A new exhibition has just opened at Dursley Heritage Centre entitled “THE SHEEP HAVE PAID FOR ALL, DURSLEY CLOTH MERCHANTS AND THEIR MILLS, 1450 – 1600”.

The exhibition is the result of much research into the early cloth industry of the Dursley area looking at the individual mills in the area as well as the people who owned them and the wealth which resulted from their activities.

The exhibition will run until the end of June 2022. The Heritage Centre is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10.00 12.00.

Interested in volunteering?

Dursley Heritage Centre is managed and run entirely by volunteers and we’re always looking for others to join us in this rewarding activity. Perhaps you have an interest in local history and are keen to learn more or want to share your own knowledge of the area. Maybe you want to meet more people, both local and visitors alike, or perhaps you want to use your organisational skills to help manage the museum in the most efficient way? Do you enjoy preparing exhibitions or displays to enhance visitors’ experiences?

Any of these things, and more, are great reasons to get involved and we’d love to see you so please get in touch. You can do this via email to info@dursleyhc.org.uk or by calling 01453 549323. Alternatively, just pop in when we’re open and talk to one of our existing volunteers.

Now Open Again!

At long last Dursley Heritage Centre has re-opened for visitors. From now until the end of the year we will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only from 10.00 to 12.00.

Although no longer a requirement, to keep everyone safe, we still ask that visitors wear a mask (unless exempted) and also use the sanitiser on entry. Visitor numbers will also be controlled to ensure social distancing.

We are also looking for new volunteers to join the team so please do make contact if interested, through email at info@dursleyhc.org.uk or by calling 01453 549323.


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.

Closure update

At the current time (September 2020) it looks like the Heritage Centre will be unable to reopen before Spring 2021 but this will be kept under review. However, there is a possibility that we will be open to sell copies of the Dursley Lantern in December this year.

Thank you for your continuing support and we look forward to seeing you again as soon as we are able to resume activities.

Temporary Closure

Due to the current worldwide situation with Covid-19 virus, Dursley Heritage Centre is closed until further notice.

Thank you for your continuing support and we look forward to seeing you again as soon as we are able to resume activities.

School photos on display

With the very popular gardening exhibition now finished we now have on display some panoramic photographs of Dursley’s earlier secondary schools. If you attended one of them you may well wish to visit to spot yourself or a friend or family member.

Dursley Grammar School: 1948

Dursley Grammar School: 1962

Dursley Modern School: 1956

Exhibition “A History of Gardens, Gardeners and Gardening in Dursley”

Cottage garden near the old Lister site

A new exhibition has opened at Dursley Heritage Centre which looks at the history of gardens, gardeners and gardening in Dursley. It will take a look back at the many gardens, both large and small, which have graced the town of Dursley over the years. It will also take a look at the people who owned them and those who tended to them as well as the activity of gardening itself. The exhibition will run until 27th July 2019.

Photo collections to browse

The Heritage Centre now has a collection of folders on display for visitors to browse. The folders contain numerous photographs and pieces of information relating to all parts of Dursley and provide a fascinating insight into the town’s history.

Exhibition “Dursley’s Cinemas”

A new exhibition has just opened at Dursley Heritage Centre which looks back at the history of the town’s two cinemas – the Victoria (Odeon) and the Regal (ABC). These two venues were a great source of entertainment to the town’s residents and are remembered fondly by many. The exhibition features photographs and artefacts from both cinemas showing the buildings, the publicity, the staff who ran them and the film goers who attended. It will run from Tuesday 25th September until 30th November 2018.