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Events at the Museum of Gloucester

January 2020

The Museum of Gloucester is situated in the city centre on Brunswick Road. It tells the story of the city’s origins as a Roman settlement and its subsequent development through the Dark Ages and Medieval period, to the present day.

Relax in the café or browse the gift shop. You will also find Gloucester Tourist Information Service where you can still buy tickets and get information on what to do in the city...


12 October 2019 to 18 April 2020: The Magical World of William Simmonds: Puppets and Paintings
Step into the magical world created by local puppeteer, artist and woodcarver William Simmonds (1876-1968). Discover all the fun of the circus and the enchanted realm of the woodland with fauns and clowns, nymphs, ducklings and much more drawn from Simmonds’ imagination and the natural world around he saw around him at home in Far Oakridge. This exhibition brings you the full range of Simmonds’ work as an artist – all designed with a desire to delight both young and old.
This major exhibition brings you rarely seen treasures from Gloucester’s collections by Simmonds, his wife Eve and their many artist friends in Gloucestershire, as well as loans from private individuals and museums. It paints a picture of the vibrant artistic community in Gloucestershire in first half of the 20th century – the legacy of which can still be felt today. Also includes work by William Rothenstein, Charles March Gere, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher and more.
Before he was a puppeteer and woodcarver, Simmonds was a painter. The exhibition features a never before seen painting by Simmonds, newly conserved for the exhibition. Nymphs was painted in 1907, and was probably shown at the Royal Academy, but was discovered rolled up in Simmonds’ workshop when it was acquired by the museum service in 1985. We are delighted to be able to show this work, one of the only oil paintings by Simmonds in a public collection.
Tickets: £5 | £3 concessions

2 October 2019 to 28 January 2020: Migrations: Masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection
Ben Uri is delighted to be working in partnership with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), The Museum of Gloucester and Gloucester City Council to present the exhibition Migrations: Masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection. This important exhibition marks two significant anniversaries: the twentieth year of refugee organisation GARAS and the introduction of the Kindertransport which, between December 1938 and September 1939, brought some 10,000 Jewish refugee children to Britain.
Migrations presents paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Ben Uri Collection exploring three principal waves of migration to Britain: the first, reflects the years, c. 1880-1910, when immigrants of principally Jewish Eastern-European descent, settled in London’s East End, including Ben Uri’s founder Russian-Jewish émigré Lazar Berson, and members of the home-grown ‘Whitechapel Boys’, among them painters David Bomberg and Mark Gertler, and sculptor Jacob Epstein.The second wave reflects the artistic contribution of the so-called ‘Hitler-émigrés’, who between 1933 and 1945, fled racial, artistic or political persecution in their native lands. This included both established artists, such as Martin Bloch, Hugo Dachinger and Margaret Marks, and younger refugees who went on to train and work in Britain, including Frank Auerbach and Eva Frankfurther, and Kindertransportees Kathe Strenitz and Harry Weinberger.The third wave reflects contemporary migration, with artists including painter Tam Joseph, photographer/performance artist Güler Ates and collagist Hormazd Narielwalla.

28 September - 2 November: Poetry without Pretension | Gloucester Poetry Society
The Gloucestershire Poetry Society's Chaos of the Cosmo - poetry and visual arts inspired by the wonders of space and our age old fascination with the stories we tell of the places beyond our understanding. Works include award-winning writers and artists from Gloucester and beyond collated as part of the Moon Mania project. Part of the Gloucester Poetry Festival (October 2019).

9 November - 22 February: A Gloster Boy abroad: In defence of the Drift; Alfred Henry Hook
In celebration of the 140th year anniversary of the epic battle of Rorke's Drift (22 January 1879), in which 139 British soldiers stood defiant against 4000 Zulu at an isolated mission station, the museum is proud to host an exhibition of local boy; Alfred Henry Hook, by acclaimed local historian L. P. Barnett.
Paul has both researched the long forgotten history of this local man; a native of Churcham and documents his emphatic rise from agricultural labourer, to one of the nations proudest sons and his heroic deeds that changed the global map for ever…


All talks have been specially curated to compliment the exhibition and are priced at £5 | £3 concessions.

