Festival explores historical discoveries
New discoveries about our county’s past are set to be unearthed this autumn with the launch of Gloucestershire’s first history festival as part of the Gloucestershire 1000 celebrations.
The millennium celebrations provide an ideal opportunity to rediscover the story of Gloucestershire over the centuries and celebrate the achievements of its inhabitants both within the county and the impact of their successes around the world. The festival is in light of the National Trust’s History Matters campaign.
Organisations across the county will be hosting history and heritage events, starting with a programme of activities this autumn featuring open days, talks, tours and activities and a Local History Afternoon on the theme of ‘Non-Conformity in Gloucestershire’.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is creating an impression of the county in the year of its ‘birth’, and has researched how the county’s natural habitats looked, smelt and sounded in 1007. The Anglo-Saxon population of Gloucestershire would have lived alongside bears, wolves and beavers in a landscape that we would barely recognise today.
The annual Heritage Open Days in September will enable members of the public to see behind closed doors at some of the county’s most interesting buildings, and October’s Black History Month offers a chance to discover more about how the past has contributed to Gloucestershire’s present. A number of the county’s museums are also running history events as part of The Big Draw campaign.
The Festival offers an opportunity to promote the resources available in discovering more about local history, including Gloucestershire Archives and the local museums and heritage centres.
Visit the website www.gloucestershire1000.org.uk
to see more detailed events listings.
For more about Gloucestershire's birthday and some of the history of the county, see our Gloucestershire 1000 article.
Round-up of countywide events