HERITAGE CENTRE RE-OPENING
We are continuing to monitor the Government Guidelines regarding the improving Covid-19 situation and are currently hoping to be able to re-open in a limited way towards the end of June 2021 if permitted and safe to do so.
We are also always looking for volunteers to help us promote the heritage of Dursley and Cam so if anyone is interested please send an email via this website or call 01453 549323. We will be very pleased to hear from you.
Further updates will be posted here. Thank you for your continuing support.
Visit our Heritage Centre to see the story of Dursley – 1000 years of history in the life of a town. From the middle ages, Dursley was a flourishing Market Town, the centre of the agricultural area of the Severn Vale. Like many Cotswold towns it was a producer of woollen cloth which made the town prosperous.
Following the decline of the woollen industry, its place was taken by the rise of engineering. R.A. Lister became famous for agricultural machinery and engines and Mawdsley’s was well known for its electrical machinery. At the end of the 19th Century Mikael Pedersen came to work for Lister’s and invented his distinctive bicycle, still admired to this day. A restored early example now holds pride of place in the Heritage Centre. Other industries followed and the town became a centre for employment in the locality.
We have displays of machinery and small objects of interest, all made in Dursley, or with very close connections with the town, as well as books to browse and a large video screen showing local scenes and films.
Dursley’s Heritage Centre has been open since the beginning of 2005 and has proved very popular with visitors from far and wide. It occupies a very central position, close to the Methodist Church and opposite the Market House and St. James Church. It can be found next to the old Jacob’s House building which has been fully restored and is now occupied by Dursley Town Council. It is entirely run by volunteers so if you’d like to join us please see the Volunteer page.
February to November: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (10:30 to 12:30)
December (first two weeks): Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (10:30 to 12:30)
January: Saturdays only (10:30 to 12:30)
Please check with the Heritage Centre before travelling any distance as the opening hours occasionally have to change due to volunteer availability (email@example.com).