Collections at the Dean Heritage Centre

 

UPDATE MAY 2021

DHC is now open Thursday to Sundays 10-3.

ALL ENQUIRIES:

Please note that  staff are currently working reduced hours and there are still Covid regulations in place. This means that staff and volunteers will answer enquiries by email and phone until Covid restrictions are lifted in June and no members of the public will be admitted in person to our Research Room.

Dean Heritage Centre collections cover archaeology, natural history, geology, industrial history and social history on the Forest of Dean. There are approximately 20,000 items in the collection.

Donations

Dean Heritage Centre continues to collect items relevant to the Forest of Dean. If you would like to donate any items, please contact the Collections Officer. The Museum is grateful for donations, but is unable to take everything it is offered due to lack of storage space and a strict collecting policy so please make contact with us before bringing in any objects to avoid a wasted journey.

The Gage Archive

The Gage Archive contains thousands of documents, books, postcards, maps and photographs on the Forest of Dean.

It is open for research on family history, local history and a variety of topics on the Forest of Dean. Our friendly team of volunteer historians will be pleased to help anyone with their research. Please note that the Gage archive is not a library that you can browse through but an archive where we bring out items for you.

Please email or phone ahead at least 2 weeks for an appointment. Space is limited and we try to spread appointments so that we have time for all enquirers. Please note that restrictions on numbers allowed in the Research Room currently apply due to Covid regulations. If possible, we would rather deal with enquiries via email rather than in person at the moment. MAY UPDATE  We are only answering enquiries via email and phone until restrictions lifted in June.

Access to the Gage Archive is included in admission to Dean Heritage Centre and season ticket holders, or £5 to only visit the Gage Archive. 

Archaeology

Dean Heritage Centre is the designated regional repository for archaeological archives in the Forest of Dean. Dean Heritage Centre also collects amateur archaeological finds and treasure finds.

Enquiries

Enquiries can be answered by email & telephone. In this case donations are greatly appreciated. We are a not-for-profit independent museum and donations help us run Dean Heritage Centre and look after our collection. We suggest the following as a guide:

No information found ……………………………………………………….…… free

Research undertaken less than half an hour………………………………………..........................................… free

Research undertaken for 1-2 hours ..…………………………………………........................…….…. £5-£10

Research undertaken for over 2 hours……………………………………...................……………. £20

 

Reproduction Charges

Dean Heritage Centre charges for any paper or digital reproductions to cover costs of staff time, resources and materials. These are listed in our Reproduction Policy. Please ask for further information.

Contact

For any enquiries about the collection, donations, archaeology, object identification, local history and family history please contact Collections Officer Nicola Wynn on 01594 822170 or email Nicola@deanheritagecentre.com