Yate Heritage Centre

Yate Heritage Centre, Yate

Yate Heritage Centre 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 (For Yate Town Council at Poole Court): 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 village of Yate amidst a historic Church, schools and pubs and is conveniently close to the town centre and thus easily accessible to visitors. 

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 3,000 objects, which include some original and also many duplicate documents, photographs, maps and newspaper cuttings.

Yate and District Oral History Project

The Centre also has a burgeoning three dimensional collection of local artefacts and social history objects and recorded, digital oral history interviews, which are regularly in use for exhibitions and educational sessions.

Regular Exhibitions & Events

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.

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 Schools 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.

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 alternatively take a look at www.yateheritage.co.uk/about-us/volunteers/

Interested in Hiring this Venue?

Yate Heritage Centre is available for hire and can accommodate 25 people seated or 50 standing downstairs and 16 seated or 25 standing upstairs. There is a stairlift to cater for disabled visitors.

The venue can be hired from 9am - 5pm on Mondays and Fridays only.

Map of Yate Heritage Centre, Yate

You can use the map below to see where Yate Heritage Centre is in Yate. You can zoom in, out and move around the map by using the controls on the left of the map. You can also get directions by clicking on the blue marker and then clicking the 'To Here' link that appears.

Try zooming in to get a close birdseye view of Yate Heritage Centre and the nearby St Mary's Church.

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