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Gainsborough Heritage Centre

13th March 2019
Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre’s exciting new temporary exhibition explores the Middlefield Dig. The University of Lincoln project team worked with residents and volunteers in Gainsborough back in 2016 to conduct archaeological excavations on and around the Middlefield estate, to find out about its recent history, and to discover history going further back in time.

The objects found over the course of the dig that took four days and two weekends, where residents and volunteers dug test pits across the Middlefield estate and at Hillcrest Early Years Academy, will be on show at the Heritage Centre!
The project to dig in the Middlefield area of Gainsborough was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and organised by Professor Carenza Lewis and Dr Ian Waites at the University of Lincoln. So there is plenty to see and discover in this latest exhibition.

Don’t miss the Heritage Association’s first talk of the year, titled ‘Stranger on the Shore: the latest thinking of the origins of the Gainsborough Old Hall,’ with a fantastic painting of the Gainsborough Old Hall by Margaret Presley. The talk will be given by Paul Howitt-Cowan on Wednesday 20th March at Gainsborough House, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB. The talk will begin promptly at 7.00pm and includes tea, coffee and biscuits.
There’s still chance to join and become a member of the Heritage Association to help raise essential funds for maintenance and running costs and you will receive a quarterly newsletter and discounts in the centre’s shop and tea room. Membership is £15.00, running from January to December, and there is also an opportunity to become a life member of the Association for only £100.

Would you like to volunteer in the associations 25th anniversary year and help lend a hand and support your local Heritage Centre to continue its great work? There are several roles available and each volunteer is required to be flexible gaining experience in running a thriving tea room, talking to visitors about the displays, researching and helping with fundraising events and much more. Don’t forget to check out the association’s 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. It 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 are open every Tuesday and Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and on Sundays from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Last admission is at 3.30pm. Entry is free, but donations are 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.