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Dean Heritage Centre Museum & Galleries

Charity Background Information

In 1979 the Forest of Dean Rotary Club President called a public meeting with the aim of setting up a museum committee to conserve what remained of the unique history of the Forest of Dean and its people.

This was followed by the collection of objects, travelling exhibitions and the formation of the charity. The camp Mill site was acquired and with the help of the Community programme, local government and the businesses the Museum opened in 1983.

The Gage Library contains the Museum's collection of books maps and archives on the Forest of Dean. It houses a major bequest from Laurie gage, an antiquarian book dealer with a great personal interest in the area.

The Dean Heritage Centre aims to provide educational opportunities for all, from pre-school children to lifelong learners.

Millgrove Wood, a small woodland, and the adjacent Littledean camp, an ancient earthworks were donated to the charity in 1987.