

  • 19 July — 27 August 2014 *on now

Leading on from Cleo Mussi's previous touring exhibition, 'Pharama's Market','All Consuming' explores themes such as genetics, economics and sustainable practices. It is a comment on man's evolution within our environment, our impact on the environment and our desire to consume and collect everything.
This mysterious mosaic world is at times dark and disturbing, asking difficult questions which have no easy answers. It is also full of Mussi's trademark humour, wry observations, intricate and witty details and quirky beauty. Not to be missed!

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Typestract

  • 6 September — 5 October 2014

An exhibition exploring the history of Concrete And Visual poetry in Gloucestershire, curated by Andrew Morrison from the University of Gloucestershire. Essential viewing for students of both fine and applied art.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Laurie Lee: Poetry, Art and Landscape

  • 6 September — 5 October 2014

Thie exhibition shows a collection of previously unseen drawings and paintings by celebrated poet and writer Laurie Lee. It also includes new work by artists inspired
by a series of walks through Laurie Lee's beloved landscapes of Slad, the Stroud Valleys and beyond.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

'The Curator of Eccentricities'

  • 13 — 14 September 2014 11am-5pm

Local poets and artists present a new collection inspired by Laurie Lee's appearance as 'Curator of Eccentrics' at the 1951 Festival of Britain. Be prepared to encounter the strange and the surreal.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Stroud in the First World War: One Man's War

  • 1 — 30 November 2014

Discover the story of Samuel Watkins, a man from Randwick. Follow his journey through the First World War and the impact on the family he left behind

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/2014/

Stroud in the First World War: Technology and Innovation

  • 1 January — 29 November 2015

Discover the story of how World War One drove technology and innovation in the Stroud District.
We still need help with this topic- do you have stories about the munitions workers at TH&J Daniels, about the Dudbridge Ironworks or any other technology focussed World War One story - if so please contact us.
This forms part of a series of Foyer Case exhibitions across the commemoration period - please 'phone for details of what is showing on a specific date.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/2015/

Stroud in the First World War: The World At War

  • 1 January — 27 November 2016

Telling the story of volunteers and those conscripted from the Stroud District and their involvement in the First World War across all of the major theatres. During this year's programme we will look at local VC winners Captain Bennett and Captain Butler as well as other men represented in our collections.
We are still looking for help with the stories for this year's theme - if you have stories you think we should tell about men or women from the Stroud District please contact us.
This forms part of a series of Foyer Case exhibitions across the commemoration period - please 'phone for details of what is showing on a specific date.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/2016/

Stroud in the First World War: The Home Front

  • 1 January — 26 November 2017

This year's programme will look at the Home Front, at VAD hospitals, at reserved occupations and at the Volunteer Force.
We still need help compiling these exhibitions - if you have local stories you think we should include please get in touch
This forms part of a series of Foyer Case exhibitions across the commemoration period - please 'phone for details of what is showing on a specific date.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/2017/

Stroud in the First World War: Medals, Souvenirs and Legacy

  • 1 January — 25 November 2018

This year's programme will look at items from our own collections which demostrate the aftermath and legacy of the First World War
We are still looking for help compiling the stories for this year's programme - if you have local stories and/or artefacts please contact us
This forms part of a series of foyer case exhibition across the commemoration period - please telephone for details of what is showing on a specific date.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk/2018/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Punch and Judy Shows

  • 30 July 2014 12pm-3:30am *on now

Step back in time and encounter the devious Mr Punch and friends! Traditional Victorian entertainment brought to you by master puppeteer Rod Burnett from Storybox Theatre Company. Shows last 30 minutes and take place outside in the Museum courtyard... weather permitting!
Warning: not suitable for those of a delicate disposition.
Shows at 12noon, 2pm & 3pm

Admission

Donations

Mosaic Workshop with Robin James

  • 3 August 2014 11am-5pm

Discover the magic of mosaic making with experienced tutor and mosaic artist Robin James. Design and start work on a small mosaic panel whish you can then complete at home. All materials and tools provided, but do bring along some favourite found objects to incorparate, such as seashells, pebbles and fragments of china. With summer holidays in mind, our theme is seascapes and tidelines, and the day is open to complete beginners as well as those who've tried mosaic making before and wish to develop their skills. For adults and students aged 16+.

