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Events at the Dean Heritage Centre

July 2017


Over the summer holidays become an explorer

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Wednesday 26th July- Sunday 30th July

Dean Archaeological Group will be leading an archaeological dig here at the Dean Heritage Centre. Join local experts as they dig and discover what stories our site has to tell.

Monday 31st July- Friday 1st September

During the school holidays there will be a variety of activities exploring how the Forest can be used as a resource. The team at the Dean Heritage Centre invite you to join us to explore how the Forest can be used as a resource. Foraging has occurred throughout the ages, join a team of facilitators in a range of activities to understand how our ancestors relied upon the Forest to live. Acitivities will range from woodland trails, medieval herblore and botantical arts.


Recycled & Reclaimed; Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Sculptures from salvage "not just a load of old junk"

We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Arts in the Marches to hold an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre. A special guide will guide them to the sculptures and provide information about the artists and the story of their sculpture. The exhibition will feature work by several local artists and our on-site carvers.

It is an opportunity to come along and view things through different eyes and see the beauty in something that might otherwise have been discarded.

Arts in the Marches is an arts company based in the heart of the Marches; the border lands between Wales and England. It supports artists and craft makers throughout the area by providing marketing and other support to help them improve their promotion and sales.

The company is run by Frances Warren who submitted some of her own work into our Community exhibition last year. As a result of this Frances suggested the idea of an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Dean Heritage Centre to our Education and Audience Engagement Officer, Joanne Clarke who was extremely happy to support the idea.

Joanne Clarke comments, "The Dean Heritage Centre is always happy to find new ways to showcase local artists' work whether they are established, amateur or just looking for ways to get noticed, we have a unique site which lends itself to celebrating art in all its guises. Using recycled and reclaimed materials to create art and to discover beauty in something destined for destruction is a powerful continuation of the products usefulness and story."

New Exhibition in Gallery 1
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