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'Stroud – a Town Changed by Community Action'
In recognition of Stroud Preservation Trust emerging from campaigns in the late 70s to save listed buildings in the town from demolition due to a proposed ring road and other new development, SPT decided to honour the many campaigns and community projects in Stroud over the past 35 years.
This book, ‘Stroud – a Town Changed by Community Action’, is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund from the All Our Stories grant. The research has been fascinating. A small team of trustees and volunteers have interviewed (and photographed) 32 people involved in 10 projects. Many of these people have been active in so many ways that we have also collected a list of 67 other community action projects developed in Stroud over the past 4 decades.
Written by Camilla Hale and Dominique Shead the book is full of quotes, great images and strong stories of people really wanting to make a difference. It looks at why people get involved and why most of them are still at it! This is living history captured while it is remembered.
There is so much action in Stroud that this book can only reflect a small but significant proportion and we hope that organisations like Stroud Valleys Project and Shire Training Workshops will write their own fulsome histories.
This is a book for everyone involved in community action and/or interested in the recent history of Stroud – buy this book now!
The Heritage Lottery grant also covered Stroud Preservation Trust's own 30th anniversary exhibition in November of 2012 and its publication, 'Putting the Roof Back On' as well as a week-long video installation in Stroud’s High Street. The Trust has used this project to collate and scan all its own archival images, to develop a new website and to set up a facebook page where anyone can add to the long story of Stroud’s community action.
In recognition of Stroud Preservation Trust emerging from campaigns in the late 70s to save listed buildings in the town from demolition due to a proposed ring road and other new development, members and friends and trustees of SPT are working together to collect material and information on striking campaigns and projects in Stroud over the past 35 years.
We have tried to make a definitive list that can be added to over the years.
If you want to add photos or comments to this list, visit
and share your stories.