Events for adults and young adults

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Join us for a range of talks, walks and workshops.

Places must be booked in advance unless stated by calling or visiting at the County Record Office on 01926 738959 or Market Hall Museum on 01926 412500. Some events may be booked online

  

 

Archaeology Festival: Ashlawn Road, Hillmorton: 3000 years at Ridgeway Farm

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 27th July 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Excavations have revealed a complex landscape of Bronze Age pit-alignment boundaries, Iron Age settlement and Roman enclosures. The site is remarkable for the preservation of organic remains which will provide a unique glimpse of the changing local environment in the later prehistoric and Roman periods and a series of Roman pottery kilns which were in use in the First Century AD.  Come and hear more from Nigel Page, Archaeological Project Officer with Archaeology Warwickshire. Cost: £5  This event can be booked online

 

Heritage Open Days:  Behind the Scenes at the Archives

County Record Office

Saturday 9th September, Tours at 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm

Find out how we care for Warwickshire’s precious documents at the County Record Office and go behind the scenes to visit our strongrooms.  See some of the treasures within our collections on display, from one of the oldest maps to the Album of Known Thieves. FREE, donations welcome. 

 

Heritage Open Days:  Discover Chesterton Windmill
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September

Chesterton Windmill, off the Fosse Way (B4455) near Harbury

Open 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, last entry at 3.30 pm

A unique chance to look at Chesterton Windmill, a local landmark that was built between 1632 and 1633. Subject to weather conditions.  First come, first-served basis. Small charge for parking. FREE, donations welcome.

 

Thomas Oken Explains

Market Hall Museum

Friday 15th September 2 pm to 3.30 pm

Thomas Oken lived in Warwick over 450 years ago.  He was the richest man in town, the first Mayor of Warwick, and saved the town from financial disaster.   Learn about 16th Century Warwick and Britain and how and why Thomas Oken stood up to Henry VIII.  Join Trevor Langley, local Teacher and History Enthusiast, as he becomes Thomas Oken for the afternoon for an interactive performance. Cost: £5 This event can be booked online

 

Family History: Health and Housing

County Record Office

Saturday 16th September 10.15 am to 12.45 pm

A session with family historian Jennifer Cranfield, looking at the health and housing of our ancestors, what records exist, how to find them and what they can tell us about how our ancestors lived. Cost: £12

 

Museum After Hours: 70s Night Fever at the Museum

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 21st September 7 pm to 10 pm

Take part in our 70s themed evening.  Watch the original Chips and Wonder Woman TV shows in our silent cinema, pimp your clothes or make your own photo story in the style of Jackie magazine.  View items from our 70s collections and talk to our Collections Assistant, Becki Morris, or even bring in your 70s memorabilia for us to photograph.  Take our 70s themed trail around the museum and play bingo.  Feel free to pull on flares and platforms and dress to impress.  A relaxing sociable evening including the chance to sample delights from our cafe and bar. An event for over 16s.   Please bring ID if you are lucky enough to look under 25. Cost: £5 This event can be booked online

Sponsored by Dough and Brew, Warwick.  Look out for their special pre-event meal offer on the night for ticket holders.

 

 

 

Show and Tell: The Accounts of Sir Fulke Greville as Treasurer of Marine Causes

County Record Office

Wednesday 27th September 1 pm to 1.30 pm

Sir Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke and resident of Warwick Castle held several high offices in his lifetime. This is an opportunity to view some of the account books in the Warwick Castle archive dating from 1599 to 1603 when he was Treasurer of the Navy.  FREE, donations welcome. No need to book.

