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Events and Exhibitions 2006
Events and Exhibitions 2006
School Visits Programme 2006
Local History Enquiries
Workshops with Hilary Baker

Diabolus in Musica
Saturday 25th March, 11.00am - 4.00pm
To help us celebrate the museum's new open season and the re-generation of Bewdley town and riverside, our favourite strolling Elizabethan musicians will entertain you throughout the day with their mix of music and song.


Into the Closet - Costume Rediscovered
Costume and Textile Exhibition - the Wyre Forest Gallery
Saturday 25th March - Sunday 4th June
This exhibition shows costume from the museum's collections that has never been on display before. From Sunday best and evening dresses to work wear and accessories, see costume from the olden days. Also on show are many old photographs of costume in the Wyre Forest area with their modern day equivalents and a chance to compare natural and synthetic fabrics.

Dashing Away With the Smoothing Iron
Special exhibition - the Quayle Gallery
Saturday 25th March - Monday 12th June
This exhibition looks at the arduous task of laundry in days gone by. Handle old and new irons and discover what hard work washing was before running hot water and washing machines... old mangles, washing machines and washboards will be on display.

Victorian lady ironing

Queen's 80th Birthday
Feature Showcase
Saturday 25th March - Thursday 27th April
Join us to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday. On display are photos of the Queen's visits to the Wyre Forest area plus mementoes and memories of the Coronation and Silver and Gold Jubilees.

** Easter Treats - Holiday Activities for Children**
Wild Imagination Workshop
Monday 10th April, 10.30am - 12.30pm
7 - 12 years
Cost 4.50
Booking required
A workshop run by resident artist Hilary Baker - create your own wacky sculpture.
Painted Eggs
Thursday 13th April, 1.30pm - 4.00pm
7 - 12 years
Cost: 4.50
Booking required
A traditional workshop for the festival of Easter, where you will have the chance to experiment with a variety of techniques to produce your own personal designs on eggs.
All materials will be provided.

painted eggs workshop

Bold Batik
Tuesday 18th April, 10.30am - 1.00pm
10 years plus
Cost: 4.50
Booking required
A textiles workshop run by our resident craftsperson, Roslyn Zalin. Try your hand at this fascinating traditional design technique using wax and dyes.
Crafts Alive!
Monday 17th April
10.30am - 4.00pm
A return visit by Worcestershire's most talented craftspeople. Watch and admire the skills of the Worcestershire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, Lacemakers and displays of corn dolly making. The work of our resident craftspeople will also be on show.

Corn dolly making

Museums and Galleries Month
Saturday 29th April - Sunday 4th June
Welcome Weekend
The first weekend of Museums and Galleries Month is Welcome Weekend. At Bewdley Museum, the Friends of Bewdley Museum will be on hand to guide visitors round the site and answer questions. Our tea shop will also be open over the weekend.
Making Connections
In connection with Museum and Galleries Month 2006's theme "Making Connections", Bewdley Museum will present the opportunity to listen to oral history recordings of local residents.
To find out more about Museums and Galleries month, click on the link below


Punch and Judy's Grand Theatre of Varieties
Presented by the Cat's Pyjamas Puppet Company
Monday 1st May, performances throughout the day at 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm and 3.30pm
Family entertainment presented by this long established local company with an international reputation. A classic, rip-roaring "mirthquake" of entertainment with all the trimmings. Fun for ALL the family.
Adult Learning Week
20th  - 26th May
Learn to Lino Print
Monday 22nd May, 10.30am - 2.00pm
Cost 18.00 (inclusive of materials)
Booking required
With resident craftsperson Roslyn Zalin. During this special week, come and learn a new technique. Try your hand at making a simple print for a card or even your own panel.
Beautiful Batik
Wednesday 24th May, 10.30am - 4.00pm
Cost 18.00 (inclusive of materials)
Booking required
Led by resident craftsperson Roslyn Zalin. This age old ethnic technique using wax and dyes will be used on the natural fabric of silk to create a unique and personal scarf.
Thursday 25th May - 10.30-3.00pm
Cost 10.00 (inclusive of basic materials)
Booking required
A course for adults led by Wyre Forest Lacemaker Mary Coleman.

