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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 . . .

We Need You!

If you have some time to spare and would like to help us run the museum, please get in touch.

To find out more about trustees click here, to find out more about volunteering click here

Opening Hours

Tewkesbury Museum is now closed for the winter.

The cold weather, low visitor numbers and the cost of heating our 17th century building make opening unviable. We will remain closed, probably, until the end of January 2023

The museum celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2022, which was a very good year following Covid lockdowns. We managed to open almost all of the year, generally for 7 days a week. We hosted new displays including the Girl Guides centenary, and Sir Raymond Priestley and Antarctica.

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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:

Access is difficult for visitors with mobility issues, for further access information click here

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Tewkesbury's history explored, with another season of Alley Strolls.First Alley Stroll of 2023.SORRY CANCELLED. Unfortunately Steve has tested positive for Covid and as a precaution will not be leading the stroll on 8 Jan. The next walk will be on Sunday 22nd Jan ... See MoreSee Less
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Tewkesbury Museum is now closed for the winter. The cold weather, low visitor numbers and the cost of heating our 17th century building make opening unviable. We will remain closed, probably, until the end of January 2023. The museum celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2022, which was a very good year following Covid lockdowns. We managed to open almost all of the year, generally for 7 days a week. We hosted new displays including the Girl Guides centenary, and Sir Raymond Priestley and Antarctica. Old traditions were revived: the talks programme restarted, medieval costumes reappeared and Father Christmas returned to his grotto for his pre-Christmas warm up. Visitor numbers were good, we were pleased to welcome people from around the UK and the world. Meanwhile, the alleys of Tewkesbury were livened up with fortnightly Alley Strolls, in association with Project Alleycat. During the winter our volunteers will undertake a programme of cleaning and maintaining the building and exhibits, and cataloguing the collection. Alley Strolls resume on Sunday 8th January and talks on 21 February. Many thanks to all our volunteers, supporters and visitors. The museum is a charity, all our staff are volunteers and we depend on donations to continue. A particular thanks to our Trustees, volunteers who manage the museum. We look forward to reopening and another successful year of researching, cataloguing and displaying the history of Tewkesbury. To contact Tewkesbury Museum during closure, please email: Info@tewkesburymuseum.org. Information will be posted on our Facebook page and website www.tewkesburymuseum.orgHappy New Year. ... See MoreSee Less
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