Museum of Gloucester
The Museum of Gloucester in Brunswick Road is the main museum in the City of Gloucester. It has recently been extensively renovated following a large National Heritage Lottery Fund grant and it reopened on Gloucester Day, 3 September 2011.
In March 2016, The Museum rebranded itself and used to be called Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery.
The museum opened on 12 March 1860 as a private venture in three rooms at The Black Swan, provided rent-free by the poet Sydney Dobell. In 1896 the Corporation of the City of Gloucester took over the venture.
The Victorian building, in the early Renaissance style, inspired by the work of T.G. Jackson, is Grade II listed by English Heritage. It was originally the Price Memorial Hall of the Gloucester Science and Art Society, built for Margaret Price as a memorial to her husband William Edwin Price in 1893, and designed by F.S. Waller. The Corporation of the City of Gloucester took over the building as the City Museum & Art Gallery in 1902.
Objects in the museum include:
- Dinosaur skeletons.
- Archaeology, including the Rufus Sita Tombstone and the Iron Age Birdlip Mirror found in 1879.
- Natural history objects.
- Roman and mediaeval artefacts.
- Fine and decorative art items, including Delftware, Staffordshire figurines and Arts and Crafts Bowls by Alfred and Louise Powell.
- Queen Anne furniture.
- Local history items including items relating to the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company and a bust of local Methodist preacher George Whitfield.
In 1976, excavations by the Museum's Excavation Unit at St. Oswald's Priory yielded important new finds relating to the Saxon minster founded by Æthelred, Ealdorman of Mercia and his wife Æthelflæd in the 890s.
- Sovereigns Of England Elizabeth I - Elizabeth II an Exhibition Held In The Wheatstone Hall Gloucester 1953. 1953.
- Ten treasures of the City Museums Gloucester, 1860-1960. 1960.
- Rhodes, J.F. Catalogue Of Romano-British Sculptures In The Gloucester City Museum. 1964.
- Wellington, Robert. Hubert Wellington memorial exhibition: An exhibition of paintings & drawings by Hubert Wellington, 1879-1967. 1968.
- Frith, Brian. Twelve Portraits of Gloucester Benefactors. 1972. ISBN 0-903340-00-3
- Taylor, John Neufville. Fishing on the Lower Severn. 1974. ISBN 0-903340-01-1
- Whiting, J.R.S. Gloucester Besieged: The story of a Roundhead city 1640-1660. 1975. (2nd edition 1984)
- Heighway, Carolyn M. Ancient Gloucester: The story of the Roman and medieval city. 1976. ISBN 0-903340-04-6
- Heighway, Carolyn M. The East Gate of Gloucester. 1980. ISBN 0-903340-06-2
- The Golden Age of Richard III: City Museum & Art Gallery, Brunswick Rd., Gloucester: 2 July-1 October 1983: An Exhibition on the Twin Themes of Richard III and the Mediaeval Town. 1983.
- Morris, Christopher. Farming in Gloucestershire, 1800-1914. 1984. ISBN 0-903340-07-0
- Collins, Chris. Robinswood Hill Geology Trail. 1985.
- Watkins, Malcolm J. Golden Age of Richard III. 1985. ISBN 0-903340-10-0
- Watkins, Malcolm J. Gloucester: The Normans and Domesday. 1985. ISBN 0-903340-09-7
- Morris, Christopher. Gloucester Folk Museum. 1986. ISBN 0-903340-11-9
- Watkins, Malcolm J. March of Rome: Roman Soldier AD.50-150. 1987. ISBN 0-903340-13-5
- Cox, Nigel G. Gloucester Folk Museum: A Guide to the Buildings. 1987. ISBN 0-903340-12-7
- Atkin, Malcolm. History Under Our Feet: Work of the Gloucester Excavation Unit. 1988. ISBN 0-903340-14-3
- Dartnall, D.L. The great Gloucestershire dinosaur discovery. 1990.
- Gloucester City Museum official launch. soglos.com 11 August 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Gloucester museums unveil major rebrand and name changes". Gloucester Citizen. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
- "Gloucester Museum Doubles Its Space" in The Times, 25 April 1958, p. 12.
- "Gloucester Museum's Centenary" in The Times, 14 March 1960, p. 14.
- Historic England. "CITY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY (1245964)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 4 - The City of Gloucester by N.M. Herbert (Ed.) British History Online, 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- Gloucester Old Spot by John Miles. BBC 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Roman Colony & Legionary Fortress Gloucester, Gloucestershire. Archived 2 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine roman-britain.org 29 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery. Gloucestershire County Council, 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- Your Paintings: Gloucester museum's Oliver Cromwell. BBC Gloucestershire 23 June 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- Newnham-on-Severn from Dean Hill. artfund.org 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- "Archaeology: Signs of Saxon Minster" by Carolyn Heighway in The Times, 13 March 1976, p. 16.
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