Gloucestershire Heritage Hub


Know Your Place workshop

Saturday 1st February, 2020 2 - 4pm Postponed due to the Know Your Place website being upgraded.

Saturday 4th April, 2020 2 - 4pm

This workshop is aimed at introducing Gloucestershire’s fabulous free online mapping service; Know Your Place. You’ll learn how to access the website, navigate around it and use its features – especially the map comparison tool. You are welcome to bring your own laptop, tablet or other mobile device for a hands-on trial using the Heritage Hub’s free Wi-Fi. There will also be a presentation looking at some of the wonderful maps held in Gloucestershire Archives!  


A joint Gloucestershire Family History Society and Gloucestershire Archives event

01452 425295

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

Free training at the Heritage Hub

An introduction to collection care

7 February 2020, 10am - 15.30pm

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

Link collection care activity to a helpful framework, prioritise collection care tasks and discover trusted sources of help and advice.

Managing your collections training

11 February 2020, 9.30 - 11.30am

This module is aimed at people with little or no previous archive or record keeping knowledge.

Introduction to managing your collections:

  • Are people offering you their old documents and photos?
  • Does your community have an “archive cupboard” known only to a few?
  • Do you find yourself responsible for precious archive material?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, this module can help.

We will look at how to:

  • decide what items to collect
  • organise and keep track of what you’ve got
  • share your treasures and involve more people in their local heritage

Digital preservation training

11 February 2020, 11.45 - 1pm

Do you look after precious archive material, some of which is digital?

Are key digital records sitting on your laptop?

Will you need access to digital records in the future?

We’ll help you keep digital records:

  • secure
  • accessible
  • meaningful

Oral history training

21 February 2020, 10am - 1pm

Do you want to capture the memories of people in your community?
Do you want to learn how to gather, keep and share oral histories?
Do you need “hands- on” experience in using audio recording equipment?

We will look at:

  • Project planning & oral history interview preparation
  • Relevant legal and ethical issues 

Do’s and don’ts of conducting an oral history interview

Free events. Booking essential.

Book online –  |  01452 425295 

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


Friends of Gloucestershire Archives - Talks and visits


 'After 180 years what do you expect me to do with that?'

Afternoon talk at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, Alvin Row, GL1 3DW

Talk by Sue Webb, the force Archivist, Gloucestershire Constabulary Archives.

2.30pm - tea and biscuits

3 - 4pm - talk and questions

Members of FoGA - Free

Visitors - £3

Any queries? Contact 

WEDNESDAY 4 MARCH, afternoon

Afternoon visit to The Museum in the Park, Stroud

Talk by the collections officer: ‘Meet the Curators Past and Present’

Opportunity to explore the museum displays, walled garden and temporary exhibition ‘Endangered and Extinct’

Visit to the museum stores and archives.  Tea and Cakes.

APRIL/MAY – dates and details to follow

Gloucestershire’s influential 20th-century craftspeople.  Proposed talk and visits


Mystery Tour

Another of historian John Chandler’s fascinating all-day coach tours –

Where will it be in 2020?  Trust him, join us and find out!

Pick ups in Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Watch for more information on FoGA’s notice board in The Heritage Hub

Visit the website for further details and booking forms  

Gloucestershire Family History Society

Programme of Talks 2020

All talks at the Heritage Hub, 7.30 - 9pm. Free entry.

12 February - An Introduction to DNA for Family Historians

Amelia Bennett

11 March - The History of Gloucester's Trams 1875-1933. A fully illustrated talk

Paul Drinkwater

8 April - Written in Stone. Recording the gravestones of St Cyr's.

Kate Hudson (Stinchcombe History Society)

13 May - Lost Cheltenham - using images which reveal the changing face of the town, illustrating the buildings, trades and traditions that have been lost and consigned to memory.

Rebecca Sillence

10 June - Never Better - a project looking at the history of mental health using records from Gloucester Asylums

Sally Middleton - Community Heritage Development Officer for Gloucestershire Archives.

