Festival explores historical discoveries

New discoveries about our county’s past are set to be unearthed this autumn with the launch of Gloucestershire’s first history festival as part of the Gloucestershire 1000 celebrations.

The millennium celebrations provide an ideal opportunity to rediscover the story of Gloucestershire over the centuries and celebrate the achievements of its inhabitants both within the county and the impact of their successes around the world. The festival is in light of the National Trust’s History Matters campaign.

Organisations across the county will be hosting history and heritage events, starting with a programme of activities this autumn featuring open days, talks, tours and activities and a Local History Afternoon on the theme of ‘Non-Conformity in Gloucestershire’.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is creating an impression of the county in the year of its ‘birth’, and has researched how the county’s natural habitats looked, smelt and sounded in 1007. The Anglo-Saxon population of Gloucestershire would have lived alongside bears, wolves and beavers in a landscape that we would barely recognise today.

The annual Heritage Open Days in September will enable members of the public to see behind closed doors at some of the county’s most interesting buildings, and October’s Black History Month offers a chance to discover more about how the past has contributed to Gloucestershire’s present. A number of the county’s museums are also running history events as part of The Big Draw campaign.

The Festival offers an opportunity to promote the resources available in discovering more about local history, including Gloucestershire Archives and the local museums and heritage centres.

For more about Gloucestershire’s birthday and some of the history of the county, see our Gloucestershire 1000 article.

Round-up of countywide events

Tewkesbury Abbey Tower Tours
All year
Tewkesbury Abbey
01684 850959

1000 Cranes for 1000 Years
Until 30 June 2008
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
01452 396131

Heritage Open Day
8 September 2007
The Corinium Museum
01285 655611

Open Day @ The Archives
8 September 2007
Gloucestershire Archives
01452 425295

History of Oakridge through its Houses
8 & 9 September 2007
Oakridge Society & Oakridge History Group
01285 760460

John Moore: Countryside Chronicler & Conservation Campaigner
11 September – 31 October 2007
John Moore Countryside Museum
01684 297174

The contribution of the Church to Gloucestershire in the past 1000 years
14-16 September 2007
Emmanuel Church, Cheltenham
01242 231212

AGM and talk by David Smith on Gloucestershire 1000 years
18 September 2007
Stroud Public Library
01453 832228

25 Years of Gotherington’s History
22-23 September 2007
Gotherington and Area Local History Society

Deerhound Racing Day
23 September 2007
Lodge Park, National Trust
01451 844130

Parents and their Offspring
23 September 2007
Westonbirt Arboretum
01666 880147

Bin Bag Bard
4 October 2007
Quedgeley Library
01452 721233

Non-Conformity in Gloucestershire
6 October 2007
Gloucestershire Local History Afternoon
01452 528491

1,000 Years of the Landscape of Gloucestershire
13 October 2007
University of Gloucestershire (CCRU) and Society for Landscape Studies
01242 714123

Have a go at Cotswold Morris Dancing
20 October 2007
England’s Glory Ladies Morris, Gloucestershire Morris Men, and Glosfolk
01453 822927

Hallowe’en Trail
20-28 October 2007
Lodge Park, National Trust
01451 844130

Hallowe’en Quiz
20-28 October 2007
Chedworth Roman Villa, National Trust
01242 890256

Marlowe’s Edward II
25 October – 3 November 2007
Berkeley Castle
01453 512992

Recent Medieval Acquisitions
30 October 2007
The Corinium Museum
01285 655611