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Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre
Camp Mill, Soudley, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL14 2UB

01594 8222170

 
Dean Heritage Centre is located in the most wonderful setting in the Forest of Dean
Dean Heritage Centre is located in the most wonderful setting in the Forest of Dean


About Dean Heritage Centre

Discover the history of the Forest in a grade 2 listed mill building nestled in a valley in the heart of the glorious Forest of Dean. Explore our beautiful five acre site and experience for yourself the splendour of the Forest that surrounds us.

Outside on our woodland site you will find a reconstructed Forester’s cottage, replica mine opening and a Charcoal Burner’s camp. Indoors the museum reveals the history of the area formed by geological events millions of years ago, a more recent industrial past and a unique culture visitors will never forget.

For families, gallery activities, a kids craft space, indoor and outdoor trails provide plenty to occupy everyone. There are pathways to explore and a woodland playground to enjoy.
The Dean Heritage Centre shop stocks a wide range of locally made gifts so you can take a memento of the Forest of Dean home. There are prints, gifts and cards by local artists and pocket money priced items for our younger visitors as well as books for the visitor who would like to find out a little more about the Forest of Dean. We also sell charcoal produced on site during our traditional charcoal burns.

The Dean Heritage Centre Camp Mill Tearoom overlooking the mill pond caters for all dietary choices offering ‘lite bites’, delicious cakes and great tea and coffee or you can picnic at several locations around the site.

An exciting programme of events runs throughout the year; please visit www.deanheritagecentre.com or follow on Facebook for full details..


2018 Opening times at Dean Heritage Centre

The Dean Heritage Centre is open throughout the year with reduced hours in winter.


2018 Admission at Dean Heritage Centre

Gift Aid Admission Prices

  • Adults: £8
  • Concessions: £7 - (60+, full-time students unemployed, disabled)
  • Children: £6 (3-16)
  • Family (2 adults and up to 4 children 5 - 16): £25
  • Children under 5 go free    

These prices include a voluntary 10% Gift Aid donation, enabling the museum to claim back 28% of the whole amount from HMRC. If you are a UK tax payer please fill in the Gift Aid form in the shop.

Non-Gift Aid Admission Prices

  • Adults: £7.20
  • Concessions: £6.30 - (60+, full-time students unemployed, disabled)
  • Children: £5.40 (3-16)
  • Family (2 adults and up to 4 children 5 - 16): £23.00
  • Children under 5 go free   


    As a registered charity your extra donation helps to provide educational activities, exhibitions, outreach, and to continue the preservation and communication of the Forest of Dean’s unique heritage. They are reliant on the support of volunteers and donors for our survival.

The Gruffallo Trail at Dean Heritage Centre

1 January - 31 December 2018:
The woodland trail open all year round and is based on the much loved children's book, The Gruffalo. Set in amongst a five acre site, wander with the famous mouse as he makes his journey through the woodland surrounding the Dean Heritage Centre and meet the various animals along the way!


Exhibitions at the Dean Heritage Centre in 2018

5 May - 16 June: Memories of Rank Xerox
The Dean Heritage Centre and the Xerox Museum are holding an exhibition of photographs, historical information and artefacts, from the Rank Xerox plant at Mitcheldean. Did you know that at one time that the Mitcheldean plant was one of only two where every photocopier in the world was produced? Sadly production has now been transferred to other parts of the world and there are now dozens of manufacturers producing the copiers, which were once pioneered in the Forest of Dean. Thousands of Foresters worked in the factory, which now shows little evidence of the production that took place in the various buildings.

The Memories of Rank Xerox exhibition will run from 5th May until the 17th June at the Dean Heritage Centre. Ex-employees are invited to view the many photographs and to show their children and grandchildren where and how they once worked. There are classic copiers, such as the very first copier ever produced, as well as Bell and Howell projectors on display. If your teacher used a projector at school in the 60’s and 70’s then it was most probably a Bell and Howell. There is an informative timeline of how the factory developed from the first production of projection equipment in the 1940s, to its heydays in the 1970s when over 4000 people were employed at the site.




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