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).


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


20th June – 13th September 2014

This summer we celebrate the centenary of Maidenhead’s motoring industry with a brand new exhibition featuring real vintage cars. Find out about GWK, Marendaz, Burney and Vanwall cars, all built on the Cordwalles Estate between 1914 and 1936.

GWK of Mrs Beryl Martin

Celebrate our local racing hero, Stirling Moss, who drove a Vanwall to victory in the 1957 British Grand Prix, narrowly missing out on becoming World Champion by one point in 1958! Don’t miss out – three different cars will go on display over the summer, with special family activities themed around each car and a series of evening talks.

Click here to find out more 

GWK, the first car on loan for Maidenhead's Motor Industry exhibiton



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



VANWALL talk 4th Sept

August 25th, 2014

The final talk about Maidenhead's Motor Industry will take place on 4th September at 7.30pm at Maidenhead Town Hall.  Speaker Robert Cooper will trace the development of the Vanwall racing car by Tony[...]

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