Lots of ideas for yourself… or as a present for someone else…


Visit the Museum Shop where we have a wide selection of:

  • local history books written by local researchers
  • local historical maps
  • and small gift items for children
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A detailed, beautifully illustrated account of a unique local tradition passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years.  Nick Large interviewed local Severn salmon fishermen from the 1960s onwards and this book captures all that he discovered.



Recently a number of watercolour paintings came up for sale on the internet, taken from an album created by an unknown artist in 1845. Most of the locations were around the West Country and the artist is likely to have been based in the Bristol area. He, or she, painted a number of views in and around Thornbury, probably staying in the town.

Some of these paintings were purchased by local residents and have been made available to Thornbury & District Museum for research. One is a sensitive and colourful portrayal of the historic Thornbury Castle, before its major restoration by the Howard family. Another depicts the charming Old Market Hall and its adjoining toll house in the High Street.

High quality Giclée prints of both pictures, using archival paper and ink, have been produced by kind permission of their owners. They are only available from the museum shop and would make wonderful presents – or would look lovely in your own home. All proceeds will go to support the Museum.



UPDATED PUBLICATION (2023) – The completely revised Heritage Trail Guide to Thornbury – only £2 for a 28 page booklet packed with information about every stage on the Heritage Trail.

Discover all the things you never knew about Thornbury…  More information here.


Books on Local History

Browse our bookshop for books with a local significance:

  • See our Featured Publication at the bottom of the page
  • Learn about Thornbury Castle’s history
  • Read about W.G.Grace’s cricket matches for and against Thornbury
  • Discover the history of Thornbury’s pubs
  • Browse old photos of Alveston and Thornbury in ‘Alveston Through Time’ and ‘Thornbury Through Time’
Check out the full list of local history books available in the museum bookshop.

Items for Children

Keep children and grandchildren busy….

  • Roman, Tudor and Victorian Activity Packs
  • Roman colouring posters
  • Roman, Medieval, Tudor & Victorian colouring cards
  • Key rings (Roman Soldier, Pterodactyl, Triceratops, Skeleton)
  • Model soldiers (boxed)
  • Centurion pencil sharpeners
  • Roman Gladiator Helmet pencil toppers and pencils
  • Roman History rulers
  • Quill pen


Other Items
  • Small packages of rocks and minerals (geodes, amethyst, rose quartz…)
  • Notelets and postcards
  • Historic Thornbury shopping bags
  • Historic Thornbury tea towels
  • Local historical maps


Featured Publication:

Published July 2015 – available in the Museum Shop:



by museum researchers Tony Cherry and Meg Wise

Special Introductory Offer – £13.99


This revised edition of the “Thornbury Through Time” book, originally published in 2010, has been updated with approximately 40% new photos.

With over 180 photographs in total, the book traces some of the ways in which Thornbury has changed and developed over the last century.

The recently discovered Thornbury Quilt has added to our knowledge of Thornbury as it was at the beginning of the twentieth century and some of this information has been included in the revised edition.

Buy this book if you want to discover more about Thornbury Market and the town’s butchers, Thornbury architecture, Thornbury retailers through time, and the changing nature of Thornbury at work and Thornbury at play.

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