Alongside our permanent galleries we have a programme of changing temporary exhibitions.

Whenever we can, we will create a unique workshop linked directly to the exhibition, giving us the opportunity to explore different themes and often work with the exhibitors themselves. Keep checking this page to find out what we have to offer!

On now:

An Earthly Paradise: William Morris and the Thames 1 February – 14 July 2019.

This exciting new exhibition explores the prolific artist, designer, writer and socialist William Morris and his relationship with the river that flowed through his life and work.  Bringing together outstanding objects from national museums with local collections, the exhbition includes Morris’ Thames Series textiles alongside some of his original hand drawn designs and looks at how the Thames inspired his poetry, fuelled his manufacturing and filled his leisure time.

Discover how the life and work of this artist, designer and socialist can inspire teaching and learning across the curriculum.

KS1 and KS2  cross-curricular workshops include:

  • Investigation of the natural environment that inspired William Morris.
  • Mixed media printing using repeat pattern in the style of William Morris.

KS3 and KS4 art workshops include:

  • Screen printing and stencil design inspired by nature considering composition and pattern.
  • Making a stylised watercolour sketch based on observation of the river landscape.

SEN workshops also available.

William Morris Workshop Summary SEN

William Morris Workshop Summary KS1

William Morris Workshop Summary KS2

William Morris Workshop Summary KS3

To book a place call 01491 415605 or email

Coming soon:

Bears!  Sat 3 Aug – Sun 3 Nov

If you’re going down to the woods today…this summer the Museum will be bursting with Bears!

Revisit your favourite stories and meet some of literature’s most famous bears, including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears and toy bears.

Go on your own bear hunt through the bears’ glade, curl up with your favourite story in the bear cave and enjoy dressing up as your favourite characters. Original artwork and manuscripts featured in the exhibition include Hugless Douglas, Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Bear and The Piano and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

The exhibition comes to us from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.