Summer 2021

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Gloucestershire Archives: Secrets Revealed

You Rang M’Lord? Historic Houses & Country Estates of South Gloucestershire

Wednesday 28 July. 1 - 2pm. Free of charge

This presentation will look at the records of some of the great country houses of South Gloucestershire. These powerhouses were often key players in national politics and while the personal records of the families and their relations tend to receive most of the attention, we’ll be looking at the more mundane elements – the unseen archives that show what lay behind the grand mansions and what allowed them to function at an everyday level, how their country estates were managed and how they could dominate local life.

These estates often left behind a wealth of archives including building plans, images, numerous sets of accounts and various other records – so we will hopefully find a bit of everything from the Lord’s lunch down to the laundry maid’s clothes pegs.

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Centurions, Kings & Captains: Exploring the History of Kingsholm

Wednesday 25 August, 1 - 2pm. Free of charge

This history includes a diverse range of subjects, from Roman fortresses, Anglo-Saxon palaces, agriculture, highwaymen, industrial manufacturing and much more. This presentation will take a broad look at this fascinating past to discover what a rich history it has with ancient burials, tanneries, turnpikes, vinegar works, hot air balloons, car showrooms and much more!

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Frontiers & Pioneers in Gloucestershire’s Archives

Wednesday 22 September, 1 - 2pm. Free of charge

Archives are a box of delights and there’s always something new to discover.  Here in Gloucestershire we’ve had lots of pioneers who’ve pushed back frontiers in all aspects of life, including Budding, Bradley, Jenner, Paul, Pitman, Tyndale, Raikes, Pedersen and for some reason a lot of people with ‘W’ surnames, such as Whittington, Wilson, Whittle and Wheatstone.  This presentation is a rather eclectic mix that will look advances in medicine, engineering, music, travel, social reform and aviation that in various ways originated in the county and feature things ranging from diving bells to balloons and adjustable spanners to toilets!

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This monthly series of leisurely lunchtime learning sessions are 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 they are easy to digest, laced with humour and full of headline facts and context information ready to unlock an the secrets of a time gone by.

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

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