Gainsborough Heritage Centre

by | 14 March 2023 | Gainsborough, Heritage

Gainsborough Heritage Centre is waiting to welcome you through the doors of this splendid old building, situated on the corner of North Street in Gainsborough. The moment you cross the threshold, you are immediately transported back in time.

Explore the history of Marshalls and Rose Brothers – two of the biggest employers in the town. Both factories were founded in the 18th century, putting this small market town on the map.

Did you know that in WWII, Marshalls produced two mini submarines? A secret kept hidden from the world outside!

During that period most of the work force in local factories were women while the men were away fighting for their country. In 1944 Rose Brothers produced the famous two-gun rear turret used on Lancaster bombers.

The exhibition room, with its changing displays, will make you want to return again and again. The reference room on the second floor allows you to look through the vast collection of files. There is always a friendly volunteer at hand to answer any questions you might have, and if you find photos or documents of interest to you then photocopies are available to buy.

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.

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.