What's On at the Dean Heritage Centre
"David Cross; Ow Bist Owd Butty"
"Our Secret Forest; presented by Arts in Rural Gloucestershire and the Dean Heritage Centre"
Look out for the yellow signs when you get to Soudley and if the car park is full then please use the overflow car park in Soudley School (if this is full, then please do be careful where you park to ensure your families and others safety).
Latest News from the Dean Heritage Centre...
At this time of year our nation's heroes are close in our minds. The team at the Dean Heritage Centre want to show our support for the Poppy appeal, and express our appreciation of our heroes.
On Saturday 11th November it will be free to visit Dean Heritage Centre. Instead visitors will be asked to make a £1 donation to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.
Visitors will be able to learn about the celebrated local heroes of the WWI period, who include three soldiers that gained the Victoria Cross.
Free parking; changes afoot at the Dean Heritage Centre
From the 1st November it is now free to park at the Dean Heritage Centre. This move has been made to enable locals and visitors to use the Centre car park area as a base for walks in the beautiful woodlands around Soudley.
Emma Smith, Centre manager, explained. "The Dean Heritage Centre is completely dependent on the entrance fee from visitors to the Museum areas and woodland trail. The parking charge was introduced, in line with car park charges in Forestry Commission car parks, to help with the Centre's income. However, we want Forest residents to enjoy the area around Soudley, as well as visit the Centre to help youngsters learn about the heritage of their Forest families, as easily as possible."
The Dean Heritage Centre was established to provide a vital focus for the history of the people of the Forest of Dean, however, as well as viewing the museum exhibits, visitors can also purchase locally-made craft items, some made on site by the local woodcarvers. There are also regular exhibitions by Forest artists and community groups.
New Chair of the Board of Trustees
At the Trust's recent AGM Alison Breton became the new Chair of the Trustees. Alison became a trustee of the centre in April 2017 and has worked closely with Emma, Centre Manager, to create a vibrant future plan for this fabulous local museum, library and visitor attraction.
Alison states "The Dean Heritage Centre brings together so many stories and artefacts from the Forest of Dean's history and uses outdoor exhibits and a woodland trail to help to inform visitors. Visitors can use the museum's extensive archives to research their own family's history and learn more about their parents and grandparents lives working in the Forest. We need to work hard to keep this history displayed within the Forest, but the expense of maintaining the grade II listed Mill building can get very high and we are always reliant on the goodwill of local people, organisations and companies to keep going. We have lots of exciting plans for 2018, and along with our new trustees and enthusiastic volunteers we plan make the centre even better. We would like to thank everyone who visited or supported us over the years"
Annual General Meeting; Financial Report
The financial accounts presented at the 2017 AGM can be viewed here
Job vacancy at the Dean Heritage Centre
The team at the Dean Heritage Centre are looking to recruit an Admin Officer.
To apply please send a c.v and covering letter
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post to:
Emma Smith, Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, GLOS, GL14 2UB.
Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 11th August 2017
Please see further details of this opportunity here
WIN a free family ticket to the Dean Heritage Centre
The Dean Heritage Centre has an ongoing programme of improvements and we need YOU to come and enjoy the Centre all year long and tell us how we're doing.
Make a day of it or drop in for an hour or two, come for a picnic or one of our special events. We have different exhibitions and events all year round. All we ask is that you fill in a questionnaire about your visit and let us know about your experience so we can make sure our improvements are on track.
Enter into the competition here
The Dean Heritage Centre has some remedial work planned which entail a few dates where the Centre needs to be closed to the public. The team apologise for any inconveniece or dissappointed caused.
These dates are as follows:
Monday 12th - Tuesday 13th June 2017; all day
On Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th June 2017 the Dean Heritage Centre will be closed to the public as we conduct basic maintenance works which necessitate the power to be turned off, making it unsafe for visitors to be on site. The closure will affect the whole site including the cafe.
The team apologise for any inconveniece or dissappointed caused. Please note we expect to be able to open as usual, both Museum and cafe, for Wednesday 14th June 2017. However should the remedial work take longer than expected we shall need to keep the Centre closed until the necessary work has been completed.
Have your say- Dean Heritage Centre Rebranding
The Dean Heritage Centre is currently undergoing a rebranding process as part of our Arts Council Museum Resilience funded project.
To ensure the new brand reflects the purpose of the Dean Heritage Centre, as well as what the organisation means to the local community we'd appreciate your input.
It only takes a few minutes. To complete the survey please click on the Questionnaire link below:
Consultancy opportunities during February and March:
A Development Planning Consultancy brief; deadline 17th February here
An Access Audit Consultancy brief; deadline 13th February here
A Branding Consultancy brief; deadline 13th February here
A Website Consultancy brief; deadline 13th February here
Your Heritage Needs You; Seeking Trustees
Further details can be viewed here
Annual General Meeting; Reports and Minutes
The minutes of the Dean Heritage Museum Trusts 2016 AGM can be viewed
The financial accounts presented at the 2016 AGM can be viewed here
The Chairman's report given at the 2016 AGM can be viewed here
The Centre Manager's report given at the 2016 AGM can be viewed here
The Collection Officer's report given at the 2016 AGM can be viewed here
The Education Officer's powerpoint report can be viewed here
Calling All Promising Picassos!
The Dean Heritage Centre is seeking local artists to submit a piece of artwork for a new community art exhibition which will be on display at the Centre from Saturday 26th November 2016 - Sunday 8th January 2017.
Art entries must meet the following criteria:
|No larger than A2 size|
|Any medium will be considered|
|Chosen artwork must be submitted mirror plated|
|Subject matter is suitable for public display and a family audience|
|A low res jpeg image of the artwork is provided with the submission form|
This is an exciting oppotunity for artists of all ages and abilities to get involved in an exhibition in the heart of the Forest of Dean.
