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Did you know Dennis Potter? Get involved with an exciting celebration of his life and work.

The Dean Heritage Centre (DHC), in Soudley, is looking for people who knew screenwriter and journalist Dennis Potter. Whether you went to school or social clubs with him or played an extra in one of his films, the DHC would like to hear about it.

The Centre would like to interview and record willing volunteers as part of their upcoming Potter exhibition and display memorabilia local people may have.

Phillippa Turner, Centre archivist said, “It is important to ensure that the local communities engage with the archive, and one way of doing this is through collecting Potter-related oral histories.  The living memories of local people need to be preserved as an alternative way of accessing the history and heritage of the Forest of Dean.  The Dennis Potter exhibition should provide a multi-sensory learning experience that will increase visitor enjoyment”.

The Centre is also appealing for images from Potter life, so if you have any photos from his childhood; school; Berry Hill Band time; photographs taken by extras while filming one of his TV dramas; or any other period in his life then get in touch. These items will be accessioned into the DHC collection and will become part of a living legacy for Dennis Potter.

The DHC has also put out an appeal for 1950’s furniture to dress its upcoming Dennis Potter exhibition space. The Centre is asking for the following donations: a chest of drawers, bookcase, coffee table, rug and a television from the era. The items will be accepted as a donation towards the exhibition of Potters life and works rather than accessioned into the Dean Heritage Centre’s historical collection.

The Dennis Potter exhibition contains two different phases, the first will be a display of Potter related artefacts and the second will be a replica living room. This will give DHC visitors the chance to become fully immersed in the physical and literary world of Potter. It is an exciting opportunity to make the Dennis Potter collection more accessible to DHC visitors, and to exhibit the contemporary history of the Forest of Dean.
If you have any items that would match the Centre’s requirements, please contact Phillippa Turner at the DHC on 01594 822170 or

Explore Gloucestershire
10 April 2012

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