Gloucestershire Heritage Hub


Saturdays at the Heritage Hub

The Heritage Hub is open the first Saturday of each month, 9.00 – 4.30pm. In the afternoon we offer family friendly activities alongside the traditional service to encourage new audiences. No booking required.

Tudor Medicine               Saturday 6 April, 2 -4pm

Meet the medieval Barber Surgeon and discover how the Tudors went about curing their ills.

Gloucestershire Maps   Saturday 4 May, 2-4pm

Explore where you live online through old maps and archive images. There will also be old maps on display.

Bug Hunt                            Saturday 1 June, 2-4pm

Find out about the bugs and pests that can live in the Archives and go on a bug hunt in the community garden.

UFO!                                       Saturday 6 July, 2-4pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings with our look at UFOs in the county and have a go at making some stomp rockets and flying saucers!


FoGA programme of events 2019

Thursday 16th May 7pm @ the Heritage Hub   Coventry Cathedral.

Sarah Hosking MA will give an illustrated talk about Coventry Cathedral and the impressive artworks that its architect, Basil Spence, commissioned for it.

Sunday 9th June   Mystery Tour

John Chandler will lead another of his famous Mystery Tours. Where will he take us this time? Cost anticipated to be Members £20, Non members £25. Booking priority given to members.

Thursday 11th July   A day out in Coventry.

Coach trip to look at Coventry Cathedral following Sarah’s talk; also an opportunity to visit the 1430s’ ‘Doom’ painting in Trinity Church, medieval St Mary’s Guildhall, The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and a possible tour of Coventry archives: a self-guided day out with notes and hints provided. Cost anticipated to be Members £20, Non-members £25. Booking priority given to members.

September   Gloucester History Festival takes place this month.

Watch out for City Voices and events from archives staff

Thursday 10th October 4pm @ the Heritage Hub   Annual General Meeting.

Followed by Behind the scenes. A talk by archives staff on the various aspects of the workings of The Archives and The Heritage Hub.

28th November 2.30pm @the Heritage Hub

A talk (to be confirmed) and Christmas Social.

Check out the details on the Friends website

The Memory Café

We're looking forward to our first Memory Café here at the Heritage Hub on Sunday 7th April 2.30pm.

People we spoke to told us that Sundays can feel long and empty, so we’re offering a chance to meet old friends and make new ones in a friendly, relaxed and safe environment. Many of our staff and volunteers are Dementia Friends, which means they understand some of the challenges which can face people living with dementia and the people closest to them.

For more information contact Kate O'Keefe - Katherine.O'

Oral history training


The Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW

Date: Monday 8th April

Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Free of charge

This module is aimed at anyone involved with oral histories.

  • Would you like to learn how to gather, keep and share oral histories?
  • Do you need “hands on” experience in using audio recording equipment?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, this module can help.

We will look at :

  • how to plan an oral history project and prepare for an oral history interview.
  • any legal and ethical issues linked to gathering, keeping and sharing oral histories.
  • how to use oral history recording equipment and save and back up a recording

To book visit

This training has been organised by Gloucestershire Archives @ the Heritage Hub

Bookbinding Exhibition


Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd June 2019 open daily from 10.00am

Anne Weare has exhibited, taught and demonstrated the craft of Bookbinding throughout the county for many years. The 2019 June Exhibition is likely to be Anne’s last major exhibition.

There will be photographs of many bindings Anne has worked on over the years and examples of repair bindings to look at. For the 2019 exhibition Anne has focused on making new work. All work is made by hand using traditional bookbinding methods and equipment.  A large part is conservation repair binding using paper, cloth or leather. 

Work shown at the exhibition is designed and made by Anne.  The original artwork for the hand blocked designs was either created by her father or herself.

Anne trained with her late father Theo Merrett, Gloucester College of Art & Design and in the bindery of Douglas Cockerell & Son in Grantchester, Cambridge, under the tuition of Sydney Cockerell.  Both Douglas & Sydney were closely involved in the Arts & Crafts Movement.

During the exhibition Anne is happy to discuss binding options on any project you are working on, and give advice on repair bindings. 



Sudeley Castle and Gardens

Help needed to unearth one of England’s last surviving Tudor gardens

History lovers are being invited to help archaeologists unearth a long-lost Tudor garden and banqueting house at Sudeley Castle.

A two-week excavation is set to take place in the grounds of the Cotswold castle in May, to further explore a site which experts believe could reveal one of England’s last surviving Tudor gardens - hidden in the castle grounds for nearly 300 years.

Initial findings at the site in October included fragments of post-medieval pottery, masonry and animal bones, consistent with garden archaeology. 

Members of the public are now being invited to join a team of archaeologists from social enterprise company, DigVentures, for the excavation in May, and help uncover more of the site’s secrets.

Lisa Westcott Wilkins from DigVentures says: “This buried garden is believed to be one of England’s last surviving Tudor gardens. Most were destroyed in the 18th and 19th centuries when a popular landscaping craze swept the country. We think it is one of perhaps only two in the whole country where the original paths are still in place.”

Find out more at

DigVentures is a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation.

To find out more about Sudeley castle visit

Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society (BIAS)

SWWRIAC 2019 (South West of England Conference on Industrial Heritage)

The Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society (B.I.A.S.), will be hosting this year's conference. 

6th April 2019, start at 9:30 with Registration.

Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford, Bristol, BS31 3BY  

There will be talks, walks and visits.

For full details visit SWWERIAC Conference


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