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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dulverton Heritage Centre




The Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre is located off the Guildhall Car Park to the rear of Dulverton Library and the National Park Centre. It is open from Easter to the end of October and offers a variety of exhibitions based on local history, geography, architecture and the natural environment, which are changed regularly.

It gives visitors a taste of old Dulverton and District, celebrates the Exmoor Red Deer  - see our amazing 3D display; listen to him bolve and see what others make of antlers!

A working model of Dulverton Station (circa 1935) can be enjoyed. The project is being continually developed but is open to members of the public on a regular basis (please click here for season opening times http://www.dulvertonheritagecentre.org.uk/model-railway-exhibition.html). An exhibition to complement the model railway, is running in the Gallery at various dates throughout the season (dates to be confirmed).

Have a sneaky look into Granny Bakers kitchen – depicting life as it was in the early 1900s. You never know, you may recognise something from your own “Grannys kitchen!”


The Art Gallery offers 86 linear feet of well-lit wall space, with 3 large velux windows set in a vaulted ceiling which is for hire by local artists, crafts people, clubs and societies and travelling exhibitions on a daily or weekly basis (click here for timetable) (http://www.dulvertonheritagecentre.org.uk/gallery-availability.html).


We have a fantastic archive room housing The Michael Deering Photographic Archive - a unique and fascinating collection of photographs of Exmoor, Dulverton and District - some images taken as early as the 1800's - and we are expanding this archive as photographs are donated. There is also unique local cine-film footage to see, and why not listen to the oral history recordings of The Exmoor Oral History Archive © Birdie Johnson, LifeStories and enjoy stories and reminiscences from times gone by.

After a very successful couple of seasons the Hope Bourne Exhibition closes at the end of 2014 when work will start building its replacement - “For Richer or Poorer”, which is being accommodated in the main exhibition room and incorporating “The arrival of the railway...” in the courtyard. Two fresh, brand new exhibitions to open for the 2015 season!

2015 also brings improvements to our Dulverton Room exhibition celebrating that Dulverton has been a thriving town for many years. Displays of photographs from the past, merging across the years to photos of the present day shops and businesses, hopefully showing their staff too. Additionally there is an album giving definitive brief histories of businesses/properties – with photos. Within the exhibition an area has been dedicated to the work of two local, highly skilled individuals – Brett Wright and Lawrence Beckford.


General information:
The very dedicated volunteers of the Heritage Centre extend a very warm welcome all to you.  Why not browse through the exhibitions, archives, shop and model railway and enjoy discovering (or remembering) something from days gone by!

How to reach by public transport:

Minehead to Tiverton (and reverse) Beacon Bus 398

Taunton to Dulverton (and reverse) FirstGroup 25 and 25A

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Website: http://www.dulvertonheritagecentre.org.uk/index.html