Gainsborough Heritage Centre, situated in the old Post Office building on the corner of North Street, is once again welcoming people though its doors. Those just visiting the town for the first time are greatly impressed with the collection of interesting artifacts and information stored at the Centre.
And there is much there to impress: the history of Marshalls and Rose’s, amongst the other industries which were situated in this small market town; the quaint street which immediately transports you back to days gone by; the exhibition room with its regularly changing displays (the theme for November is World War II); and toys from years gone by. Something interesting for every member of the family!
Gainsborough Heritage Association is charity-based and run by a dedicated band of volunteers – not only inside the building, but also outside; the cleaning of war veterans’ gravestones is still on-going in local cemeteries. This task is undertaken with love and compassion for fallen heroes.
The exhibition officer has launched a Young Artists competition for school-age children to submit history-themed artwork; the winner’s picture will be displayed proudly on the window of the centre.
School workshops are proving ever popular with the next generation, giving them an insight to what it was like in days gone by. This also brings in regular revenue, which helps towards keeping the Centre open.
The shop is well-stocked with books by local authors. DVDs of the past are always a popular Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for person. The Centre is disability friendly, with toilets and a lift to all floors. There is a cosy café serving drinks and light refreshments. Cost for entry is just £3.00, with children going free if accompanied by an adult – or why not consider becoming a member?
The Centre is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers, so if you think this is for you, pick up a form and have a chat to one of the friendly staff. For more information see www.gainsboroughheritage.co.uk.