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Events at the Museum of Gloucester

March 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

15 February to 18 April 2020: Lives of Colour: I-MMigrate
The exhibition is a curation of 20 images and oral histories. These are stories of black and minority ethnic communities from the Windrush generation in Gloucester and African diaspora in Cheltenham and their experiences of moving to and living in their new homeland. They chose to travel from different countries to come, rebuild and to seek a better life in the UK.
Last year marked 70 years since the ship MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 22 June 1948. It brought people from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean islands to help rebuild the UK after the war (, 2019) Today, those who arrived to live in the UK between 1948 to 1971 have been labelled as the Windrush generation. People have continued to migrate to the UK from the Commonwealth countries.  In the 1990’s many Africans came to Cheltenham through the education and cultural exchange programme - a partnership with Rendevous Society. The formation of a friendship town between Kisumu and the Cheltenham Borough Council led to many from Kenya to settle in Cheltenham.
Lives of Colour in collaboration with the photojournalism students at the University of Gloucestershire have been working to curate a collection of portraits and oral histories. The project was specifically focused on the Windrush generation in Gloucester and the African diaspora in Cheltenham. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund since 2018 and marks the contribution and appreciation of our multicultural society.
Tickets: FREE

29 February – 2 May 2020: Veil | Febby Mpundu
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials (1 Peter 1:6)
Inspired by encounters with female African subjects who have shared personal stories of their trials and tribulations, this work wants to commend their strength and more importantly show recognition of their supernatural presence in trying times through art. It portrays their stories with a more fictional translation and looks beyond the reality that allows us to easily overlook these subjects.
The work visualises the use of personas to become alternate versions of the self that tend to cope better in a difficult environment but also wants to understand what happens when these personas are exposed and left vulnerable.


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

Thursday 26 March 2020: Delighting in the Countryside: Gloucestershire’s Arts and Crafts Movement artists | Kirsty Hartsiotis
Inspired by the craftspeople already in the area and by the beauty of the Cotswolds, many artists came to settle in the Gloucestershire countryside; among them, Charles March Gere and Margaret Gere, Henry and Edith Payne, F L Griggs and William Rothenstein.
Time: 1-2pm Tickets: £5 | £3 concessions.


Saturday 21 March: 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.

Thursday 26 March
: Museum and Behind the Scenes Tour
An insightful look into the working life of the museum! This tour will give you a unique view of both the public and private areas of the building while delving to the history of the building and its amazing collections. Limited spaces are available, so booking is essential!
Tickets: £10 | £8 concessions (max 8 per tour). Book tickets online at or ring 01452 396131.
Please note: Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.  Tours last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.  This tour is NOT suitable for those with mobility problems.

Saturday 7 March: Object handling
A rare opportunity to handle some of the hidden object’s in the Museum’s collection. We display different material from a different topic each time. Examples of objects from our collection have included replica Roman staffs, shields, swords, sandals to name a few…
Time: 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
Tickets: FREE!


Saturday 21 March: 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

Wednesday 4 March: Art in the Galleries
Spend time in the galleries surrounded by the Museum’s collection at our drop-in art mornings. No experience needed, just come along and have a go at creating art in the museum. Open to all levels of artist; all you need is enthusiasm and a love of drawing. Bring your favourite sketch book and supplies or you may prefer to work on your own project. Everyone is welcome. First Wednesday of every month, except January.
Time: 10am-12 midday Tickets: FREE

Wednesday 4 March: Sewing Circle
Whether your passion is for sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet or something else textile, bring your latest project and have a coffee and chat while you create. Whether you are an expert or a novice, come along and share your expertise, questions and all those tricky bits with like-minded people. Everyone is welcome. First Wednesday of every month, except January.
Time: 2pm-4pm Tickets: FREE

Saturday 14 March: 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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