Gloucestershire Heritage Hub


Gloucester History Festival 2019, Sat 7 - Sun 22 Sept

This year’s Gloucester History Festival explores the theme of Power and the People as 2019 marks anniversaries including the Peterloo Massacre, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Velvet Revolution, the Tiananmen Square protests, the election of Nelson Mandela as President and of course the first man on the moon. We explore moments of protest and change, turning points where people have fought for their political rights, shifted the balance of power, taken a giant leap for mankind and made journeys of discovery into the unknown.

Keen to build on the successes of 2018 which saw 19,000 visitors to events, 3829 people attracted to free City Voices events and 20,000 people listening to podcasts of the events internationally the History Festival is working closely with many of the other cultural organisations in Gloucester to develop a real buzz around the City.

The exciting City Voices programme enables everyone of all ages to find out more about history in fun accessible ways through hands on activities, exhibitions, storytelling, documentaries, music and much more. With over 200 events, tours and historical buildings open to the public as part of Heritage Open Days, there really is something for everyone.

Blackfriars Priory will again welcome some of the country's leading historians. Festival President Janina Ramirez will give her keynote speech and discussion starting a week of lively talks. A wonderful variety of speakers will reveal extraordinary stories and compelling history full of humour, wonder, death and destruction.

Look out for the programme available in July and keep an eye on the website for more details

Heritage Hub Garden Party

Sunday 8 September, 1.30 - 5pm


See the new community garden, artwork and archival treasures. Behind the scenes tours, exhibitions, stalls and light refreshments available.  Watch out for the civil war surgeon who will be available to heal musket wounds and pike injuries! 

Other events taking place at the Heritage Hub garden party -

Pitch Up – a new performance inspired by camping    

The Velcro Collective present an accessible and family friendly performance experience inspired by camping. It involves walkabout performances and an interactive performance installation. This is an accessible family experience for all with rolling activities and performance. Drop in during the afternoon to catch some of the action.

Photo by Jack Offord

Celebrating 100 years of Gloucestershire Deaf Association   

2019 is GDA’s 100th Anniversary. We are celebrating our work with deaf and hard of hearing people including people that use British Sign Language as their first language.

Celebrating 180 years of Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary is the second oldest county force and has a rich and varied history to share. An exhibition of photographs, documents, memories and artefacts spanning a hundred years of policing in Gloucestershire.

Display of finds by Andy Frape and Taynton Metal Detecting Club

A display of coins, artefacts and non-metallic finds (pottery, flint and clay pipes) from over 40 years of collecting in Gloucestershire spanning all ages researched and recorded for posterity.



A talk about the Saxon Warrior of Operation Shallow Grave

In 2016 a high status Saxon burial was found in Gloucestershire and was recently excavated with the help of the MOD's Operation Nightingale.  This is a story of latter-day warriors dug by modern-day veterans. Talk lasts for 45 minutes.

Keeping - Collection Care

12 July 2019 @ 10:30am – 15:30pm

An introduction to collection care. 

You will learn to identify and protect against risks to your collection; understand and source archival enclosures; and appreciate a range of actions for protecting collections. 

Link collection care activity to a helpful framework;

Prioritise collection care tasks; learn about trusted sources of help and advice, and about other support Gloucestershire Archives can provide.

Book online –  |  01452 425295 

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


The Memory Café

The Memory Café takes place here at the Heritage Hub the first Sunday of each month at 2.30pm.

Sunday 7 July

Sunday 4 August

Sunday 1 September

Sunday 6 October

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.

Light refreshments are provided.

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

FoGA programme of events 2019


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.

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.

Thursday, 28th November. Members' afternoon or evening,
The Dunrossil Centre in The Heritage Hub.

A couple of short talks by members on their research, followed by a chance to socialise with other FoGA members over tea and cake or early mince pies.

Check out the details on the Friends website

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.

Saturday 6th July 2019 @ 2 - 4pm

Fly me to the Moon!

Take one giant leap into the past with our tribute to the Apollo missions and the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings!

See how the local newspapers gave us the news and find out if it is rocket science by making and flying your own stomp rocket!  

01452 425295 The Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin St, Gloucester, GL1 3DW

Future Saturdays

Saturday 3rd August, 2-4pm  - Fish, Fykes & Ferries

Saturday 7th September, 2-4pm  - Fly me to the Moon! (Gloucester History Festival)

Saturday 5th October, 2-4pm - All Hallows @ The Archives

GFHS events

Wednesday 10 July@ 7.30 PM - 9PM
Gloucester Branch meeting@ Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester

A translation of the story illustrated in the Great Eat Window  By:- Richard Cann

Gloucester Branch Meeting

Wednesday 11 Sep @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Blood, Guts and a Little Off the Top @ Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester
By:- John Putley, (The Medieval/Tudor/Stuart Barber-Surgeon)

This will be preceded by the A.G.M. at which the new committee will be elected.

Saturday 14 Sep @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Forest of Dean Branch – OPEN DAY @ West Dean Centre, Bream

Thursday 19 Sep

Coach trip to The National Archive and Kew

(Pick-ups at various times from different points starting at 8.00am in Whitminster. Return to Gloucester approx. 8.30pm)

For more information about all the events visit

Summer holiday family events @ The Hub

Come along for some free family fun at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub! Sessions start at 10.00am and 2.00pm and last 2 hours. No need to book! Suitable for ages 5 and upwards (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Fly me to the Moon!  

Wednesday 7 August


It’s all systems ‘Go!’ for our tribute to the moon landings! See how local newspapers reported the event and make your own stomp rocket!

For King & Parliament!

Wednesday 14 August


Shot by a musket, poked by a pike or slashed with a sword? You need to see our Civil War barber-surgeon for some 1600s first aid! Then make your own regimental flag!

Stand & Deliver!

Wednesday 21 August

Discover all about Gloucestershire highwaymen in the company of the notorious local highwayman The Shadow! Then be a proper dandy by making a tricorn hat and mask!

Fish, Fykes & Ferries!

Wednesday 28 August


It’s all aboard the Skylark for an archival cruise along the River Severn to discover of its wonderful history! Play ‘What cargo is in the bag’ and get crafty by making a fishy mobile!

01452 425295

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