Gloucestershire Heritage Hub


'Bells & Whistles'

Our monthly themed event at the Heritage Hub looks at sport, entertainment & fairs in bygone times

Saturday 5 August, 1 - 4pm. Free of charge. Free parking

 Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW

Talks of the day (please note: booking onto talks is required due to capacity.) 

 13:00 - Magic Lantern Show, Patrick Furley Book Now

Patrick will treat us to an authentic magic lantern display, once the height of technology! Step back in time and expect some quirky humour.

 14:30 - ‘Gloucestershire – The Fairground Calendar. A trip round the historical county of Gloucestershire to visit some of its many and varied fairs’ by Graham Downie Book Now​

Graham Downie, author, Chairman of the Fairground Association of Great Britain and an advisor to the National Fairground & Circus Archive at the University of Sheffield.

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 More on the day (no booking needed)

  • Display of Gloucester Rugby Club records held at Gloucestershire Archives curated by Gloucester Rugby enthusiast, author and historian Malc King.  Even better, Malc and fellow Gloucester Rugby Heritage trustee Ron Etheridge will be on hand to chat!.
  • Free refreshments throughout the afternoon.
  • Is entertainment in your genes? Find out more at the Gloucestershire Family History Resource Centre, open from 10am. [Main event starts at 1pm]

'Bells & Whistles' is part of the Kingsholm Activity Day:  exciting art, culture, and heritage events throughout the neighbourhood delivered in partnership with Voices Gloucester


Kingsholm Activity Day

A full day of FREE exciting art, culture and heritage events on Saturday 5 August 

Make a day of it, or dip into a couple of activities.  Collect stickers at the main locations and add them to the dotted circles on the flyer.  There are drop in activities at all sites but please visit for more details and to book for talks and tours (except where otherwise stated). 

Here's the full programme:

Sherborne Cinema, from 10.00

Open for refreshments, loos and screenings of family friendly films Elemental and Barbie

For more info, visit

Hillfield Gardens, 10.30-12.30

Launch of Hillfield Monuments, an animation trail which brings to life the Garden's mysterious buildings.  Find and scan the QR codes to see the monuments move! 

Clapham Court, 11.00-2.00

Activities, exhibition and the chance to share memories of this iconic space, once home to many

Rainbow Street/St Marks Street 12.00

Tash Frootko leads a lively tour of the street, lasting about 1 hour

Heritage Hub, 1.00-4.00

'Bells & Whistles - this month our themed open day looks at sports, entertainment and fairs of past times. Book talks and magic lantern show at

Roots Community Cafe & Roots refills - open all day

Show the Kingsholm Activity Day flyer to get £1 off a special event picnic bag

'Kushti Divvus' Romany Exhibition

Thursdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm at The Folk, Westgate Street, Gloucester until 21st August. Free entry and no need to book.

Kelly Marie Horsley was born into the Romany/Gypsy community in Gloucester – her mother’s first language is Romany. Kelly has been recording her community's histories across the generations.  Supported by historian Marsha O’Mahony and Voices Gloucester Young Curator Georgia Williams, she has put together this remarkable exhibition celebrating a rich and fascinating heritage.

'Kushti Divvus' means a 'good day' in Romany

A Voices Gloucester event

Gloucester History Festival 2023

Wow- what a line up!  This year's Festival has lots to offer for anyone interested in local history.  Here's a sneak preview of what's in store:

  • Simon Draper - Placenames in the Gloucestershire Landscape
  • Andrew Armstrong - the story of Whitefriars Priory
  • Dilip Sarkar - Spitfire! & Gloucestershire’s Battle of Britain
  • Phil Moss - the people of Blackfriars Priory
  • Neil Holbrook - Glevum: The Last 100 Years
  • Michael McCarthy - Dick Whittington & Gloucestershire
  • 150 Years of Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm Stadium - Thursday 7 September
  • Gloucestershire Battlefields - Tony Condor at the Gala Club
  • My Gloucester Discovery - with Janina Ramirez, Andrew Armstrong & David Carpenter. 
  • Helen Carr, Janina Ramirez and & others talking about Gloucester’s history.

Be sure to check out the History Festival brochure for dates and full details.  Tickets go on sale from Friday 28th July.  Buy online  or in person at the Museum of Gloucester 10am - 5pm daily or by phone on Tel: 07834 406228 10am - 5pm daily

And a date for next year's diary- the Gloucester History Festival Spring weekend will be 12-14th April 2024

Gloucestershire Archives: Secrets Revealed online talk

'Here We Are Now, Entertain us' 

Wednesday 26 July, 1-2pm.  Free of charge.  Online talk.  

This month’s online talk is all about entertainment in the county, so we will look at all aspects of rest, recreation, and relaxation from archery to xylophones and most things in between.  As well as what we might call the all the ‘usual entertainments’ such as cinema, dancing, fairs, fetes, concerts, music hall, theatre and sports, we’ll have a look at the other crazy entertainments that Gloucestershire is famous for such as cheese rolling, river football, woolsack racing and Captain Dover’s Olimpick Games!

To book visit Gloucestershire Archives Events


This monthly series of leisurely lunchtime learning sessions is great for those who are new to learning about the past and for those passionate about history, keen to expand their knowledge on a given subject in a focused session.

Led by experts at Gloucestershire Archives, the sessions are easy to digest, laced with humour and full of headline facts and contextual information ready to unlock an the secrets of a time gone by.

Secrets Revealed are live online seminars that bring together a community of people with a shared interest in history, heritage, culture and their importance in today’s world.

We are now doing Secrets Revealed talks via Microsoft Teams rather than Zoom. When you book on to the event you should immediately receive a Teams link. This will also be sent a few days before the event. If you have not heard from us by the day of the event, please email


Yate International Festival

Coming to the Yate & District Heritage Centre, Saturday 16 September, 10.30-16.30

This is the 15th festival since 2006.  The day of workshops, food and music will feature South Asian, African, Chinese, Irish and Ukrainian performances and a host of activities including Hindu Puppet Theatre and sari dressing.  Plus Caribbean and Indian food.. 

Other upcoming events at the Yate & District Heritage Centre:

  • Exhibition on the Chinese Community in Bath, 1 August -2 September
  • Sodbury & Yate photographic exhibition, 5-30 September 


Find out more at www.

Voices Gloucester

Be sure to check out the Voices Gloucester summer programme of exciting events and activities.  

Highlights include: 

  • Healing Herbs symposium, 30 July
  • 'Kushti Divvus' Romany exhibition, until 21 August
  • Kingsholm Activity Day, 5 August
  • Mapping Alney Island, 19 August
  • Gloucester Gates exhibition, 1- 15 September
  • A Costume for Gloucester exhibition, 16-30 September
  • 'Threads' Sessions- 2 days of textile related talks, 19 &20 September

    For full details and to book, visit the Voices Gloucester website

    Voices Gloucester aims to challenge to challenge what history is, in a safe, supportive environment, respect and represent new voices, offer unexpected perspectives on events, spark new conversations, connect communities with shared experiences and inspire more people to connect with the heritage, history and community of Gloucester.

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