 

Make Kitchen Herbal Medicines

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 28th September 7 pm to 9 pm

Join Katie Beswick of Little Bird Soaps for this informative, hands-on workshop, as we make kitchen herbal preparations to help us keep well and boost our immune system as the dark nights start to draw in. Learn how to identify and gather the herbs waiting to be rediscovered in our gardens and hedgerows.   Find out how to make cold and cough remedies using vinegars and honey to extract the precious healing constituents.  Bring a sterilised glass jar with a lid with you to take your medicines home in. Cost: £20 This event can be booked online

 

Redwork Christmas Embroidery Workshop

Market Hall Museum

Saturday 30th September 10.30 am to 1 pm

Combine patchwork, embroidery and recycled vintage fabrics to make unusual Christmas Decorations.  Join us for a fun informal workshop with experienced tutor Jane Cobbett, see some of her beautiful vintage quilts and be inspired to create several decorations to keep and treasure. Cost: £20 This event can be booked online

 

Friends of the Record Office:Local History Forum

County Record Office

Saturday 30 September 2 pm to 4 pm

Martin Green of the Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Group will talk on the County’s engineering background, and Rob Eyre, of the Record Office, will give a talk on the Warwick Healey Motor Company Archive. Visitors very welcome £3 payable at the door. Light refreshments included.

 

 

Plants to Pills

County Record Office

Tuesday 3rd October 10.30 am to 12.30 pm

How did we stay well in the past?  The Warwickshire County Record Office collections contain everything from an eighteenth century recipe book containing details of “a most excellent medicine against the plague” to replica surgical implements. Hear about the stories behind some of these collections, see and handle some of these items, and find out how you can add your own remedies to our community website, Our Warwickshire. Cost: £6.00. This is a Warwick Words event.  Please call Warwick Words box Office on 01926 334418 or visit www.warwickwords.co.uk

 

Warwick Words History Fair 

Market Hall Museum

Saturday 7th October 10 am to 2 pm
We are proud to host this Warwick Words event at Market Hall Museum.  Meet members from local history groups and find out what they do.  Groups include: Our Warwickshire, Warwick History Society, Unlocking Warwick, Warwickshire Gardens’ Trust, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum, Southam Heritage Collection, The Dugdale Society, Knowle Local History Society, Warwickshire History Group, Geneology Genie and Kenilworth History Society.   Leamington’s Oxfam Books & Music Shop will also be there with copies of local history books for you to buy. Cost: FREE

 

Show and Tell: Romans in Warwickshire

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 12th October 1 pm to 1.30 pm

Through the objects in the Museum’s collections and on display at the Market Hall, find out what we know about life in Warwickshire in Roman times and how we know it. FREE, donations welcome. No need to book.

 

Behind the Scenes at the Museum Stores

Montague Road, Warwick

Friday 13th October 10.30 am to 12 noon

A chance to see behind the scenes at the Museum Stores showcasing some of our geological, archaeological and natural history collections not on display at Market Hall Museum, with Collections Assistant Laura McCoy. Cost: £5

 

Family History: Law and Order

County Record OfficeSaturday 14th October 10.15 am to 12.45 pm

A session with family historian Jennifer Cranfield looking at records of our ancestors’ dealings with the law, where to find them and what they can tell us about our ancestors’ lives in the past. Cost: £12

 

Bertie Greatheed at Home and Abroad

County Record Office Monday 16th October 2 pm to 4 pm

Bertie Greatheed (1759-1826) owned Guy’s Cliff and helped to develop Leamington Spa. Two illustrated talks by local historians Anne Langley and Bridget Winn, based on his diaries, describe his life as a Warwickshire country gentleman and on the Grand Tour of Europe. Cost: £5 This event can be booked online 

 

Ceramics Workshop

Market Hall Museum

Tuesday 17th October and Tuesday 31st October 7 pm to 9.30 pm

Be inspired by the collections at Market Hall Museum, including live bees, dinosaurs, the Warwickshire bear, Oisin the Deer and more, with ceramicist Carey Moon.  In the first session, Carey will help you explore our collections, sketch or photograph your ideas then make an object in clay.  The second session will be to finish off and decorate your piece after it has been fired. Includes all materials and clay firing. Cost: £40 for both sessions.    This event can be booked online 

 

Show and Tell: Black and Asian presence in the Warwickshire Archives

County Record Office

Wednesday 18th October 1 pm to 1.30 pm

A talk discussing and celebrating Black and Asian residents of, and visitors to, Warwickshire over the centuries. We’ll be looking at what kinds of records there are for Black History in the Warwickshire County Record Office and, perhaps more importantly, what records there aren’t. FREE, donations welcome. No need to book.

