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B R I N G I N G T H E PA S T A L I V E 2017

The award-winning

Museum of

Cannock Chase is a great day out for the whole family Located on the site of the former Valley Colliery, which later became a mining training centre, the museum is the gateway to the Hednesford Hills Nature Reserve and the ideal starting point for a visit to Cannock Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Image co ur tesy

of David


Whether you are interested in local coal mining, want a hands-on experience of the history of toys or fancy reminiscing about Granny’s front room, we’ve got something for everyone. Explore our local area, past and present, and our exhibitions and events programme means there is always something new to see. There’s also lots for families, including quizzes, interactive exhibits and activities all year round!

Mining Memories Experience the fascinating story of coal mining in Cannock Chase, discover how it shaped our area and meet the people who worked in the pits in our Coal Mining Gallery. Mining Memories is a fascinating interactive journey back in time to the Cannock Chase coalfield, which was the backbone of the community until the last pit closed in 1993. What was it like to work down the pit? Enter the pit cage and listen as it shudders and shakes its way to the mine! Dress as a miner and find out about his day at work! Watch archive films from the old Valley Training Centre and use our interactive maps to find out where the collieries were.

‘Valley C ol

liery’ from

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Trace the Chase Visit our Local History Gallery and discover the history of the Cannock Chase area. Interactive displays tell the story of our industrial beginnings, military and wartime history, notable local citizens, work, leisure and wildlife.

‘Lea Hall Colliery’

from the Museum


Heritage Walks Experience the history and beauty of Cannock Chase with a walk or cycle along the Cannock Chase Heritage Trail or download the Cannock Chase ATS app and take a guided walk on Hednesford Hills, and discover the history of this beautiful Nature Reserve.

Hednesford Park Why not combine a visit to the museum with a trip to the newly renovated Hednesford Park, just a few minutes walk away? New children’s adventure play area, trim trail, skate park, tennis court and ice cream parlour and café in the Pavilion.

Coming up in 2017... There will be lots to get involved in, including adult craft evenings, bat walks on Hednesford Hills, a regular book club, vintage teas in our coffee shop and ‘A Night at the Museum’ sleepovers for groups. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.

Exhibitions 9th January – 24th February

‘Tribunals and Trench Art’ The people and stories behind the documents and art of World War 1 Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service has opened access to one of its hidden gems, the First World War Mid-Staffordshire Military Appeal Tribunal records. These were the case papers for men appealing against their conscription into the army during the First World War. In 1921 the Ministry of Health ordered that most Appeal Tribunal records be destroyed. However, an oversight meant that the complete Staffordshire collection survived, allowing us a unique insight into the effects of war in Staffordshire, and helping us to understand the stresses and strains on work and family life during the Great War. Also on display is a selection of trench art from the collection of James Gordon-Cumming, which displays the skill and ingenuity of the men who served on the front line during the Great War. It reflects on the global nature of the conflict and the creativity of the people behind the headlines.

6th March – 23rd April

‘Lost in Wonder’ by Robert Bridgstock Robert Bridgstock comes from Brereton, near Rugeley. Originally a graphic designer, Robert is now a Image courtes y of Robert Brid painter specialising in oils. gstock Landscape is his passion and his paintings often depict animals. A keen photographer, he enjoys walking in Cannock Chase Forest regularly, and all his paintings are based on his own photos and observations. He says ‘Since I was a boy, the light, colour and moods of nature have been so inspiring; to be able to paint what I see is a wonderful expression of my emotions. I so often feel moved with wonder and awe.’

29th April – 18th June

Trent Valley Photographic Society Exhibition 2017 Trent Valley Photographic Society is a small friendly camera club who meet on Thursday evenings at Slitting Mill Village Hall near Rugeley. Always a highly popular inclusion in our programme, the Trent Valley Photographic Society makes a welcome return to the museum with a new collection of members’ photographs taken during the past year, incorporating a wide range of subjects including wildlife, landscapes and Image courtesy of Chris Blackburn portraits. There’s something for everyone in this high quality exhibition.

