Knutsford Heritage Centre

90A King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire. WA16 6ED Tel: 01565 650506. Email:


Opening Times. Summer (April - September): Tuesday-Saturday 11am - 4pm, Sunday 2pm - 5pm. Winter (October - March): Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm.

Book Your Heritage Tour
With Lord Ashbrook, our patron, in the gardens of Arley Hall
The Arley Hall visit, 2011
At the Gaskell House in Plymouth Grove 2012
The annual Christmas Quiz
Jazz at the Heritage Centre 2011
February Forum 2012 'Spinning Through Time'

Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre

The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre was set up in September 2007 to provide financial support for the Centre. Its aim is to raise funds for varied Heritage Centre projects responding to requests from the Trustees on what its most pressing needs are. It has purchased a much needed autofill water boiler, funded the rebinding of some rare books in the archives, and many other essential items needed to move the Centre forward.

Currently we have around 60 members. Joining the Friends is a great way to support the work of Knutsford Heritage Centre and at the same time enjoy a calendar of social events. We have four main seasonal fund raising events a year. A regular newsletter is published. The Friends are members of the British Association of Friends of Museums (BAFM). If you are interested in joining the committee, please call 01565 650506.

If you would like to become a member of the Friends, you can download and complete our application form.


Who are the friends?

They are individuals and families who care about Knutsford and its rich heritage. They share its aims to preserve, protect and promote the historic past of the town.

By joining the Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre, members can play an important role in conserving the cultural heritage of Knutsford for future generations.


What do the friends do?

The Friends provide valuable support in the form of an annual subscription, and by organising or supporting fund-raising events. All monies received go towards the enhancement of the Centre.

As a friend you will receive:

  • A regular newsletter
  • Advance notice of forthcoming events
  • 10% discount on ticket price for Heritage Centre and Friends events

Friends Events 

The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre organise fund-raising events to enable the Centre to buy equipment or generally enhance the visitor experience, so do come along and support us.

Heritage Friends Application Form

Become A Friend

The annual subscription is
Adult: £10.00 per year
Joint: £15.00 per year

For ease of administration, our subscriptions are renewable in September each year. Anyone joining between April and August need only pay £5 (£7.50 joint) for this part year. The full subscription will be due in September.

Cheques should be sent to 'The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre'

Contact us at

Offer Help

We are always glad of help from the Friends. Please telephone us on 01565 650506 or email us at if you are able to offer any of the following:

  • Raffle prize donation
  • Give a talk or demonstration
  • Help with baking and/or catering
  • Display/deliver publicity material
  • Help organise a fund-raising event
  • Contribute an article to the newsletter
  • Give occasional help at an event (i.e. stewarding, collecting tickets)
  • Particular skills, interests, experience or useful contacts that you feel could benefit the Heritage Centre
  • Any suggestions for events/functions/activities you would like to see organised

Recent Events

A very successful evening was held on Tuesday 14 January 2014, when 24 Friends gathered at Gusto for a three-course meal. Many thanks to Gusto, who did us proud! We intend this to be an annual event.

 February Forum 2014 

Three speakers from local historic properties were joined by one of the Centre’s volunteers, to give a series of four Saturday lunchtime talks. 

Charles Foster, project director of Arley Hall archives, talked about the shopping habits of the Warburton family of Arley in the 18th century using original bills and invoices as his starting point.  

Mary Gracie gave a presentation using images of Knutsford and of the surrounding estates that helped make Knutsford a prosperous market town. 

Sarah Webb, a trustee of the Tabley House Collection, described a Victorian year with the Leicesters of Tabley, illustrated with excerpts from the family’s diaries and letters and Victorian photographs.

Peter Braun gave an illustrated talk about Dunham Hall, with stories and anecdotes covering the history of the house, the family, royal connections and Victorian romance and scandal.



On July 2nd 2014, the Friends will be enjoying an afternoon visit to the Lovell Quinta Arboretum followed by tea at the Swettenham Arms.

The arboretum is in the village of Swettenham and extends for about 11 hectares. It was created by Professor Sir Bernard Lovell FRS from open grassland after he purchased the property in 1948. In 1996 it passed into the hands of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust who transferred it to the Tatton Garden Society in the autumn of 2003.

There are some 800 species and some 2,500 trees and shrubs, including currently 2 National Collections as well as a lake and many species of wildlife.


Upcoming Events

October 21 - March 14

Wartime Knutsford

Exhibition reviewing the impact of World War I on Knutsford

October 21

Friends AGM and People & Places talk by Caroline Sherwin


November 01

The Knutsford Lads who never came home

Talk by Tony Davies, author of The Knutsford lads who never came home.Tickets £8 includes Ligh...


Our Award Winning Heritage Garden

Spring in our Award Winning Garden

Photo courtesy Juno Photographic

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