Exhibitions & Events

Current Exhibitions

A Journey Through Time - Main Exhibition

Let us take you on a journey through time on this exhibition exploring the history of our site. Records dating back to the early 15th century have shown that we were once a cobblers, a Tudor pub and a 19th century flax-dressers amongst many other interesting trades. Accompanied by a digital reconstruction of our Tudor pub, The Crowne, and virtual reality films. Open January to April 2018.

Yesterday & Today - Stair Gallery


This is the second phase of our exciting photographic exhibition exploring the changing landscapes of Rother Street, Henley Street and Wood Street.  Exhibition developed with photographer Phil Williams with supporting image archive from Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Lifting the Lid on Stratford's Toilets


Slaughterhouse Exhibition - Permanent

Stanley Henson’s acquired 14 Bridge Street in 1897, the rent was plus 6 fat capons. This fascinating opening exhibition explores the history of the site dating back to early 17th Century. The exhibition is dedicated to Stanley and all the many characters who worked there.

Stanley Henson with Brian behind meeting Mayor Woodman



Adult Workshops and Community Art Projects

Did you know as well as hosting quarterly exhibitions, we also host evening classes and community groups?

Community Projects

Paper Moon - Tuesdays 1-3pm (Term time)

Weekly arts workshop for adults with learning disabilities and carers, excluding school holidays. Artist led sessions working toward local festivals and events, based on our heritage projects. Please contact info@escapearts.org.uk for more information.

Stratford Escape - Wednesdays 10m-1pm

Adult community arts workshop. Drop in every Wednesday 10am-1pm. All ages and abilities welcome.

VIPs - Veterans and Interested Pensioners, first Thursday of every month, 10am-12pm

Escape invites veterans and 'interested pensioners' to come and share their stories. The group will meet on the first Thursday of each month 10am-12pm at The Old Slaughterhouse. A good cuppa and treats await!

In Stitches - Thursdays 2-4pm

Bring your sewing, knitting or crotchet to the Old Slaughterhouse for an opportunity to get involved with exciting new projects, share your skills or learn new ones. Wool and needles/hooks are available for anyone who wants to learn to knit or crotchet. All ages and abilities welcome.

Evening Classes

We run evening classes from our home at the Old Slaughterhouse Heritage and Arts Centre. Workshop costs include materials and refreshments. For more detailed information about the evening courses or to book, select your course below or visit the Old Slaughterhouse website. For enquiries about evening classes, please contact aliallen@escapearts.org.uk. Terms and conditions apply.

7th November 2018, 6:30-8:30pm: Fused Glass Christmas Decorations with Ros Ingram, £35

12th November 2018, 6:30-8:30pm: Porcelain Buttons with Ros Ingram, £35

14th November 2018, 6:30-9:30pm: Enamelled Jewellery with Melissa Keskinkilinc, £35

19th November 2018, 6:30-9:00pm: Ceramic Christmas Decorations with Ros Ingram, £35

26th November 2018, 6:30-9:30pm: Needlefelt Birds with Steph Lester, £35

28th November, 6:30-9:30pm: Christmas Sugarcraft Unicorns with Molly Allen, £30