8 July - A History of the Dowty Group and the archives held at the Heritage Hub

Ally McConnell - Archivist at Gloucestershire Archives

9 September - AGM followed by resources and help with researching Police Ancestors.

Sue Webb - Gloucestershire Police Archivist

Visit for more information.

Jolly Wassail!

15th February 2020 1:00pm – 4:00pm

A Kingsholm community event - all welcome

Come along to the Archives and wassail our apple trees (old and new) for the forthcoming year! Find out about the history of this old tradition and listen to local wassailing songs.

  • Wassail procession
  • free games & art activities
  • free BBQ food
  • free fruit punch
  • free hot drinks
  • free cake

Bring a pot & wooden spoon to take part in the wassail procession

01452 425295

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


Lives of Colour: I-MMigrate Exhibition

Lives of Colour I-MMIGRATE exhibition is a curation of 20 images and oral histories.

Saturday 15 February to 18 April 2020, 10am - 5pm

FREE! (but all donations welcome)

Museum of Gloucester,Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HP.

(01452) 396131 | |

These are stories of black and minority ethnic communities from the Windrush generation in Gloucester and African diaspora in Cheltenham of their experience of moving and living in their new home land. They chose to travel from different countries to come, rebuild and seek a better life in the UK.

The year 2018 marked 70 years since the ship MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 22 June 1948. It brought people from Jamaica, Trinidad, and other Caribbean Islands to help rebuild the UK after the war ( 2019). Today, those who arrived to live in the UK between 1948 to 1971 have been labelled as the Windrush generation. People have continued to migrate to the UK from the Commonwealth countries. In 1990, many African’s came to Cheltenham through the education and cultural programme a partnership with the Rendevous Society. The formation of a friendship town between Kisumu and Cheltenham Borough Council let to many from Kenya to settle in Cheltenham.

Lives of Colour a project by Nowans Community Trust charity in partnership with photojournalism students at the University of Gloucestershire have been working to curate a collection of portraits and oral histories. The project was specifically focused on the Windrush generation in Gloucester and the African diaspora in Cheltenham. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund since 2018 and marks the contribution of our multicultural society.

Stand and Deliver

Wednesday 19 February (half-term) 2 - 4pm

Free entry. No booking required. The Heritage Hub, Clarence Row, Alvin St, Gloucester, GL1 3DW

Come for a gallop as we take to the road to find out all about those dashing scoundrels, the highwaymen (and women) in the company of the notorious local rogue, The Shadow!

Discover why they became famous, how they operated and where in the county they lurked! Then get crafty and make your very own tricorn hat and mask - Huzzah!!

01452 425295

Gloucestershire Building Recording Group

27th Feb 2020 – Structural Movement of Historic Buildings and How to Specify Repairs

10-4pm at St Mary De Crypt Gloucester. Tickets £38.32.

This workshop will be presented by Professor John Edwards of Edwards Hart and The Environmental Studies Centre as a leader in the Conservation of Historic Buildings. This workshop will focus on the likely causes of movement in Historic Buildings and how this can be sensitively repaired. Event is subsidised by NLHF. Further details at Eventbrite

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gloucester Buildings Recording Group Oakraven Field Centre, Jubilee Rd, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 OEE

To read more about GBRG click here

Tel: 01594 369 343



Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society

Committee for Archaeology in Gloucestershire

 Annual Symposium 2020 - A day of Gloucester archaeology

A conference on Saturday 21st March 2020

Lecture Theatre, Oxstalls Campus, University of Gloucestershire

10am to 5pm

 Cost £15 each

Speakers and talks

  Amy Bunce - The archaeology of Project Pilgrim

  Peter Cox - The rural hinterland: multi-period activity at Grange Road

  Carolyn Heighway - Gloucester Abbey: the Romanesque elements

  Henry Hurst - 11-17 Southgate Street, fifty years on

  Andrew Mudd - Roman legacies: excavations at Upper Quay Street 1989 and Ladybellegate Street 1991

  Kevin Potter - Discoveries at St Mary de Crypt

  Martin Watts - Llanthony Secunda Re-Formation project

  Professor Keith Wilkinson - My time in prison: geoarchaeological borehole surveys of Gloucester’s historic waterfront                                               

Free parking is available on the campus. The Stagecoach Cheltenham-Gloucester 94 bus stops outside the campus gates.

