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Bishop Hooper’s House, 99-101 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG
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Gloucester Folk Museum (for the last couple of years called the “Gloucester Life Museum”) was one of the first Folk Museums to be established in the Country in 1935.
At the end of 2018 the Council closed the Museum and agreed a deal to transfer ownership to Gloucester Historic Buildings/Gloucester Civic Trust who will be re-opening it as an events, education and exhibitions space.
The building has been known for many years as Bishop Hooper House because some people believed that Bishop Hooper stayed here on the night before he was burnt at the stake in 1555. However there is no evidence that this actually happened!
The museum has what is claimed to be part of the burnt stake.
For a more detailed description of the building’s history. Please click the button below.
The building has an excellent café where visitors can take a break including a delightful “Tudor” garden area when the weather suits.
Also on site are a pair of excellent, state of the art, meeting rooms, called the “EdShed”, which are available for hire.
If you’d like to help us with this amazing place, please considering donating or volunteering.
The Ed Shed Two Meeting rooms available to hire
- Smart Board
- Disabled parking
- Disabled toilet and lift
- Flip chart
- Sink & Worktop
- Tea and Coffee facilities
- Board Room
- Cabaret Style
- Clear Space
- U Shape
- Horeshoe chairs only
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Historic Gloucester by Phil Moss
This fantastic illustrated guide to the history and buildings of Gloucester is available for sale from the Folk.
You can pick a copy up in the building, when we are open.
Or, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can post one out to you.
Only £10.00 (RRP £12.99)
(p&p is £3.00)
Our events manager Marc chats to re-enactors Robbie Scott (appearing here as Colonel Massey) and Anita Granovska (dressed as a 17th century servant) about their involvement in the Gloucester Civic Trust and why they love the history of the city.