24th June – 13th August

‘Cannock Chase – In Stitch’ by Jo Hill Textiles designer Jo Hill from Stone has spent many an hour enjoying the wildlife and habitats found on Cannock Chase, and we are delighted to welcome her for her first exhibition at the museum. Jo has been creating in stitch all her life, making wall hangings, cushions, lampshades and embroidered chairs. Her contemporary work uses hand dyed fabrics, collaged together with a variety of textiles techniques, hand and machine stitching. This innovative exhibition, based on the wildlife of Cannock Chase, will show a broad range of her work, and prints from her original works will also be available on a range of products.

19th August – 13th October

‘Play & Display – Paper and Card Toys’ Relive childhood memories with this charming exhibition of paper and card toys. Paper and card are the cheapest and easiest materials with which to make and build toys and models. Paper y of Emma Warren and card toys have been commercially produced Image courtes from the late 1700s and all kinds of affordable yet delightful toys have been produced since then. Shortages of metal and wood during the Second World War led to a revival in the popularity of paper and card toys. Today, templates can be easily downloaded from the internet. The collection in this exhibition demonstrates how popular, versatile and enchanting paper and card toys have been over the years. Examples on display include paper dolls, model theatres, puppets, panoramas and cut-out books. They date from the 1880s to the 1960s and reveal how they have been endlessly updated to meet changing fashions.

23rd October – 15th December

Argazki Mac ‘Natural Staffordshire’ Argazki Mac, aka Neal McIntosh, describes himself as a local ‘amateur photographer, with a Image courtesy of Neal McIntosh second hand camera, no technical expertise and only shooting since June 2015’. Yet he has produced a breathtaking portfolio of wildlife photography, on display for the first time, and all photographed on our doorstep in Cannock Chase, Stafford and Hednesford Hills. Only in his third year of photography, his work has already been published in the local press and won a Highly Commended award in a national photography competition. He is inspired by nature in all its facets, colours and habitats and aims to show people nature ‘as it is’ and what you can see locally if you take the time to stop for a few minutes and look around you.

The Space by the Chase: a space for art, the place for coffee Enjoy our brand new selection of speciality hot drinks, cakes, snacks and ice creams, in our new-look Coffee Shop. Local artists are invited to hire the walls to display their artwork in this bright welcoming space.

Events Birds of Hednesford Hills Saturday 28 January • 11am – 3pm • Free Join us for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch! Bird watching and crafts for all the family.

Half Term Events - Pokemon and Dinosaurs 20 - 22 February • 11am – 3pm • £2 Drop in arts and crafts for half term.

Murder Mystery Saturday 25 February • 7.30pm – 9.30pm • £15 The Curse of the Bangalore Diamond - an evening of murder and mystery with Fired Up Theatre.

Stitched Postcards Workshops Thursday 16, 23 & 30 March • 7.30pm – 9pm £10 per person for the course A course of three workshops for adults to make a stitched postcard.

Wizard’s Workshop – British Science Week Saturday 18 March • 12pm – 3pm • £1 Magically change the properties of materials, make things disappear and attend a potions class!

Skip into Summer – Summer season launch event Saturday 8 April • 12noon – 4pm • Free Kick off our summer season with a day of exciting Spring and Easter themed activities.

Easter Eggstravaganza 11, 12, 18 & 19 April • 11am – 3pm • £2 per workshop Fun make and create activities during the Easter holiday.

BSL Interpreted Valley Mining Walk Tuesday 25 April • 11am – 1pm • £2 Guided tour of the museum and the Hednesford Hills for the deaf and hard of hearing.

VE Day Saturday 6 May • 11am – 4pm • FREE entry A day of activities to commemorate this momentous occasion.

Dementia Awareness Event – Transport to Work Thursday 18 May • 11am – 1pm • Free Come along to the museum for memories of journeys to work.

Half Term Workshops – Superheroes 30 & 31 May • 11am – 3pm • £2 per workshop Drop in arts and crafts for half term with a Superheroes theme!

Treasures of Hednesford Hills Saturday 10 June • 11am Explore the museum and take part in sound recording - for the Visually Impaired.

Sew Crafty Festival Saturday 1 July • 11am – 4.30pm • £3 entry If you stitch, knit, quilt, embroider or applique, this is a day for you! Stalls, talks and workshops.

