Gainsborough Heritage Association

The Centre is open every Saturday and Tuesday 10am to 4pm. Last admission is at 3pm. 

Admission is £3 for non-members of the Association and Free Entry for members and children under 16 years of age. To find out more information about becoming a member please visit the membership page.

The Telephone Exchange Tearoom is now open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

Gainsborough Heritage Association is a registered charity, founded over 25 years ago in 1994. The Association's mission is to protect, preserve and promote the towns rich and vibrant past for future generations and celebrated its twenty-fifth-anniversary in 2019. You can read and watch the story about the history of the Gainsborough Heritage Association and Centre here...

Centre and Events

Centre Events

The Gainsborough Heritage Association holds regular events throughout the year, including talks and special exhibitions.

The Oral History Project is continuing to record memories of people who lived and worked in Gainsborough. If you'd like to share your memories please contact the Centre for details.

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Local History Archives

Local Archives

The Centre's role is to make Gainsborough's history and heritage accessible for present and future generations.

The archives include information on industry such as with Marshall's and Rose Brothers as well as local schools and buildings.

Resources include the local newspapers, photographic archives, cemetery records and much more.

Learn more...

Research Help

Research Assistance

The Centre has several local archives and databases that may help with your Gainsborough related research.

Tracing your family tree?  The Centre's volunteers will search the records and archives and see if we can help.

The research team are always willing to help, so send your enquiry and the team will be in touch.

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Heritage Centre Shop

The Centre's shop is open and stocks a wide range of local history books (by local authors and historians) CDs, DVDs and gifts for all ages.

There are Marshall Tractor Mugs available for £5 and hand knitted Heritage Centre hedgehogs for sale!

Items are available to purchase directly from the Gainsborough Heritage Centre shop or posted by request.

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Exchange Tea Room

Our Tea Room is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

The ‘Telephone Exchange,’ themed tea room highlights the history of the building which was built to house the telephone exchange and post office in 1905. The tea room is situated on the ground floor of the Centre and has toilet facilities.

It serves a lovely range of refreshments and snacks!

Visit the Tea Room...

The Centre has an extensive archive of local history information, including a research service available as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions that promote the town's heritage. The Centre also has a well-stocked shop and Telephone Exchange themed tea room open every Tuesday and Saturday. You can also organise group visits to the Heritage Centre for a weekday or evening session.

Join the Gainsborough Heritage Association by becoming a member for only £15 a year. Membership funds help support and maintain our resources and includes free entry to the Heritage Centre and its extensive archive resources. Information about joining the Gainsborough Heritage Association is available on the membership page. The funds the Association raises through our membership helps to support and maintain the Centre every year with vital costs that makes sure this venue can continue to open for the general public.

Fancy getting involved yourself as a volunteer then you can learn more on the volunteers page, where you can download the form to apply.

Explore the website to learn more about what the Centre has to offer and how the volunteers are continuing to develop the Centre and the Association to preserve Gainsborough's local heritage for future generations. Please visit the contacts page if you have an enquiry.