The Waterloo exhibition now on at Dean Heritage Centre – poster attached – is well worth seeing. It runs until the end of December and has been created by Steven Carter. He grew up in the Forest and became interested in his grandfather’s role in the 1949 flooding. Steve has carried out considerable research and produced a fantastic exhibition, covering the beginnings, the name, the flooding and the closure. It offers new insights and pays tribute to the hard working miners of the Forest.
Newnham Historical Group will be launching the final volume of the Newnham Historical Collection on Thursday 14th November at the Armoury Village Hall at 7.30 pm. All welcome – see the poster for details.
Attached is information about events being planned for next month and into next year. Here too is the booking form for the next occasion – the visit ‘aloft’ in Gloucester Cathedral on Tuesday 12 November.
Please kindly be aware that numbers for this are limited because of the space available in the Library and Archives and the Organ Loft; members of FoGA therefore have priority booking.
There are already a couple of firm dates for your 2020 diaries:
Wednesday 4 March – an afternoon visit to the Museum in the Park
Sunday 14 June – another of John Chandler’s much enjoyed Mystery Tours.
The science of the Severn Bore? In the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, how and where the bore arose was a subject exercising the minds of some of the country’s best known scientists. Their thoughts, reasonings and differences, which centred largely on the Severn near Newnham, will be the subject of a talk by John Powell on Thursday 10 October at Armoury Hall, 7.30 pm. John’s findings will also appear in an article in the latest Forest of Dean Local History Society’s journal the New Regard, and copies of the journal will be on sale at the meeting (no member discounts available that evening).
John’s talks are always popular, so wise to get your (free) ticket from Newnham Post Office in advance or risk being turned away!
Something of a literary historical nature, with Doug McLean formerly of the Forest Bookshop talking about his life in publishing with particular reference to FW Harvey. Free event, details in the poster below.
Never Better is a hauntingly beautiful, immersive 'walkabout' performance, inside Blackfriars Priory. As you move through the building, transformed into the 'lunatic asylums' of 150 years ago, you'll be taken on a journey inspired by the history of Gloucestershire’s mental health. The performance tells real life stories, combining theatre, dance, live music, a choir, medicinal beer, and even a flock of chickens.
The show takes place on the 7th and 8th September 2019 at Blackfriars Priory, GL1 2HN.
There are three performances each day; 1pm, 4pm and 7.30pm.
Performances are free, but you must reserve tickets.