Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Our role is to make Gainsborough's history and heritage accessible to all. Our archives include information on companies including Marshalls and Rose Brothers, schools, buildings, local newspapers, burials and cemeteries. We have a wide variety of displays and changing exhibitions, well established research room and a small tea room with full facilities. We welcome all visitors and have a lift to provide disabled access to all floors.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Ian C
4 contributions
Feb 2022
I dropped in on the advice of my family. I had spent the last three years of my school ing in Gainsborough before joining the Navy in 1978. We visit town to see family two or three times a year. The centre was worth every penny of the three pound entrance, just to research everything from industry, shops, war heroes, schools and ancient history. The old photos are lovely though I didn't recognise anyone I knew. FortunatelyI met Rosemarie the head archivist and we spent nearly an hour talking about all sorts, just the past really. I am Sad that the town has been ruined by the Marshalls Yard complex ( A political decision decades ago!), however it was fantastic as Rosemarie filled the gaps in my knowledge. I will return again with some targeted specific questions to enrich my knowledge now I can spare some time.
Written 27 February 2022
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Gg
17 contributions
Aug 2021
Interesting history about Gainsborough and the staff are fantastic, and very knowledgable about all the displays.
Written 31 August 2021
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Judith O
Congleton, UK69 contributions
Feb 2020
My partner's sister, who teaches in Gainsborough, wanted to visit the centre, which is based in the old telephone exchange, with a view to taking a school party. We popped in on Saturday morning, and had a cheap and cheerful cuppa in the delightful little 'Exchange Tea Room' - free biscuits! - before exploring further. Staffed by charming and knowledgeable volunteers, this turned out to be an unexpected treasure trove of local history. They have three storeys of displays, artefacts and information, including a street scene. On the top floor you can see what was once a flat for the security guard, and still contains its original fireplace with cooking range. Gainsborough was once an important port, and later an equally important manufacturing centre - so the contents of this building are a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to delve into these areas of history; or to research their family history, as the archive includes the records of hundreds of people who were employed by the big companies in the past. I have no local links, but I found it a fascinating and delightful way to spend the morning, and have no doubt we will return.
Written 10 February 2020
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wilbers89
London, UK50 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Visited today, it was a great and unique heritage centre. Alot of interesting things to look at and read. If you want a good overview of the areas history, this is a good place to visit.
Written 8 February 2020
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Shirley H
9 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
Fantastic place for the history of Gainsborough , staff are very helpful and pleasant. Amazing archives of photographs
Written 6 November 2019
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Alison Brand
12 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is well worth a visit. Council are not doing enough to promote and support this treasure trove of Gainsborough history. The museum is staffed by very friendly volunteers and we had such an enjoyable afternoon. Upstairs has recreations of old shops and rooms and makes you feel like you have gone back in time for a while. Highly recommended.
Written 4 August 2019
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Thankyou for your kind words and support, I will be sure to pass that on to the team.
Written 13 September 2019
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Englishroyals
Nottingham, UK166 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
3 floors of interesting Heritage. Amazing if you are tracing your family history the top floor is given over to local archives including newspaper articles and photographs. Stop for a drink and a slice of home made cake at very reasonable prices.
Written 11 June 2019
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Thanks for the kind words, gald you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.
Written 13 September 2019
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jackie p
Richmond, UK67 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
What a lovely place to visit. Can't believe how many memories it stirred up. Staff allergy friendly and very knowledgeable.
Written 1 June 2019
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Benjamin A
Lincoln, UK110 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
When I've been in Gainsborough before I have just walked past the Heritage Centre without thinking of going inside.

Today I visited Gainsborough as part of the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend event, went for a visit and was pleasantly surprised how much there was to look at and explore.

My Mom saw so much she remembered and scarily I've gotten to the middle age when I have now started to be the same!

While it's a massive building they have crammed it full of stuff to look at. Quite often I'm the one to kind of ignore descriptions added for displayed items but I really did learn a lot from making the effort.

Definitely recommend a visit.
Written 30 March 2019
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So glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again in the future.
Written 2 April 2019
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Margaret F
22 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Full of interesting and informative facts about the town and its past. The staff were extremely helpful and went the extra mile in helping to find information about my family who had all worked at Marshall's in the past. Totally free with a small cafe attatched
Written 4 March 2019
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Thanks Margaret, hope to see you again soon
Written 7 March 2019
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Gainsborough Heritage Centre is open:
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 16:00