Gainsborough Heritage Centre

by | 3 January 2024 | Gainsborough, Heritage

First and foremost, the Gainsborough Heritage Association would like to extend its wishes for a very happy and prosperous New Year to all, and express gratitude to those who have dedicated their time to visit and become members, thereby contributing to the support of this charity-based organisation – your efforts are much appreciated by all.

2023 has proven to be a highly successful year for the Centre, marked by increased visitors and consistently popular group bookings, available any day and tailored to meet specific requirements. If you are planning an organised visit in 2024, please do not hesitate to visit the Centre during opening hours or request a form. Advance notice of dates is valuable for coordinating volunteers effectively.

Speaking of volunteers, if you believe you have something valuable to offer and are interested in joining this friendly team, please get in contact. Even a few hours of assistance with cleaning would be greatly beneficial, especially since many of the Centre’s mature helpers find themselves lacking in energy (a phenomenon that befalls us all, as they say).

The research team, led by John Bradley and Caroline Wardle, has been diligently assisting individuals in connecting with their ancestors past and present, unravelling exciting stories. Exhibition officer Karen Horner-Glister has brilliantly showcased a vast array of artifacts, made possible only through the dedication of their invaluable crew.

Former chairperson turned volunteer, Susan Edlington, is delighted to have her new hardback book about Lea Road School published. The book quickly became a bestseller, and Susan generously donated all proceeds to the centre.

Chairman Andrew Birkett, along with Ian Palmer, has also published a book celebrating 175 years of Marshalls, which has proven to be a bestseller as well. Andy Kemp, another original founder of the Heritage Association, is set to have three paperback books published. The Association is privileged to have such talented individuals, each dedicated to preserving the history of Gainsborough.

In November, the Centre was honoured with the Historic Heart Award by the Town Heritage Initiative Project. The trophy was presented to Andrew Birkett by Councillor Lesley Rollings and Townscape Coordinator Theresa Workman – a significant achievement. Congratulations to every volunteer for making this recognition possible.

In summary, 2023 has been a highly successful year, and now staff look forward to an exciting 2024.

The Centre is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm, situated on the corner of North Street (DN21 2HS). Go along and take a walk back in time for just £3.00 (children free if accompanied by an adult), or consider becoming a member for £15.00 a year.

The centre is disability-friendly, equipped with toilets and a lift to all floors, and features a cosy café offering light refreshments and homemade cakes. Staff look forward to welcoming you!