Verwood UK - Heritage Centre
Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre

Verwood Museum Trust - Dorset UK. (Registered Charity No. 1067952)


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Wooden block of VHHC made by Ray Reeks


Special opening for Jubilee Week Only
From Monday the 30th May to Thurs 2nd June 2022.
Open from 09:30 to 15:00 hrs offering

Cream Teas and toasted sandwiches.

Seating is currently available both indoors and outdoors.
The Museum (entry free) and Coffee Shop will normally open as follows
but special events may have extended hours :-

09:30 a.m. - noon. Monday - Saturday
Closed Sunday.

Tea, various Coffees, Hot Chocolate, soft drinks, biscuits, toasted Tea Cakes,
Sausage Rolls
and locally home made cakes and Scones with Cream and Jam are available daily at reasonable prices.
There are also special offers most days as well.


Exhibitions, Festivals & Fairs


The current Exhibition is -

"Queen's Jubilee Display"
Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre
 - Entrance FREE
 - Coffee Shop entry FREE


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The Verwood Temperence Banner
the Heritage Centre project for 2015

The Verwood Temperance banner at the VHHC is an unusual survivor and is more than a century old. It had to be taken down from the wall in the Heritage Centre in 2007, partly because the silk from which it is made was slowly perishing and also because it occupied a position where the new projector screen was required to go. Since then it has been kept boxed up in the loft of the Heritage Centre.

As part of a VHHC project the banner was carfully unrolled and hung so that your webmaster could take a high definition picture in order that it could be printed on material and put back on display. The picture nelow shows th original banner.

Silver Star Tent No 2066 I.O.R Verwood. (Circa 1891)

I.O.R. stands for the Independant Order of Rechabites and the Rechabites were inspired by Rechab in the Old Testament who commanded his followers not to drink wine and to live in tents. The name was adopted by those who joined the Temperence Movement in the nineteenth century.

In late victorian times when many people lived in poverty, drink was a serious problem and was responsible for damaging many peoples lives. The Methodist Church played a prominent part in the way that the Rechabite Movement developed.

The motto 'Peace and Plenty - The Rewards of Temperance' is echoed by the images on the banner shield. The sun and moon is a reminder that temperence was a twenty-four obligation and the beehives are a reminder of diligence.

The Replica copy of the banner can be seen on display in the Heritage Centre.


A book was published in 2010,

"Memorial Hall Jubilee Book"

which recounts

50 years of memories and anecdotes

with photos, some in colour,

of the Verwood Memorial Hall.



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Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre


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The "Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre" project has preserved and restored a unique Primitive Country Pottery workshop, providing a Heritage Centre focusing on the Dorset Heathland and local Crafts. The picture shows the Centre pictured from Ferrett's Green.

The Exhibition Area, contained in the original Potters' Workshop, has been extended for further Exhibition Space and a Research Centre. This extension was opened on the 13th June 2005 by the Marquess of Salisbury. 

The Initial Phase was also officially opened by the Rt. Hon, the Viscount Cranborne (now the Marquess of Salisbury), Patron of the Centre, on Friday 28th February 2003.

The Coffee Shop and a Gift Shop serves Tea, Filter Coffee, Hot Chocolate, soft drinks, biscuits and locally home made cakes at reasonable prices and in a convivial atmosphere. Don't forget your FREE 2nd cup of Coffee. 

Open to all!

The centre serves all whatever their age, beliefs and culture.  There is wheelchair access to all the public areas of the building.

There is no entrance charge.

How can I help? 

Become a "Friend of  Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre" and offer your time, services, knowledge, expertise. Due to its success more help is always needed for people to work in the Coffee Shop and act as Stewards.

Please contact the Verwood Heritage Centre on: +44 (0)1202 900207 (during opening hours)

Subscriptions to the funds and sponsorship always welcome
Gift Aid applies to private and business donations.

Contact Info.

Telephone :- 


Opening Hours:-

Postal address :-Electronic mail :-



 Please contact the Verwood Heritage Centre on: +44 (0)1202 900207

(Phone often not manned so please email or visit.)

(09:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday) 

The Potters Wheel, Manor Way, Verwood, Dorset. UK - BH31 6HF

 heritagecentre @ (remove spaces) or the webmaster



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