Heritage Centre to close but be re-born

Heritage Centre to close but be re-born

Due to the lack of success with grant applications to purchase 16 Market Place, Howden Heritage Centre closed at 3.0 p.m. on Friday 21st December 2018. This does not mean the end of the Centre, as a collection of local heritage, because in future we plan to operate a central store and base and hold ‘pop-up’ exhibitions throughout Howden and Howdenshire.

Our valued team of volunteers have donated their time generously since we opened in April 2017. Their friendliness and local knowledge has been recognised and valued by the 6,000 visitors we have welcomed since we opened judging by the comments in the Visitors’ Book in the Centre.

This new plan should enable the collection to continue to grow and make it more widely accessible but at a much reduced cost. The Bishops Palace excavation in the Centre’s back garden should be unaffected by the Centre’s closure as the landlord has kindly agreed that the excavation can continue.

We have found a store and will be spending January 2019 moving the collection into our new (old) premises nearby. We are developing a programme of pop-up exhibitions and other events for 2019.

You can contact Howden Civic Society by email at info@howdencivicsociety.co.uk or by post at

Howden Civic Society, c/o Shire Hall, Market Place, Howden, DN14 7BJ.



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