‘It brings history alive’

This was one of the comments made at our recent ‘drop-in’ event in Roots Community Café in Alvin Street, Gloucester when almost 100 people helped us celebrate two very significant anniversaries in style. They enjoyed displays reflecting the 90th anniversary of the former Kingsholm Council School and the experiences of its pupils as well as the 80th anniversary of the archives service itself. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne visitor wrote, “Lovely to see former pupils’ comments, it reminded me of my school days”.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe included a display of Roman ‘rubbish’ found in the trial trenches dug during the preparations for the major building work that will start on our site in the New Year. The mix of animal bones, locally-made pottery, some high-status Samian ware and roof tiles reminded everyone of the site’s long history.  Another visitor found it very informative, “living history as well as what is beneath your feet”.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe made the most of the chance to show-off the plans for the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub. We’re working with like-minded partners to improve the facilities here in Alvin Street so we can continue to preserve Gloucestershire’s amazing heritage and bring it to a wider audience.  One visitor summed up the display as, “Absolutely wonderful.  Very exciting to see the future plans but also great to see the past”.

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