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Local history

Welcome to MyThornbury's local history section. There's plenty to explore:

Thornbury & District Museum

The museum was started in 1986 to house a collection of artefacts bequeathed to The Thornbury Society, and rapidly expanded. It is an independent museum and financed by grants and donations.

Come and visit our exhibition rooms, chat to our volunteers, visit our shop, enjoy your local museum. Click here to visit the Museum's website.

Thornbury Local History and Archaeology Society

Thornbury's local history society meets monthly - details on the right, and have produced a series of articles based on these talks. Visit the Society's page for more information and to read the articles (articles are also listed below).

Local history groups

Lots of local history groups, covering a variety of subject areas.

Resources

Our local history resources page has links to many useful websites.

Family history

Genealogy groups and resources for family history hunters.

Local history books

Old maps

Explore MyThornbury's collection of old maps of Thornbury and the surrounding area. Includes a map browser that lets you switch between different age maps.

Old photos

We've teamed up with Francis Frith to offer reprints of old Thornbury and district photos.

We'd also like to recommend the fascinating Images of Thornbury site, with its large collection of old photos and now-and-then comparisons.

Articles

Dinosaurs at Tytherington (Oct 2013)
Keeping Local Old Buildings in One Piece (Sep 2013)
Lydney's Lost Fleet (Apr 2013)
The Cotswold Way (Mar 2013)
The Work of Francis Simpson (Jan 2013)
Mysteries of the Charfield Rail Crash (Oct 2012)
Thornbury Workhouse (Sept 2012)
Electrical Appliances of a Bygone Era (Oct 2010)
Bristol in the Civil War (Sep 2010)
The Berkeleys and Berkeley Castle (Apr 2010)
Clifton Suspension Bridge (Mar 2010)
The Purton Hulks (Feb 2010)
Thornbury High Street (Dec 2009)
Arnos Vale Cemetery (Nov 2009)
Basket Weaving (Oct 2009)
The Luftwaffe's Attacks (Sep 2009)
Redcliff Street, Bristol (Apr 2009)
Gloucestershire ballads (Mar 2009)
Farm buildings (Feb 2009)
Bristol Castle (Jan 2009)
Walls & boundaries (Dec 2008)
Dark Satanic Mills (Nov 2008)
Clarkson and the Slave Trade (Oct 2008)
What to wear at work (Sep 2008)
Thornbury Pubs (Mar 2008)
Rethinking Militancy (Feb 2008)
Down the Garden Path (Jan 2008)
The Slave Trade (Dec 2007)
Crinoline and Corsets (Nov 2007)
Love Thy Neighbour (Oct 2007)
Digging up the Glass Works (Mar 2007)
Death and disease on the SS Great Britain (Jan 2007)
How the forest was won (Oct 2006)
Clifton Rocks Railway
Gloucester and Sharpness Canal
In sickness and in health
Mr Lister - a gentleman employer

Ronnie's Restaurant


More

Acton Court

Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
www.actoncourt.com
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Thornbury & District Museum

The museum was started in 1986 to house a collection of artefacts bequeathed to The Thornbury Society, and rapidly expanded. It is managed by the Thornbury & District Heritage Trust, a registered charity as well as a Trust company, and is supported by South Gloucestershire Council and Thornbury Town Council. It is an independent museum and financed by grants and donations.
Come to visit our exhibition rooms, chat to our volunteers, visit our shop, enjoy your local museum.

The museum is next to the Armstrong Hall, and opening times are Tuesday to Friday 1-4pm, and Saturday 10-4pm. We have a small shop with books, leaflets, pamphlets, postcards, all of local interest.

Postal address: Thornbury Museum, c/o The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR

Chapel Street, Thornbury
Tel: 01454 857774
www.thornburymuseum.org.uk
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See also

Thornbury Library

The Swan @ Tytherington

Berkeley Castle ...where history is a home

Related events

Thursday 24th April 2014
Exhibition: Stitches in Time
Thornbury and District Museum

This exhibition runs until the end of April, and the Museum is open 1pm-4pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturdays.

“Stitches in Time” shows examples of textiles, garments, craftwork and fine needlework, plus tools of the trade and some old sewing machines, all from the Museum’s store. Pride of place though, goes to the “Thornbury Quilt”, a wonderful piece of needlework over one hundred years old which lay hidden away for many years. Come and find out why it is unique to Thornbury and the story of when and why it was made and how it was recently rediscovered.

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.

www.thornburymuseum.org.uk

More details >>

7.30pm: A History of Germ Warfare
Edward Jenner Museum

Dr Jenner’s House & Garden is delighted to welcome the distinguished decontamination scientist and expert on countering biological threats and their medical treatment Dr Robert Spencer to give the latest in its series of Old Cyder House Talks.

