Adults: Special Events
Culture & Cream Teas
Enjoy magical Sunday afternoons with a lovely cream tea in the garden and a taste of culture, of all kinds. Kicking off with Bristol-based French violinist Claire Northey, our summer season for 2017 is a taste of something different for those lazy summer weekends...
Claire Northey has been stirring up the electronic music scene with her loops, beats and vocals, and although hard to box into any one genre, Claire’s style lands between trip-hop and world music, inspired by her time living in Egypt. These Arabic and Eastern influences can be heard in her sound, along with her desire to improvise and layer the same melody in unison to create a powerful impact.
Cream teas, cakes and refreshments on sale between 2pm to 3pm
Claire will be playing from 3pm (for an hour, with a short break) 
Museum is open from 1.30pm to 5pm
​​​Outer and Inner Landscapes: a workshop with Myra Schneider
The landscape of the world and locations we live in or know well have a strong influence on our feelings and ideas. We shall look at ways in which we connect ourselves with the outer world as a way into exploring and writing about our inner worlds. There will be time to start developing a poem and optional sharing of work. The event will be followed by tea and readings from participants (please bring one short poem to share) as well as a reading by Myra Schneider.
2pm to 4pm: Workshop
4pm to 4:30pm: Tea
4:30pm to 5pm: Readings
Myra Schneider’s most recent collections are What Women Want (Second Light Publications 2012), The Door to Colour(Enitharmon 2014) and Persephone in Finsbury Park (Second Light Publications 2016). Other publications include fiction for young people and books about personal writing – in particular Writing My Way Through Cancer, a fleshed-out journal with poems (Jessica Kingsley 2003) and the resource book Writing Your Self with John Killick (Continuum 2009). She is a tutor for The Poetry School in London and consultant to the Second Light Network for women poets. She has co-edited anthologies of work by contemporary women poets and was shortlisted for a Forward prize in 2007:
Saturday 24th June 2.00pm - 5.30pm
Friends: 20% discount: use code FRIENDS17
Volunteers@Jefferies 50% discount: use code VOLUNTEERS17 

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Apple Tree Writing Workshop
with Camilla Nelson
This workshop offers a chance to explore the interface between human and other-than human writing techniques with the apple trees of the Richard Jefferies Museum orchard. Participants are introduced to the trees and orchard environment through a range of movement and multi-sensory exercises. These exercises are designed to give rise to a site-specific vocabulary to be imprinted into the skin of each apple on site - word by word, apple by apple. The aim is to create an orchard of apple tree poetry that participants and other visitors can enjoy as the apples grow and change over the coming months, ready for harvesting as part of the Swindon Poetry Festival in October 2017.
Camilla Nelson is a language artist, researcher and collaborator across a range of disciplines. She has a PhD in Reading and Writing with a Tree: Practising ‘Nature Writing’ as Enquiry from Falmouth University. Her current work includes Reading Movement, a language performance long-listed for The Leslie Scalapino Award and Apples & Other Languages, a page-based collection long-listed for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize published by Knives Forks and Spoons. Camilla curated The South West Poetry Tour with Steven Fowler in August 2016. She is founding editor of Singing Apple Press.
Saturday 1st July 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Friends: 20% discount: use code FRIENDS17

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A Wine Tour de France
English speaking countries recognize July 14th as France’s Bastille Day. We cannot think of a better way to honour the French and this important day in their history than with enjoying some lovely French wines. We'll take you through an engaging and educational tour of France, sampling some of their best wines along the way.
Your host for the evening is Claire Fleming who is an industry qualified wine taster, and wine and spirits blogger:
Friday 14th July 7.00pm - 9pm
£20.00 - (Cheese and bread included) Friends: 20% discount: use code FRIENDS17

