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Events for 29th Jul 2017

Celebrity

A beautiful pink wedding dress

The dress worn by Becky Granger from Coronation Street for her wedding.

  • Date: 17th June 2017 - 09th September 2017
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • 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

An engraving of a historical boxing match on Pitchcroft in Worcester
  • Date: 18th February 2017 - 13th January 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • 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

Oil painting of picturesque hills
  • Date: 14th January 2017 - 11th November 2017
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Location: City Art Gallery and Museum
  • 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'

A WWI nurse's uniform
  • Date: 12th March 2016 - 01st March 2018
  • Every day
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Location: County Museum at Hartlebury
  • 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

Worcester's Civil War Story - Opening Weekend

The Sealed Knot re-enactment society portraying a Scottish 17th century army
  • Date: 29th July 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).

Download the programme

Programme:

Saturday (10am - 5pm)

10am - 5pm: The Commandery Gardens
Discover a military camp occupied by Scots & City Guard with Officers' Tent, Soldiers Tent and cooking demonstrations

11.30am: Display of Armes

12.30pm: Scene by The Sealed Knot: A Sleeping Soldier

1.30pm: Scene by The Sealed Knot: A Royalist Officer

2.30pm: Display of Armes

3.30pm: Scene by The Sealed Knot: A City Guard Deserter

4.00pm: Display of Armes

Sunday (10am - 5pm)

10am - 5pm: The Commandery Gardens
Discover a military camp occupied by Scots & City Guard with Officers' Tent, Soldiers Tent and cooking demonstrations

11.00am: Church parade

11.30am: Display of Armes

12.30pm: Scene by The Sealed Knot: A Sleeping Soldier

1.30pm: Scene by The Sealed Knot: A Royalist Officer

2.30pm: Display of Armes

3.30pm: Scene by The Sealed Knot: A City Guard Deserter

Saturday & Sunday (all day)

  • See 17th century technology in the courtyard
  • Meet a 17th century preacher opposite the presidents' rooms
  • Watch the scribe at work in the panelled rooms
  • Meet a gentleman musketeer in the panelled rooms
  • Uncover the secrets of alchemy in the painted chamber
  • Find the artist painting in the Great Hall
  • Enjoy 17th century children's games upstairs in the canal wing
  • Enjoy music from the minstrel's gallery
  • Find a fisherman and a coracle in the canal-side garden
  • Get hands-on with craft activities above the shop

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