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Dean Heritage Centre Museum & Galleries

The Gage Library and Research Facilities

Dean Heritage Centre Art Gallery The Gage library opened in 1995 with a major bequest from Laurie Gage, an antiquarian book dealer with a great personal interest in the area. The Museum continues to collect both archive and contemporary material published on the Forest of Dean and now houses over 8000 historic records, books, maps and documents making it the perfect place to search out local history enquiries or trace your family history roots.

We have a wide range of material available for study including:

Many books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and journals relating to the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas.

Archival manuscript material, Crown Reports and Acts of Parliament, newspapers, personalia, souvenir and commemorative material and documents relating the coal and iron mining in the forest of Dean.

Large collection of Ordnance Survey 25" maps from 1880 onwards, tithe maps and apportionments, encroachment maps, Sopwith geological maps and many more local maps.

Photographs, wills and access to

Over 2,500 images of the Forest of Dean and surrounding district including local views, events, family and group occasions and Forest collieries.

We can provide copies and reproductions of images and documents from the archive. Please contact nicola@deanheritagecentre for more details.


The Dean Heritage Centre as an Accredited Museum, which collects objects relevant to the natural and manmade heritage of the Forest of Dean from prehistory to the present day.  The DHC undertakes responsible, curatorially-motivated disposal as part of its long term collections policy, it does not dispose of objects without considering the potential ramifications of such a disposal.  The DHC  undertakes disposals which will assist in increasing the public benefit derived from museum collections.