Click for maps of Oxstalls Campus. The lecture theatre is on the ground floor of the library block (no. 2 on the map).

Tea and coffee are included and will be provided at mid-morning and afternoon breaks.

The university canteen will not be open at lunchtime, so please bring a packed lunch. Alternatively pub meals are available at the King Edward and Greyhound pubs a short drive away. There is a Co-op store in Longlevens (a ten minute walk). 

To book tickets please visit Eventbrite here

British Association for Local History

BALH Annual Regional Conference

Saturday 21 March, 10:00 to 16:30

Albermarle Centre, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1BA (the centre is with in walking distance of the railway station)

£20 for BALH members, £25 non members

Lunch, tea and coffee included

National and local sources are brought to light by seven speakers on subjects ranging from railway accidents to taxation records, the Court of Wards and house insurance.

Keynote speaker: Paul Dryburgh from the National Archive

For more information visit 

GLHA Local History Day

Gloucestershire Local History Association is organising a Local History Day to be held at the University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus on Saturday 25th April 2020.

The theme of the day will be The History of Education in Gloucestershire and will feature talks by three speakers on different aspects of the topic. There will also be displays from local history groups showcasing their research on education in their community. The winner of the Bryan Jerrard Award for the best article on an aspect of Gloucestershire’s history in a local history publication during 2019 will be announced, and also the winner of the Best Display. Refreshments will be available.

Details will be posted on the GLHA website as soon as the programme is finalised.


Coach trips to The National Archives and Kew

Thursday 14 May 2020 and Tuesday 29 September 2020

Pick up points:

Whitminster (opposite the Whitminster Inn) - 8.00am

Gloucester (junction of London Road and Bruton Way outside Roberts Limbrick Architects) - 8.30am

Hucclecote (Royal Oak) - 8.45am

Cirencester (The Beeches Car Park) - 9.20am

Depart The National Archives - 6.30pm

(return to Gloucester approx. 8.30pm)

The cost of each trip - £22.00 per person (inclusive of the driver's gratuity).

The coach will have toilet facilities. All bookings will be acknowledged by email when advice regarding the pre-ordering of documents and obtaining a readers' ticket will be given.

To book your place(s) visit 

Rose Hewlett, 9 Vicarage Lane, Frampton on Severn, Gloucester GL2 7EE  01452 740894 or 07710 182678

Gloucester History Festival

This year’s History Festival, explores the theme Voyagers and Visionaries which marks anniversaries including the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower from the UK to America and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. From pioneers who fought for their beliefs to explorers who ventured into the unknown, the Festival will use this pivotal moment in history to explore freedom, adventure, migration, identity and how journeys near and far have shaped our past.

At Blackfriars Priory the History Festival will welcome some of the country's leading historians. Festival President Janina Ramirez will start a week of lively talks with her keynote event . A wonderful variety of speakers will reveal extraordinary stories and compelling history full of humour, mystery, death and destruction. Past speakers have included Dan Snow, Alice Roberts, Lucy Worsley, David Olusoga, Kate Adie, Natalie Haynes and Stephen McGann to name a few. This year promises to be just as fascinating, wide ranging and informative as previous years.

The exciting City Voices programme brings together community projects from across Gloucester, celebrating and highlighting our amazing history and culture. City Voices 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. Many events are organised by local community groups giving a voice to local heritage, sometimes forgotten, and often with national significance.

 With over 200 events, tours and historical buildings open to the public there really will be something for everyone.

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