Campaign for learning logo
Click here to more about the Campaign for Learning

Steam Rally
Monday 29th May

Bird Boxes
Wednesday 7th June, 10.30 - 3.00pm
Cost: 10
Booking required
Designed for Wild Life Week, this is a special workshop with limited places. Led by Museum Technician Dave Darby, it gives a unique chance to make a special treat for your garden birds.

From Brush to Canvas
Fine Art Exhibition - the Wyre Forest Gallery
Wednesday 14th June - Monday 28th August
Using a selection of oil paintings from the museum service's extensive fine art collection, this exhibition presents an opportunity to learn more about this medium.

Hats Off! - Feature Showcase
Saturday 10th June - Sunday 30th July
Showing more of the museum's costume collection, see a variety of different hats, from pretty to plain and frivolous to practical.

Friends of Bewdley Museum
Special Exhibition - the Quayle Gallery
Monday 19th June - Sunday 16th August
Featuring the work of a local craftsperson, this exhibition is curated by the Friends of Bewdley Museum.

Pottery by Simon Hancox

A Taste of Herbs
Saturday 1st July, 11.00 - 12.00am
Cost: 2.50
Booking required
Led by Kim Hurst of the Cottage Herbery, this talk is an introduction to herbs.
Kitchen Garden Herbs
Saturday 1st July, 2.00-3.00pm
Cost: 2.50
Booking required
A second talk by Kim Hurst, this lecture concentrates on using and cooking herbs from the kitchen garden.

Exhibition Art
Thursday 3rd August, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Cost: 10
Booking required
Join resident artist Hilary Baker in our Wyre Forest Gallery to take part in a painting workshop inspired by the museum site or the fine art collection on display in the temporary exhibition space.

Activity August
Children's workshops
Brass Rubbing
Tuesdays 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd 2.00 - 4.00pm
Cost: from 1.00
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Lino Printing Made Easy
Thursday 3rd August, 10.30am - 1.00pm
Cost: 4.50
For 10 years plus
With resident craftsperson Roslyn Zalin, find out how to make simple prints. All materials provided.
Top T-Shirts
Thursday 17th August, 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Cost: 4.50
For 8 years plus
A chance to create your own personal fun T-shirt with paints or dyes in a variety of ways. All materials provided including T-shirt.
Thursday 24th August, 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Cost: 4.50
For 8 years plus
Working with resident potter Patrick Smith.

Harvest Home
Special Exhibition - the Quayle Gallery
Saturday 26th August - Tuesday 31st October
Our Autumn exhibition shows the equipment used in harvesting, in conjunction with our permanent agricultural display. Find out about cider maker and harvesting in the fields and forest with objects and photographs on display.

Martha the Cat's Lucky Escape
Storytellers Theatre Company
Monday 28th August
Join magical alley cat Martha in lots of fascinating adventures with her neighbourhood friends - not forgetting Scruffy the Dog! A spectacular set, brilliant costumes and music, all creating lots of family fun.

Kidderminster Art Society
Community Exhibition - the Wyre Forest Gallery
Saturday 2nd September - Tuesday 31st October
A chance to see a special exhibition of the works of this local artists group.

Heritage Open Day
Sunday 10th September
Museum 10.00 - 4.00
Mayor's Parlour - 2.00 - 4.00

On this special day, Bewdley Guild Hall and the Mayors Parlour will be joining hundreds of other historic buildings across the country to show both visitors and local people the unique civic history of the area. Members of Bewdley Town Council and Bewdley Civic Society will be on hand to answer all your questions.


Plus an opportunity to explore the Museums own historic buildings!

Click here to find out more about Heritage Open Days

Bewdley Festival Museum Open Day
Saturday 7th October, 11.00am - 3.00pm
As part of Bewdley Festival.celebrations, the museum will be hosting a range of stalls. Come along and join us!

bewdley festival logo
Click here to find out more about Bewdley Festival


Advance booking and payment is required for most workshops one week prior to event (unless stated otherwise). Adult Courses require a 5:00 deposit at the time of booking with the full balance 4 weeks in advance of the start date where possible.


For booking forms contact: Events Booking, Bewdley Museum, Load St, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AE

Tel: 01299 403573    Fax: 01299 405306