Friday, 13 April 7pm

Faith, Reason, Arson and Riot. Come and meet Thomas Harrison of Newcastle-under-Lyme who signed King Charles I's death warrant.

A talk by Ray Johnson with David Bowen as Harrison himself.

Major General in the Civil War and Cromwell's right-hand man, intensely religious and awaiting the Second Coming - he felt it was his Christian duty to prepare for Christ's return to Earth - even if this meant killing a King.

Accompanied with contemporary accounts and Harrison's speeches recorded at his eventful trial in 1660, you will find Harrsison brought back to life just for you.

Tickets are £9 with tea and cake included.

Places are limited so pre-booking is essential.

If you would like to book, or for any more information, please ring 01782 619705 or email

Open Art and Craft Exhibition

Our annual Open Art and Craft exhibition is back and needs new artists to take part

The exhibition will run from 10 March – 22 April

Both professional and amateur artists of all ages are welcome to apply. All mediums are welcome whether you’re a painter or printer or make jewellery and photos. We would like to encourage all to take part. Please share the opportunity with anyone you think may be interested or come along when the exhibition opens.

So if you or a friend or a community group would like to take part please bring your work on 1 - 3 March with your appilcation form to enter.

Open Art and Craft Exhibition Application Form (PDF 1.8Mb)

If you would like to talk about your application or about the exhibition please ring 01782 619705 or email to have a friendly chat.

We look forward to seeing you and your lovely work.

February Half Term 17 – 25 Feb

Come rain or shine this February school half term, we always have plenty to keep the kids entertained at The Brampton Museum. Spring themed crafts and a trail will be available to buy and complete.

Joining us in the park on Thursday 22 Feb is the Wildlife Trust. Come along to Wildfamilies and the explore the great outdoors! Perfect for getting kids outside, just remember to wrap up warm.

Activites may include den building, natural crafts and much more. Sessions aimed at 4-7 yrs 1.30-3.30. Admission is free.

Easter School Holidays 30 March – 15 April

As well as our regular crafts and trail, your little artists can enter our competition to create a circus themed poster!  To mark the opening of our exhibition about Philip Astley, son of Newcastle and creator of the modern day circus (5 May – 15 July) we would like our artistic visitors to design and produce a poster to advertise Astley’s Circus!

These will be exhibited in our Hall Gallery from 5 May to 15 July and a winner will be chosen to receive a special prize!  Entry costs £2, and poster workshops will take place during the Easter holidays.


Regular Activities

Museum Prize Trail 50p – our themed trail for families around the museum costs just 50p and children will get a small prize when they find all the answers.  Hunt high and low, upstairs and downstairs, great fun for kids of all ages!  We change the trail regularly so children will always find a new way to explore our museum.

Paper Crafts 50p – always something different to colour and create!  A simple paper activity to complete at our craft table or when you get home.  Lots of fun and we regularly provide new themed paper crafts to try.

Craft Packs – we create our own themed craft packs at prices ranging from £1 to £4.  These change regularly for you to buy and create at our craft table or when you get home.