About Us

The Centre and Telephone Exchange Tearoom is currently closed until further notice due to the current outbreak of COVID 19/Coronavirus. 
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 is open every Tuesday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Admission is £3 for non-members of the Association and free for members. To find out more information about membership visit the membership page.

Last admission is at 3.30pm.

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 an weekday or evening session. Please let us know an estimate of group numbers for a group visit so the Centre can ensure 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.

© Gainsborough Heritage Association 2019