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Dean Heritage Centre Museum & Galleries

Dean Heritage Museum & Galleries

Dean Heritage Centre MuseumWith around 20,000 artefacts in our collection, the Dean Heritage Centre is a truly great resource for exploring the rich heritage of the Forest of Dean.

The Museum holds a wide-ranging collection of historic objects, covering subjects such as archaeology, industry (coal mining and iron making), transport, childhood history, music and costume.

These artefacts are based in five modern galleries housed in a former Mill building, complete with its own running waterwheel.

Major treasures include a working Beam Engine, Sopwith's unique geological model of the Forest of Dean depicting the underground workings and minerals and an extensive collection of Voyce clocks, all of which are on display in our galleries alongside hundreds of other local treasures charting the history of the Forest from the Ice age to the present day.

Our aim for the future is to expand the possibilities for research, learning and cultural enrichment to present and future generations. With your help and generous support, we can:

Bring our exceptional collections to life through our engaging exhibitions, displays, research, outreach and loan box programmes for visitors, students and lifelong learners alike.

Acquire important new collection items, preserving our shared cultural heritage and opening up previously unexplored research opportunities

Safeguard rare, precious and fragile items for future generations by conserving those in most urgent need.

Transform access to our collections through the use of innovative new digital technologies in order to secure a lasting legacy and safeguard our collection for future benefit.

There is wheelchair access to Galleries 1, 2, 3 and 5. Gallery 41 has limited access. Please telephone in advance if you have any special requirements to help facilitate your visit. Only guide and assistance dogs are allowed within the grounds and galleries of the Dean Heritage Centre.

View our full Access statement here.