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What's on at Maidenhead Heritage Centre
TWO ILLUSTRATED TALKS
Thursday March 20th at 7.30pm
To be held at URC church hall West Street
Thames Valley Millionaires — Temple to Taplow
Presented by Dr Keith Parry
Maidenhead and the Movies
Presented by Mr Richard Poad
Tickets from the Heritage Centre, 18 Park St, 01628 780555
£10 to include a glass of wine — In aid of MHC funds
NICHOLAS WINTON – Maidenhead´s Schindler who was responsible for rescuing hundreds of children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia
Thursday 13 February at 12.45pm
Thursday 13 March at 12.45pm
THE FIGHT OVER COOKHAM COMMONS 1799-1852
Thursday 10 April
Saturday 15th February
Grandma Flew Spitfires Family Day
Activities drop in 10.30–3.30 Follow the daring adventures of civilian pilots in WWII in our Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition. Take to the skies in our Spitfire Simulator* and test your aviation skills in a paper aeroplane competition. Find out what life was really like during the war with a chance to handle REAL wartime artefacts and take our Blackout Quiz.
Under 5s free, Under 16/Concessions £2.50, Adults £3.50 *Spitfire Flights booked separately, £5 per 15 mins – advance booking advised.
Thursday 20th February
Games of Yesteryear, Drop in 10.30–3.30
Bring the family to play games old and new – who will come out on top? Challenge yourself to games of skill and chance. Find out the history of some of your favourite games through the generations and learn to play some new ones. All ages and abilities welcome!
Under 5s free, Under 16/Concessions £1.50, Adults £2.00 Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Now until 22 March 2014
MAPPING OUR HISTORY
A selection of maps from our own collection, including a wartime German map of White Waltham and a Heathrow plan of 1946 showing TEN runways!
26 March until 10 May 2014
CHARITY BEGINS IN MAIDENHEAD
A look at local charities some of which date back to the 17th century. Includes Salters Almshouses, Jesus Hospital at Bray and the Workhouse at St Mark's.
14 May until 14 June 2014
MEMORIES OF D-DAY
For the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, we revive our poignant exhibition based on the memories of 20 local men who were involved in the D-Day campaign.
Thursday November 14th at 12.45pm at Maidenhead Heritage Centre
Rabbi Jonathan Romain of the Maidenhead Synagogue gave the November lunchtime lecture on his book: "Royal Jews: A Thousand Years of Jewish Life in and Around the Royal County of Berkshire".
He began with the Jews who came to this country in 1066 with William the Conqueror. Jews were by tradition money lenders and played a vital role in society. Jews and all their possessions were in fact owned by the King. Then in 1290 all Jews were expelled from the country. And it was not until the time of Oliver Cromwell that they were allowed to return.
There was no synagogue in Maidenhead until World War II. Several Jews came to Maidenhead from London at the beginning of the War. So by 1940 there was a small Jewish community in the town. At the end of the War some Jews returned to London while others stayed. A house was acquired for use as a dedicated a synagogue building in 1953.
Visit by Home Secretary
Our MP and Home Secretary, the Right Honourable Theresa May visited the Heritage Centre on Saturday 31st August. She had a conducted tour of the Grandma Flew Spitfires Exhibition and Archive. And was then shown how to fly the Spitfire Simulator. She actually landed it at Heathrow Airport!
The above picture is of Mrs May with her husband. Also present are Richard Poad and two volunteers.
Richard Poad instructs our MP on how to fly the Spitfire Flight Simulator.
The three River Thames Historical Cruises in early September were a great success. Everybody had a great trip, cruising slowly upriver via Boulters, Cookham and Marlow locks. At the end of the 5 hour trip we went down through Maidenhead to Bray Reach and along millionaires row admiring the houses and seeing if we could spot one of the crocodiles which lives by the river these days. One lady told me that she saw an otter, which I have never seen on this part of the river. The kingfisher count was just one, seen opposite Bisham Church.
The cruises were very popular this year, all three were fully booked. If you would like to go on one of next year's cruises we can take a provisional booking! The expected dates are September 4th, 9th and 11th 2014.
The photo shows our boat the Windsor Sovereign waiting to enter Cookham Lock on the way upriver.
Thursday July 10th at 12.45pm at Maidenhead Heritage Centre
From Henley to Maidenhead
Richard gave talk on the River Thames from Henley-on-Thames to Maidenhead. And what went on along its banks.