Prison tour, Beatrix Potter and siege war - it's all going on at Gloucester History Festival (From Cotswold Journal)
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Prison tour, Beatrix Potter and siege war - it's all going on at Gloucester History Festival
4:57pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
Thousands of visitors are expected in Gloucester over the next 10 days as Gloucester History Festival gets in full swing. It lasts until September 20 Inaugurated last year, it is the brainchild of local MP Richard Graham and is organised by Marketing Gloucester Ltd in conjunction with Gloucester City Council and Gloucester Civic Trust.
The Festival encompasses Heritage Open Days: a national event celebrating England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or which normally charge for admission. Heritage Open Days take place from 12th – 15th September with a varied programme of guided walks, tours, talks and family fun activities, plus the opportunity to see inside some unique buildings, including Gloucester Prison and Kingsway Manor Farm in Quedgeley, which dates back to the early 16th century.
The current Mayor of Gloucester, Chris Chatterton, will be giving a talk on Gloucester’s Ceremonial Maces and Swords on Saturday 14th September and the sword presented to the city by Richard III will be on display. Other highlights include a Siege of Gloucester Walk, which visits some of the places connected with the siege of Gloucester during the English Civil War, a Historic Docks Walk around Britain’s most inland port, and a Robert Raikes Walk, which tells the story of the newspaper publisher, prison reformer and promoter of the Sunday School movement.
A series of History Talks will be taking place from 16th – 20th September with all but one of the talks taking place at the historic Blackfriars Priory. Several talks have sold out already but there is still some availability for talks on Beatrix Potter, George Whitefield, Nuclear Power and the new Jet Age Museum and the Gloster Aircraft Company, which will feature several models.
Tickets for the History talks at Gloucester History Festival are available from the Tourist Information Centre, 28 Southgate Street, Gloucester Tel: 01452 396572 and from Gloucester Guildhall Box Office Tel: 01452 503050 or www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk. Tickets for the majority of the talks cost £7 for Adults and £6 for Children/Concessions. The Heritage Open Days are FREE Events, however, tickets do need to be reserved in advance from The Tourist Information Centre. For further information, please visit www.gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk
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