Biological agents [microbes & toxins] are alleged to have been used since time immemorial, but finding incontrovertible evidence for such events is difficult.

This talk will trace the alleged and actual use of such weapons in eighteenth century North America, through World Wars I & II; the Cold War; and up to modern times.

The lecture will examine their use - actual and potential - by criminal and terrorist groups and it will also attempt to answer the question - "Are Biological... Read more >>

www.jennermuseum.com
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Sunday 27th April 2014
9.30am: Thornbury New Park Archaeology Event

We will continue with the excavation of the "Pig Pond" at the Sheiling School off Park Road on Sunday 27th April 2014, meeting at 9:30am outside Thornbury Park House.

Our project aims to completely define the shape of the "pig" pond and to investigate its water management system. This time we will continue to try and determine the remaining edges of the pond. We will also do some more clearance along the stream.

Our work will involve excavation and some vegetation clearance. So, if you can, please bring tools for excavating (such as trowels; buckets; spades and small hand shovels) and also gardening tools such as saws, secateurs, shears etc. for clearing vegetation.

As the excavation area includes a pond which contains standing water... Read more >>

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Sunday 4th May 2014
11am: Tudor Ladies
Berkeley Castle

Have your photograph taken with a Tudor Lady while they promenade & chat today.

Author of 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn', Sarah A Morris, and ladies will engage and entertain.
 
More information can be found on the website below or by calling 01453 810 303.

www.berkeley-castle.com

More details >>


Friday 9th May 2014
7.30pm: Tytherington Local History Group, The Chapel

A Walk around Historic Tytherington

Do visit our website below.

www.tytheringtonroots.co.uk


Monday 12th May 2014
7.30pm: The Home Front
Armstrong Hall, Thornbury

The Great War 1914 - 1918 was the first war in which there was a 'Home Front' without which the army on the battlefields would not have survived.

Dr Martin Davies has been obsessed by The Great War for more than thirty years and obtained his Masters Degree in First World War Studies at Birmingham University.

He has recently been working on research at the Gloucestershire Archives and The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum focussing on the local history of many brave young men. An interesting discovery in the archives of Gloucester Rugby Club led to Martin Davies delving into the personal stories of their players who went to war.

He explains how the Home Front developed to support food and munitions production and provide local defence... Read more >>

www.thornburyartsfestival.com

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Tuesday 13th May 2014
1pm: Charles Worth - Genius of Fashion and Perfume
Cossham Hall, Thornbury

Gina Merrett Smith makes a welcome return to the Festival to give an illustrated talk on Charles Worth, whom many consider to be the father of Haute Couture.

Tickets £5

www.thornburyartsfestival.com

More details >>


Sunday 18th May 2014
2pm: Footsteps around Frampton Cotterell

2-4pm, Led by Trevor Thompson and Ian Haddrell

Meet by 2pm at The Globe Inn BS26 2AB (parking available)
Tickets: £7 Including Tea and Cakes.

Continuing our tradition of historical walks around the villages of South Gloucestershire, this year we visit Frampton Cotterell.

Local guides Trevor Thompson and Ian Haddrell take us on a journey around this most interesting area.

Finally we gather at The Globe for homemade cakes and tea.

www.thornburyartsfestival.com


Wednesday 28th May 2014
7.30pm: Alveston Local History Society
Alveston Methodist Church

Men Behaving Badly, with Ian Macintosh.

Plus a short meeting for the AGM.

www.alveston.org/alveston/local_h...

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Sunday 8th June 2014
11am: Tudor Ladies
Berkeley Castle

Have your photograph taken with a Tudor Lady while they promenade & chat today.

Author of 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn', Sarah A Morris, and ladies will engage and entertain.
 
More information can be found on the website below or by calling 01453 810 303.

www.berkeley-castle.com

More details >>


Sunday 6th July 2014
11am: Tudor Ladies
Berkeley Castle

Have your photograph taken with a Tudor Lady while they promenade & chat today.

Author of 'In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn', Sarah A Morris, and ladies will engage and entertain.
 
More information can be found on the website below or by calling 01453 810 303.

www.berkeley-castle.com

More details >>


Sunday 13th July 2014
7.30pm: Festival of Archaeology
Berkeley Castle

July 13th – 16th

A week of events in conjunction with St Mary's Church and Dr Jenner's House, utilising finds by Bristol University on the three sites over the last 10 years.

www.berkeley-castle.com
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More details >>



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