Yate & District Heritage Centre


Yate Heritage Centre
Yate Heritage Centre

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A New Vision for Yate Heritage Centre

History has its eyes on you!

More than 20 years into our own history, Yate Heritage Centre is creating an exciting new “Vision” for our future!

Located in the heart of Yate, Yate Heritage Centre is a unique facility that creates history through exciting heritage, arts and culture events.  It also houses exhibitions, object collections, hosts lectures, workshops, and documents life in Yate, captured in everyday memories, photography, film and everything in-between!

Chair of Yate Heritage Centres Management Committee Alan Monaghan says “The Heritage Centre Vision initiative is a great opportunity for our residents to share any ideas or desires relating to how they feel the Heritage Centre can continue to develop and serve the needs of our town and district.”

We need YOU to help us create a new “Vision”, by telling us what you want to see inside Yate Heritage Centre by completing our short survey by clicking on the following :

We want to know – what events and exhibitions do you want to visit? How could you help us as a volunteer? What do you want to learn at lectures and workshops? And most importantly… how do we reach everyone in our community, by celebrating and representing the inspiring and diverse culture we live in today?

If you are a community group, educator or a champion of heritage, arts and culture, keep your eyes peeled for more information on our “Vision Workshop”; an opportunity to meet our team and other local groups and to share your ideas for how we engage and inspire our current and future communities.

Exhibitions & Events

Current Events

All information regarding Yate Heritage Centre current events can be found on our Social Media pages

Half Term Workshop

Quizzes, lectures and more…

Yate Heritage Centre hosts a variety of historical and educational events.  Since 2000, holiday events have taken place, catering for different age groups.  In addition, the Centre provides regular quizzes, monthly lectures and holds other events on an ad-hoc basis.

Regular Events

Yate Heritage Centre hold events throughout the year. You can view forthcoming events on the Heritage Centre’s calendar of events for residents of Yate, Chipping Sodbury and the surrounding area.

Free Educational Service

Although the majority of work takes place within the Heritage Centre building, a free educational service for local schools is provided and this remains a high priority. 

Since opening, the Centre has developed educational and research materials on key National Curriculum topics for local schools and has conducted practical sessions utilising historical artefacts and documents.

Old Yate Heritage Trail

Detail for the Old Yate Heritage Trail

Local History Collections

At the heart of the work of the Heritage Centre are the local history collections.  Currently, the Centre possesses a collection of over 3,000 objects; these include a permanent collection of significant local artefacts as well as photographs, maps and oral history recordings.

Yate Heritage Centre can also boast important local history collections including the Creda Archive linked to the Parnall industrial site, the Harries collection of Newman photographs and repositories linked to local historians past and present.

Yate Heritage Centre is committed to providing the public with regularly changing exhibitions and events, which prove stimulating and accessible. 

Since 2000, the Centre has produced a myriad of local history displays covering and reflecting the industrial, archaeological and community history of the area.  The majority of projects have involved local people and school children.

Similarly, local historical and community groups have produced their own local history exhibitions at the Heritage Centre which has provided the chance for local people to showcase their fine art, craft and photographic work in the galleries.

Yate Heritage Centre  is a Fully Accredited Museum which, as part of Yate Town Council, serves all our local communities.

It was created in 1995 to provide facilities for displaying aspects of Yate’s past history and for providing archive and research facilities for the storage of artefacts, documents, maps and photographs relevant to Yate.

  • Address: Yate & District Heritage Centre, Church Road, Yate, South Gloucestershire, BS37 5BG
  • Tel:  01454 862200
  • Location: To view the centre’s location, please see the map at the bottom of this page.

Town Council funds New Building

In 2000, the Heritage Centre relocated to a new venue next to St Mary’s Church; to the site of former stables dating from the 1840’s, behind the historic White Lion pub. 

Yate Town Council funded and supported the creation of the purpose-built Heritage Centre which is comprised of two multi-purpose exhibition galleries and a workroom which houses the archive and also provides storage space.

Located in the Heart of Yate

Yate Heritage Centre is blessed with many advantages, not least location.  The venue is both situated in the heart of the old parish of Yate amidst a historic church, schools and pubs and is conveniently close to the town centre and thus easily accessible to visitors. 

Looking for Volunteers

Yate Heritage Centre is a dynamic facility devoted to serving the local area.  To sustain progress and remain effective, volunteers are always needed to take part in history projects and to help staff the building. 

Alternatively, if you are interested in joining the Yate Heritage Centre Friends Scheme, please contact David Hardill, Community Heritage Officer, on 01454 862200 or email David via our contact page.

Interested in Hiring this Venue?

Learn more about hiring the Yate & District Heritage Centre here.

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