Exhibition: Walking Cheerfully Over the World
Thornbury and District Museum
This exhibition runs until December 20th, and the Museum is open 1pm-4pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturdays.
Walking Cheerfully Over the World: The Story of Quakers Locally and Beyond.
The Museum’s latest exhibition tells the story of the Quaker movement in the local area.
In 1654 (exactly three hundred and sixty years ago), in a time of anxiety and upheaval, John Audland and John Camm came to the Bristol area to spread the news of a new kind of belief.
Filton and Elberton were amongst the places they visited and we know that at least two people from Thornbury – Edward Parker and Eleanor Cannings – were convinced by their message. The Quakers went on to flourish locally and by 1677 they had a Meeting House in St John Street. There was a strong Quaker presence in Frenchay and in Olveston as well.
Quakers suffered a great deal of persecution for their beliefs, particularly during the reign of Charles II, and many records describing exactly what happened to them have been preserved.
Quaker families established some well-known industries: Cadbury’s, Fry’s, Huntley and Palmer, Clarks shoes, Barclays and Lloyds banks among them.
The exhibition covers all these stories and many others, with particular emphasis on local Quaker families.
Entry is free, to this exhibition and all other parts of the museum. For more details, check out What’s On at our website below.