Gloucester Life Museum
So what exactly does a folk museum cover? Local history, domestic life, crafts, trades and industries from 1500 to the present, the Siege of Gloucester, Victorian kitchen and laundry equipment – you might have an easier time outlining what it doesn’t cover. The museum is partly housed in three floors of splendid Tudor and Jacobean timber-framed buildings, which date from the 16th and 17th centuries. New buildings contain the ironmonger’s shop, as well as a wheelwright’s and a carpenter’s workshops. Brand new buildings contain education exhibits and the Folk Tearooms. The Toys and Childhood gallery lets you get hands-on with the toys, including a puppet theatre. Delve further into the history of childhood with the Victorian classroom. Throughout the year, the museum holds a wide range of exhibitions, hands-on activities, events, demonstrations and role-play sessions. The special events often take place in the museum’s attractive cottage garden and courtyard, and often include live animals and outside games.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking nearby
- Top 2 floors of museum not accessible for wheelchair users
- Facilities: Induction loops, side passageway for access to tearoom and garden
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 29 Mar-Sep, Tue-Sat, 10-5; 26 Oct-1 Nov & 15-21 Feb, Mon-Sat 10-3; 2 Nov-14 Feb & 22 Feb-28 Mar, Sat 10-3
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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