The Gainsborough Heritage Centre team are really excited and looking forward to celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Gainsborough Heritage Association next week with a special 1940s themed Silver Jubilee dance on Saturday 18 May. The evening at the Weston Rooms in Gainsborough includes music and entertainment from Room 21 Big Band and the Axholme Sisters as well as a two-course meal.
The Heritage Association first began in 1993 when an exhibition was held in Richmond House to promote
local history. There had always been a call for a museum in Gainsborough with letters of support being written to the Gainsborough News as far back as the 1960s. Since 1994 when the Association was officially created, times have been hard as over the years there was much difficulty in finding a suitable location to house the Association’s archives. However, back in 2012, the Association had some good fortune when the Old Post Office building situated on the corner of Spital Terrace and North Street was offered to the Committee.
Publicity Officer, Gemma Clarke said: ‘Since then the Association has grown from strength to strength with the Centre being re-opened on all three floors with permanent exhibitions in 2016 including a street scene and many fantastic industrial exhibits. Over the past few years, the team of volunteers have continued to develop the exhibitions with museum cases to protect archive objects on display and also added new permanent features such as a model of a Marshall Bristol Fighter that lives in the industrial exhibition space.’
Gemma continues, ‘The dance is an amazing fundraising opportunity for the Centre to help maintain the stonework of the building that needs urgent repairs. Tickets are still available for the dance and can be purchased at the Heritage Centre or at the Pink Orchid in Gainsborough. So don’t forget to book those tickets to ensure your place and help us to raise crucial funds to maintain a vital heritage asset to the town as well as having loads of fun at the same time.’
The evening is taking place at The Weston Rooms, 20 Hickman Street, DN21 2DZ, Gainsborough and doors will open at 7pm. All funds raised will support the future of the preservation of the Gainsborough Heritage Centre.