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Prince Philip visit 2006

Prince Philip’s visit to Tewkesbury Museum, 17 July 2006: Someone had cracked a joke!

Prince Philip with Mike Mike Sztymiak (Borough Mayor) Pete Aldridge (Town Mayor) and Maggie Thornton (Curator) outside the Museum.

Read the story about the Royal visit

Tewkesbury Town Mayor visits model fairground exhibit

All the fun of the fair!

Pete Aldridge, our Town Mayor, visits Tewkesbury’s Museum’s new model fairground exhibit in 2020.

See a video clip of the fairground models

We are closed at present due to emergency roof repairs.

We look forward to welcoming you at the Museum later this year. Watch this space for announcements.
We are closed at present due to Covid regulations and emergency roof repairs

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You are welcome to spend time in the wonderful unspoiled seventeenth century building that is Tewkesbury Museum. Discover Tewkesbury’s rich and diverse history through a collection which ranges from Roman remains through to wartime austerity. Learn about notable Tewkesbury people like Antarctic explorer Raymond Priestley. Study the magnificent diorama of the Battle of Tewkesbury and the unique fairground model.

museum-building-small-IMG_2060The building itself is a time capsule. Restored by Abbey restorer Thomas Collins in the nineteenth century and donated to the town as a Museum by an ‘anonymous gentleman’ in the twentieth, it is unique, full of original features, eclectic and eccentric.

The Museum is very child-friendly, with activities to keep them absorbed for hours.

As a small independent museum we offer local knowledge, local research and a fascinating glimpse into times gone by.

We’re often open outside our core hours; it’s worth a look to see if we are open.

We also do our best to open for individuals or groups outside these hours, by special arrangement.

Allow at least an hour for a visit

Access:

Because of its age the building is not disabled-friendly, though the staff are and will do everything they can to help.
The Museum is domestic in feel with narrow corridors and steep uneven stairs with some trip hazards.
The stairs make it impossible for wheelchairs and difficult for people with walking difficulties. Unpowered wheelchairs may be able (if accompanied by assistance) to negotiate a single step to get into the ground floor fairground exhibit room.
There is no lift or accessible toilet.
The Museum has plans to improve accessibility and we are making progress towards raising the funds required to do this.

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4 weeks ago

Tewkesbury Museum is currently closed and swathed in scaffold as the roof is repaired. We hope the works are completed soon and we can reopen for the summer. So our only exhibit at the moment is the building itself. Dating from 1650, it was originally a merchant's house, but over the years it has had many uses. During WW2 it housed evacuees from London, afterwards it was split into two, with the rear part forming a flat for the caretaker of the Watson Hall. For a time it was also the Tourist Information Centre, but now is 100% museum. Here is one view, painted by the artist at Coastal Harbour Ltd, of the museum at night with light streaming from the windows. We would like to post more paintings, drawings of the museum, old and new. If anyone has any they'd like to share, please feel free to post in comments or message us. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Although museums are allowed to re-open from Monday 17th May, Tewkesbury Museum will remain closed whilst work continues on the roof. The contractor is repairing the internal lead guttering, timbers, felting and replacing missing and damaged tiles. As the building is over 350 years old and has a complex roof structure, this is no easy task. Hopefully, this will make the roof weatherproof and allow us to reopen the top floor galleries and unveil new Battle of Tewkesbury display. We do not yet have an opening date. The roof repairs are being managed by Tewkesbury Town Council, owners of the building, funded by a Covid 19 Recovery grant from Historic England. We will publish more information about the work being undertaken, and plans for reopening, over the next few months on FB and Instagram. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Battle day!Today 550 years ago, the “Wars of the Roses” came to a head at Tewkesbury. The Yorkist army commanded by Edward IV, and his brother, the future Richard III, chased down and defeated the Lancastrian army of Queen Margaret and her son Edward, Prince of Wales. The outcome crushed the hope that the heir to the House of Lancaster would again take the throne and gave birth to the possibility of the House of Tudor taking the Crown of EnglandThe Post Office have also marked the occasion by launching a collection of stamps today (see previous post) featuring Tewkesbury and other battles fought during the wars.To find out more visit our day by day build up to the battle and the aftermath at www.tewkesbury.org.uk/journey-to-the-battle ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

The Chariot Race. One of the 10 major rides in A E Salt's model fair. Only five rides are complete and running, we only have parts of the remainder. During lockdown we have been cataloguing these parts, and trying to assemble some of them. But this is not Airfix: there are no instructions or drawings to work from. Pictured here are the horses and chariots, and behind, part of the panelling with the title board. Cataloguing labels are attached to individual items. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

30 April 1471. Less than a week to the decisive battle. The Lancastrian army of Queen Margaret is pushing north, hoping to evade the Yorkists and meet up with reinforcements in Wales and the North West before facing their enemy. But King Edward IV is at Malmesbury with his superior forces, actively looking for the Lancastrians. Was defeat inevitable for Lancaster, was York destined to win? It didn't seem so at the time. Follow the fates of the royal houses as they make their way to Tewkesbury.Daily updates are available on Instagram @ tewkesburymuseum and on the web at www.tewkesbury.org.uk/news ... See MoreSee Less
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