Welcome to Maidenhead Heritage Centre
The history of Maidenhead stretches from before the Romans to racing cars, aeroplanes, Hammer Horror films and scandals at Cliveden. The town grew up when the first bridge was built across the Thames in 1250 and became a Victorian boom town when the Great Western Railway opened.
Maidenhead Heritage Centre, described by one visitor as “a little gem”, is just the place to explore this amazingly varied history. Our permanent “Story of Maidenhead” exhibition is supplemented with five free exhibitions a year in our Sammes Gallery, so there is always something new to see.
On the first floor of the museum is Grandma Flew Spitfires, our Exhibition and Archive dedicated to Air Transport Auxiliary, with its fabulous Spitfire simulator (admission charge applies).
Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Now until 10th May 2014
CHARITY BEGINS… IN MAIDENHEAD
This new exhibition highlights some of the centuries-old charities which are still doing good in Maidenhead. It includes Jesus Hospital in Bray and Salters Almshouses in Maidenhead, and charities such as the Spoore Merry Rixman Foundation. Among the items on display is the 1845 Admissions and Discharges Register for the local workhouse. It makes poignant reading: one entry shows a female tramp aged 90 being housed for the night in the casual wards. 90 is a ripe old age for the 1840′s.
SPITFIRE SIMULATOR FLIGHTS
for children aged 9 to 90!
BOOK NOW FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAYS!
Phone us now on 01628 780555 to book your Spitfire Simulator flights. Flights include instruction and cost just £5 per 15 minutes, plus entry charge to the exhibition (£3.50 adults, £2 children aged 11-16, 10 and under Free – with GIFT AID tickets are valid for return visits within 12 months).
Flights are available from 10.20am to 3.40pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays. The simulator is suitable for ‘pilots’ aged 9 or over – the oldest person to fly it was 92!
A recent visitor said his Spitfire flight was “absolute magic”
SIMULATOR GIFT VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE FROM RECEPTION AT MAIDENHEAD HERITAGE CENTRE. Each £12 voucher gives 30 minutes flying, including instruction, and entry to the exhibition for the pilot and one companion. Perfect for Christmas or a Birthday!
“THIS IS REALLY COOL!”
Real comment from a real visitor
If you are coming specifically to fly the Spitfire simulator, please phone to check that it is fully serviceable – 01628 780555
VOLUNTEERING AT THE HERITAGE CENTRE
If you would like to know more about opportunities for volunteers go to the Volunteers page.