Education 2000

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The Dean Heritage Centre provides an ideal resource for educational groups. The Museum, opened in 1983 allows access to a collection reflecting the culture and history of the area, its unique landscape, industry and people.

The Forest can lay claim to:

  • The oldest court in England
  • The first colliery to have electric light
  • The longest railway tunnel in the world, at the time of construction
  • The first development of steel

The collection is housed in a 19th century corn mill, but the history of the site goes back to 1622 when the water power of the stream that feeds the mill pond was harnessed to power one of the Dean's Royal Forges. The furnace and forges of the Soudley Valley were destroyed in the civil war.

For further details of what the centre can offer, please call us on 01594 822170 to discuss your requirements. On request, we can look at a range of topics not covered by the standard activities, such as forges and foundries, and the iron industry.

Activities

Resources and activities have been developed by education professionals in line with the National Curriculum.

Groups are encouraged to take part in organised activity sessions. These must be booked in advance.

Life in Past Times
Using the collection and the cottage we can look at life for young people following the footsteps of their father 'down the pit', and where and how they lived.

Charcoal
The need for charcoal to support the iron industry was immense. For every ton of iron, a ton of wood was needed. This had to be coppiced and burnt by the charcoal burners who lived with their families in the woods.

Woodland Walks
We can help you understand the Forest and its geology, identify trees and plants, look at issues such as industry, conservation, woodland management and biodiversity, life processes and living things.

Each session takes roughly an hour with a member of our staff, and costs £10.00 per group. Please try to limit activity group numbers to 15 or under. Please prepare your group for wet weather conditions and walking.

Access for wheelchair users to most areas.


Charges
Adult helpers Free
Children £1.50 (Forest Schools £1.00)
Free pre-visit for group leaders.

Bookings
By phone: 01594 822170
By fax: 01594 823711
Please book at least two weeks in advance, although we will consider bookings at shorter notice.


There are picnic tables on site, and a small room for lunches in wet weather, both of which can be reserved for your group.

The Dean Heritage Kitchen is a large cafe that serves home-made food from local producers. Menus are available on request and coach drivers are entitled to a subsidised lunch.

The Dean Heritage Museum Trust is a registered charity No. 298647

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Camp Mill

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the mine

Inside the miner's cottage

Adventure playground



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