The new industrial exhibition space featured on the ground floor with displays of machinery and Gainsborough-made products is still evolving with new elements added in 2017. There are new displays and features to investigate, explore and help you to learn about the town’s rich industrial heritage.
On the Centre’s first floor, the permanent displays feature a reconstruction of a typical early 20th century street; including period shops, a house, and telephone exchange/post office. The centre houses a unique research library with resources such as newspaper articles and a growing photographic archive.
This month the temporary exhibition will focus on some of the smaller industrial firms in the town such as Watson’s, the shipbuilders established in 1869. The firm constructed over 2,000 vessels for ports, estuaries and rivers all over the world. They built a range of coasting vessels, steam and motor tugs, oil carrying barges, fishing vessels, pontoons and tank dredgers.
Messrs Baines Bros Ltd, of North Street and Church Street, were a well-known company throughout Lincolnshire as leading pioneers in the cycle and motor trade. Richard Hammond had business premises in Gainsborough that included a wood-shop, wheelwrights shop, smith’s and paint shop. To find out more about these firms and their founders visit the centre to see the temporary exhibition.
Gainsborough Heritage Centre is hosting a talk, on Wednesday 1st November, to be given by Peter Bradshaw and Susan Edlington titled, ‘God’s Acre — The History of Gainsborough’s General Cemetery and Chapel’ at Gainsborough House, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB. Come and hear the story of Gainsborough’s General Cemetery and Chapel, from its beginnings in 1875 when the cemetery opened and William Hill, a director of Shipleys, built the cemetery chapel. The chapel was consecrated by Bishop Christopher Wordsworth, William Wordsworth’s nephew.
This talk will include information about well-known Gainsborough people and families who are buried in the cemetery including: the Rose family, Daisy Girdlestone — photographer and pantomime producer, Benjamin Adlard, and will also show photos from the Marshall family albums and paintings by the artist William Edwards Milner.
The second part will include the cemetery’s connection with the Battle of Passchendaele. The 100th anniversary of this terrible battle is being commemorated this year. Local soldier Lance Corporal Herbert Dorrington was seriously wounded in the head during this battle in September 1917. His father, Herbert Dorrington, was the mason who built Gainsborough Cenotaph, which was unveiled in 1921. After many years of suffering, Lance Corporal Dorrington died in 1925 following one of several operations he had endured on his head since being wounded, he is buried in the cemetery.
The centre is also hosting Thelma Childs, of the Delvers, who will share her historical knowledge and wealth of information about the town with a slideshow of Gainsborough photos. The evening will be held on Wednesday 29th November at Gainsborough House, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB. Both talks will begin promptly at 7.30pm and the cost will be £4.00 with tea and biscuits available during the interval.
A special themed event called ‘Night at the Museum’ will be situated in the new permanent 20th century street scene on the first floor. Go back in time and explore a night time themed Gainsborough street, shops and house with costumed characters. The event will be held on Friday 24th November from 7.00pm with the tearoom on the ground floor open for purchase of refreshments. The weekend of 25th and 26th November will include a continuation of living history so explore, learn and have fun!
On sale is a perfect Christmas gift for local heritage enthusiasts, a calendar designed for 2018 with 13 different watercolours from Karl Wood, showcasing historic scenes of Gainsborough’s yards and streets. The centre is also holding a Christmas Draw with a first prize of £100.00 with many more seasonal prizes, so don’t forget to pop into the centre to purchase your Christmas raffle tickets.
The ‘Telephone Exchange,’ themed tea room highlights the history of the building and is situated on the ground floor. The ‘Telephone Exchange 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 and the tea room is open every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
The centre 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 charges are £3.00 for non-members of the association and free entry for members to visit the displays and undertake research in the archives. Group visits to the Heritage Centre can be arranged and staff will organise to open the centre for a weekday or evening session. Standard membership of the centre is £10.00 for a year running from January to December and life membership of the centre is £100.00.
Further details can be obtained about the Heritage Centre by email firstname.lastname@example.org visit www.gainsboroughheritage.co.uk or call 01427 610526