Yes, Heritage time is firmly upon us again, beginning this Saturday (25th August) with Gloucester Retro Day. We’ll have a stall providing information about the Heritage Hub in Kings Walk, and we’ll be joined by members of the Fielding & Platt Heritage Group with a display about the Company, and by Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology with a Lister’s display. We’ll be there 10.00-16.00, so do come and say hello.
Our first Heritage Hub Open Day is on Sunday 2nd September, again 10.00-16.00. Come and meet our partners, have a look behind the scenes and enjoy tea, coffee and cake! There’ll be presentations on some of the Archives’ treasures at 11.00 and 14.00, and you’ll be able to view some of these and also meet our Collections Care team, who will talk about their important work caring for our collections. Our resident Highwayman (every workplace should have one!) will reveal the tricks of his trade at 11.00 and 14.00. You can watch short films that we’ve created with current and former partners at 12.00 and 15.00 (the 2 film shows will have different content).
We’ll also be launching 3 partnership exhibitions at the Open Day. South Gloucestershire’s Tales of the Vale celebrates the history and resident’s memories of that area, and runs here until 28th September. The Discover DeCrypt Historical research group’s Joan Cook: a Woman of Vision exhibition celebrates the founder of Gloucester’s first Free grammar school, and runs until 15th September. Gloucestershire Constabulary’s 100 Years of Women
Policing tells the story of the changing role of women in the County’s police force, and runs until 14th September.
All the exhibitions are accessible 10.00-17.00 Monday-Friday, and are free to view. The Open Day is also free and is a drop-in event. Parking for it is available at Gloucester Rugby Club in Kingsholm.
You can gain some guided hands-on experience of caring for documents in our free Drop in event Looking after your Archives, which is at the Heritage Hub on Tuesday 4th September, 10.00-15.00. There are brief training sessions on the hour every hour.
Also at the Heritage Hub on Tuesday 4th September (14.00-15.00) leading house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen will present House History: the Secrets behind your front door. If you want to know more about the hidden stories of houses large and small, and get tips on researching the history of your own property, this is the session for you. You need to book for this free event in advance though (at www.gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk), quoting the reference number CV05. Melanie’s event will be supported by a display of documents relevant to house history cared for at the Hub.
The rich industrial heritage of Gloucestershire is celebrated in 3 free book in advance events at the Heritage Hub on Thursday 6th September. A History of Dowty (10.00-12.00) looks at the history of the Company. Please come along to meet former employees and share your memories, and you should quote CV08 when booking. In Voices of Fielding & Platt (13.45-15.00), members of the F&P
Heritage Group will share their personal experiences of working for the Company (booking reference CV09), and this will be followed by Supplying the World (15.30-16.45), in which we will show 3 of F&P’s promotional films, including one about their contribution to the development of Concorde.
We’re involved in many other events between Friday 7th and Sunday 16th September, so watch out for a further blog about these. Happy Heritaging!