The Dean Heritage Centre is located in the pretty valley of Soudley, Gloucestershire, England in the Forest of Dean. DHC exists to record and preserve the unique social and industrial history of the area and its people. The centre comprises the museum itself, a millpond and waterwheel, forester’s cottage with garden and animals. The centre also has art and craft exhibitions and workshops, and trails around the surrounding woodland.
The museum comprises of five galleries telling the history of the Forest of Dean from the earliest geological and fossil records to the present day. They display a wide variety of artefacts from industries such as coal and iron mining, forestry, timber, stone working and clock making that have shaped the history, landscape and culture of the Forest.
Among the more noteworthy artefacts in the museum’s collection are an 1830s Lightmoor Colliery beam engine, Thomas Sopwith’s 1838 geological model of Dean Forest, and the Voyce collection of eighteenth and nineteenth-century longcase clocks. The Dean Heritage Museum Trust is a registered charity formed in 1979 in response to public concern that the heritage of the Forest of Dean was disappearing. The trust bought a former corn mill Camp Mill and opened a museum there in 1983. The museum underwent a major refurbishment paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund and completed in 2003.
In addition, there are picnic tables, barbecue hearths, an adventure playground, a gift shop selling local produce and the Heritage Kitchen, a restaurant providing home-made food.
Dean Heritage Centre is located at Camp Mill in Soudley, its postcode is, GL14 2UB for exact details to put in a route planner.
The Dean Heritage Centre is open throughout the year with reduced hours in winter. Car parking is available to visitors with additional disabled spaces.
For more visitor information see their website http://www.deanheritagecentre.com/