Cultural Heritage Centre


Located at the Gawler Civic Centre, the Cultural Heritage Centre allows the community to experience and interact with the specialized and significant Gawler Heritage Collection through exhibitions, education programmes and expert talks.

It also provides a dedicated space for research and learning which will broaden our understanding of the thoughts, actions, people and events which have shaped the story of Gawler.

Experiences to visit

Heritage Gallery

Housed within the magnificent old Council Chamber, the Cultural Heritage Gallery will deliver diverse presentations showcasing the multi-faceted aspects of Gawler’s history as well as select touring exhibitions from other cultural institutions.

The current exhibition 'Fire the Canon: Celebrating the birth of the iconic Gawler Institute Building' will be in place till mid January. The exhibition tells the story of the laying of the foundation stone of the Institute building 150 years ago and the trials and tribulations that led to that day.

The Heritage Gallery will close on Thursday 24 December at 12pm and reopen Monday 4 January at 9am.

Opening hours:
Monday-Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 10am-6pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-1pm

Admittance is free

Research Centre

The Cultural Heritage Research Centre, located on the lower ground floor, allows researchers, students and the public the opportunity to access the large and unique collection of artefacts, archives, photographs and books that compose the Gawler Heritage Collection. The Local History Collection is also available at the Research Centre.

The Research Centre will close on Thursday 24 December at 12pm and reopen Monday 4 January at 9am

Opening hours:
Monday 1pm-4pm
Wednesday 10am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Thursday 1pm-5pm.

Additional access to the Heritage Collection is by appointment.

The Collection is currently being catalogued and new entries are being added online weekly. Cataloguing will be a long term project so please contact the Cultural Heritage Centre if you have an enquiry about an item in the Gawler Heritage Collection but cannot find it in the catalogue.

The electronic catalogue is available now.

Contact us:
Phone: (08) 8522 9268

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