Gainsborough Heritage Centre

by | 18 August 2023 | Gainsborough, Heritage

Escape from your busy life and embark on a nostalgic journey at the Gainsborough Heritage Centre. Step through its doors and be transported back in time. The ground floor showcases the industrial history of Marshalls and Roses, among others, with cabinets brimming with fascinating artefacts. Friendly volunteers are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

On the first floor, wander along a quaint little street and catch a glimpse of the post office, grocery store and hardware store, as well as a 1950s flat with its tin bath hanging on the outside wall.
The exhibition room, which is periodically updated, hosts amazing displays curated by the Centre’s dedicated exhibition officer and enthusiastic volunteers. Additionally, you can view the roll of honour commemorating the brave local young men who lost their lives during the First World War.

For those interested in local history, the second-floor reference room is a treasure trove filled from floor to ceiling with files containing information on local businesses, streets (including resident details), schools, and workplaces. This wealth of information is invaluable for those researching their family trees, and photocopies are available at a reasonable price.

Group visits have become increasingly popular and typically include a guided tour followed by a refreshing drink and a slice of delicious homemade cake. School workshops are also available and are organised by dedicated retired teacher volunteers.

For more information, visit or visit in person during opening hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm. You can also reach them by telephone at 01427 610526 or send a message via their Facebook page. The Centre is disability-friendly, equipped with accessible toilets, ramps, and a lift providing access to all floors.

Entrance to the Centre costs just £3.00, and children accompanied by an adult can enter for free. With the summer holidays in full swing, it’s an ideal destination to visit. You’ll find the Centre conveniently situated on the corner of North Street, DN21 2HS.