Family Discovery Day with Cheltenham Science Group

A great chance to have a go at some exciting experiments and discover some amazing scientific facts. Meet members of the Cheletenham Science Group who have some great ways of bringing science to life.

You’ll also have a chance to join in with some fun craft activities and create something to take home.

Tickets: £2 per person (excluding museum galleries but including artist in residence and craft activities)

No need to book, just turn up to have some fun!

Family Fun Day – Walks with Hawks

A fantastic opportunity to meet a variety of magnificent birds of prey, from owls and hawks to falcons and eagles. The friendly team at Walks with Hawks have an inexhaustible enthusiasm and knowledge of birds of prey and will be on hand to tell you all about them!

You’ll also have a chance to join in with some fun creative activities.

Tickets: £2 per person (excluding museum galleries but including artist in residence and craft activities)

No need to book, just turn up to have some fun!

Golden Threads of Life

The glorious opulence of gold and metal thread embroidery is 2000 years old and continues to this day. It is a sumptuous art that enthrals and captivates. This unique display includes international exhibits depicting elements of nature meticulously worked over time using a myriad of metal threads.

Nature in Bromoil

We live in a world where digital manipulation in photography is taken for granted, but in fact the first deliberate manipulations in photography took place in the 1840s. Bromoils were such a technique, invented in the early 1900s. This display of nature based images is by some of today’s best Bromoil practitioners.

Images: © Josef Jindřich Šechtl

Otter Family Day

Come and meet Daphne Neville and her otter Rudi! For over 50 years Daphne has been a film and TV actress. Since the 1980s she has combined this with her conservation work with otters. This is a wonderful chance to find out about them from one of their most enthusiastic champions!

£2 per person (excluding museum galleries but including artist in residence, Wildlife Art Society show and art activities)

Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly

An illustrated talk byCharlesDewhurst      £8 including finger buffet and access to all the galleries

Some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies are the swallowtails and birdwings,  includes our own very localised British Swallowtail. Possibly the most beautiful, and certainly the largest in the world is The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly  (Ornithoptera alexandrae), where females may have a 30cm wingspan. It is classed as Endangered by CITES and has a very restricted habitat. Examples are traded illegally for huge sums of money. Charles has lived and worked as a scientist in New Guinea, where the Queen Alexandra butterfly is found, and talks as both an expert and enthusiast for this amazing creature.  An evening of natural history and conservation. Do come!

Heart&Soul Choir

Heart&Soul CommunityChoir     

£6 including light snacks and access to museum and Wildlife Art Society exhibition

Under the inspirational leadership of Hilary Davies, Heart&Soul Community Choir will be lifting our spirits with a varied repertoire covering traditional and contemporary folk songs from the British Isles, South Africa, Bukino Faso and New Zealand (plus other gems).  The emphasis is on the sheer joy and diversity of singing! Part proceeds in aid of Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. An evening not to be missed!

Migrations

Migrations – A Field Study in Adversity: an illustrated talk byDerekRobertson   £8 including finger buffet and access to galleries

Derek Robertson has been a professional artist for over 30 years and his paintings have won multiple national and international awards. He is also an enthusiastic amateur naturalist and bird ringer and has had papers published in many scientific journals. Derek will be talking about his most recent project ‘Migrations’ which ties together human rights issues of refugee crises and climate change through the imagery of migratory birds and their role as environmental indicators. Derek travelled and sketched through the UK, Europe and the Middle East drawing together imagery of birds and people as they negotiated borders, refugee camps and points of transit. An evening for all.

Migrations is on show at May 21st – June 23rd

Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

Come on a journey with David as he explores the questions: Why do so many people like art? Why isn’t all art beautiful? What is the basis of beauty in nature? Is there a link between visual art, music, geometry and maths? Is beauty like truth, there for anyone to see? An inspiring and thought provoking evening.

Doors open 7.00pm to view the galleries. Finger buffet 7.30pm. Finish 9.30pm.

Tickets: £8

Please book your tickets in advance: 01452 731422

The Wildlife Art Society

The Wildlife Art Society International’s annual exhibition of wildlife art. Around 300 paintings, drawings, original prints, photogrpahs and sculptures by professional and part-time members of this active organisation will be on display, the majority for sale. Members will be demonstrating throughout the exhibition.