Tel: 01628 780555

A Great Little Museum


Maidenhead Heritage Centre, described by one visitor as “a little gem”, is just the place to explore this town’s history, which 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 Bridge

Our permanent “Story of Maidenhead” exhibition is supplemented with four 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).  The simulator has just had a major upgrade and is now better than ever.


Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.



An illustrated talk – Thurs 26 February 2015,  8pm at the Desborough Suite, Maidenhead Town Hall

A fascinating insight into life on the Royal Yacht Britannia by Commodore Gerry Thwaites, who served as the yacht’s senior engineer officer. His very amusing illustrated talk covers the yacht herself (she sailed a million miles as the Queen’s floating palace), his job (how do you cope with a total generator failure 20 minutes before the Queen is due to come aboard?) and of course members of the royal family themselves (lunch with the Queen Mother is a wonderful story).

Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased via the Heritage Centre – pop in, call us on 01628 780 555 or click here to buy your tickets online. 



MAIDENHEAD IN THE GREAT WAR: An exhibition exploring life on the Home Front, 1914-1918

25 September 2014 – 28 March 2015 

Our special exhibition to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is now open.

Discover the impact that war had on life for ordinary people, as the golden summer season of 1914 was interrupted by the arrival of hundreds of troops, nurses, refugees, and even prisoners of war in Maidenhead.

Special events to accompany the exhibition will be announced shortly, please keep an eye on our Events page for details. If you are interested in organising a class visit or talk, please get in touch at


Make the most of your visit with a trip to  Grandma Flew Spitfires. Discover the forgotten story of the Air Transport Auxiliary, a civilian wartime airforce whose base was 2 miles away at White Waltham. With a state of the art Spitfire Simulator there is no better way to experience this unique story in our national history.

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).

Booking is essential so phone us now on 01628 780555


A young visitor flies the spitfire simulator

“This is really cool!”

are the most cost effective way to experience Grandma Flew Spitfires - for just £12 enjoy 30 minutes flying (including instruction) and entry to the exhibition for 2 people. Perfect gifts for birthdays and special occasions, our vouchers have no expiry allowing you to plan your trip at leisure. 

Flights are available from 10.20am to 3.40pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays.

 The simulator is recommended for ‘pilots’ aged 9 or over – the oldest person to fly it was 92! Younger pilots may like to fly with assistance from an adult. 

If you are coming specifically to fly the Spitfire simulator, please phone to check that it is fully serviceable – 01628 780555




January 8th, 2015

Our series of 6 flying talks on the 80-yr history of White Waltham Airfield is now fully booked, though we are happy to put your name on a waiting list in case of cancellation.     [...]

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