Discover Our Story

Our People, Our History, Our community

We have a grand vision and big ambitions for The Folk of Gloucester. This is a project with the City community at its heart.

Our aim is that everyone will have the opportunity to be involved in shaping the stories we tell. It is our intention that audiences and volunteers will be representative of the City demographic, with a strong emphasis on currently underrepresented groups and young people.

We want every child within the city and surrounding districts to visit The Folk and hope people will discover and rediscover their love for this beautiful building and City.

In November 2019 Gloucester Civic Trust agreed a licence to operate The Folk with Gloucester City Council. This has enabled me to start as Manager and given us independent access to most of the building. We will now be able to programme regular events and begin formulating comprehensive plans for the future of the building, its display and interpretation, and bring it back into use at the heart of our community.

The Operations team is led by Alex Bailey with Marc Waters our lead for events and Sue Smith leading on the setting up and bookings of the EdShed as well as financial systems together with Richard Crowhurst. Richard has also been working closely with Sue rigorously to manage the finances and governance of the Folk, ensuring that we are a modern organisation that is fit for purpose, accountable and resilient and that our operational finances are secure.

Gareth Jayne has joined the team and is our lead on anything to do with computing. He is working with Sue and myself to develop an online booking system for the Edshed and has also set up the wifi systems on site.

Sally Campbell as also joined the team and is leading the development of the café along with Pippa Zadeh and Judy Williams. The café team has set high standards and aim to deliver top quality.

We recognise the contribution of many other volunteers who have enabled our events to take place. Our Garden team led by Min Lane has transformed the gardens in a short time from a wilderness to being well on the way to former glory.

 

Whilst managing the day to day operations we are also developing our strategic plan for the next ten years. We will align our vision and planning with wider City, Regional and National Heritage and Cultural organisations so that we are a relevant and outward looking organisation.

The major success this last year was Apple Day, organised by Marc, bringing in 500 people to enjoy a full programme of entertainment supported by partnership with local groups and businesses.