Richard Jefferies Museum

Richard Jefferies Museum A small community museum and gardens in the farmhouse where Victorian nature writer Richard Jefferies was born. PLEASE NOTE: Car park for volunteers & disabled visitors only.

A small, community-run museum set in the old farmhouse where Victorian nature writer Richard Jefferies was born. As well as the museum, there is a tearoom, and wonderful gardens with a nature trail, wooded picnic area, an orchard, vegetable plots, and a thousand places for children to run about and hide. The museum holds regular events for families, as well as writing classes, poetry events, and opportunities for local people to come and get involved.

24/06/2019
24/06/2019
Great to see visitors enjoying the gardens and music from AT-IT at the museum at a Cream Tea Sunday.
23/06/2019

Great to see visitors enjoying the gardens and music from AT-IT at the museum at a Cream Tea Sunday.

This Cream Tea Sunday (23rd June) at the museum  open from 130pm to 5pm we have free  live music from AT-IT playing folk...
21/06/2019

This Cream Tea Sunday (23rd June) at the museum open from 130pm to 5pm we have free live music from AT-IT playing folk pop acoustic music,
a free exhibition in the gallery AND
our cream teas and delicious cakes available from the cafe.

Plus free arts and crafts for children.

Nature Tots is back this Thursday at the Museum (along with Tuesdays) for children aged 0-5. Come along and join in the ...
19/06/2019

Nature Tots is back this Thursday at the Museum (along with Tuesdays) for children aged 0-5. Come along and join in the fun from 1030-1200. Pay at the cafe and dress for mess.
£3 for first child and £2 for additional children.

Our latest  FREE exhibition is open at the museum, showcasing the work of HNC students from New College come along and t...
19/06/2019

Our latest FREE exhibition is open at the museum, showcasing the work of HNC students from New College come along and take a look. @megrainedesign @brendan_watson_textile_designs @textilesby.emma @t.mellorgardner

Someone left behind an adult black coat at Nature Tots today. It is in the cafe if you would like to reclaim it.
18/06/2019

Someone left behind an adult black coat at Nature Tots today. It is in the cafe if you would like to reclaim it.

Gardens are looking lovely ready for Nature Tots from 1030 this morning as is the new sandpit table .
18/06/2019

Gardens are looking lovely ready for Nature Tots from 1030 this morning as is the new sandpit table .

Two of our wonderful volunteers assembling up a new sand table today for this weeks  Nature Tots on Tuesday and Thursday...
17/06/2019

Two of our wonderful volunteers assembling up a new sand table today for this weeks Nature Tots on Tuesday and Thursday Morning with ‘help’ from the chickens

New College, Swindon students are exhibiting at the museum  until 5th July.Posted @withrepost • @megrainedesign Settin...
17/06/2019

New College, Swindon students are exhibiting at the museum until 5th July.

Posted @withrepost • @megrainedesign Setting up our HNC exhibition at @richardjefferiesmuseum - very exciting!!

Exhibition up until 5th of July so if you’re passing please stop in and see 👍

Posted @withrepost • @billybeaumont4 The lover of nature has the highest art in their soul...Richard Jefferies. 🌳
17/06/2019

Posted @withrepost • @billybeaumont4 The lover of nature has the highest art in their soul...Richard Jefferies. 🌳

Our train station for the coate water railway is open today so you catch the train  on from 130-430 and Dads can have a ...
16/06/2019

Our train station for the coate water railway is open today so you catch the train on from 130-430 and Dads can have a free cream tea at the museum.
Plus free arts and crafts for children under the gazebo. #we_are_swindon #coatewater #swindon #creamtea #visit_swindon #visitwiltshire

Gardens are looking great today ready for Fathers Day cream tea Sunday. dads get a free cream tea from 130 to 5.
16/06/2019

Gardens are looking great today ready for Fathers Day cream tea Sunday. dads get a free cream tea from 130 to 5.

Posted @withrepost • @swindonopenstudios John Webb studied at Swindon Art School and Birmingham School of Arts & Craft...
15/06/2019

Posted @withrepost • @swindonopenstudios John Webb studied at Swindon Art School and Birmingham School of Arts & Crafts.
As an art student in 1962, John made his own record in art of Swindon’s Railway Workshops. Many of these works are featured in this exhibition.

John is exhibiting giclée fine art prints of his work. These will be available to purchase, plus smaller prints and greetings cards.