Admission

£42 (£35 Museum Friends)
Booking necessary - call 01453 763394

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Toys and Games of the Past

  • 5 August 2014 2-4pm

Fun for all the family, as enjoyed by our grandparents and great-grandparents! Enjoy hula hoops and skipping games in the courtyard, along with traditional games outside in the fresh air. Inside the Museum, you can see some of our favourite old-fashioned toys such as 'Tumbling Man' and other curiosities. All ages welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Meet the Curator

  • 6 August 2014 2-4pm

Meet the Curator and take a look at pereviously unseen obects from the Museum's collections. This time the theme is high-days and holidays and objects will include souvenirs, deckchairs, photographs and more. All ages welcome.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Summer Streamers

  • 6 — 9 August 2014

Celebrate Summer! Make a colourful paper flag to brighten up picnics and parties or a walk through the park. A family activity for all ages.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1 per child, accompanying adulks free.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

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Willow Workshop with Norah Kennedy

  • 10 August 2014 2-5pm

Discover the delights of weaving with willow. Create a beautiful dragonfly or butterfly to take home and use to decorate your house or garden. A fun and creative afternoon workshop for adults, all tools and materials provided.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15

Admission

£20.00 (£15.00 Museum Friends)
Booking necessary - call 01453 763394.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Meet the Victorian Maid

  • 10 August 2014 2-4pm

If you visit the Museum this afternoon,you may come across a Maid at work in the old Victorian Mansion House. Listen out for the lastest servant's gossip and goings on below stairs!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Toys and Games of the Past

  • 12 August 2014 2-4pm

Fun for all the family, as enjoyed by our grandparents and great-grandparents! Enjoy hula hoops and skipping games in the courtyard, along with other traditional games outside in the fresh air. Inside the Museum, you can see some of our favourite old-fashioned toys such as 'Tumbling Man' and other curiosities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

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Meet the Wildlife Art Expert, Cath Hodsman

  • 13 August 2014 2-4pm

Cath Hodsman is a talented British wildlife artist who is passionate about conservation and loves creepy crawlies, bees and butterflies. Cath will show you some of her stunning insect specimens, let you have a look through her microscope and share fab facts about her collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

photograph of a bee

Busy Bee Brooches

  • 13 — 16 August 2014

After finding all the bees in Cleo Mussi's mosaics and discovering more about these amazing insects, we'll create some fabulous brooches to wear.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£1.00 per child, accompanying adults free.

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Mothing at the Orangery

  • 15 August 2014 9-10:30pm

Another chance to join Mike McCrea and discover the fascinating night-time world of moths. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes, bring a torch and meet outside the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Meet the Victorian Servants

  • 17 August 2014 2-4pm

If you visit the Museum this afternoon,you may come across the Maid and Butler at work in the old Victorian Mansion House. Listen out for all the lastest servant's gossip and goings on below stairs!

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

photograph of butterfly on foliage

How to Paint a Butterfly

  • 17 August 2014 11am-4pm

Butterflies are amongst our most well known and well loved insects. This water colour painting day gives those of us who are fascinated by these ethereal creatures, the chance to study them and paint them in wonderful detail. This workshop for adults is led by artist Cath Hodsman.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£35.00 (£30.00 Museum Friends). Booking necessary - call 01453 763394.

Toys and Games of the Past

  • 19 August 2014 2-4pm

Fun for all the family, as enjoyed by our grandparents and great-grandparents! Enjoy hula hoops and skipping games in the courtyard, along with other traditional games outside in the fresh air. Inside the Museum, you can see some of our favourite old-fashioned toys such as 'Tumbling Man' and other curiosities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

photograph of fossil

Meet the Geologists

  • 20 August 2014 2-4pm

Drop in and meet our geology experts, find out about the museum's fascinating collection of rocks, fossils and dinosaur bones, and bring along your mystery finds for identification.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Monster Factory

  • 20 — 23 August 2014

Make a collection of weird and wacky monsters, insppired by cloned creatures found in Cleo Mussi's strange mosaic world!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1 per child, accompanying adults free.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Digital Camera Workshop for Adults

  • 24 August 2014 2-5pm

Explore the world around you using digital cameras. Photographer Theo Deproost will teach you how to maximise the capabilities of your camera, however basic or complex. These new techniques will then be put into practice, exploring the secret beauty of Stratford Park.

Admission

£15 (£10 Museum Friends)
Booking necessary - call 01453 763394

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Meet the Victorian Butler

  • 24 August 2014 2-4pm

Look out for the Butler from the Victorian Mansion House as you wander around the Museum today - you may overhear the lastest servant,s gossip and goings on below stairs!

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Toys And Games ot the Past

  • 26 August 2014 2-4pm

Fun for all the family, as enjoyed by our grandparents and great-grandparents! Enjoy hula hoops and skipping games in the courtyard, along with other traditional games outside in the fresh air. Inside the Museum, you can see some of our favourite old-fashioned toys such as 'Tumbling Man' and other curiosities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Holiday Photo Albums

  • 27 — 30 August 2014

Step back in time.... Make an old fashioned potograph album for your favourite hoilday snaps! There will be plenty of photo opportunities too, with Edwardian props and costumes on hand, so don't forget to bring along your digital camera.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1 per child, accompanying adults free.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Meet the Curator

  • 27 August 2014 2-4pm

Meet the Curator and take a closer look at previously unseen objects from the Museum's collections. This time the theme is festivals and fetes and objects will include Morris Dancing items, music festival memorabilia and more.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Walled Garden Tour

  • 31 August 2014 4pm

A chance to find out about what's happeningin the Museum's Walled Garden. It may look like a building site now, but there are exciting plans afoot!

