Gloucestershire Heritage Hub


Flora and Fauna

Saturday 6 August, 1 - 4pm. Free of charge. Free parking

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, Alvin Street, GL1 3DW

A buzzy event featuring the Heritage Hub beekeepers, Glos Wildlife & Orchard Trusts, garden related talks, and archive treasures on display  

  • Meet the Heritage Hub beekeepers, learn about the processes involved and sample our honey!
  • Talks by Anthea Jones on Johannes Kip, 18th century engraver of prints commissioned by Sir Robert Atkyns for ‘The Ancient and Present State of Glostershire’ and Jan Broadway on The Wheelers of Gloucester – a family of Georgian nurserymen
  • Come and learn about Gloucestershire Orchard and Wildlife Trusts
  • Exhibition of garden related records held at Gloucestershire Archives
  • ‘Tracing your roots’ help available from Gloucestershire Family History Society
  • A selection of bee related merchandise and free refreshments

We have two scheduled talks and the rest of the afternoon is drop-in - stay as long or as little as you like!

1:30-2:15pm - talk by Jan Broadway on the Wheelers of Gloucester – a family of Georgian nurserymen

3-3:45pm - talk by Anthea Jones on Johannes Kip, 18th century engraver of prints commissioned by Sir Robert Atkyns for ‘The Ancient and Present State of Glostershire’

To see all the Saturday events visit Saturday events 2022 - Heritage Hub

Gloucestershire Archives: Secrets Revealed

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Wednesday 24 August, 1 - 2pm.  Free of charge

Gloucestershire is a rural county with lots of agriculture, country estates, woodland and many other green spaces.  This presentation will look at the historical records concerning all kinds of ‘growing’ – including farming, orchards and gardening.  It’s obviously impossible to cover everything so we’ll be looking at an eclectic ‘selection box’ of items so there will be something for everyone – whether you are interested in the large county estates of the landed gentry, farm accounts, local nurseries, backyard allotments, woodlands, types of apples, flower paintings, orchard pigs, ‘Dig for Victory’ or agricultural machinery. 


 Haymaking (GPS-69-24)                                                      Jefferies seed catalogue- Cotswold pixie sprout  (d6464-5-4)


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.

For more information and to book, visit Gloucestershire Archives Events

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Voices Gloucester at the Heritage Hub

Our Living History, told by you 

A selection of free events taking place during Gloucester History Festival at the Heritage Hub. Free parking on site.

To book or find out more, visit and see our full programme of year round events.


Who are you?

Saturday 3rd September

A DNA and Family History focus session

11am -    Talk by Phil McCormick: A family business - 167 years of Nicks & Company

1- 4pm - Talk by Amelia Bennett, leading genealogist and historian on using DNA analysis to unlock your family secrets.

Want to do you family history but not sure how to start? Come and chat with experienced volunteers of Gloucestershire Family History Society. Learn how to make permanent memories of friends, family and colleagues through oral history and about archive resources.

The Gloucestershire Family History Centre is open from 10am.


Hands on History - preserving family photographs

Thursday 8th September, 10.30am- 3.30pm

Discover top tips for handling photographs and preventing damage in this practical workshop with heritage professionals


Innovations in Gloucester 

Friday 9th September, 10.00am - 4pm,

A day of  talks, come for the day and bring a picnic to enjoy in the Hub’s community garden, or just pick one or two.

10.00 am     Fielding and Platt:  Engineering the world John Bancroft

 Hydraulic Rivetter on R.M.S. Oceanic c.1898 (F&P)

11.20 am     Dowty innovators: the people of the Dowty group Ally McConnell

 Sir George Dowty with a Dowty undercarriage for the Avro Lancaster

13.30 pm     Gloucester Corporation: innovation in the city in the mid-20th century Karen Davidson

 A poster for Sir Alan Cobham's Youth of Britain flights (Gloucester Corporation) 

14.50 pm    An improving picture: 200 years of mental health provision in Gloucestershire Jemma Fowkes

   Barnwood House


Voices Gloucester Green Day

Sunday 18th September, 1pm - 4pm.

Bring a picnic to the wonderful community garden and learn through films and talks, how Gloucester folk engaged with the environment in the past.

Look to the past for a more sustainable future - learn how to make a wax food wrap or how to darn a sock!


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

See for full details of all events

Voices Gloucester

Our Living History, told by you 

 A selection of our events taking place during Gloucester History Festival, 3 - 18th September at various venues in Gloucester.