Experimental Archaeology Saturday 15 July • 11am – 4pm • Free Learn all about early man for the Festival of British Archaeology.

Summer Workshops – Wonderful World of Words Tuesdays in July and August • 11am – 3pm • £2 per workshop Explore a different author each week during our summer workshops.

Summer Family Day Sunday 6 August • 12noon – 4pm • Free Craft activities, workshops, displays and shows for all the family!

Museum in Mind 4 - 8 September Activities for adults to support mind, body and spirit.

October Half Term Pirates & Princesses and Hallowe’en Spooktacular 25 - 27 October • 11.30am – 3pm • £2 per workshop Fun for all the family for half term!

Winter Wonderland Sunday 19 November • 12noon – 3pm • Free Nature-themed activities and crafts for all the family.

Christmas Family Day Sunday 3 December • 12noon – 4pm • Free Festive family fun - crafts, workshops, displays and shows.

Christmas Wishes Saturday 16 December • Timed slots throughout the day Discover the magic of Christmas past and present and crack the code to make a special Christmas wish!

Dementia Friendly Events All year Workshops for those living with dementia and their carers.

You Crafty Thing Thursdays • 10.30am – 12.30pm Weekly adult craft and social group Stick, knit and sew with fellow crafters.

Little Friends 3rd Friday of the month • 10am – 12noon Themed activities and events for babies and toddlers: crafts, baby area, water, sand & sorting play, outdoor fun, rhyme time, music and storytelling.

Hidden Gems 4th Friday of the month • 11am – 12noon Come and discover the hidden gems of the museum collections at this conversation club.

Services Group Talks Museum staff can deliver talks to groups and organisations, either at the museum or at your own venue, including artefact handling. Please contact the museum for a leaflet, or speak to the Museum Bookings Officer to book your talk. Charges apply. Call for Artists! Are you an artist interested in exhibiting at the museum? Professional artists can apply to exhibit in our temporary exhibition gallery, whilst enthusiastic amateurs can hire the coffee shop walls to display their work. Please contact the museum for an application form. Research The museum has a research library containing books, photographs and documents about the history of the local area. We also offer a Collections Enquiry Service. Contact our Collections Officer on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to make an appointment. Learning at the Museum Our education programme has won the Sandford Award for Heritage Education. Each interactive learning day, led by a museum educator, includes exciting hands-on activities, including object handling, demonstrations and role play. Topics include World War II, Coal Mining, Local Studies, Habitats and Toys. Outreach and bespoke tours also available. Ask for a brochure. Room Hire Hire our conference room or workshop for your next meeting, training or conference. We offer a tranquil setting, competitive rates and free parking.

How to find us The museum is just 15 minutes walk away from Hednesford bus and railway stations and has ample free parking. It is easily accessed from the M6 and M6 Toll. Follow the brown ‘purple stag’ signs from major routes into Cannock Chase.


Museum of Cann annoock Chase

Museum of Cannock Chase Valley Road, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1TD. Phone: 01543 877666 Email: /museumofcannockchase

Opening Times 2017 The museum is open all year round, except for two weeks at Christmas and New Year (please call to check if you plan to visit at this time) • Easter to the end of Sept – Daily, 11am to 5pm • October to Good Friday – Monday to Friday only, 11am to 4pm. Last admissions 30 minutes before closing. Open Bank Holidays throughout the summer season. General admission is free of charge, but charges do apply to some services and activities. We are always happy to provide guidance for your visit – please contact our friendly staff for help and advice. Groups – please contact us to help you plan your visit.

Visitor Facilities Our coffee shop sells hot & cold drinks, ice creams, cakes and snacks. There is space to picnic outside and we can advise on local places to eat, including the Parlour at the Pavilion in Hednesford Park, just a short walk away. The gift shop sells a range of local publications, gifts, souvenirs and pocket money toys. Find out what else there is to do locally in our Cannock Chase Tourist Information Point. Baby changing facilities, high chairs and bike racks are also available.

Access Facilities include ramps, lift, stairlift, Braille and large print guides, disabled toilet, induction loops and disabled parking. Access statement available from the museum or on the website. Keep up with what’s on at the museum by joining our mailing list. You can also follow us on Facebook for all our latest news! /museumofcannockchase

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