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Thursday, 08 September 2011
ARCHIVES: The restored Gage library at the Dean Heritage Centre.
ANYBODY who wants to go the new look Dean Heritage Centre will be able to do so for free this weekend. On Sunday the museum will throw open its doors to anybody who wants to see the transformation since the fire that hit the archives nearly two years ago. The museum will be offering visitors free entry as part of the national campaign, called ‘Heritage Open Days’. Staff will be putting on their annual Forest Fair, which includes an array of traditional carnival games, a coconut shy, duck races, raffle and other activities. Event manager, Harri Le Claire said: “Our Forest Fair is a fantastic opportunity to see all that we have to offer here at the centre and it’s free. We’re more than just a museum, we have activities for all the family and an ever developing event and activities programme.” As well as repairing the fire damage following the blaze of December 2009, the centre has created a brand new entrance and shop, a new look gallery space. The newly restored Gage Library is now open to the public every Wednesday. Disabled access to the cafe decking area has been improved and the old Forge building has been converted into a fully furnished meeting space, available for hire. At the moment the centre is hosting the Changing Landscapes exhibition, which opened last week and runs until December 18. The collaborative touring exhibition between the National Monuments Record and the National Coal Mining Museum for England offers case studies of coal mines from four English regions. It documents pits from their heyday to their demise, to show the visual impact that Britain's industrial heritage has left behind. The Dean Heritage Centre and the Forest of Dean Local History Society have enhanced the exhibition by adding images of the area’s rich mining heritage including historic images of local collieries and miners. Alex Smith, Collections Manager at DHC, said: “It’s the first national touring exhibition to visit the DHC and we couldn't have wished for a more appropriate theme. “The exhibition tells a fascinating story of a lost industry and way of life through a range of beautiful photographs. “The exhibition has also provided an opportunity for the DHC and the Forest of Dean Local History Society to exhibit historic images of the Forest’s own mining heritage and explore how mining has transformed the Forest’s landscape” Forthcoming events include a pirate weekend, fungi weekend, AppleFest and Halloween activities.
Copyright Tindle Newspapers Ltd Thursday, 05 December 2013
Sir Ray Tindle
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