10.30am: World War II in Yate & Sodbury Exhibition (Tue-Thu and Sat)
Yate Heritage Centre
This exhibition runs 14th May - 4th July, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The display charts the history of the migrants, POWs, evacuees, refugees and visiting soldiers including the 165 US Photo Company 1942-44.
It will also feature a range of unusual artefacts from the period not least the remnants of a Messerschmitt BF110, which bombed Bristol in September 1940 in one of the early raids of the war before being shot down near Lulworth Cove in Dorset. Last summer the MOD excavated the site using former servicemen (Operation Nightingale) and uncovered key features of the aircraft demonstrating what fascinating history can be discovered using archaeology.
Visitors will be able to see parts of the propeller, sun roof... Read more >>
Yate Heritage Centre
Yate Heritage Centre and Brimsham Green School students have collaborated to produce the Yate Heritage Maps.
History students researched and provided the heritage content, and Art students produced the design, with Compass Graphics providing the hardware design.
The Friends of Yate Railway Station have provided support while Yate Town Council have funded 4 of the maps and the Yate Community Plan the fifth.
This has been a rewarding project and will inform the local areas of Yate of their heritage. The maps are divided into North, West, South and General to give local people a clearer idea of their immediate heritage.
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 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.