To book or find out more, visit and see our full programme of year round events.


People are cities and cities are people

3 - 18th September, weekends 11am - 6pm, Wednesday - Friday 11am - 3pm

162-166 Barton St, Gloucester GL1 4EU

Georgia Williams & Rider Shafique have worked with the local community to create this unique exhibition which animates over 50 years of Gloucester Carnival photographs with stories and memories. Also showing will be images and films from the latest in the Gloucester First series by Rider Shafique and Tarsier Films; The first interracial marriage.


Unreflective Reflections

Monday 5th September, 4pm - 6pm

The Friendship Cafe, Gloucester GL4 6PR

A project created by the local Muslim community to shed some light into their history in Gloucester

‘Through the Lens’ photography exhibition, and ‘Gloucester’s Glory’ film, tell the untold stories of the early community who settled here, and provide an inspiration for continuing their legacy, as well as to provide a resource for capturing future stories.


Gloucestershire Observed

Wednesday 7th September, 7.30pm,

Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Gloucester GL2 9EB

Popular local historian Tony Conder casts his eye over National and local events, local life and human nature in the county as seen in Journals and Diaries over the last 500 years.


The Lost Library of Llanthony: Rediscovering Llanthony Secunda’s medieval manuscripts

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September, 11.00am - 3.00pm

Llanthony Secunda Priory, Priory Junction, Gloucester GL2 5FA


In the medieval period, the scholars of Llanthony Secunda were responsible for the creation of a very special library that is still considered one of the richest and best-documented medieval English book collections in the country. This remarkable library is no longer in Gloucester but is scattered across the world, and this new documentary film traces the stories the books tell, how they were created and how they survived almost certain destruction.

Come along to Llanthony Secunda Priory this Heritage Open Day weekend to find out more about how you can view the film, and to explore how medieval manuscripts were created. 


Proud Voices

4pm, Saturday 10th September,

St Mary De Crypt, Southgate St, Gloucester GL1 2DR

Join the cast and crew in this special screening of a new visual documentary by Anna Mouzouri, exploring the LGBT nightlife and community in Gloucestershire, spanning the years 1980 - 1990


The Boys at number 18

Monday 12th September, 6pm

Sherborne Cinema, Sherborne Street, Kingsholm, Gloucester GL1 3BY


‘Get them out!’ in the early years of World War Two, there was an extraordinary effort to rescue Jewish children from Nazi Germany, ten of whom ended up in Gloucester, at a hostel in Alexandra Road, Kingsholm. Commissioned by Gloucestershire Archives, this short film tells the story of these boys through interviews with their descendants.

Accompanying exhibition by History students from the University of Gloucester.

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, from 2nd - 18th September, 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday


From Department Store to City Campus: the story of the Debenham’s building  - A Gloucester University Exhibition

5th - 16th September, 9 - 5pm,

The Music Works, The Hub, 2nd Floor, King’s House, 27 St Aldate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1RP


Tracing the evolution of the building from Bon Marche department store, through to the takeover by Debenhams in the 1970s, and recent acquisition by the University of Gloucestershire as the planned new City Campus.


Slavery & Abolitionism in Gloucestershire - A Gloucester University Exhibition

2nd - 18th September, 10 - 4pm, Monday-Friday only

Shire Hall, Westgate Street, GL1 2TG

Projects by History students focus on two local legacies of the transatlantic slave trade: the life of a Cheltenham resident who was the largest slave-owner in Barbados, and a prominent local activist who campaigned for the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire and beyond


Discover Gloucester’s famous Rainbow Streets

Tuesday 6th September, 3.30 pm. Meet outside no 20.

St Mark Street, GL1 2QQ


Join with internationally acclaimed colour visionary and Gloucester’s very own ‘Queen of Colour’ Tash Frootko as she takes you on a lively and informative tour of the famous Rainbow Streets



THREADS  - A language beyond words - stitching and stories

Voices Gloucester

Exhibitions  2nd - 18th September

Westgate St, Gloucester

Celebrating collaborative stitching projects across the county, and the proud history of textile in Westgate street, Threads looks to celebrate the past and look to the future with this dynamic full programme of exhibitions and events.


