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What's on at Maidenhead Heritage Centre
THERE WILL BE NO LUNCHTIME LECTURE IN DECEMBER OR JANUARY. Our popular lunchtime talks will restart on Thursday 13th February 2014.
3 December – 20 December
A moment in Maidenhead
Local artists were invited to capture several local scenes which are scheduled to disappear due to redevelopment. This exhibition showcases the artwork produced in this project, which was arranged by the organisers of 'Art in the Street'. The youngest artist was only 5 years old! On display in the exhibition are documents relating to The Colonnade and items dredged from the stream at Chapel Arches in the 1960's, including some VERY large animal bones!
Starting 10 January 2014
Mapping our History
An exhibition of maps from our extensive collection, tracing how the town has developed.
Winter Aviation talks - book now!
Six 2-hr talks by Heritage Centre chairman Richard Poad using archive photographs, newsreel and films to trace over 100 years of local aviation history: visionary pioneers, the flying circuses, ATA, RAF White Waltham, Fairey Aviation, ML Aviation and much more. The 6 evening lectures will be followed in the 7th week by a day time visit to West London Aero Club to view aircraft in the hangars.
Tuesday evenings, 7:30pm, starting Tuesday 14th January 2014. Venue: West London Aero Club, White Waltham Airfield
Fees: £55 (£40 for Friends of Maidenhead Heritage Centre), in aid of Heritage Centre funds. Please email us for a booking form on email@example.com
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.