Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre

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The Dulverton and District
Civic Society

The Dulverton and District Civic Society, registered charity number 900051, was formed in 1989. This evolved from a studies course offered by Bristol University entitled "Developing Your Community - an informal course for people interested in the future of their community" which was held in Dulverton in 1986. From this emerged the aim  to preserve the quiet character of this very small rural town and help it to avoid becoming "a soulless dormitory".

A Heritage Centre seemed a good way to preserve the way of life of people, past and present, for future generations - somewhere for locals as well as visitors to come, enjoy and learn.

As outlined on the History Page, the buildings that now house the Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre became available in 1988. When the Dulverton and District Civic Society formed in 1989, it set about raising money in order to develop the ideas for the Centre. The buildings were acquired through the generosity of the Dulverton Trust, set up by Gilbert Wills, Lord Dulverton. A great deal of fund-raising followed to finance the creation of the Centre in buildings that were in need of considerable renovation.

The Civic Society runs the Guildhall Heritage and Arts Centre and undertakes guided walks around Dulverton in the summer season.

Types of  MembershipFees
Full Annual Member
Junior Annual Member
(under 18 years)

The membership year runs from
1st January to 31st December
Click HERE to open a PDF file containing a membership form
Society Membership

Membership of the Society is open to all - local people or visitors and is a way of supporting this valuable resource.  Joining is a means of contributing to the work that is undertaken and the Society is most grateful to its loyal band of members.

Objectives of
the Dulverton and District Civic Society
To ensure that our visitors are made aware of the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the locality  and to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features in the area.
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