64 Barton St, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5PX
- Tel: 01684 292901
Tewkesbury Museum is a community museum protecting and displaying the heritage of the Town .
Housed in a half-timbered building of 17thC date, the museum displays objects relating to people, buildings and events of Tewkesbury's past.
64 and 64a Barton Street was given to the Borough in 1956 on the understanding that it would be used as the Town Museum. Not all members of the council thought this was a good idea. The Tewkesbury Register quoted some councillors as suggesting the idea was a 'dead loss for the town'.
Sir George Dowty finally opened the museum in 1962. The delay was due to many necessary repairs and sitting tenants that did not leave until 1961.
The fact that there was no town museum until very late meant that many important artefacts were not kept or decayed because of a lack of appropriate storage space. A good example of this was the lack of relics of the stocking loom period (after Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, Tewkesbury was the most important centre of manufacture in the country.)
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