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Gainsborough Heritage Centre

4th January 2019
Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Re-opening on Tuesday 8th January, the Gainsborough Heritage Centre is looking forward to an exciting fun-packed year of new exhibitions and events. The centre will be launching new temporary exhibitions over the course of the year to celebrate Ping’s 60th anniversary in the town as well as Eminox’s 40 years in business. There is still time to visit the WWI exhibition to find out more about the effect of WWI on the people and families of Gainsborough.

The exhibition focuses on personal communications such as postcards and letters between loved ones as well as local newspaper reports that recorded thoughts, messages and news from the front. The centre’s collection shares untold stories and recollections from individuals at the time that the war impacted the town. The permanent WWI memorial is available to view, and memorial crosses can be placed next to the memorial.

There are still copies available of Peter Bradshaw’s final edition of ‘Gainsborough’s War Story’. The book is mainly based on articles from the wartime editions of the ‘Gainsborough News’. The main events of 1918 are covered including the Spring Offensive when Germany made huge advances and many local soldiers were killed, wounded or captured. It covers the final 100 days which culminated in the Armistice on 11th November 1918.

Don’t forget to visit the research library and enjoy investigating the wealth of resources at your fingertips, from local historical newspaper articles to photographs and historic maps of the town. You might even spot yourself!
If you enjoy dancing the night away, then the Heritage Association have the perfect night for you! Join the team on Saturday 18th May and dance your way back in time to the sounds of forties band music. Listen out for more information about this fantastic event and remember to pop in to the centre to book your place.

The centre would like to say a massive thank you to their hardworking team of dedicated volunteers and supporters for continuing to keep Gainsborough’s history alive over the last year and we would also like to welcome their new volunteers. Membership of the centre is £15.00 and runs from January to December and is essential to help with maintenance costs. There is also the opportunity to become a life member of the association for only £100. If you are interested in volunteering this year and fancy helping lend a hand at the centre, then please get in touch. There are several roles available and each volunteer is required to be flexible gaining experience in running a thriving tea room, talking to visitors in the displays, researching and helping with fundraising events. The living history and heritage weekends were very popular last year and the team are looking forward to holding some more of these events so remember to check out their social media, website and other publications for the latest information.

The ‘Telephone Exchange,’ themed tea room highlights the history of the building and is situated on the ground floor. The tea room serves a lovely range of refreshments including Twining’s tea, Kenco coffee, hot chocolate, Fentiman’s fizzy drinks, spring water, Ribena and a wonderful choice of cakes. Hot drinks include a complimentary packet of biscuits.

The centre and tea room is open every Tuesday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Last admission is at 3.30pm. Admission is free, donations welcome. Please contact the Heritage Centre if you would like to arrange a group visit.

Further details can be obtained about the Heritage Centre by visiting or by emailing or call 01427 610526.