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About Us

We bring our history to life for everyone.

Each year in September the city of Gloucester comes alive for a two week festival to celebrate the city’s rich history, heritage and culture.

The festival celebrates local, national and international history through a highly acclaimed programme of Blackfriars Talks; the City Voices programme of workshops, performances, tours, parades, re-enactments and digital content; the 25th celebration of Heritage Open Days and the much loved Gloucester Day, to give people the chance to learn from the past and shape their life today for the future.

Now in its 10th year, Gloucester History Festival is very much a 21st Century Festival that embraces technology to encourage as many people to join in as possible.

We aim to bring history to life – exciting and inspiring new audiences from our city and beyond – and developing people’s understanding of the world, both past and present.

We aspire to create a flagship festival for the city that local communities are proud of and that empowers all generations to explore history.

Come and be part of it!

We want our history festival to make a difference.

We want to become the UK’s leading history festival, widely recognised for our high quality, exciting programme that explores and celebrates local, national and international history. We remain rooted in our local community and we are informed and inspired by Gloucester’s rich and diverse past.

At Gloucester History Festival you will….

 

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Explore history in a way that is relevant to you

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Enjoy high quality experiences that enable you to understand how events of the past impact your life today

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Get better connected with the world as you explore stories that connect Gloucester with the world and the world with Gloucester

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Become immersed in digital media as you experience new ways to travel back in time

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Hear new stories, see new things, learn new skills – and teach us a thing or two – as we engage in conversations together

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Understand the world differently as we try to present stories through everyone’s eyes in partnership with those to whom the tales belong.

 

Our Board of Trustees

Richard Graham, Chair
Heather Forbes
Graham Howell
John Lovell
Phil Moss
Gareth Swain
Debra Tullett

Meet our Festival Team

Janina Ramirez, Festival President
Jacqui Grange, Festival Manager
Sarah Smyth,  Blackfriars Talks Curator
Sarah Rawlings, Fundraiser
Kim Kenny, Festival Administrator
June Savidge, Minutes Secretary for trustees’ meetings
Paul Drinkwater, volunteer Heritage Open Days coordinator

Blackfriars Talks

This year’s Blackfriars Talks is to take place live with events over four days in September.

City Voices

Our City voices programme brings the whole city together through a variety of events.

Heritage Open Days

City voices programme brings the whole city together through a variety of events.

Gloucester Day

This event is designed to install and promote pride in our historic city.

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