Thornbury in 1980

Exhibition: Tue 04 Feb 2020 - Sat 25 Apr 2020
Venue: The Museum Admission: FREE


In our downstairs front room, we are exhibiting a remarkable display of photographs of People and Places in Thornbury in the year 1980, a project connected with the late Nick Large.

To set it in context, we have reminders of various shops and businesses that operated in the town in 1980 and we’re showing some 1980 people and events from the wider world too.

If you were there, come and be reminded!  If you weren’t, come and discover for the first time…

We’ve identified several of the people in these 1980 photographs and visitors have been helping us to identify others.   There are still some unknowns though.  If you were in Thornbury in 1980, see if you can help us with any suggestions.

The black and white photo on our Home page is of Mr King, who owned a bicycle repair shop in the High Street in 1980.  Mr King also organised occasional Ballroom Dancing evenings in the Armstrong Hall.  The exhibition shows photos of that too!

The photograph shown here is of Dave Thomas conducting a rehearsal of the Thornbury Band in 1980.  Were you ever a member of the Band?  Did you attend their concerts?

If you played a musical instrument, took part in sport, had your hair cut, saw the road being swept, played in a chess club, were in the WI, watched the Berkeley Hunt, had fun with model railways or went to the cattle auction, there’s a chance you may find a photo of yourself or your friends – so, come and help us identify people!

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