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Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Gloucester History Festival 2018


Dates for your diary: 1st-16th September

The Heritage Hub features prominently in this year’s History Festival.   The whole festival runs from 1st to 16th September.   It starts with the Gloucester Day followed by the City Voices programme, 2nd-16th September.  City Voices events are organised by community groups across Gloucestershire, including many Hub partners.   The Blackfriars Talks featuring high profile historians run from Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th September.   Gloucester’s Heritage Open Days run from Thursday 14th September to Sunday 16th September and offer free entry to many of the city’s historic buildings.

On Sunday 2nd September, we invite you all to join us at the Heritage Hub in Alvin Street for our first ever community open day and tea party – drop in between 10am and 4pm.  This will be the first opportunity for most people to see the major transformation of Gloucestershire Archives.

Other highlights include:

  • Tues 4th Sept: Workshop based on estate agent’s brochures, and house history lecture by author, Melanie Backe-Hansen
  • Thurs 6th Sept: Dowty and Fielding & Platt events; the launch of a project on mental health history (Blackfriars); and documentaries on the Windrush generation (Guildhall).
  • Friday 7th Sept: Cheltenham Before the Spa – talk by John Chandler
  • Sat 8th Sept: Gloucester’s Royal Charters – exhibition and talk – come and see the results of recent work on these iconic documents at Blackfriars Priory.
  • Sun 9th Sept: How to read old handwriting workshop (Blackfriars Scriptorium).
  • Mon 10th Sept: Talk and tour at Gloucester Rugby Club
  • Tues 11th Sept: House of Memories reminiscence session (Quedgeley Library)
  • Wed 12th Sept: Scriptorium Tag – 10 lectures on Gloucestershire’s history.
  • Thurs 13th Sept: Great Gloucestershire Gargoyle walks
  • Fri 14th Sept: Lost Churches of Gloucester walks
  • Sat 15th Sept: Discoveries at the Archives – 4 bitesized talks: Gloucester Castle accounts, Dame Joan Cook, Cycling and rugby players in WW1.   Also children’s activities based on medieval castles.
  • Sun 16th Sept: Shire Hall talk and tour.
  • Three exhibitions at the Heritage Hub during the History Festival – Tales of the Vale (lower River Severn); Joan Cook, founder of Crypt grammar school; 100 years of women policing.

Full details of all these events will be available week commencing 23rd July 2018.



Palaeography                                               Scriptorium Tag                                   Meet the Highwayman

Brochures for 2018 will be available from Gloucestershire Heritage Hub and on the History Festival website.  

Booking opens week commencing 23rd July.   To book, you can call the box office on 01452 396572, visit the Gloucester Tourist Information Centre, or go online at .   Many events sold out last year so we recommend early booking.  

We look forward to seeing you and your friends and family at the History Festival. 


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