Adult Workshops

We hope you will be inspired by our latest workshop programme

To book a workshop, please visit Ticket Source

Please note that the workshops are subject to change. In the event of a cancelled workshop, we aim to inform you 2 days before the starts date of a workshop and you will receive a full refund.

If you need to cancel a workshop, refunds will only be given if you give us at least one week’s notice before the start of the workshop. If you give us less than one week’s notice, no refund will be given.

Poster Art Printing
Thursday 9th February, 5:30pm- 8:30pm
Saturday 18th February, 10:30am- 2:30pm
Cost: £15 (£12 to Friends of Trowbridge Museum)
Tutor: David Birks

Although originating in China several centuries before, screen-printing only came to prominence in the early 20th Century when it was used by graphic artists. After WW2 artists, such as Andy Warhol made use of the technique (his Marilyn and Soup Cans prints being well known examples), and in the 70s and 80s it was the simplest way of producing rock band tour t-shirts. Taking our latest exhibition ‘Banned’ as inspiration, we’ll be designing and cutting stencils to create a small run of poster-themed artworks.
The price includes all material and refreshments. Saturday’s session also includes time for a short lunch break (lunch not provided), which can be taken in the museum.

If you are booked on an evening’s workshop, please use the upper level of ASDA car park.


Drawing and painting workshop ‘Unshackled’
Wednesday 8th March, 11am- 1pm
Saturday 11th March, 2pm- 4pm
Cost: £10
Tutor: Patrick Hallissey

A rare chance to get close up and personal to museum objects, using them as a source of inspiration for artwork under guidance of local artist Patrick Hallissey. Among art techniques taught and advised on are watercolour, line and wash, coloured pencils, wax crayon and mixed media. All materials are provided. New participants as well as old friends are welcome.


Hand loom weaving for beginners
Sunday 9th April, 10am- 3pm
Cost: £40 (£35 Friends of Trowbridge Museum)
Tutor: Hanne Dahl

If you would like to find out more about hand weaving, or are thinking taking up weaving as a craft, this taster day is well suited to you. We will be examining how to weave simple patterns and you will come away with a good basic knowledge of weaving, which looms exist and would fit your needs, your own book with samples and weave recipes. The designs we will be exploring are based on the historical textiles found in the museum collection. The session is suitable for complete beginners or people with only a basic knowledge of weaving. The price includes all materials and refreshments.


Macramé Plant Hanger
Saturday 13th May, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Cost: £25
Tutor: Jen Walsh

Workshops are a fun way of learning a new skill in a friendly and encouraging environment, meeting new people and having something you have made to take home with you. In this class you will learn the basic knotting techniques of macramé and make your own plant pot hanger from start to finish. All materials are provided including a pot and plant! Aimed at beginners.


Mono-printing Masterclass
Thursday 4th May, 5:30pm- 8:30pm
Saturday 6th May, 10.30am-2.30pm
Cost: £12 (£10 for Friends of Trowbridge Museum)
Tutor: David Birks

Using a variety of techniques such as mark-making, layering and tracing as well as using textural objects such as leaves, fabric, even coins, mono-printing is a simple and accessible printmaking method offering the scope to produce subtle, complex and beautiful artworks. The session is a great introduction to print making, perfect for budding artists and those with a little bit of print making experience.

If you are booked on an evening’s workshop, please use the upper level of ASDA car park.


Enjoyable Jewellery (3 week course)
Wednesday 7th, 14th and 21st June, 1- 3pm
Saturday 3rd, 10th and 17th June, 11am- 1pm
Cost: £25 for the course (3 sessions) (£23 for Friends of Trowbridge Museum)
Tutor: Nikki Ritson

In this three week course you will learn the basics of needle felting and wet felting and create some stylish jewellery. Both techniques are fairly simple, needle felting uses a barded needle and a pricking motion whilst in wet felting you rub and agitate layers of fleece to create a dense mat. The resulting felt pieces can be turned into colourful brooches, drop earrings and necklaces. This is a relaxed and enjoyable workshop and the price includes all the materials and refreshments.


Town Hall Talks with David Birks; £5 per talk
The Town Hall, Market Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ

Thursday 16th February: A Potted History of Trowbridge- 7:30pm
Thursday 6th April: 1000 Years of Warp and Weft- 7:30pm
Thursday 22nd June: From Civic Centre to Arts Centre- Trowbridge Town Hall- 7:30pm