St Michael’s Tower

Special Events 2017

Tickets £3.00 from St Michael’s Tower or the Tourist Information Centre unless otherwise stated.

Archaeological Investigatons undertaken in Gloucester in 2016

Andrew Armstrong, Wednesday 26th April, 2.00pm

An insight into the discoveries made during the various archaeology digs including the former Castle at the Prison.


Should Gloucester be called Royal Gloucester?

Tony Conder, Saturday 13th May, 11.30am

In 2016, citizens were asked to comment on a proposal to get Gloucester “Royal” status. Gloucester has a long history of royal residence and visits. If any city is worthy of the addition of the word Royal to it surely it is Gloucester? This talk explores Gloucester’s history and how towns become “Royal”.


FREE Children’s Activities: Wulfbertie Workshop plus family face painting

Saturday 27 May 11.00am to 2.00pm

Family fun in Saxon Gloucester with mischievous Wulfbertie. Books, puzzles and activities for childre 6-12. Also family face painting between 12 noon and 2.00pm.


Poetry Cafe

Saturday 3 June, 11.00am to 1.00pm       FREE EVENT

Local poets are welcome to read their work in a relaxed environment; why not come and listen to the poetry whilst enjoying a cup of coffee.  Please register beforehand if you would like to read a poem on 01452 526955.


Hubert Parry: The Development of a Great Personality

Michael Trott, Saturday 24 June, 11.30am

The story of how an outstanding figure in the musical world, a great composer of “Jerusalem” and “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”, musical writer, educator and administrator, overcame family tragedy and became a great and universally-loved man. Hubert grew up at Highnam near Gloucester.


Faces in Gloucester City

Richar Trelfa, Saturday 8 July, 11.30am

An illustrated tour of carvings, gargoyles and statues in the city, together with the history behind them.


1917 – Passchendaele and the Year of Change

Bob Brunsdon, Saturday 29 July, 11.30am

A look at the fourth year of the Great War, through the eyes of some of the Gloucestershire men who were involved, not only in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) but also the often overlooked battles of Arras and Cambrai. We also look at the advances in tactics and equipment that allowed these battles to be fought in the way they were.


H. H. Martyn & Son

James Rendell, Saturday 12 August, 11.30am

An illustrated lecture on Gloucestershire’s fabulous industrialist. Much of Gloucestershire’s industrial heritage is directly attributable to the skill, ingenuity and inspiration of a gifted man and his son.  So few people are aware of the Martyn family and what they gave to our County. This talk follows the life of Herbert Henry from his early life of poverty, in the back streets of Worcester, to the glory years, the founding of H.H. Martyn, in Cheltenham, the Gloucester Aircraft Company and Dowty. See the wonderful works of art, created by talented local men,  which  adorn the stately buildings and ships of the world.


FREE Children’s Activity: Wulfbertie Talk and Walk

Tuesday 8 August, 2.00pm

Joan Tucker, the author of the Wulfbertie children’s books, set in Saxon Gloucester, will present a  ‘Talk and Walk’ at  St Michael’s Tower. This is a free event for 7-12’s and their guardians, and will consist of a short introduction followed by a walk around the city centre to explore our Roman and Saxon heritage.  Duration approximately 90 minutes


FREE Children’s Activities

Saturday 26 August 11.00am to 2.00pm

Gloucestershire wildlife: Join in with colouring, crafts (making animal masks), animal stories, competitions, free raffle plus lots more – suitable for all ages.


Gloucester and the Black Death

Ian Holt, Saturday 23 September 11.30am

The Bubonic Plague swept across Europe in the 14th century. A third of the population of England died as a result. Gloucester was not immune – and the plague was here to stay!