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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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  • Whilst touring round the market town of Tewkesbury we just had to drop in at the museum. A warm welcome awaited us in this historic building. Lots to see and do, we felt very well educated by the...  more »
  • The whole of Tewkesbury is something of a hidden gem, and the town's museum certainly fits that bill. It tells the tale of the local area, with wonderful displays and exhibits, well worth visiting.  more »
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  • Very interesting fairly small museum, but definitely worth a visit if in the area. Based over two floors, so not suitable for disabled access upstairs. Free museum, with donation box. Amazing miniature fairground set out upstairs, with really skilled workmanship and attention to detail.
  • Very interesting, several novel topics like model fairground, huge Wars of Roses model and local person who in earlier like was part of Scott's Antarctic expedition but went on to do many other important things. Well labelled over 2 floors in old building, interesting in itself.

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