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4TH March - 16TH April

Photography exhibition of travel, landscapes and wildlife, by Kenny John


16th December 2016 - 12th March 2017

Jason Griffiths:

A Beast with Two Backs

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...

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

New Exhibition in Gallery 1
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Annual General Meeting; Reports and Minutes

The minutes of the Dean Heritage Museum Trusts 2016 AGM can be viewed here

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

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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. Dean Heritage Centre Museum
Return the completed form with a low res jpeg picture of your artwork attached.

Entries can be sent via email to 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.

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Cafe given 12 months notice to vacate

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.

Dean Heritage Centre Events New Exhibition in Gallery 1

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.

New Exhibition in Gallery 1

Emails now working correctly

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.

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The 'Glass Isle' comes to the Dean Heritage Centre

Art Exhibition at the DHC 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 (, or contact the Dean Heritage Centre to receive a personal invitation to this event.

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New Art Exhibition in Gallery 41

Dean Heritage Centre Art Exhibition Sarah Pratt

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Our new piglets have been named Acorn and Chestnut!

Dean Heritage Centre piglets 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!

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New Art Exhibition in Gallery 1 Dean Heritage Centre Art Exhibition Sarah Pratt

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Have you spotted our new piglets?

Dean Heritage Centre pigletsWe'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, 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.

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The Dean Heritage Centre Community Day

Dean Heritage Centre Community WeekendAn 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.
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The Heritage Apple Day

The Dean Heritage Centre - Heritage Apple DayAlways 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.
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Halloween Half Term Activities

The Dean Heritage Centre - Heritage Apple DayThis 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. Read More on this story


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The Big Draw Festival

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. Read More on this story


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Exciting changes underway at the Dean Heritage Centre

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. Read More on this story


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