About Us

The Centre is open every Tuesday and Saturday 10am to 4pm. The last admission is at 3pm. Admission is £3 for non-members of the Association and Free Entry for members. 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 has now re-opened every Tuesday and Saturday 10am to 3pm.
The ground floor includes an industrial exhibition space with displays of Gainsborough made products and machinery from local firms such as Marshall’s, Roses, Sandars, and Edlington’s as well as much more relating to Gainsborough's local industrial heritage. The Centre's shop and welcome desk, as well as the Exchange Tea Room, toilets and disabled lift, are also situated on the ground floor.
The first floor showcases the Centre’s twentieth-century themed street including former shops from Gainsborough’s past and features a post office and house with a backyard scene as well as the Centre's changing exhibition room. Check regularly the What's On page to keep updated regarding the changing exhibitions.

The Centre’s second floor houses the archive library that includes a wealth of information and resources, from newspaper articles to an ever growing photographic archive and extensive oral history archive. The Second floor also houses the archive department and this is not available for public access.

The Centre has a dedicated team of volunteers who assist visitors with their visit, whether welcoming them to the Centre, working as a guide to the exhibitions or helping visitors with their research requests. The Centre highly recommends allowing a minimum of three hours for your visit.

Group Visits

If you are a group that wishes to arrange a visit to the Heritage Centre then, by special arrangement, the Centre will be opened for a weekday or evening session. Please let us know an estimate of group numbers for a group visit so the Centre can ensure the provision of staff to ensure safety requirements. For further details please enquire at the welcome desk, or email [email protected] or call 01427 610526.

High School Old Girls Visit

Some of the Gainsborough High School old girls on a visit during a Karl Woods exhibition.