The Museum Shop

2021-09-17T14:16:28+01:00September 17th, 2021|

When you finish your tour of the museum, why not spend some time in the museum shop before you leave us? It's a chance for you to browse the merchandise and buy a souvenir of your visit, stock up on quality greetings cards or buy a book. For the children or grandchildren, we have fossil-themed [...]

The Family Room

2021-09-07T11:34:02+01:00September 7th, 2021|

Our Family Room provides a great space for children of all ages to get creative, draw pictures and make items such as lanterns and bookmarks. They can also dress up in period costume and accessories, pose for photo opportunities and step into paintings. It's just one stop on our popular Children's Trail, which is running [...]

Next Lecture: Inns and Traffic in the Coaching Age

2021-08-20T14:32:11+01:00August 20th, 2021|

Our beautiful museum building was originally a Coaching Inn, the 17th Century equivalent of a motorway service station but with better catering.  We're looking forward therefore to the next talk in our popular lecture series. Nicholas Herbert will talk on 16th September about Coaching Inns in the Cotswolds and some of the routes the stagecoaches [...]

Curiouser and Curiouser

2021-08-13T15:04:17+01:00August 13th, 2021|

One of our exhibitions recreates a 17th century Cabinet of Curiosities, a gentleman's collection of curios which would have been displayed in a purpose-built room for the benefit of family and friends. A collection like this became the foundation for the world famous Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England's first public museum, opened in 1683. Among [...]

A Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside an Enigma

2021-08-08T14:30:05+01:00August 8th, 2021|

Among the oil paintings on display at the museum, you'll find this rather lovely example. It's called Portrait of a Young Woman and was painted around 1630. To quote Churchill, it's a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. When it was left to Oxford Universities in 1855 by the collector, Chambers Hall, it [...]

John Drinkwater and the Arts & Crafts Movement

2021-08-06T14:34:26+01:00August 6th, 2021|

There are still a few tickets available for our next talk, when local author and storyteller, Kirsty Hartsiotis, will be exploring the story of successful playwright and Dymock poet, John Drinkwater. The event will take place at the Museum next Thursday, 12th August. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. The 2021 lecture series [...]

Next Lecture – John Drinkwater and the Arts and Crafts Movement

2021-07-28T11:19:22+01:00July 28th, 2021|

Our next lecture will be presented by local author and storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis, who will explore the story of John Drinkwater, one of the Dymock Poets. Drinkwater had links with the Arts and Crafts Movement from his early days as a playwright in Birmingham through to his time living near Stroud during the First World [...]

Children’s Trail

2021-07-16T15:36:36+01:00July 16th, 2021|

A quick reminder that our popular Children's Trail is running throughout the Summer. It's a great way for children to spend their time, get fit (there are four floors of exhibits and lots of stairs) and top up their knowledge of history.  There's also a dressing up box to explore and a chance to step [...]

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