John has been selected by Richard Jefferies Museum @richardjefferiesmuseum as their hosted Swindon Open Studios Artist this year. ​Featured work: Swindon Railway Workshops - Steam Guillotine 2

Come and celebrate Fathers Day (Sunday 16th June) at the museum, with Free Cream Teas for Dads! We are open from 130pm t...
14/06/2019

Come and celebrate Fathers Day (Sunday 16th June) at the museum, with Free Cream Teas for Dads!
We are open from 130pm to 5pm.

We also hope to open the Richard Jefferies Train Station and so you can a ride the Coate Water Railway (this is dependant on railway volunteer availability)

We will have free arts and craft activities for children.

Sit and relax in our lovely gardens and meet our chickens, or explore the museum and its grounds

The museum and gardens are free to enter, park at Coate Water we have an entrance gate off the overflow carpark

Well behaved dogs on leads welcomed.

Create Studios
14/06/2019

Create Studios

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New College, Swindon Students have each produced unique pieces relating to the life and work of Richard Jefferies and wi...
13/06/2019

New College, Swindon Students have each produced unique pieces relating to the life and work of Richard Jefferies and will show for three weeks from 17th June at the Museum.

At the weekend we had our oldest visitor: Bettie, still full of beans at 102. Born in 1917, Bettie as a toddler might ha...
13/06/2019

At the weekend we had our oldest visitor: Bettie, still full of beans at 102. Born in 1917, Bettie as a toddler might have met Jefferies if he'd lived to a decent old age....

Today we had a wonderful visit from a group from Beijing,  China. They had been over for a meeting at a university and s...
13/06/2019

Today we had a wonderful visit from a group from Beijing, China. They had been over for a meeting at a university and stopped off at the museum on their way back to Heathrow. They were very enamoured by RJ and his home, but not as enamoured as I am with my beautifully presented gift of chopsticks!

This Sunday 16th June join a free guided walk to rediscover Jefferies’ Land From 11:00-15:00Richard Jefferies Museum t...
13/06/2019

This Sunday 16th June join a free guided walk to rediscover Jefferies’ Land From 11:00-15:00

Richard Jefferies Museum to Chiseldon, return via Hodson and Coate Water -- approx 6 miles/10 km.
Join us for a leisurely, guided, circular walk through some of the local countryside that inspired Jefferies’ writings.

Start from museum.

Well behaved dogs, kept on leads, are welcome.

Park at Coate Water.

Free event, but booking essential, email:
[email protected]

On our return, the museum will be open; or sit in the gardens and enjoy the affordable, delicious cream teas, cakes and hot or cold drinks which can be bought at the on-site café.

Some feedback from the last Walk
The Guided walk was fantastic – thanks Ian. Learnt a lot and stories well told. The photos added to the experience. Would definitely recommend, would love to do it again or something similar."

"Ian led a splendid evenly paced walk to Lower Hodson. Suitable for non-walkers too! Lots of historical snippets"

"Great walk, good knowledge and actual walk. Really enjoyed myself will walk whenever possible. Thank you for all you did Ian was a great guide."

The wonderfully spirited Swindon Society enjoying themselves despite the rain!
13/06/2019

The wonderfully spirited Swindon Society enjoying themselves despite the rain!

Swindon Society Summer Outing - in the rain! A ride on the train and a good look around the marvellous Richard Jefferies Museum. A great evening... despite the weather! ☺ 🌧
(Videos in the comments below)

Creative Creatures Art Workshop Sat 15th Jun. 10-4.  A fun day in the lovely home and garden of Richard Jefferies at Coa...
12/06/2019

Creative Creatures Art Workshop Sat 15th Jun. 10-4. A fun day in the lovely home and garden of Richard Jefferies at Coate Water . We will be painting birds and animal botanical specimens using a wide variety of mediums, all provided for you !
Marilyn is happy to accommodate beginners and experienced artists !
Please bring a packed lunch and we will provide refreshments.
Painting outside is possible too in the lovely gardens. £40 for the day 😍please phone Marilyn Trew to book 07768443493!

The Museum is Open from 10-4 Wednesday why not take the opportunity to see the amazing Unfrequented Paths Exhibition bef...
11/06/2019

The Museum is Open from 10-4 Wednesday why not take the opportunity to see the amazing Unfrequented Paths Exhibition before it finishes on 15th June.

Rain won’t stop the fun at Nature Tots this Tuesday and Thursday 1030-1200. We will be doing fantastic activities to c...
10/06/2019

Rain won’t stop the fun at Nature Tots this Tuesday and Thursday 1030-1200. We will be doing fantastic activities to celebrate Childrens Arts Week.

