Special Edition - August 2020

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Gloucester History Festival Announcement

Our brand new website  will be launched soon, and we encourage you to check it regularly as we will add content on a rolling basis.

The theme of this year’s festival will be Voyagers and Visionaries to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America in September 1620. Telling stories of migration, identity and discovery it reveals how journeys near and far have shaped our past.

This year marks a double celebration for Gloucester History Festival – the 10th year of the Festival itself and the 25th year of Heritage Open Days in the city.

  • Saturday 5 - Sunday 20 September 2020
  • With brand new on-line and on-demand content for new digital experiences

We are doing everything we can to deliver some elements of a live programme across the 2 week festival, but inevitably, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be much changed with significant online and digital contributions for the first time.

All the elements which have made the event so successful in the past will still be there this year.

We are seizing the opportunity to embrace technological developments, offering a digital programme and access to a range of resources.

Talks will be filmed, and broadcast-quality films will be available to view on the festival website.

All on-line and on-demand content will also be made available online free of charge.

As part of the City Voices element of the festival, Historic England has made a grant to the city to inspire a citywide heritage response to COVID-19.  Entitled ‘Gloucester Looking Up’ it will encourage communities to look up at the buildings, look up online, look up their heritage and ensure that Gloucester’s built and lived heritage is part of a shared recovery. More City Voices information here


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