Gloucester Folk Museum

Gloucester Folk Museum
99-103 Westgate Street
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL1 2PG
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.glos-city.gov.uk/folkmuseum

E-mail

Gloucester City Council

folk.museum@gloucester.gov.uk

Culture, Leisure and Learning

Telephone

General information

01452 396868

Fax

01452 330495

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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Museum displays on three floors of three half-timbered buildings of c.1500-1650 plus new extensions at the rear of the site - Dairy, ironmonger's shop, wheelwright and carpenter workshops.
Gloucester Folk Museum won an MGM2000 award for audience development and innovative marketing with its African-Caribbean Memory Day project.
The Museum is fully registered with the Museums & Galleries Commission and is a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open all year
Tues - Sat 1000-1700
Closed Mon, Sun

Admission charges

Free admission to all

Discounts

  • British Association of Friends of Museums
  • English Heritage
  • Museums Association
  • National Trust

Additional info

Access to reserve collections by arrangement.
Some collections information and images on public access computers; further to be made available through 'Living Gloucester' digitisation project.

Collections cover the social history, trades, crafts and industries from the City & County of Gloucester from the mid-16th.century to the present.
The collections are of regional importance and currently in progress is a NOF-funded project for the digitisation of the collections along with images and information.
The top floor of the museum along with a building at the rear was used for making brass pins by hand during the 18th.and 19th.centuries.
There are regular special exhibitions and events.

Collection details

Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Land Transport, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • The timber-framed buildings and wall paintings.
  • Re-construction of Victorian school room, shoemaker's shop,ironmonger's shop, wheelwright and carpenter workshops.
  • Childhood and Toys gallery with play-house and interactive material.
  • Fishing on the River Severn gallery.
  • Galleries on dairy and arable farming in Gloucestershire.
  • Washing, ironing and domestic life in general.
  • Horn,treen, glass and pewter.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Gloucester Folk Museum

  • 11 — 14 September 2014

Gloucester Folk Museum is a magical place telling the story of Gloucester through its people and their lives. Behind the chocolate-box façade is a fascinating and surprising collection of objects and exhibitions.

There is a special event, Meet the Victorians, on Saturday 13th.

Thurs 11th and Fri 12th Sept: 14.30 and 15.30: Join us as we have a closer look at the beautiful building our Museum is housed in. No booking required. Meet in reception. Due to the staircases and uneven floors this tour is not suitable for those with mobility issues.

Admission

Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings. Free quiz sheets

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/gloucester-folk-museum1

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Saturday Make and Take

http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/Freetime/Museums/TheFolkMuseum/ChildrensActivitiesatFolkMuseum.aspx

Drop into Gloucester Folk Museum for their Saturday Make and Take sessions. Enjoy free art and craft activities for all the family 11.00-15.00.

How to obtain

All activities are free and there is no need to book in advance, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Contact the museum on folk.museum@gloucester.gov.uk or call 01452 396868 for more details.

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