Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

South Gloucestershire

This is Your Heritage Project

Stories from the South Gloucestershire Indian Community

The project aims to explores the stories of Indian heritage, migration and settlement in South Gloucestershire. The Pilot project links museums with their local Indian community to embrace diversity.

Indian contributors at the launch of the project 6 April 2022 at Aerospace Bristol

Hardik Gaurav, Community Film Maker for the project has produced an introduction video here

Filmed interviews with Contributors to this project are being added as they are produced to the project webpage here.

For an example, try the interview of Dr Sandhya Sinha, from Yate, here.


The touring exhibition venues (museums and libraries) are listed on the webpage. The exhibition is currently at Yate Heritage Centre where you can see it from 8th July to 30th August.



South Gloucestershire Heritage Open Days 9th to 12th September 2022


Join us celebrating South Gloucestershire’s rich history of invention, industry and innovation with the theme this year of ‘Astounding Inventions’. Enjoy exhibitions, walks and tours, site exploration and an International Festival.

For our listing, see here.

Jane Marley, Museums and Heritage Officer, South Gloucestershire Council

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is an amazing survivor of a large raised-cruck barn built in 1342 by lord of the manor Sir Thomas de Bradeston using green-timber construction methods, the cutting-edge technology of that period. It is now managed by a volunteer-run charitable (WMBT) trust who aim to preserve it and keep it available for community uses.


This summer there are "have-a-go" craft workshops for Fused Glass, Pottery, and Basket-weaving, and craft sessions for families with children under 12 based around A Midsummer Night's Dream.   The Festival Players (touring Shakespeare) will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Medieval Barn on Tuesday 2nd August.


On Saturday 30th July there is a traditional Barn Dance in a real heritage barn. Lots of fun for all ages!  There are monthly talks in the Barn - hear about the export of Ham Green Pottery and Dundry Stone from the local area in medieval times, or learn how you can help hedgehogs in our gardens, or find out about the fascinating local inventor Harry Grindell Matthews - way ahead of his time or a fraud?


The Barn will be open as part of Heritage Open Days in September, and the good weather season rounds off in October with the annual Orchard Harvest Day. More details about all these events can be found on the website.  Advanced booking is advised.

For more information visit


Old Yate Heritage Trail


Yate Town Council has produced a heritage trail for Station Road, Yate. There are framed displays and window displays showing what the road looked like in the past.

Take a walk along the road and learn about the people, places and businesses that made and make the town of Yate.


76 - 68 Station Rd                                                                   94 - 92 Station Rd

Download the map here

See the photos here


‚ÄčDavid Hardill 

Community Heritage Officer

Yate & District Heritage Centre

Avon Local History & Archaeology


ALHA (Avon Local History & Archaeology) is an umbrella group, aiming to encourage and coordinate activities of the various local history, archaeological and heritage groups that lie within the Avon area. The former County of Avon is the area covered, now the council areas of Bath & North-East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire in the West of England.

Summer walks, Local History Day, Downloads, Publications, Annual lecture, Grants and Loacal History Starter packs are all offered by the group.


Summer walking tour

A monthly newsletter is published full of interesting articles covering recent events, current issues, recent publications, ongoing projects and opportunities and forthcoming activities.


To read the current (and past) newsletters visit Newsletters | Avon Local History & Archaeology (

To find out more about ALHA visit  Avon Local History & Archaeology | A network of local heritage groups (

South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group


The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group (SGMRG) was set up by local people to understand, record and where appropriate preserve the remains, of what was once an extensive industry, for the present community and future generations. SGMRG is a voluntary organisation that relies on grants and donations from local people. Our membership is made up of archaeologists, surveyors, historians, engineers, cavers and those simply interested in finding more about what lies under their feet. We have regular meetings, walks and talks including the opportunity to get involved in exploration, archaeology and restoration work

The next two talk dates for 2022 are Wednesday 28 October and 7 December, subjects and speakers to be confirmed soon. keep an eye on the events page for more information Diary of Events - SGMRG Website

Meetings and talks are usually held in the Miners Institute (aka Coalpit Heath Village Hall), 214 Badminton Road, Coalpit Heath

If you would like to join us, please visit our Membership page for further information.


If you live in south Gloucestershire you may have seen these mining relics in Yate on the roundabout next to Morrisons and B&Q. There is now an information board nearby about Celestine which was open-cast mined in the area.

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