Share your memories of Staple Hill

Published on: 25 Aug 2017

A FASCINATING glimpse into the varied past of Staple Hill  has opened at Kingswood Heritage Museum.

Many residents have shared artefacts and the museum team has delved into its own archives, including thousands of images belonging to the Gloucestershire Gazette series, to stage the major display.

The exhibition is evolving as more people come along and offer items from their own family and work heritage collections. If you have memories or memorabilia that might be of interest, the museum would love to hear from you.

For younger residents, and incomers, the exhibition gives an insight into industries for which the area was once famous: motorcycles, pin-making, corsetry and footwear manufacture, to name but a few. 

There’s lots for all to discover. For example, did you know that that firefighters' uniforms have been made in Staple Hill since the first decade of the nineteenth century?  They are still made there, not only for British fire services, but for export to more than 100 countries worldwide. The exhibition also references the death in the area of Fleur Lombard, the first female firefighter to be killed on duty.

A display highlights one of the area's less successful manufactures- the Quasar car of the 1970s - and  among the many photos of shops it is revealed that  Mandy Rice Davies opened the first laundromat in Staple Hill in 1965.

The museum is in the former Champion Brass Works at Tower Lane, Warmley, Bristol BS30 8XT, just off Avon Ring Road (Cadbury Heath exit). 

Buses 19, 19A, 42 and 43 stop nearby.

It is open to the public on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm, and on Bank Holidays from 11am.

You can get in touch with the museum by phone at 0117 960 5664, or you can  email the team at kingswoodmuseum@gmail.com. 

 

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