 

Archives Online

County Record Office

Thursday 19th October 10.30 am to 11.30 am

Find out how you can use Warwickshire’s Past Unlocked, the County Record Office’s own online catalogue. FREE, donations welcome.

 

Show and Tell: Bringing Warwickshire’s Past Alive in Three Dimensions

County Record Office

Wednesday 25th October 1 pm to 1.30 pm

The Warwickshire County Record Office’s large collection of mid-Victorian stereo photographic cards of Warwickshire has been digitised and put together with some recent stereo photography to produce some 3D Audio Visual shows contrasting the past and present of our photogenic county.  In this Show and Tell with Dr Bob Pryce we will focus on some of our most recent work on Warwick itself. FREE, donations welcome. No need to book.

 

Show and Tell: Warwickshire Pebbles

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 9th November 1 pm to 1.30 pm

Explore the wide-ranging significance of commonplace Warwickshire pebbles found in our fields, parks and gardens. What they can tell us about ancient environments, climate change, and devastating mass extinctions. FREE, donations welcome. No need to book.

 

Family History: Findmypast Website

County Record Office

Saturday 11th November 10.15 am to 12.45 pm

Are you getting the best out of the findmypast website?  This hands-on session with family historian Jennifer Cranfield will give you the tools to use this website effectively for your family history research. Cost: £12

 

Museum After Hours: The Warwickshire Lute

Market Hall Museum

Thursday 16th November 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm; doors open 7 pm; building closes 9.30 pm.

Warwickshire Museum has an original and incredibly rare lute. The lute, an early type of stringed instrument, was one of the primary instruments of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and was made in Bologna by German-born luthier Hans Frei over 450 years ago. Frei is considered one of the closest lute equivalents of ‘Stradivarius’, making the Warwick lute extremely special and unique. Join art historian and lutenist Adam Busiakiewicz for an engaging talk on the history of the Warwickshire Museum lute, interspersed with live lute music performed on a faithful reproduction. Music will include pieces composed during the instrument’s creation in mid sixteenth century Italy, and other melodies composed by contemporary British lutenists and composers.  Attendees will have a chance to browse the museum’s new displays before and after the presentation. Cost: £5  This event can be booked online

 

Make Your Own Christmas Decorations

Market Hall MuseumSaturday 18th November 1 pm to 4 pm

Handmade gifts are always a pleasure to make and receive. In this workshop you will learn the art of handmade cards, gift tags, Xmas decorations for your table and tree, plus taking home lots of inspirational ideas too. This creative workshop is run by specialists from STRADFAS (Arts Society). Cost: £20 This event can be booked online

Behind the Scenes at the Archives

County Record Office

Monday 20th November 10.30 am to 12 noon.

Learn how to use the record office, tour the strongrooms, view original records and discover how we care for Warwickshire’s records.  This session will focus on documents from the parish collections, to celebrate 25 years since the ordination of women Church of England priests. Cost: £5

 

Show and Tell: The Beauchamp Charter 

County Record Office

Wednesday 22nd November 1 pm to 1.30 pm

A brief look at the illumination of medieval charters, focusing particularly on our own Beauchamp Charter. FREE, donations welcome. No need to book.

 

Lost Traditions: Stir Up Sunday

St John’s Museum

Sunday 26th November 10 am to 12 noon

Make your Christmas pudding in our Victorian kitchen.  Find out what we used to cook and look at some of the recipes from our archives. Price includes festive refreshments.  Please bring your own pudding basin.Cost: £20 This event can be booked online

 

Market Hall Makers Fair

Market Hall Museum

Saturday 9th December to Sunday 10th December 10 am to 5 pm

Buy unique Christmas gifts from a selection of Warwickshire’s finest artists.  Browse quality paintings, ceramics, sculptures, jewellery, textiles, glass and more in the unique surroundings of our historic museum.   Refreshments available in our cafe.  FREE, no need to book.

To book a stall, contact rowanfisher@warwickshire.gov.uk or visit our webpage

 

Unless otherwise stated, all places for our events must be booked in advance by calling or visiting during opening hours: Warwickshire County Record Office on 01926 738959 or Market Hall Museum on 01926 412500. Some events may be booked online.