• Welcome An historic Tudor building in Gloucester
Bishop Hooper’s House, 99-101 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG
Discover Our Story
The Folk of Gloucester is a project situated within a 16th century Tudor
building with the City community at its heart. Honouring and learning about our past, by bringing people together
from the present, our aim is to keep the history of Gloucester city alive through the telling of stories.
Gloucester is a beautiful, vibrant and diverse city full of history and it is our intention that everyone in the local community will have the opportunity to be involved in The Folk of Gloucester. Through the display of objects, exhibitions, and delivery of programmes and events we will bring to life the stories of the people of the City of Gloucester from the Tudor period to the present day. We want every child within the
city and surrounding districts to visit The Folk to discover and rediscover their love for this historically important building and City.
In November 2019 The Gloucester Civic Trust agreed a licence to operate The Folk with Gloucester City Council. The Gloucester Civic Trust’s charitable purpose is to raise the public awareness and interest in the City, promote high standards of local planning and architecture and secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic interest in Gloucester. Under this arrangement we will now be able to programme regular community led events and begin formulating comprehensive plans for the future of the building and bring it back into use at the heart of our community.
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.
Come and see us What's on at the Folk
We’d love you to come along and join us at our future dates:
June 1st – two guest tellers Kelly bringing stories from the Romany community and Matt McCall with steampunk fables
July 6th – Open mic special! Led by Saffy and Jane and a surprise teller – bring us your fabulous stories
August 3rd – Summer special – beach hats optional!
September 7th – Storytelling with a local history flavour
October 5th – Guest storytellers - Ominous Folk of Hopeless Maine
November 2nd – Tales for the darkening season – featured teller Fiona Eadie
December 7th – Festive tales of merriment and mirth with a little Christmas “spirit”
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
News Latest NEWS
Gloucester City Archaeologist Andrew Armstrong talks about the important Roman stones found during excavation work in Southgate Street, Gloucester, near St Mary deCrypt Church.
Gloucester City Conservation Officer Kate Biggs introduces the repair and conservation work currently being done on Aethelflaed’s St Oswald’s Priory. Followed by a detailed talk and demonstration of the works by historic building conservationist Jake Etherton
Gloucester City Tour Guide Paul Drinkwater talks about the history of the River Twyver.