Zoe’s Blog – Introduction to St. Mary de Crypt and the Old Schoolrooms

It wasn’t a typical office lunchtime when I donned a hard hat, his-vis jacket, and steel capped boots to see the final reconstruction work at The Gloucester DeCrypt project, but nevertheless it was an effort worth taking. I moved to Gloucester around eighteen months ago, so for the entire time I’ve lived in the city … More Zoe’s Blog – Introduction to St. Mary de Crypt and the Old Schoolrooms

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose String Quartet musicians performing as part of Gloucester History Festival at the Church The Discover deCrypt project is not just about creating a practical flexible space that can be cleaned, maintained and heated. We are very fortunate to have on board in the management/development team Jessica Gordon, … More Iblogatory Notes (5)

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A re-baptism There has already been publicity about the wonderful rainwater gulley found when the schoolroom floor was excavated, and how the steady watching brief of an archaeologist was welcome to oversee its ‘re-birth’. I was fascinated by the simple elegance of the structure, and puzzled that it could be so emphatically covered with dense … More Iblogatory Notes (4)

Hidden Lives

Volunteering – The Historical Research Group I knew when I met Jess to talk about volunteering back in 2016 that the historical research group was the perfect match for me. I had recently started my own history blog creating biographies of people from the details on gravestones in churchyards and cemeteries and Discover DeCrypt wanted to … More Hidden Lives

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Gloucester Day This wonderful occasion in the city’s diary, rescued from obscurity through the noble efforts of Alan Myatt, Gloucester’s Town Crier, includes a service at St Mary de Crypt attended by various dignitaries and with contributions from young and old representing many different facets of Gloucester life. [Exceptionally in 2018, due to the refurbishing … More Iblogatory Notes (3)

A Public Place

The public – mostly the local community of Gloucester, but also heritage visitors and tourists from further afield – are a major part of this project. The whole point of this project is, to use a slightly dramatic phrase, to ‘give the buildings back to the community of Gloucester.’ This means we would like the … More A Public Place

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Merrily on high Although not directly part of the community thrust of the Discover deCrypt project, some work is being done in the central tower to install fire protection equipment and to upgrade the lighting in the stairway and ringing chamber visible through a grill in the ‘bellhole’ sixty feet or so above the transept … More Iblogatory Notes (2)

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RIP, again One of the fascinating aspects of the Discover deCrypt project has been the unexpected incidents that hearten and place what we are doing firmly into a continuing context of history. In amongst the business of getting the project agreed on many fronts and financed there have been sudden realisations that we are becoming … More Iblogatory Notes (1)