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Tewkesbury Museum, Tewkesbury

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Tewkesbury Museum is a small community museum dedicated to the social history and heritage of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, England.

The museum is housed in a 17th-century half-timbered building at 64 and 64a Barton Street in property which was given to the Borough of Tewkesbury in 1956 on the express condition that it be used as a museum; but the museum did not open until 1962, after all of the previous tenants of the building had left. Complications introduced by local government reform in 1974 almost led to its demise. The ancient Borough of Tewkesbury was dissolved and incorporated into the new District Council covering North West Gloucestershire. The first Clerk for the new Council persuaded Councillors that it should be named Tewkesbury Borough and he transferred as much of the old Borough as he could to the new Borough. This included an attempt to transfer the Museum. After some legal advice, the Museum reverted to the Town Council’s control.
The building is Grade II* listed by English Heritage.
An active society of Friends of Tewkesbury Museum supports the work of the museum.
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  • There’s a working model fairground here, and momentos of a local boy who was an explorer and scientist, as well as general town exhibits . It’s how museums used to be before technology intervened! 
    There’s a working model fairground here, and momentos of a local boy who was an explorer and scientist, as well as general town exhibits . It’s how museums used to be before technology intervened!  more »
  • Very interesting museum with a mixture of subjects. Covered local map fair and model fairground rides, battle of Tewkesbury and other stuff. Must admit I struggled to follow all the comprehensive... 
    Very interesting museum with a mixture of subjects. Covered local map fair and model fairground rides, battle of Tewkesbury and other stuff. Must admit I struggled to follow all the comprehensive...  more »
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  • What a wonderful experience I had here Very well presented museum with loads of interesting exhibits You can see that alot of love went into bringing such a marvellous selection together All the work that must have gone into the wooden fairground and it works with the rides truly impressive Wonderful staff very helpful Free museum donations funding its upkeep Just loved it
  • There's so much to learn about our town Tewkesbury. The model mop fair and Tewkesbury Battle is fascinating but my favourite is the Priestley collection from the Antarctic Adventures with Shackleton.

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