Haverhill Local History Centre is a resource and study centre for Haverhill and surrounding villages.
Haverhill has a long history; it is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and there have been archaelogical finds in the area dating from the Stone and Bronze ages.
The town prospered during Victorian times with steam powered looms at the Gurteen factory and the coming of the railway.
Haverhill expanded again in the 1960s as a London overspill town and in recent years with the growth of high technology industries
Don’t Miss: Our collection of over 7000 photographs depicting local life since the 1860s.
Opening hours: Thursdays 2.00pm to 4.00pm (On this day a member of the Family History Group is usually there to offer help and advice on family research, please ring to confirm).
Fridays 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Saturdays 10.30am to 3.30pm
and on the first Tuesday of each calendar month from 7.00pm to 9.00pm (access to 8.00pm)
Annual Exhibition in the Arts Centre Bistro from January to March
Arts Centre opening hours
The Centre will be closed over the Christmas period on
23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st December 2010 and the
1st of January 2011
and for Easter on 22nd and 23rd April 2011
Shop: Our publications including Haverhill in the Middle Ages, Victorian and Edwardian Haverhill and Haverhill Through Time are on sale in the Centre. Copies of some of our old Photographs are also available for purchase.
Toilets: Toilets are available in the Arts Centre, including one for the disabled.
Café: Food and drink is available in the Arts Centre Bistro; no food or drink is allowed in the History Centre.
Disabled Access: Access is available to wheelchair users, although space in the History Centre is very limited.
Parking: Pay and Display parking is available both in the Bus Station car park and in the Town Hall car park behind the Arts Centre. A lift is available in the Arts Centre for access to and from the Town Hall car park.
Our archives which include photographs, publications, research papers, maps and more, are a valuable resource for groups and individual teachers and students.
Group visits may be arranged depending on availability of History Group volunteers and a meeting room. Space is limited in the History Centre so whole class visits are held in the Arts Centre studio or main hall. These rooms are in high demand and we advise booking well in advance. Haverhill Arts Centre charges apply.
A1 exhibition panels on topics such as Haverhill's railways, lost buildings of Haverhill and Haverhill then and now are available for loan, as is a classroom set of Victorian Haverhill photograph booklets. Booking is required.
Loan boxes are available from St Edmundsbury Heritage Service by contacting Moyse's Hall Museum.
Please ring or email for an appointment to see how the Local History Centre can be used as a learning resource.