Gloucester Folk Museum
Gloucester Folk Museum
99-103 Westgate Street
Gloucester City Council
Culture, Leisure and Learning
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
Open all year
Tues - Sat 1000-1700
Closed Mon, Sun
Free admission to all
- British Association of Friends of Museums
- English Heritage
- Museums Association
- National Trust
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.
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.
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.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings. Free quiz sheets
Saturday Make and Take
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 email@example.com or call 01452 396868 for more details.