Working with our heritage partners Gloucester Cathedral, The Cathedral Quarter and The Folk as well as shops and business up and down the street, it seems fitting that this street once known for its bustling trade in tailors, is now showcasing community stitching projects. There will also be the opportunity to find out more about the stories and hidden treasures uncovered by the Cathedral Quarter regeneration 

Pick up a map at the Cathedral, the Cathedral Quarter Shop, or any of the cafes and explore!


Tewkesbury Stitch Story

10am-5pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm on Saturday and 12noon-2.30pm on Sunday

The Lady Chapel, Gloucester Cathedral, 12 College Green, Gloucester GL1 2LX

Please check the Cathedral’s ‘What’s On’ calendar for the most up to date information on opening hours before you visit.


This astonishing collaborative artwork, led by Community Artist Jo Teague, saw over 8000 local people contribute a hand embroidered panel of the history of Tewkesbury. It will be on display alongside some of the Cathedral's historic collection of textiles with local resonance


Westgate Stories

9am-5pm daily

Where - various - pick up a map from the Cathedral Quarter shop

Gloucestershire textiles artists have brought to life your memories of life on the street with beautiful illustrations


Threads through time

10am - 4pm daily 

The Folk, 99-103 Westgate Street, GL1 2PG

Work for sale from talented Gloucestershire textiles artists 


Talks & workshops

Friday 16th 10.00 am  - 7.00pm, and Saturday 17th September 12.00 -6.00pm

The Folk, 99-103 Westgate Street, GL1 2PG 

There will be a series of additional workshops and talks to accompany the exhibitions including:

- The historic needlework of Cheltenham Female Orphanage - Jo Teague

- Westgate Stories - Marsha O’ Mahony

- 400 Years of Stroudwater Textiles - Language beyond words,collaborative projects panel discussion, hosted by Jo Andrews, Haptic & Hue

See for full details of all events

Threads is supported by [Cultural Quarter]


Gloucester History Festival

Blackfriars Talks 

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 September 2022


The festival theme of families and innovations weaves throughout the programme at the magnificent 12th century Blackfriars Priory. From the archaeological discoveries of Tutankhamen’s tomb to the fortresses of Alfred the Great and Edward III’s longbow archers, and from the dynasties of the Pharaohs and Tudors to the untold stories of families from medieval times to today.

In this year’s programme we premiere a brand new film revealing the Secrets of Westgate Street with new discoveries revealed by City Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong. Top historian and TV broadcaster Michael Wood reveals new details about life in the Dark Ages marking the 40th anniversary of his bestselling book In Search of the Dark Ages.


Michael Wood

We mark the 100th anniversary of the Tutankhamen dig in November 1922 with an exclusive preview of discoveries made in the new BBC series presented by Janina Ramirez.

We also mark 75 years since Indian Partition on 15 August 1947 with a keynote panel featuring Oxford professor Yasmin Khan and Kavita Puri whose award-winning book and Radio 4 series have been adapted into a stage play showing at the Donmar Warehouse in September. We hear exclusive new material from Janina Ramirez’s major new book Femina revealing the true part women played in medieval Europe, and in a new talk written exclusively for the Festival by City Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong reveals the innovations of Alfred the Great and his daughter Aethelflaed, the Warrior Queen, as they built fortifications across England. 


Janina Ramirez                                                                    Kavita Puri (© Jonathan Ring)

We look at Russia’s turbulent history including recent events in Ukraine with former Foreign Secretary David Owen. And with Gloucester centre stage in the story of the English Civil War, we focus on the endgame as the manhunt for Charles I’s murderers is explored by internationally bestselling author of Enigma, Fatherland and Munich, Robert Harris.


 David Owen                                                                        Robert Harris (© Nick Gregan)

For more information visit:

Gloucester History Festival - Winstone Talk

Invasion: Edward III & The Hundred Years’ War

Dan Jones

Saturday 29 October 2022

6.30-7.30pm Cirencester Parish Church, Market Place, Cirencester £10


Dan Jones (© Peter Clark)

Immortalised by Shakespeare’s Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt, the Hundred Years’ War set the course of Anglo-French relations for centuries and had a profound influence on medieval Britain and the English throne. Bestselling historian and broadcaster Dan Jones tells the extraordinary story of the first years of the war from Edward III’s dramatic invasion of Normandy, culminating in the 1346 Battle of Crecy – one of the most significant conflicts in England’s history and the first time longbows were used in a large scale battle – explored in his new book Essex Dogs.


For more information and to book tickets visit

Or call or visit in person Cirencester Visitor Information Centre Tel: 01285 654180

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