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Tewkesbury Museum Battle Diorama
Experience the heat of battle!

Stand in awe and fascination at the Battle of Tewkesbury diorama! Built in 1971 to mark the 500th anniversary of the battle, see 2,000 figures locked in medieval combat. See more . . .

Donate to the Fairground Project

Volunteers will clean, repair where needed, and fit new motors, lights and sound to the major rides. Static parts of the display, including vehicles, stalls, and individual figures will also be restored. See more . . .

Opening Hours

Our ‘core’ opening hours are:

Summer (March – September incl.)
1.00pm – 4.00pm (Weekdays)
11.00am – 4.00pm (Weekends)

Winter (October – February incl.)
11.00am – 3.00pm (Sat, Sun, Mon)

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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. Because of its age the building is not disabled-friendly, though the staff are and will do everything they can to help.

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

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4 days ago

Tewkesbury Museum


Was for sale, but now free as we need it gone to make way for new display.

1940/1950's solid wood extending DINING TABLE. Good structural condition but top scratched, burnt etc. Would need top sanding and restaining/varnishing.
Extending top/ removable top & extensions for carriage.
Ideal shabby chic project or restore to original. Or use as garage/workshop table

Size: length closed 100 cm /39 in, extended 160 cm/63 in.

width 77 cm/30 in

height 76 cm/30 in

Collection only
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5 days ago

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Latest alley walk - all proceeds split between Tewkesbury Museum and project AlleycatSorry, Walk is on Sunday 9th of Feb, not 2nd as previously stated. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Mrs Anne Cadbury
Sadly Mrs Cadbury passed away on New Year's Day, after a very short illness.Her late husband, Martin, had been instrumental in establishing the museum and Anne was a great supporter of the museum, as she was of several other Tewkesbury causes over many years. She took a great interest until very recently. She was a lovely lady and will be greatly missed in Tewkesbury.

A memorial service will be held at Tewkesbury Abbey at 2 PM on 4th April, with tea afterwards. All welcome.

Steve Goodchild, on behalf of Tewkesbury Museum.
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3 weeks ago

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First walk of the year. Weather forecast - Sunny Intervals, gentle breeze. Why wouldn't you?First of the year! Followed by 2 February & 1 March ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Happy Christmas from Tewkesbury Museum

We will be open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday throughout the winter, including Christmas - New Year period. No charge, but donations welcome.

Like flowers, museums tend to use the winter to rebuild strength ready to burst into bloom in spring. At tewkesbury we have been doing a lot of rebuilding: our new fairground display is coming along very well. Now in the ground floor front room, our volunteers have built a brand new display to show the fairground models. this includes a terrific "diaorama" (backdrop to you and me) of some of the town centre in the 1950s. By local artist and set designer Cameron Lawrence, it is stunning in its own right.
The fair models have been stripped down and rebuilt, we are now installing the electrical and control wiring.
It looks very good through the window, and even better from inside. It will be complete by Spring, but well worth a visit even now.

Moving the fair means we have space for new displays too. At the moment, we have some empty spaces, but we have plans. .
The Legendary Museum Mouse hunt continues, though the mice may be more difficult to find in the confusion. But a lot of fun for 4 to 10 year olds!
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2 months ago

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