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roseThe Roses Theatre is appealing for Tewkesbury residents to share their memories of Tewkesbury Hospital - and any hospital memorabilia - to support two community history projects.

The theatre is working with Tewkesbury Museum, young people from Roses Youth Theatre and staff from the new Tewkesbury Community Hospital to create a modern museum piece and perform a play to celebrate the hospital’s place in the local community.

On Thursday 23 January, the theatre will hold a Reminiscence Session which is open to all ages. There are two projects being organised by the team at The Roses Theatre, ‘The theatre juke box’ and a youth group performance. The Roses is encouraging people to bring any photos and memorabilia to the theatre, or to come along with their stories and anecdotes about the history of the hospital, which will help with research on two new projects.

‘Theatre juke box’ – an interactive exhibit for Tewkesbury Museum - will set out to provide information about the history of the hospital from its origins in 1865 as Tewkesbury Rural Hospital in Oldbury, through to its current location at the new site at Barton Street. The project is being created by Bristol-based arts company, Stand And Stare.

The Roses Youth Theatre group will be devising and performing a show about the hospital during WWI to tie in with the centenary anniversary of the war. Any images of the hospital or any memorabilia related to the hospital during the Great War would help with the research for this project.


Julie Ellery, matron of Tewkesbury Community Hospital said “Tewkesbury is a town with a rich history and the hospital is very much part of that. This project is a great chance for us to learn about the people and events that make up the past history of Tewkesbury Hospital, I’m intrigued to see what memorabilia people bring and what stories they will tell.”

The free drop in session will run from 4pm-6pm on Thursday 23 January and is open to everyone.