Welcome to the Dean Heritage Centre

It's Summer! The Museum, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and Gruffalo Trail are open every day from 10am to 4pm. Come along and enjoy our tranquil woodland site, an oasis of coolness when it gets hot!

check out our 'What's On' page for the full summer programme.

We need your support!

The Dean Heritage Centre relies completely on income from visitors. We are a charity, and receive no government funding.  With not enough income the site will close forever.  If the DHC closes then all the Forest of Dean collections and archive will no longer have a place within the Forest. 

So what does this mean in reality? 

The Camp Mill site will close, and there will be no museum, no café and no Gruffalo Trail anymore.

The two ancient woodland areas and the hilltop Norman fort that we manage will no longer be under our protection.  

The collection of objects that we care for, that represent the precious memories, and stories of the people of the Forest of Dean will be dispersed to other sites, and to private collections.  Or worse, they will simply be thrown away.

So, who cares if Dean Heritage Centre closes?

Who cares about the story of the Forest of Dean and the people who lived here?

  • The inventors, the miners, the foresters and the iron workers?
  • How they lived and worked? Their struggle to make ends meet?
  • Their successes and their triumphs? Their joy and their pain? Their lives?
  • The Wildlife and the environment?
  • The history and heritage of the special sites in our care?

We care, and if you care too then please help us and become a Supporter of DHC

A Supporter cares about the Forest of Dean, and wants to preserve its heritage, wants to know more about the stories of the people who lived and worked here and cares for nature and wildlife.

Please help by becoming a Supporter of DHC by donating today. Even a Small amount helps.

A regular amount from £2 per month will entitle you to a season ticket, giving you free entry and 10% off in our coffee shop and gift shop. Just click here

We also have some projects we are raising money for that you might want to support. 

Go to our 'Support us' page to find out about all the ways you could help to ensure The Dean Heritage Museum Trust is able to continue to protect, preserve and share the unique history and heritage of the Forest of Dean for future generations of Foresters and visitors to this beautiful area.

You can also support us by playing the Forest Lottery!