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Education Officer appointed
Virginia Jenner has just joined the Heritage Centre team as our Education and Learning Officer, thanks to a grant from the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Trust. Virginia says “I am very excited to be involved with such a go-ahead local museum, and am looking forward to developing its work with local schools and the wider community, including groups such as cubs and brownies. I will also be using Maidenhead’s amazingly varied history as a basis for exciting family events throughout the year. The first of these will be on the Saturdays in February half term.”
Heritage Centre chairman Richard Poad said “Virginia is brimming with ideas and enthusiasm, and we are delighted she is joining our team here in Park Street. Her experience at the London Transport Museum will invaluable. With over 30 local schools to contact and two family events to arrange at half term, she will be hitting the ground running.”
22-year old Virginia, from West Sussex, has degrees in History and Mediaeval Studies, and has previously worked at her local museum and at the London Transport Museum, where she was a learning volunteer helping to run school sessions and family activities during the school holidays. Virginia also volunteered at Sutton House, a National Trust house in Hackney, where she ran the regular family days and was involved in the research and planning of Black History Month activities.
Teachers and club organisers can contact Virginia Jenner on 01628 780555 or by email on
Our photographers have produced another brilliant calendar - the ONLY local calendar available. It is now on sale in our Heritage Centre shop, price £4.99, which is great value. We have many other local gifts available - and of course the proceeds support the on-going work of Maidenhead Heritage Centre.
Our Museum on TV again!
The 20th November episode of this popular BBC2 programme featured the Grandma Flew Spitfires Exhibition in the Heritage Centre; it was filmed in June 2013. The celebrity was Nina Wadia, who has appeared in many TV programmes, including Goodness Gracious Me and East Enders. Nina was accompanied by Antiques Expert Catherine Southon. The picture below includes members of the Grandma Flew Spitfires team who were on hand to take part in the programme and to give advice to the production crew. Nina enjoyed herself very much flying the Spitfire Simulator.
In the picture are Christopher Hobbs, Brian Wood, John Webster, Nina Wadia(Celebrity), Richard Butters and Catherine Southon(expert from Celebrity Antique s Road Trip).
Jackie walked for Heritage Centre
On Sunday October 6th, Jackie Simpson, one of our team of volunteers, put on her boots to walk 14 miles around the boundary of the pre-1972 Borough of Maidenhead. She was hoping to raise over £750 towards the next set of new display cases in our main Baylis Gallery and she actually raised around £650, which is a tremendous result. There is still time to sponsor her - please go to our special page on justgiving.com. click here
WELL DONE, JACKIE!
Showing our presence in the Library
Our Spitfire Simulator Flight pop-up in the main entrance of the Maidenhead Public Library. This makes an eye catching display for our Simulator.
The Simulator was once again a very popular attraction over the school half term week.
Mr Cooper gets a nose job!
This fine terra-cotta bust of John Kinghorn Cooper, founder of the Pinkneys Green Brick and Tile Works, has just one on display alongside some of his brick and terracotta products. The bust was sculpted in around 1877 bu Mr Cooper's son Walter, and erected on Queen Anne House at the bottom of Castle Hill. Salvaged when the house was demolished in 1972, the bust has suffered some damage during 40 years of storage. Thanks to a grant from the AIM Conservation Scheme, it has been restored by specialist conservator Sarah Peek of Brighton.
The decorative roof tiles and finials from Pinkneys Green can be seen on rooftops all over Maidenhead, especially in the Furze Platt conservation area.
Do come in and see this wonderful relic of Maidenhead's past.
Long serving volunteer Trevor
Jones leaves Maidenhead
Richard Poad (Chairman of the Heritage Centre) is seen here presenting Trevor Jones with a picture and something in a bottle! Trevor moved back to his native Wales on July 15th. Trevor was one of the early people to help get the Heritage Centre off the ground 20 years ago. Thanks for all you have done Trevor. And we wish Trevor all the best back in Wales.
The people are left to right, Richard Poad (Chairman Maidenhead Heritage Trust), The Right Honourable Theresa May MP, Colin Rayner (Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead), Samantha Rayner (Mayoress of Windsor and Maidenhead), Peter Murcott (Trustee, the Advertiser Trust), Graham Barker (Trustee, Maidenhead Heritage Trust)
On Friday May 10th 2013 supporters of Maidenhead Heritage Centre gathered at Hall Place, Burchetts Green for a 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Windsor and Maidenhead and by The Right Honourable Theresa May MP.
Proposing a toast to Maidenhead Heritage Centre, Mrs May congratulated all its volunteers on turning what began as a 6 month experiment in 1993 into a valued part of Maidenhead’s cultural scene. Confirming that for her “heritage matters”, she praised the temporary exhibitions staged at the Park Street venue for helping to inspire Maidonians of all generations about the history of their town.
A Spitfire in our Lobby
A scale model of a Spitfire is now in the Entrance Lobby to the Heritage Centre.
The model has been generously sponsored by the Spitfire Society.
Golden postbox for our
Maidenhead has its own golden postbox to celebrate the 3 Gold medals won by 24 yr old Sophie Christiansen in the Paralympic equestrian events at Greenwich Park. Sophie, who was born in Ascot and lives in Maidenhead, takes her place alongside rower Katherine Gainger MBE, who won the Women's Double Sculls Olympic rowing event at Dorney on 3 August along with her rowing partner Anna Watkins.
All at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre pass on our congratulations and good wishes to Sophie and Katherine, and to all the other local athletes who took part in London 2012. They all become part of Maidenhead's sporting heritage, taking their place alongside Bert Bushnell, