The month of June will be a time when people will look back at the past. Celebrations will be in full swing to mark the Platinum Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee.
Older generations may reflect on what they were doing on 2nd June 1953; not many people had television sets in those days, and folks who were lucky to have a TV would have opened their doors for neighbours to join them to watch beautiful young Princess Elizabeth crowned Queen of the United Kingdom and the British commonwealth.
This historical event took place in Westminster Abbey 16 months after her beloved father George VI died of lung cancer, aged just 56. After the coronation celebrations began, with street parties taking place all over the country.
At Gainsborough Heritage Centre, staff and visitors will sit back and enjoy both this remarkable jubilee and reflections on the past. The moment you walk through the doors you are transported back in time, to days of yesteryear. The town’s industry, schools, shops, the post-war sitting room… memories for some, fascination for the younger generations to see how it was in days gone by.
Whatever your age it’s a place for families to see the vast collection of artifacts, ask questions, research the dozens of folders containing factual information and photos – collections put together by the dedicated volunteers who strive to keep Gainsborough’s heritage alive. The changing exhibition room currently features the Platinum Jubilee; exhibitions are changed regularly, so there’s always something new to see.
This little gem is situated in the Old Telephone Exchange building on the corner of North Street, Gainsborough, and is open Saturdays and Tuesdays at 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entrance costs just £3.00, with children going free when accompanied by an adult.
The centre is disability-friendly with a lift to all floors. The cosy Exchange Café is open once again selling refreshments at realistic prices. The shop sells books by local authors, DVDs and other memorabilia – great gifts for that hard-to-buy-for person. Forms are available for membership and volunteering enquiries.