1st Sunday School

The world’s First Sunday School,


Gloucester Local History Society is a relatively new group bringing together everyone with an interest in the history of Gloucester.  It was formed in 2012 under the chairmanship of Jerry Jenkinson who had previously spent over 20 years researching the history of this fascinating area.  His papers now form the basis of the Society’s archive (available to browse at each meeting).


So, if you too have an interest in your local history please get in touch and help keep the past alive in the present.  All meetings take place at the Ed. Shed (entrance via Quay Street, through the wooden gates), on the first Tuesday of the month (September – June, no meeting in January), at 7pm unless otherwise stated*.


Programme of Events 2017

Summer break

Tuesday 5th September, 6.30pm – Annual General Meeting followed at 7pm by a talk by the team from Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Museum.  This event is part of the History Festival programme.

Tuesday 3rd October – The History of Alney Island, Tony Conder

Tuesday 7th November – The History of Fielding & Platt, the Heritage Group

Tuesday 5th December – ‘Dick Whittington, a life beyond the legend’, Alan Morgan


Tuesday 6th February – Film Night (local vintage films), Gloucester Film Society

Tuesday 6th March – Gloucester’s Tudor Portraits, Sarah Orton

*Tuesday 10th April – Gloucester Docks, Past, Present and Future, Dr. Ray Wilson

Tuesday 1st May – We Built This City (a medieval take), John Putley

Tuesday 5th June – An outing within the city’s boundaries

Organisations who support us:

  • Gloucester Folk Museum
  • Gloucestershire Archives
  • Gloucestershire Local History Association
  • City Archaeologists
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Quedgeley Community Trust