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Winter Lectures 2016/2017

We also have a Summer Programme

Free admission to Members.  Visitors are most welcome.   We ask £1 per visitor to help with the costs.

Wednesday 5 October 2016

Waterways from the Air in the 1920s and 30s

Venue: St Johns Church, St Johns Ave, Churchdown, GL3 2DB at 7-30 p.m.   (Directions)

We welcome the return of Tony Conder, former curator of the then National Waterways Museum at Gloucester as our speaker. His talk will take us to various canals around the country, as seen in images from the renowned Aerofilms collection. These will be complemented by modern day images on the ground from Tony's extensive collection and historical details about the sites.

Thursday 3 November 2016

Around Gloucester by Tram

Venue: Highbury Church Hall Priory Walk, Cheltenham GL52 6DU at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

Our speaker, Peter Davey inherited a lifetime interest in trams from his father, Miles, who photographed his son at the age of six "at the controls" of a tram at Kingswood, Bristol. Illustrated by his own and his fathers photographs, Peter has written several books on the history of Bristol tramways. He has also researched and published histories of the tramways in Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Swindon and fortunately for us - Gloucester.

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Annual General Meeting and talk The GSIA Photographers

Venue: Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

After the formal business there will be an illustrated presentation entitled The GSIA Photographers. GSIA is fortunate that from our formation in 1964 many of the prominent members of the society took 35mm colour slides of the county's industrial archaeology and our events. Sadly, many of these members have now passed on, but in several cases their families kindly donated to GSIA the IA portion of the late members' slide collections. During the last two years tremendous progress has been made digitising the slides and ensuring they are properly captioned. The presentation will show a selection of these pictures from 1964 – 1994 along with brief profiles of the photographers.

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Mills of the Stonehouse and Eastington Area

Venue: Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

The inspiration for GSIA member, Dr Stephen Mills’ talk came from August’s GSIA walk in the area. This took in mills and other industrial features in and around the village of Eastington. At its peak in the 19th century the village was a thriving mini mill town, with no less than three major mills engaged in producing the region’s distinctive woollen cloth. At times, several others in adjoining parishes came under the same ownership and were worked together. Both water and steam power were used. Many industrial remnants dating from the 16th century up to the time of the Second World War are still visible, along with those related to both canal and rail transport.

Wednesday 25 January 2017

John Bellamy (1808-93) A Gloucestershire travelling showman

Venue: St Johns Church, St Johns Ave, Churchdown, GL3 2DB at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

Dr Steven Blake, former Museum and Collections Manager at Cheltenham Museum will be our speaker on an entirely topic new for GSIA. Travelling shows were a familiar sight in 19th-century England, and in its day one of the best known was Gloucestershire-born John Bellamy’s ‘British Model Gallery’. This was a collection of cork and card models of historic buildings that toured the country in a fleet of caravans between 1836 and Bellamy’s death in 1893, when he was described as ‘the oldest showman in England’. Drawing on Bellamy’s unpublished memoirs, contemporary newspapers, letters and diaries, this talk traces his career as he travels from town to town and fair to fair, focusing in particular on his Gloucestershire connections. In so doing, it provides an insight into an important aspect of Victorian popular culture.

Thursday 23 February 2017

GSIA Presidential Lecture

Forest Coal: A review from early times

Venue: Highbury Church Hall Priory Walk, Cheltenham GL52 6DU at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

We are delighted to have as our speaker our new President, Ian Standing. The Forest of Dean Coalfield was isolated and self contained. It lay within a royal forest where mining was governed by a unique code of customs, and legislation. With early beginnings, the industry blossomed after 1700. The illustrated talk will cover the geology, history and organisation of a coalfield that has left a rich heritage within the landscape.

Wednesday 29 March 2017

Gimson & the Barnsleys

Venue: Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West, GL5 3TZ at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

Our speaker is Dave Walton who writes "I first came across The Arts & Crafts Movement during my time as a volunteer for the Cotswold Wardens when I was planning a themed guided walk for their programme of walks, in the area of Sapperton. Having entered the churchyard there I saw three very large granite slabs with engraved metal plates which upon investigation were marking the graves of Gimson and the Barnsleys. I then discovered that the museum in Cheltenham housed a wonderful collection including a number of pieces of their work and the rest as they say is history."

All meetings are from 7.30 To 9.00pm.  For further details (or advice on Directions) contact: Ray Wilson (01453 860595)

Directions to Venues

St Johns Church Hall St Johns Ave, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2DB SO 873210 (Map)

St John's Church is situated at Churchdown on Cheltenham Road East (the B4063 road between Gloucester and Staverton). Travelling from Gloucester, continue for just under a mile beyond the Elmbridge Court roundabout and at traffic lights turn right into Parton Road. After 50 yards turn right into St Johns Avenue and then almost immediately turn right again into the church car park where there is ample parking.

Highbury Church Hall , Priory Walk, Cheltenham GL52 6DU     (Map)

Highbury Church is situated just to the east of the town centre at the top of Oxford Street, which runs north from London Road. There is ample parking on site and the hall is located at the rear of the church.

Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West, Rodborough, Stroud GL5 3TZ,       SO 847044     (Map)

To reach the Rodborough Community Hall from Stroud (the bus station at Merrywalks on the A46 road) take the A46 south towards Nailsworth. After about a third of a mile turn left uphill immediately before the Clothiers Arms pub which lies on the left hand side of the A46. After climbing a third of a mile turn left at the crossroads into Butterow West leaving the Prince Albert pub on your right. Continue for about 150 yards and keep a sharp lookout on the left for the entrance to the Rodborough Community Hall car park (Note there is small sign at ground level). The hall has free parking on site.