Gainsborough Heritage Centre

by | 13 January 2023 | Gainsborough, Heritage

The Gainsborough Heritage Association would like to wish all readers a very happy, healthy new year, and they are looking forward to opening the doors once again on 7th January.

Lots of exciting things are being planned at the Centre, including new exhibitions arranged by exhibition officer Lynne Birkitt. The Centre plans to continue with the school workshop sessions, which have been a great success; volunteer Caroline Wardle is the lady behind this successful venture which not only shows younger generations what life was like in days gone by, but also provides much needed revenue.

The Centre is continuing to offer private openings for care homes and residential establishments – a chance to take a private tour which will transport visitors back in time, maybe finishing off the tour with tea and cake in the cosy Exchange Café with some nostalgic tunes playing in the background.

If you are interested in booking one of these popular events, please don’t hesitate to contact the Centre for more information and a booking form.

Young volunteer Gemma Clarke is continuing with oral history interviews, collecting valuable information and stories from residents of the town – stories which will live on forever. The latest recording was a memorable conversation with Mr Keith Vince, who spoke about his years working at Rose Brothers.

Recording these memories from local people represents an important part in keeping Gainsborough’s heritage alive for future generations to enjoy. If you are interested in taking part in one of these interviews or have a story to share, please get in touch with Gemma via the Centre or email

The Centre is open Saturdays and Tuesdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with the team of lovely, hard-working volunteers on hand to help with any questions you might have. It is situated in the Old Telephone Exchange on the corner of North Street. If you haven’t already paid a visit, put it on your New Year to-do list!

The cost is just £3.00 (free to members) and children are free if accompanied by an adult – or why not consider supporting the Association by becoming a member? Annual membership is just £15.00, allowing you to visit as often as you like through the year. The building is disability-friendly, with a lift to all floors. There is a well-stocked gift shop and the cosy Exchange Café selling reasonably priced refreshments and homemade cake.

Keep your eye on the Heritage Centre and what’s on pages on Facebook for the latest information.