Are you in the Carnival crowd?
By David Wood
There's a chance to relive five decades of Gloucester Carnival through a special exhibition of recently-discovered photographs, currently running at the Picturedrome in Barton Street.
Visitors to the People are Cities exhibition will have the chance to be part of history as artists Georgia Williams and Rider Shafique invite people to tell their own stories of Carnival.
The photographs, discovered in boxes during the recent Guildhall renovations, have already sparked a lot of interest via online media with people sharing their memories of the event.
Georgia said: "Looking through these carnival photographs sparked a fascination with the people of Gloucester and the spirit that there once was. I wanted to display these images to reignite energy and love for this city where I'm from.'
The exhibition is part of the award-winning Voices Gloucester programme which offers funding, mentoring and support for individuals or organisations wanting to explore their own stories about and relationships with Gloucester's past.
This year's autumn programme of walks, talks, photographs, films, exhibitions and workshops includes the untold story of the early days of the city's Muslim community; a 'textiles trail' exploring the rich 'Wild West' heritage of Westgate Street; and the moving tales of the ten boys who fled Nazi Germany and arrived in Gloucester as part of the Kindertransport.
Talks are an eclectic mix, including a 500-year gallop through the city's history and a workshop examining the way in which DNA tracing has revolutionised and rocked family history. The autumn programme ends with a 'Green Day' picnic at the Heritage Hub.
"The autumn programme is so exciting,' says Voices Gloucester director Jacqui Grange. 'And this is just a start - Voices Gloucester will be showcasing stories throughout the year. Get involved...we've all got a story to tell.'
Voices Gloucester is supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, GUST and Gloucester City Council.
The People Are Cities; Cities Are People exhibition is at the Picturedrome, 62-166 Barton Street, Gloucester GL1 4EU until Sunday, September 18. Entrance is free.
The Voices Gloucester website with the full programme, details of how to get involved and booking information can be viewed here: https://voicesgloucester.org.uk/voices-events/
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