Admission

Bookink necessary - call 01453 763394

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Meet the Victorian Maid

  • 31 August 2014 2-4pm

Look out for the Maid from the Victorian Mansion House as you wander around the Museum today. Hear about the lastest servant's gossip and goings on below stairs!

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Poetry Readings with Poet, Adam Horovitz

  • 7 September 2014 3-4:30pm

Like Laurie Lee, Adam Horovitz grew up in the Slad Valley and his writing is profoundly influenced by the landscape of this unique place. He will read a selection of his own poems as well as poems by Laurie Lee.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Typewriter Event

  • 13 September 2014 11am-5pm

An opportunity to collectively work on a piece of typewriter art, to be composed, typed and bound in one day. All welcome.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Heritage Open Day - Cowle Store Tours 2pm & 3.30pm

  • 13 September 2014 2-4:30pm

Join our Curator for a behind the scenes look at one of the Museum's stores, including a chance to see Stroud's best loved dinosaur. Find out about the history of the Museum, how we look after our objects and how we know where everything is!

Admission

Booking necessary - call 01453 763394

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

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Mothing at the Orangery

  • 19 September 2014 8:30-10pm

A chance to discover the wonderful night-time world of moths! With moth expert Mike McCrea. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes, bring a torch and meet outside the museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Creative Writing Workshop for Adults with Adam Horovitz

  • 20 September 2014 2-5pm

A workshop which will encourage you to write about your local landscape and everything that populates it, using the work of Laurie Lee and other local writers as inspiration, along with objects and the exhibition at the Museum. Using 'Cider with Rosie' and Laurie Lee's poetry as a starting point.

Admission

£10 including refreshments
Booking necessary - call 01453 763394

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

'Cider with Laurie'

  • 21 September 2014 3-5pm

The story of Laurie Lee's life told through tis own writings, compiled and edited by local Whitbread prize winning author Jamila Gavin. Readings, live music and a little lubrication, in a cosy cafe-style atmosphere.

Admission

£8 including a complimentary drink.
Booking necessary - call Stroud Tourist Information 01453 760960

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

'A Slad Century in Poetry & Music'

  • 25 September 2014 8-10:30pm

A guided tour through the Slad Valley in poetry and music, journeying through 100 years and featuring the work of Laurie Lee, Frances Horovitz, Frank Mansell and more, performed by the poet Adam Horovitz and by fiddle player Becky Dellow.

Admission

£8 including a complimentary drink.
Booking necessary - call 01453 763394

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum: Walled Garden Tour

  • 28 September 2014 3-4:30pm

A chance to find out what's happening in the Museum's Walled Garden. It may look like a building site now, but there are exciting plans afoot!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free but booking necessary - call 01453 763394.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Poetry Readings with Poet, Adam Horovitz

  • 5 October 2014 3-4pm

To mark the last day of the Laurie Lee exhibition, local poet Adam Horovitz will read a selection of his own poems as well as poems by Laurie Lee.

Website

http://www.museuminthepark.org.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Art Packs

http://www.stroud.gov.uk/museum

Explore the Museum's fine art collection and links with local history and geography. Activities suitable for KS2.

How to obtain

Telephone Ann Taylor, Learning Officer, on 01453 763394.

Four Seasons Resource Packs

Activities both in the Museum and outside in the Park, based on the four seasons of the year. Suitable for KS1 and KS2.

How to obtain

Telephone Ann Taylor, Learning Officer, on 01453 763394

Running a Home

A hands-on session on jobs around the home. For KS1 and KS2.

How to obtain

Telephone Ann Taylor, Learning Officer, on 01453 763394

Slippers D&T Project for KS2

A D&T project inspired by slippers on display in the Museum, with links to the history of the wool industry in the Stroud valleys.

How to obtain

Telephone Ann Taylor, Learning Officer, on 01453 763394

The Victorians

Meet Victorian characters in costume and discover what life used to be like in the Victorian era. For KS2 and KS3.

Creator

  • John Basset, Spaniel in the Works Theatre Company, Stroud

How to obtain

Telephone Ann Taylor, Learning Officer, on 01453 763394

Toys and Games of the Past

An activity day, including a Museum discovery trail, handling session, old playground games, storytelling and making a simple toy or card. For KS1 and KS2.

How to obtain

To book a session please call Ann Taylor, Learning Officer, on 01453 763394.

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