Thursday 30 January 2020: Gimson and the Barnsleys: The start of the Arts & Crafts Movement in the South Cotswolds | Mary Greensted
Ernest Gimson has been described as ‘the greatest of the English artist-craftsmen’; he and the brothers Ernest and Sidney Barnsley were central to the British Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1894 they made the radical and romantic move from London and Birmingham to the south Cotswolds, then a relatively unknown part of the country. Their work as architects, designers and makers gained them recognition worldwide and their example attracted a succession of designer-makers, including Alfred and Louise Powell and William Simmonds to the area through the 20th century and beyond.
Time:  1-2pm
Tickets: £5 | £3 concessions.

Thursday 23 January 2020: GARAS Talk and TourJoin members of GARAS as they take you on a fascinating tour of the wonderful artworks displayed in the exhibition.Time: 1-2pm Tickets: £5 | £3 concessions|


Saturday 18 January: Eastgate Chamber Tour (with a Medieval Mercenary)
Ever looked down through the glass chamber outside Boots and wondered what else is down there?  Why not join medieval mercenary Sir Miles DeLaney (a real Medieval mercenary in authentic attire) for a fascinating look at Gloucester’s medieval history.  Suitable for all ages. Only 20 places are available each tour...
Please note: Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.  Tours last approximately 40 minutes.  Access to the chamber itself may be difficult for those with mobility problems.
Time: 3-3.40pm
Tickets: £5 | £3 concessions (max 20 per tour). Book tickets online at or ring 01452 396131.

Saturday 11 January: Doc Saurus Days

Come and meet Doc Saurus! Fossil hunter and dinosaur expert, philanthropist and all-round good guy! Have a closer look at his finds and chat about all things dinosaur and fossil.
Time: 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
Tickets: FREE!


Workshops in October, November and January are linked to the Migrations: Masterworks from the Ben Uri Collection exhibition. December, February and March are linked to The Magical World of William Simmonds: Puppets and Paintings exhibition

Saturday 18 January: Art, Identity & Migration
In this workshop we will look at the theme of identity and migration expressed through art. How much of our identity is caught up in possession’s and place. We will create a painting using acrylic paints. Please bring photos of favourite people, places and possession’s. Please wear old clothes or bring an apron as we may get messy. This workshop requires no previous experience.
Tickets: £30 (max 10 per session). Book online at or call 01452 396131.

Saturday 18 January: Slow Stitch Saturday
Relax and unwind in the Museum. Join Artist Claire Taylor-Jones and explore the possibilities of hand stitching as a means to slowing down and relaxing. Work on your own unfinished projects or start a year-long slow-stitch project. Everyone is welcome.
Time: 10am-12.30pm
Tickets: £5 | £3 concessions. Book online at or call 01452 396131.


Every Friday: LaLa lounge
Come and play at the Museum. A friendly and supportive group for a relaxed drop-in play session. Support available every session from a BFN trained feeding support worker. All welcome.
Time: 10.30am-12 midday Tickets: FREE

Saturday 11 January: Ancient games
Do you like playing Chess, Draughts or 9 Men’s Morris but haven’t anyone to play against? Why not pop along to this new club and have a go. Whether you are an expert or a novice, come along and share your expertise with like-minded people. Everyone is welcome.
Time:  10am-1pm Tickets: FREE

Every Monday - Saturday: Children’s FREE Drop-in Crafty Cupboard
Crafty Cupboard is selection of drawers containing crafts, colouring, quizzes and trails themed around the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Sit down, pull out a drawer and make something to take home…
Don’t forget to leave it tidy for the next artist!
Time: 10am- 5pm Tickets: FREE

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