The Bedworth Heritage Centre

bedworth heritage centre with titles 3zThe Bedworth Society has operated a Heritage Centre within a section of Bedworth’s historic and beautiful Almshouses since 2000. The Centre hosts a wide range of events and exhibitions every year, attracting many regular visitors from the local community, as well as people from around the world.

The entrance to the Centre is on All Saints Square. This prime town centre location is next to the pedestrianised shopping area and the peaceful landscaped gardens belonging to the Almshouses. 

Bedworth Heritage Centre is usually open on market days, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays  from 10.30m to 1.00pm .

Special visits for schools, clubs and societies can be arranged on request, in addition to normal opening times.

Opening Hours:

Tuesdays: 10:30am – 1:00pm  Fridays: 10:30am – 1:00pm  Saturdays: 10:30am – 1pm

Current Exhibitions

Newdigate Colliery - 40 years since it closed

Now on

The current exhibition has photographs of the mine taken from the surface and underground. There is also a photograph of John Burton leading the Bedworth Society's first visit (40 years ago) which was to Newdigate.  There are various artifacts including carved coal items, miners helmets and tools.

The Parsonage

The Parsonage

The building housing the Heritage Centre is known as The Parsonage and was traditionally the home of the parish church’s curate.

heritage centre before restoration zThe entrance to The Parsonage has always been directly off Market Place (now All Saints Square). Unusually the house was entered through the cellar underneath the curate’s living accommodation. During the 1960 / 70s, both The Parsonage and its cellar fell into disuse and quickly became dilapidated. 

Fortunately, in 1981, The Parsonage was saved from demolition by the Bedworth Society, although the cellar remained in a sad state of disrepair.

However, In January 1999, the Trustees of the Almshouses offered the Bedworth Society the cellar of the Parsonage, for conversion into a Heritage Centre. The Society accepted and a local architect prepared restoration plans. The cellar was renovated and made suitable for its new life as a Heritage Centre thanks to generous support by the Nicholas Chamberlaine Trust. 

heritage centre opening of parsonage in 2000 zThe Parsonage was officially opened on 4th February 2000, by The Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Mary Beaumont assisted by the Town Cryer, Paul Gough.

Planning and launching what became known as The Parsonage Project brought the work of the Bedworth Society to the attention of the public. Since then the Heritage Centre has enable the Society to share information, records and objects of interest on many aspects of Bedworth, past, present and future.

The Parsonage has three rooms open to visitors.

The Nicholas Chamberlaine Room, tells the story of Bedworth’s major benefactor, his life, times and legacy. heritage centre nic with abe and ada zIt features permanent display boards, a life size figurine of Nicholas Chamberlaine and models of two Almshouses residents. Known affectionately as Abe ‘N Ada they are dressed in the traditional Almshouse uniforms, which were worn until the early 1950s.

The Main Display Room, formally the kitchen of the Parsonage, features exhibitions which are changed three or four times a year. Each exhibition is designed to tell stories about different aspects of the history and life and times of Bedworth or the surrounding area.

The third room is a multimedia room, offering touch screen interactive presentations. 

heritage centre The first exhibition z

There is no charge for admittance to the Heritage Centre. However, donations are always welcome as this is the Centre’s main form of funding.

The Heritage Centre is run by a team of volunteers. They organise the exhibitions and events and work as stewards when the Centre is open to the public. If you would be interested in getting involved please email us contact@bedworth-society.co.uk.