Gainsborough Heritage Association

The Centre has now re-opened and is open every Saturday 10am to 4pm. The last admission is at 3.30pm. 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.

Please note Covid Secure measures are in place, so please respect all members of staff during your visit by wearing a face covering, keeping your distance and sanitising your hands. 

The Telephone Exchange Tearoom is currently still closed until further notice.

Gainsborough Heritage Association is a registered charity, founded 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 last year 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

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

Due to the current outbreak of COVID 19/Coronavirus the planned 1940s VE Day celebration evening has been postponed. A new date will be released in the future.

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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.

Find out more...

Heritage Centre Shop

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

If you are researching local or family history, the latest CDs include the 1851 and 1886 maps of Gainsborough.

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

Visit the shop...

Exchange Tea Room

The Tea Room is currently still closed due to the Covid Crisis.

The ‘Telephone Exchange,’ themed tea room highlights the history of the building and is situated on the ground floor of the Centre.

The ‘Telephone Exchange Tea Room’ serves a lovely range of refreshments including a wonderful choice of cakes.

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, Saturday and Sunday. Group visits to the Heritage Centre can be arranged with staff who will organise to open the 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. Other benefits include 50% off hot drinks in the Exchange tea room as well as any photocopying of resources and 25% off any shop purchases. 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.


© Gainsborough Heritage Association 2019