Gateway to the Forest of Dean

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Dean Heritage Centre Museum & Galleries

Galleries 1 to 5

Dean Heritage MuseumGALLERY 1: PRE-HISTORIC & EARLY HISTORY
Gallery 1 investigates the fascinating geology and landscape of the Forest of Dean. Displays reveal the fossilised remains of the plants and animals that once inhabited the area, as well as the pre-historic tools of the Forest's first farmers. Early Roman occupation and the iron industry are also explored.

GALLERY 2: MEDIEVAL TO 18TH CENTURY HISTORY
Gallery 2 explores the history of the Dean as a Royal Medieval hunting forest. Forest Laws were introduced to protect the deer and the boar hunted by Kings, and the woodland in which they grazed. Special courts and officials known as verderers administered the rules. This gallery also explores the part played by the Forest of Dean in the English Civil war and tells how Admiral Nelson saved the Forest from destruction.

GALLERY 3: INDUSTRY & SOCIETY
Gallery 3 examines the Forest of Dean's industrial legacy from the Victorian times onwards. It examines the fishing industries generated by the Rivers Severn and Wye to the many cottage crafts such as cobbling, carpentry and blacksmithing. A significant part of the gallery is dedicated to the Dean's coal mining past, from stories of mining disasters and rescues to the everyday tools and objects that were part of the miner's life.

GALLERY 4: WW2 TO THE PRESENT DAY
Gallery 4 is also known as "Gallery 41", and is the community gallery (41 parishes make up the Forest of Dean district). As well as a display about the Forest during the Second World War, the gallery features a changing programme of exhibitions, telling the story of the Forest people, past and present. Please telephone in advance to find out what exhibitions are currently on display in this space.

GALLERY 5: POWER & TRANSPORT FROM 1800's
Gallery 5 focuses on the advent of steam power and transport from the 1800s. The gallery features a working Beam Engine, which was made at Hewlett's iron foundry at Camp Mill, the site of the present Museum. It also features other working models and interactives' demonstrating the use of steam power.