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Worcester's Civil War Story - Opening Weekend

  • 29th Jul 2017
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Location: The Commandery
  • Cost: Adults £5.95 (£4.95*), Children go FREE, Season Ticket (annual) £10.95 (£9.95*)

Be one of the first to discover Worcester's Civil War Story at The Commandery, an interactive new experience that evokes the momentous build-up to and effects of the Battle of Worcester, 1651.

Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 July (10am - 5pm)

Step into the dramatic debate between Royalist and Parliamentarian beliefs at The Commandery, the former Royalist battle headquarters. See weapons straight from the battlefield, read evocative letters, test your strategic skills in the battle room and come face-to-face with Oliver Cromwell.

During the opening weekend, walk through the majestic Commandery gates and meet Civil War soldiers from the UK's oldest re-enactment society The Sealed Knot with a living history camp that provides a glimpse into life in the midst of the Civil War.

Entry prices:

  • Adults £5.95 (£4.95*)
  • Children go FREE 
  • Season Ticket (annual) £10.95 (£9.95*)
  • A Worcester Residents' Annual Pass is just £5**

*Concession & Students (17+) prices
**Please bring your Council Tax bill as proof of residency to quality for a £5 ticket

Avoid the queues!

Local residents can avoid the queues on the opening weekend by booking early! Sign up for your residents' ticket from Saturday 1st July. (Tickets bought early will be valid for a year from the opening of the exhibition – 29/07/2018).

Happening Today, 29th Jun 2017

Celebrity

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Personal items from the world of showbiz!

Remember that fabulous wedding dress Becky Granger wore on TV's Coronation Street? How about the coat worn in the Hollywood cult movie: 'Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey'? Now you have the chance to see these and even more amazing artefacts.

A remarkable one-off exhibition on tour from Ideas, brings together some of the most iconic showbiz props ever to grace the town. Normally kept locked away from public view, the immediately recognisable items will be on show for all to see. 

Star attraction in the exhibition has to be Marilyn Monroe's Little Black Dress. Who knows what glittering Hollywood events she would have worn this to? Fans of the golden days of Hollywood can also see Fred Astaire's shoes and Doris Day's exquisite rhinestone bracelet.

Visitors of all ages will instantly recognise props from some of the most famous movies; from 'Titanic' to 'The Flintstones' and 'The Addams Family'. There is also the spectacular god of mischief costume from the hilarious movie 'Son of the Mask', while for sci-fi fans there are the electro-magnetic boots from the hugely successful film 'Face Off' starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. 

But it's not just film fans who are in for a thrill. For music fans there are signed items by such stars as Chuck Berry and Oasis. There is even a Michael Jackson 'Dangerous Tour' jacket.

Families will enjoy the opportunity to dress up and play their favourite songs on the jukebox - don't forget to take a selfie! 

Characters from the Collection

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

This new display around the museum's atmospheric balcony cafe brings out a selection of rarely-displayed paintings from the museum collection and introduces their accompanying stories.

From film stars to artist's muses to great Worcester leaders, the Worcester City museum collection includes pictures of many interesting characters, ones you'll know and ones you won't. 


Enquiring Minds

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Visitors can discover and celebrate this rather special period from Worcester's past in this exhibition drawn from the museum collection and some special items on loan.

Seemingly impossible engineering feats, global wildlife explorations, early investigations into iron-age man, world-renowned artist sketching trips: all these amazing activities were happening in Worcester a hundred and fifty years ago. Worcester was a burgeoning cultural city in a busy changing landscape.

Exhibition highlights are drawings by naturalist John Gould, land- and cityscape watercolours by artist HH Lines and local artefacts discovered by famous archaeologist Pitt Rivers. 

Hartlebury Castle’s History as a WWI Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital: 'A Happy Convalescence'

Location: County Museum at Hartlebury

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Adults £5, Seniors £2.50, Children (aged 5-16) £2.50, Family Ticket £13 (admits 2 adults & 2 children)

Stories of fun, friendship and romance that offered a brief respite from the front lines for injured soldiers sent to recover at Hartlebury Castle Hospital.

The exhibition will feature real objects from the trenches, including gas masks, cigarettes and even a surgeon's kit used at the front. The exhibition has been curated from Museum Worcestershire’s collection along with loans from George Marshall Medical Museum, The Mercian Regiment Museum and from local people.

A Happy Convalescence, is part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project.

Find out more

The County Museum at Hartlebury closes Mondays.

Please visit the County Museum at Hartlebury page for opening information

Summer Craftcase 2017

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 16:30

Cost: Free

Summer Craft Case showing amazing ceramics by Martin Griffiths and beautiful bead jewellery by Miamia Jewels.

Returning to show his work again after 30 years! Martin Griffiths first displayed his ceramic work here at the Museum and Art Gallery in 1981. Now he has returned with a wonderful selection of work, every piece is unique. It is a contemporary verson of traditional British Earthenware techniques.

Our jewellery maker for the Summer is Justine Allsopp of Miamia Jewels. Simple and elegant necklaces with glass and ceramic beads. 

Young at Art: Summer Meadows

Location: City Art Gallery and Museum

Time: 10:30 - 12:00

Cost: £3.00 per child – payable on the day. No booking required.

Looking for a hands-on, stimulating and fun toddler session? Come and enjoy exploring, listening and making sessions for the Under 5s based at the Art Gallery and The Hive on a Thursday morning.

Young at Art is a partnership with Worcestershire Libraries and sessions are tailored for the under 5s and will cover exploring, listening & making.

Young children, parents and carers welcome.

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