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Tewkesbury Museum uses old photos to help jog memories of retirement home residents

An exhibition of old photos of Tewkesbury, organised by Tewkesbury Museum will be doing a tour of Severn Vale Housing retirement schemes in the town, beginning with a launch at 10.30am on Tuesday 12th of April at Barton Court in Barton Road.

Severn Vale Housing was approached by the Trustees from Tewkesbury Museum, who had been given hundreds of old photographs by the Gloucestershire Echo, when the newspaper moved from their Church Street offices to the High Street, 15 years ago.

Chairman of the Museum Trustees Steve Goodchild said: “We have literally hundreds of old photos which were taken in Tewkesbury over many years. Obviously we can identify places, but many of the photos are of people, parties and outings, and we don’t have any captions.”

“We thought we would approach Severn Vale Housing to see if we could enlist the help of their retirement scheme residents, and hopefully we can put some names to some faces”.

Severn Vale Housing Elderly Services Manager David Woolley said: “I am sure our residents will really enjoy seeing these old photos. Many of them are Tewkesbury born and bred so there is a good chance that they will be able to identify the people in the photos. There will be notebooks next to the photos so residents can write down the names of the people they recognise.”

“The exhibition will start at Barton Court and will then move around to our four other retirement schemes in the town”.

The exhibition will be seen by residents at Barton Court and then it will move to Lanes Court, Spring Gardens, Virginia Close and Graham Court.

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