Wonderful! Thank you Swindon Museum & Art Gallery!
10/06/2019

Wonderful! Thank you Swindon Museum & Art Gallery!

OBJECT OF THE WEEK
Birthplace of Richard Jefferies, Freda Skull
Congratulations to the Richard Jefferies Museum on their new blue plaque! Our Great Western Embroiderers exhibition includes this piece inspired by the house; the cotton background has been hand painted, and then hand embroidered. #objectoftheweek #greatwesternembroiderers

10/06/2019
Altea Narici

The amazing Altea Narici on cello, plus a glimpse of our current art exhibition, on last weekend's cream tea Sunday...

09/06/2019
Free Cream Teas for Dads on Fathers Day

Come and enjoy this Fathers Day Sunday 16th June at the museum, our second year of giving away Free Cream Teas for Dads!

We are open from 130pm to 5pm.

Sit and relax in our lovely gardens and meet our chickens, or explore the museum and its grounds.

Cream Teas and delicious cakes will be available at the café.

Cream teas are £3.80 and consist of a scone, cream, strawberry jam and a hot drink.

The museum and gardens are free to enter, park at Coate Water we have an entrance gate off the overflow carpark

Free Arts activities for children will be provided.

Well behaved dogs on leads welcomed.

There is also a free guide walk from 11:00--15:00
Richard Jefferies Museum to Chiseldon, return via Hodson and Coate Water -- approx 6 miles/10 km.
A leisurely, guided, circular walk through some of the local countryside that inspired Jefferies’ writings.
Start from museum.
Well behaved dogs, kept on leads, are welcome.
It is a free event, but booking is essential, email:
[email protected]

09/06/2019

Altea Narici playing Bach....

The Chickens are relaxing  before the Museum  opens for cream teas and free cello music this afternoon. (Sunday)
09/06/2019

The Chickens are relaxing before the Museum opens for cream teas and free cello music this afternoon. (Sunday)

An article about our Nature Tots Group at the Museum, which runs every Tuesday and Thursday. This Tuesday and Thursday w...
08/06/2019
Swindon Advertiser

An article about our Nature Tots Group at the Museum, which runs every Tuesday and Thursday. This Tuesday and Thursday we are taking part in Children’s Art Week

Great

08/06/2019

The clock forms part of our Unfrequented Paths Exhibition which runs until 15th June at the Museum.

This Sunday come and have cream teas and cakes at the museum between 130pm to 5pm, with a fantastic cello performance fr...
07/06/2019

This Sunday come and have cream teas and cakes at the museum between 130pm to 5pm, with a fantastic cello performance from 230pm.

It is also the last Sunday you can to visit the Unfrequented Paths Exhibition in the Gallery before it finishes on 15th June.

If it is raining (although the forecast looks ok at the moment) the performance will go ahead inside the museum.

The museum and gardens are free to enter, park at Coate Water we have an entrance gate off the overflow carpark.

Free Arts activities for children will be provided.

29th June Family camping event – Wild Night OutCome for and spend the night in the wild gardens of Richard Jefferies M...
06/06/2019

29th June Family camping event – Wild Night Out

Come for and spend the night in the wild gardens of Richard Jefferies Museum of exploring the outdoors in and around the idyllic gardens of the museum.

Create your own adventure or take part in our nature-inspired activities.

Part of the national Wild Night Out campaign to get more children out and about in the great outdoors.
Booking essential as there are only 10 pitches, toilets and water available.
Spaces are filling fast 😄

There will be communal cooking facilities

£20 per pitch (payment in advance required plus 88p PayPal fee)

2 camper van spaces (no electric hook up)

Email [email protected] to book your place.

It is volunteers week and we just wanted to say a huge thank you to our amazing team of volunteers and Trustees.The Muse...
06/06/2019

It is volunteers week and we just wanted to say a huge thank you to our amazing team of volunteers and Trustees.

The Museum is volunteer run and they all make a massive difference everyday.

Our volunteers and trustees carry out a wide range of different activities from cleaning the museum, supporting our events, managing the museum, gardening, general maintenance, heritage management, restoring agricultural machinery, running the cafe and acting acting as guides within the museum and on local walks.

