Gloucestershire Heritage Hub


Upcoming Heritage Hub events

Secrets Revealed online talk: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

Wednesday 24 January 1-2 pm

People have been using Gloucestershire’s rivers for moving around for millennia and have also been stopping off at places to settle, hunt or trade.

As ships and boats grew in size, so did the places that they stopped at.  Initially simple timber structures, as time passed, these landing places evolved into stone-built wharves and quays, and later into large docks and ports with complex infrastructures all designed to move cargo in and out.

This online presentation will look at the history of these places in Gloucestershire, which are probably more numerous than one realises. 

To book, please visit the Heritage Hub website

Ship -Shape!

Saturday 3 February, 1-4 pm

Talks of the day

1.15pm - ‘A History of Gloucester Docks’ by Tony Conder

2.30pm - ‘Port to Port – a historical journey along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal’ by Paul Barnett

Please note: both talks are currently fully booked. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please email

There are also other elements to the day, no booking needed:

More on the day

  • Document display 
  • Free refreshments throughout the afternoon
  • Sailors, dockers or even pirates in your family tree? Visit the Gloucestershire Family History Resource Centre to find out more, open from 10am. 
  • Book sale, proceeds to GFHS
  • Meet representatives from Vale of Berkeley Railway, Canal & Rivers Trust and the Glos Society for Archaeology


Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW. 

Car parking on-site, Free Refreshments, Beautiful Garden & Picnic Area, and Local Cafes nearby. 

Local History workshops

There are 5 local history workshops left in the current series:

  • Movement & migration, 25 January, 9.30-1.00
  • Community society & welfare, 8 February, 9.30-1.00
  • Working lives of men & women, 22 February, 
  • Influence of religion, 7 March 2024, 9.30-1.00


Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW. 

Car parking on-site, Free Refreshments, Beautiful Garden & Picnic Area, and Local Cafes nearby. 

For more details and to book, please visit the dedicated Local History workshops events page on the Heritage Hub website

Gloucester History Festival Spring Weekend

Gloucester History Festival Spring Weekend runs 12-14 April 2024

 Join thirty of the nation’s top historians and authors for a weekend of compelling events at Gloucester’s Blackfriars Priory, Britain’s oldest and most magnificent history festival venue built in 1239.  Leading medieval historian and broadcaster Dan Jones takes us back to the Battle of Agincourt, bestselling Empireland author Sathnam Sanghera  joins Kavita Puri to trace the legacies of the British Empire across the globe and Philippa Langley, who famously discovered Richard III under a Leicester car park, discusses her ground-breaking new evidence revealing that The Princes in the Tower may well have survived. Spearheaded by Festival President Janina Ramirez and supported by Festival Patrons David Olusoga and Michael Wood, the full programme is announced in February. 


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Mediaeval Punishment Cemetery - free online Zoom webinar

'Medieval Punishment Cemetery at Weyhill Road, Andover’ on Wednesday 7th February from 7 – 8:30pm.

In 2016, a densely crowded group of partly disturbed graves was found between Andover and Weyhill, Hampshire.  From the evidence of violence, punishment and disarticulated bone across the site, it soon became clear that this was not a normal cemetery.  Dating from the 10th (or earlier) to 14th centuries, how did these individuals die and why is the site described as a punishment cemetery?  Join Cotswold Archaeology’s Human Remains expert, Sharon Clough, to find out more.


This Zoom webinar is free to attend!  To book your place, please see the poster below.

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