Adults: Regular Activities
​​​Poetry in the Sitting Room
Poetry Swindon present a regular Poetry Night in the Sitting Room of the Richard Jefferies Museum hosted by Hilda Sheehan and Sam Loveless.  Bring a favourite poem, or a poem or two you have written to share with a friendly audience.
Mondays from 6pm - 9pm
Tea and Coffee for sale in the tearoom
Tickets £3
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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​​​Writers @ Jefferies
Informal classes where students bring in their own work (1000 words or one poem) for each session, whether it is fiction, non-fiction or poetry, loose idea, work-in-progress or beautifully polished. Writers then participate in group and tutor feedback and guidance, with Mike Pringle. Six sessions held monthly on Thursday evenings.
19th January, 16th Feb, 16th Mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 15th Jun
6.30pm - 9.30pm 
Tickets £66 for whole course (or pro rata) 
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17
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Greene Ferne Writers
A weekly, group-led writers group for all levels.
Bring one poem or a short piece of prose for group feed-back and support.
Cafe available for refreshments and cakes.
Starting Friday 20th January 10.00am - 1.00pm 
£2 per session or buy a semester pass for £30
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17
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Device Photography
With technology at our finger tips and opportunities to take endless amounts of photos of family and friends, would you like to learn how to make your photos more considered and polished for a professional finish? Run by Jaime Bullock, this is an app based course for mobile phones, iPads and kindles so bring them along, some small additional costs for particular apps may apply but are optional. You will be shown photography techniques, how to best choose and shoot your subject and then how to make them fit for exhibition at the Richard Jefferies Museum at the end of your course. A print will be available of your favourite photo of the day to help you build a professional portfolio.
Every Monday from 23rd January 2017 from 11am - 12.30pm (Term time only)
Bring lunch if you so wish to sit and chat in the garden afterwards
Tickets £10
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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​​​An Air of Freedom
A confidence building class with Jaime Bullock to gently open you up from personal constraints, to explore and challenge your inhibitions using laughter, fun and the arts in a wonderful safe environment or if you are feeling lost and directionless we will help you to re-find yourself and point you in the right direction to happiness. You will have the opportunity to try new things, a chance to reconnect to your inner child and take part in fun activities for adults. A journal will be provided for you to record your personal development and guidance given throughout. All materials will be provided, bring a pack lunch if would like to stay afterwards for a chill and chat in the Richard Jefferies Museum.
Every Thursday from 26th January 2017 from 10.30am - 12.30pm (Term time only)
Tea and Coffee for sale in the tearoom
Tickets £10
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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A Sense of Art
Bring your pad and paints and enjoy an art class with Jaime Bullock in and around the wonderful settings of the Richard Jefferies Museum and Coate Water. With plenty of fun challenges you will learn landscape techniques to the painting of the tiny details of the smallest flower. There will be a group exhibition of your work based in the Richard Jeffries Museum at the end of the 6 week course for all your friends and family to see. Sessions are £11. Bring a packed lunch and come and join in the fun. As Jefferies himself says: "The lover of nature has the highest art in his/her soul." 
Every Friday from 27th January 2017 from 11am - 1pm (Term time only)
Bring lunch if you so wish to sit and chat in the garden afterwards
Tickets £10
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17
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​​​Write Poetry!
Poetry Swindon present a monthly poetry writing session with Hilda Sheehan. Be inspired by a selection of poems and discussion to create new work. The sessions are suitable for all levels of writers. A fun and relaxed evening of surprise, discovery and experiment! 

Monday 30th Jan, 27th Feb, 27th Mar, 24th Apr, 22nd May, and 26th Jun 2017.
6pm to 8pm
£30 for all 6 sessions or £25 if you book before 30th December
Only 12 places available SOLD OUT
Friends: 20% discount: use code FRIENDS17
Volunteers@Jefferies 50% discount: use code VOLUNTEERS17 

​​​Creative Journaling​
with Jill Carter, Multi-Media Artist
A monthly workshop with Jill Carter, Multi-Media Artist -
Be inspired to document and honour stories, experiences and journeys, both real and imagined, in response to memories, people, place, events and time. Enjoy drawing, painting, writing, collaging and stitching into your own unique pages. Develop your own individual journaling style… which may range from observational or formal reportage, painterly, playful and poetic, quirky and fun, polite and/or very badly behaved. These monthly workshops will offer a creative hub, a space in which to mindfully reflect, exploring outside/inside, with inks, brushes, pens, pencils, sticks, watercolours, found and made objects, and range of 2/3D mixed media. The idea is to allow time to have fun and playfully develop ideas, rituals, new ways of working, through experiential and experimental contemporary visual storytelling. Artist will supply a range of book arts materials, plus a sewing machine. Collect your own memorabilia, i.e. photographs, maps, drawings or old paintings, books, textiles, and favourite art making stuff. Bring a journal or something to work into, plus an apron and outdoor warm clothes, and your lunch.
Limited to 10 places
Monthly starting Saturday 28 January 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
£45 for a workshop
Friends use code: FRIENDS17 Volunteers use code: VOLUNTEERS17

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​​​History Salon: the past brought to life
Join Swindon Heritage for a new series of talks on aspects of local history/pre-history, and learn about the ancient and not so ancient world on your doorstep.
Monthly in 2017: Wednesday 10th May, 14th Jun (Special talk with Swindon Society Summer Outing), 12th Jul, 9th Aug, 13th Sept, 9th Oct, 8th Nov, and 13th Dec

Arrive at 12.15 for tea and coffee - talk 12.30 to 1pm - questions and chat until 1.15pm
£2 contribution per talk

​​​Work Party
Can you help for a day and join our fun team to do maintenence work and general jobs needed at the museum? Come at any time during the day. Stay as long or as short as you can. Do what you can: tidying, sorting, gardening, cleaning, beautifying, tea-making, fetching and carrying, encouraging - generally making our museum ready for a programme of exciting events in 2017.
We will provide lunch, plus as much tea/coffee and biscuits as you need! 

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​​​Friendship Cafe - for elders
Friendly sessions for older people. Come and enjoy poetry, art, museum pieces and history talks in an informal setting for friendship and chat. Dementia friendly.
More details soon
FREE Includes tea and cake

Working Lunch
You give us a few hours, we give you lunch!
There are always a million and one jobs to do at the museum and in the gardens. Come and join us on this day, to get stuck into planting flowers and vegetables, cleaning, weeding, moving, lifting, dancing and drinking tea! Come for an hour, or all day, whatever suits you. Children welcome.
Next date to be confirmed
​​​Digging for Freedom
As well as our more formal events, we always have group gardening activities going on - if you fancy getting a bit muddy, growing your own veg, or just doing a bit of peaceful weeding with others, come and join in!

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