How to enter
Please download a submission form here.
Return the completed form with a low res jpeg picture of your artwork attached.
Entries can be sent via email to email@example.com or can be posted to Joanne Clarke, Education and Audience Engagement Officer, Dean Heritage Centre, Soudley, GLOS, GL14 2UB.
The deadline for submission is Monday 14th November 2016. Successful entrants will be required to install their work in the week commencing 21st November 2016.
Following the closing date, centre staff will select artworks for the exhibition. Please note if too many artworks are recieved to fit in the gallery space, the Centre staff will select chosen pieces for the exhibition. The staff will endeavour to include all pieces submitted, however may be unable to do so in this instance. Artists will be notified after pieces have been selected for the exhibition.
What NOT to do
Do not send original artwork to us as submission, the DHC will not be held responsible for any artwork sent through the post.
Reception staff will not receive original artwork for submission however hand delivered submission forms with a photograph in an envelope addressed for attention of Joanne Clarke are most welcome.
On October 4th 2016 the Dean Heritage Museum Trust served a twelve month notice to the existing cafe owner Kay Bird.
It was with sadness the Trust had to end the business agreement with Kay Bird, the Board of Trustees has acted on advice given to the Trust by two independent consultancy reports undertaken in recent years.
In October 2016 the Dean Heritage Museum Trust began a funded project supported by Arts Council England. Titled 'focusing on the fundamentals', this project will allow the Trust to develop, improve and maintain its purpose of protecting, promoting and preserving the unique heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean.
Since the Forest of Dean District Council has been unable to offer funding in any way to this charity for several years, the Trust has had to address this loss of income. The Trust must explore all possible revenue streams to ensure the Dean Heritage Centre continues to be the best it can for our community. Admission currently makes up two thirds of the Trusts annual income. Therefore from October 5th 2017 the cafe on site at the Dean Heritage Centre will be run by the Trust as an in house operation.
The dedicated team at the Dean Heritage Centre, made up of local volunteers and paid staff, sincerely hope the Forest community will continue to support the work we do on their behalf.
Nette Ingram will be painting in the exhibition space at times throughout her exhibition. Dates will be published on our facebook page as they are confirmed with the artist.
Unfortunately for the last few days, we have experienced some technical difficulties and it seems that we were not receiving any emails. However, this has now been resolved so if you have tried to get in touch in the last week, please re send your email. We apologise for this inconvenience.
Dechen Chodron will be exhibiting at the Dean Heritage Centre from Saturday 20th August to Sunday 2nd October. Her 'Glass Isle' exhibition will display 9 art pieces by Dechen for the very first time.
This exhibition features a series of works based on Dechen's artist view of the 'Glass Isle' otherwise known as Glastonbury. Her style has grown out of her love of colour light, dance and water, capturing an impressionistic style created by dancing the paint onto the canvas.
A preview evening of her work will take place on Saturday 20th August 2016. If you would like to come along to this event, please join either Dechen's mailing list via her website (www.dechenart.co.uk), or contact the Dean Heritage Centre to receive a personal invitation to this event.
A massive congratulations to Nita, our piglet competition winner, with her great suggestion to name our piglets Acorn and Chestnut.
She has won a FREE family ticket to the Dean Heritage Centre.
After almost 150 entries, the Centre's top eight names were chosen by several members of staff and then randomly picked by one of our front of house volunteers.
We received some brilliant entries, from traditional names to some very entertaining suggestions, and as a result have also decided to offer the remaining 7 runners up FREE entry to the Centre.
Our runner up entries included:
Hazel and Beech
Digit and Fidget
Hazel and Spot
Foster and Puddle
Cinder and Dean
Gertude and Elsie
Bubble and Squeak
Some of the other interesting entries included Tallis and Tallulah, Love Heart and Flight Jet and Wonderwoman and Cat Lady!
We're delighted to welcome two new Gloucester Old Spot piglets to the Centre.
Kindly donated by Cotswold Farm Park, our two female pigs are already settling into their new environment and welcoming visitors to come along and see them.
To celebrate their arrival, we're running a great competition and inviting you to name our pigs, with a FREE family ticket to the Centre up for grabs for the winner.
To enter the competition, simply send us your name suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org, post entries to Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, Glos, GL14 2UB or visit us onsite to collect an entry form!
Competition closes Wednesday 20th July at 5pm. Winner announced Saturday 23rd July.
An exclusive weekend to celebrate the support of our local population, the Dean Heritage Centre Community Weekend will offer free entry to locals on 27th and 28th February.
Always an old favourite - we've missed our Apple Day so we're excited to announce the return of this event to the Dean Heritage Centre. Join us to celebrate all things apple related, from apple bobbing to cider pressing.
This half term, we have not one but two special Halloween competitions for the whole family to take part in during your visit, along with a number of craft activities throughout the week including carving a pumpkin and scaring our witch. Back by popular demand the mischievous Welsh dragons will be returning to the Heritage Centre to celebrate all things spooky on our Halloween weekend.
This half term come and enjoy a huge variety of events at the Heritage Centre, from designing clay tiles and charcoal sketching in celebration of the world's Big Draw festival. Throughout the week you can try your hand at various activities including mosaic art, charcoal sketching and illustrating.
This week marks an eventful occasion for the Dean Heritage Centre (DHC) as they welcome a new Centre Manager to post, Emma Smith. Emma who previously worked as the Events Coordinator at Severn Cider happily accepted the role, after the previous Centre Manager Mark Clancy, unfortunately had to make the decision to leave his position due to personal circumstances.