10.30am: Working on the Railway Exhibition (Tue-Thur & Sat)
Yate Heritage Centre
This exhibition runs 22nd January - 14th March, 10.30-4.30pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
We chart the history of the people and buildings linked to our local railways to mark the recent anniversaries including the 170th anniversary of Yate Station. Changes in the railway have been vast in the last 50 years and we seek to tell the stories of our past workers.
We undertook a fair bit of oral history to support the display from former porters and firemen. We do have some good artefacts from the past including a metal railway post from the 1840s and the cap badge from the driver involved in the notorious Charfield rail crash of 1928.
For more information please contact Yate and District Heritage Centre on 01454 862200... Read more >>
Yate Heritage Centre
World War One booklet
Yate & District Heritage Centre is pleased to announce that the new booklet "The First World War in Yate and Chipping Sodbury" is now on sale at Yate Heritage Centre at £3.95.
It covers each element of life in the Great war in this area and is ideal for both people with a general interest in the subject and those interested in their local history.
You can also order the booklet on line or visit the Centre.
Each booklet will be made available at all the local schools.
The Heritage Centre is grateful for the contributions of the Heritage Lottery Fund, plus Yate, Sodbury and South Gloucestershire Councils.
Yate & District Heritage Centre has received £3250, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Yate Area First World War Community Project.
Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on creating a First World War Centenary event at Yate Heritage Centre, exhibition on the history of Yate and Sodbury people during the First World War and booklets on the First World War of people locally and nationally.
The projects will enable local people in the Yate area to come together to understand their history linked to the First World War through demonstrators, activities and performances at the Centenary History Day.
The Centenary exhibition will draw upon the First World War collections, histories and artefacts of local people and will be made possible by the efforts of local volunteers.
World War One Centenary Demonstrators
Both Yate Heritage Centre and the U3A History Group are working with local people to bring their First World War histories to life for the community and future generations.
The First World War had an immense impact on the Yate and Sodbury areas. The conflict brought modern industry to the area including the factories which dominated Yate during the 20th century.
The display, booklets, history event and demonstrations will bring to life the most important parts of the area’s modern history to children, families and the remainder of the community for years to come.
Commenting on the award, Cherry Hubbard, Education Assistant of Yate & District Heritage Centre said "This is such a great boost to the work of the Heritage Centre and for bringing alive the First World War for local young people and the community at large".
Elly Hoyle, Head of History, Brimsham Green School commented; "As a school and wider community, it is incredibly important that this landmark anniversary is commemorated and that young people are given an opportunity to remember and reflect on the legacy of the First World War".
Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South west said: "The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested £57 million - in projects, large and small – that are making this global Centenary; with our Small Grant programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in the "Yate Area First World War community Project" to continue to explore the continuing legacy of the conflict and help young people broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.".
Yate and District Heritage Centre celebrates Yate’s cultural, historical, social and industrial past.
It does so by staging thought-provoking and varied exhibitions and events, including a regular series of quizzes, historical lectures and other one-off sessions - see the right hand side of this page for more details.
All parts of the community are involved in generating historical information at the Yate Heritage Centre. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
The Centre contains the two major local history collections and these are available to the public on open days and through appointment.
There are over 3,000 objects in the Centre’s collections acquired since the mid 1990s.
They include: historic 3D objects, maps, photographs and documents, as well as an educational handling collection.
The Centre also houses the Oral History Project Group's collection of photographs, tapes, documents and of course oral history, amounting to 4,000 items.
Yate and District Heritage Centre welcomes volunteers.
If you would like to help with displays or events, or would like to join the Friends Scheme, please contact the Community Heritage Officer, David Hardill.
The address is Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG
You'll find the Heritage Centre between the White Lion Pub and St Mary's Church.
Its location is the site of former stables dating back to the 1840s.
This prestigious building and key location make the Centre accessible to visitors.