If you would like to get involved please email us on [email protected]

We will be taking part in #childrensartweek next week at Nature Tots, so look out for lots of fun art based activities n...
05/06/2019

We will be taking part in #childrensartweek next week at Nature Tots, so look out for lots of fun art based activities next Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Lovely to be recognised for how we focus on respect for the  environment at the museum, following the ethos of Richard J...
05/06/2019

Lovely to be recognised for how we focus on respect for the environment at the museum, following the ethos of Richard Jefferies.

Posted @withrepost • @engagevisualart Get outdoors and #getkidscreating! On #WorldEnviromentDay we’re highlighting how galleries and museums are encouraging awareness and respect for the environment through creative activities for #childrenandyoungpeople during #ChildrensArtWeek 2019
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Head to the @richardjefferiesmuseum in #Wiltshire for Nature Tots on Tuesday 11 June and Thursday 13 June, 10:30 am - 12:00. £3 for first child and £2 for additional children
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Join the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art for 'Walk, Talk, Make'—outdoor explorations in the grassy grounds of Modern One and Two on Saturday 15 June, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Dress for the weather! @NatGalleriesSco . .
Make art using natural resources found on site at @Cusworth_Hall in #Yorkshire on Sunday 9 June from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Tickets cost £2.50 per child. Organised by Heritage Doncaster
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Visit @wirralmuseums in #Nottingham on Saturday 8 June to be inspired by nature with artist Pamela Sullivan. Free art & craft activities for all the family! Delivered in partnership with Liverpool University Biosciences, the activities will be based around caterpillars and butterflies.

Deborah Battaglia - Artist
04/06/2019

Deborah Battaglia - Artist

Delighted to be included in the exhibition, ‘Unfrequented Paths’ at the Richard Jeffries museum. Open from 1st till 15th June.

04/06/2019
Kelly

Lovely feedback for our Nature Tots Group, thank you ❤️

We've been attending nature tots sessions for a while now and it's our favourite group by far!
The setting is so beautiful... it seems so tranquil and you completely forget where you are. The house and grounds are important for so many reasons but for young children especially. Most new homes have very square gardens and no places for kids to hide or find insects or different types of trees or plants... the gardens here offer so many learning opportunities and inspiration for future generations.
The group of people that work here are equally as amazing and important- they have a real love for the place and this is so evident in the way they talk to everyone and the great ideas they come up with. I will bring my daughter here as much as I can through her childhood and beyond. We are so lucky to have this treasure in Swindon. Thanks to the team for looking after this for us all xx

This Sunday 9th June 130pm -5pm Sit and relax in our lovely gardens listen to great cello music for free, or explore the...
04/06/2019

This Sunday 9th June 130pm -5pm Sit and relax in our lovely gardens listen to great cello music for free, or explore the museum and grounds.

Cream Teas and delicious cakes will be available at the café.

Cream teas are £3.80 and consist of a home made scone, cream, strawberry jam and a hot drink.

The museum and gardens are free to enter, park at Coate Water we have an entrance gate off the overflow carpark.

Free Arts activities for children will be provided.

Well behaved dogs (on leads) welcomed.

Altea Narici is an Italian cellist, singer and traveller. She will be performing a mixture of classical music, contemporary pieces and music of her own composition from 230pm.

The museum opens its doors every Sunday afternoon May through to the end of September for our traditional cream teas and other delicious cakes.

Nature Tots for 0-5s is back this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 1030-1200 at the museum. It is £3 for the first chi...
03/06/2019

Nature Tots for 0-5s is back this week on Tuesday and Thursday from 1030-1200 at the museum.

It is £3 for the first child and £2 for additional children.

Posted @withrepost • @littlemouseillustration Proud to be a part of the Unfrequented Paths exhibition at #richardjeffe...
03/06/2019

Posted @withrepost • @littlemouseillustration Proud to be a part of the Unfrequented Paths exhibition at #richardjefferiesmuseum the show is really diverse, with some amazing pieces all linked around the central theme.

Great day yesterday, with people determined to watch the unveiling of the plaque despite the weather...
03/06/2019
Blue plaque honours life and legacy of Richard Jefferies

Great day yesterday, with people determined to watch the unveiling of the plaque despite the weather...

A NEW blue plaque has been installed at the birthplace of one of Swindon’s most respected writers to honour his achievements and lasting legacy.

A Great Cream Tea Sunday at the Museum with the unveiling of a new Swindon Heritage Plaque for Richard Jefferies and del...
02/06/2019

A Great Cream Tea Sunday at the Museum with the unveiling of a new Swindon Heritage Plaque for Richard Jefferies and delicious homemade scones. Next Sunday we have a fantastic cellist performing.

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