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Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

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]



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