In the early 1990s, as a result of an initiative of the Calne Town Council and the Calne Project, a working party was set up to pursue the aim of establishing a heritage centre in Calne. Its first achievement was to mount an exhibition in 1992 called 'A Taste of Harris' covering the history of the Harris bacon industry in Calne. It was a great success and some of the material is now on display in the Centre.
For 10 years, the working party sought to find suitable premises for the Centre eventually settling on an arrangement with the Calne Town Council to lease the Carnegie Building, the former site of the town's library until the new building was opened in 2001.
The Centre has been created and is managed by the voluntary work of the Trustees and is staffed by volunteers provided by the Friends of the Centre.
Become A Volunteer or Friend
We are constantly looking for new Friends and volunteers.
Become a Friend: As a Friend you can help to keep the Heritage Centre running financially by paying a subscription of £10.00 per year. You will also have an opportunity to assist with the administration of the Centre and be involved in its development. You will be invited to social events and the official openings of exhibitions during the year. Your time is as valuable as your money, so you might also consider becoming a volunteer steward.
Become a volunteer steward: Stewards help run the centre by donating their time, shifts are 3 hours long and you can volunteer to do as many or as few as you wish. As a volunteer you would be expected to familiarise yourself with the materials we have, to assist visitors and to sell our merchandise. You can also volunteer to help keep the centre clean, to assist in the cataloguing of material and to participate in the preparation of exhibitions.
You do not need to become a Friend to be a volunteer, but if you wish to be both, volunteers can pay a reduced Friends' subscription of £5.00 per year. If you are interested in becoming a friend and/or volunteer then please contact us with your details and someone will be in touch with you shortly.