Over the course of the next few months I will take you around Gloucestershire, district by district and offer you an insight into the museums which preserve and display our rich heritage. If you want to find out more about any of the museums I mention please go to www.gloucestershirerevealed.co.uk where you will find full details of each museum, their opening times, admission prices and an interactive map to help you plan a day out.
Gloucester Museums – a Gentle Tour – taking in Gloucester Waterways Museum, The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, Gloucester Folk Museum and Nature in Art
Gloucester Waterways Museum is housed in a stunning Grade II listed warehouse on the side of the UK’s most complete Victorian dock, they offer a time-travel opportunity to visit Victorian Gloucester and their collections include objects that have been designated to be of national importance.
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum which is located in Gloucester’s historic Docks reopened in April 2014 after a Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment. Come and discover the lives of Gloucestershire soldiers from the last 300 years. Try on Army uniforms, walk into a First World War trench, learn how the weapons and vehicles have changed through history with our digital interactives. Do you know how the Gloucestershire Regiment won the Back Badge? How the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars survived fighting in the desert? Have you felt how heavy a Rifleman’s rucksack is?
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery provides a visitor with Romans, art, dinosaurs and local history. It is newly renovated, very accessible and set in the heart of Gloucester.With a brilliant new cafe and shop on the ground floor as well as superb interactive displays that tell the story of the city of Gloucester thoughout our history.
Gloucester Folk Museum is situated in the heart of Gloucester and concentrates on the history of the city from the middle ages to the present day. Here, in this beautiful Tudor building, you’ll find the stories behind the lives, crafts and trades of Gloucester people.New features such as The Retro Room and Folk Boutique have recently been added due to a substantial Lottery Grant.
Nature in Art Nature in Art is unique – within Wallsworth Hall, a fine Georgian mansion, can be found the widest range of nature-inspired art in the world. Spanning 1500 years, displays embrace work in all mediums and styles from across the globe. The collection contains the best creations of 600 artists from over 50 countries. So typically, as well as a temporary exhibition, you’ll find contemporary glass, watercolour landscapes, bronze sculptures, David Shepherd, the Flemish masters, modern engravings and even some ancient oriental treasures.
In my next blog I will take a look at the museums in Cirencester and Stroud areas. Once again, to find out more go to www.gloucestershirerevealed.co.uk – your portal to all information on museums and galleries in Gloucestershire.