history museums in Cotswolds
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Cotswolds Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Cotswolds...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Cotswolds Museums and Galleries

blank tabWINCHCOMBE FOLK & POLICE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Town Hall, High Street, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5LJ
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At Winchcombe in the Cotswolds there is something for everyone in our unique Museum.

Winchcombe Heritage, Family and local history, folk collection and Police uniform and equipment.

Situated approximately 7 miles north east of Cheltenham.
Tel: 01242 609151
Web: www.winchcombemuseum.org.uk
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blank tabCORINIUM MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX
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Award-winning museum, featuring one of the finest collections of antiquities from Roman Britain.

Full-scale reconstructions of a dining room, a kitchen and garden give a good idea of everyday life in Roman Cirencester.

Also displays on the Cotswolds from Prehistory to Medieval times. Roman military galleries and Corinium Museum Shop. Jacks cafe is adjacent to the museum, fully licensed serving lunches, beverages and homemade cakes.

Special exhibitions.
Tel: 01285 655611
E-mail: museums@cotswold.gov.uk
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The Chipping, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7AD

Visit the Wotton Heritage Centre and discover: Intriguing artefacts from Wotton-under-Edge's crafts and industry. Changing exhibition displays. Photographs, postcards, documents, maps and books of local interest. Microfiches of Parish registers. Card indexes of family and local history. A variety of viewable Proprietary Software Databases for family history research. Small gift shop and tourist information point. Wheelchair friendly.
Tel: 01453 521541See our website

blank tabWELLINGTON AVIATION MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Brithish School House, Broadway Road, Moreton-In-Marsh, Glos. GL56 0BG

An offshoot of the successful aviation art and print gallery, the museum tells the stories behind some of the paintings and prints on show with the aid of photographs and artefacts. The emphasis is on illustrating the personal side of wartime operations. The history of the local airfield and its Vickers Wellington OTU is also portrayed. 100 + car mastered collection dated 1911 to the 60's.
Tel: 01608 650323See our website

blank tabHOLST BIRTHPLACE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2AY

Discover the life and music of the composer of ''The Planets'' and explore the upstairs-downstairs life of a Victorian household. Request a leaflet or view our website for special events held throughout the year. We also have a specialist shop for Holst recordings and Victorian style toys. Guided tours for groups by prior arrangement.
Tel: 01242 524846
E-mail: holstmuseum@btconnect.com
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blank tabTEWKESBURY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
64 Barton Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5PX

Exhibits describing the social history of Tewkesbury and surrounding area, housed in attractive half-timbered building. Large scale model of Battle of Tewkesbury. Archaeological collection and history archive. Come and visit our new Gallery and model fairground.
Tel: 01684 292901
E-mail: info@tewkesburymuseum.org
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Hailes Abbey

Hailes, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5PB
Tel: 01242 602398     E-mail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk

Hailes Abbey Ruins Photo © Neil Hanson
Hailes Abbey Ruins  -
Photo: Neil Hanson CCL


13th-century Cistercian abbey.

Founded in 1246 and once a celebrated pilgrimage site, the abbey now lies in ruins.

Remains of the dramatic cloister arches survive and there is a small museum.

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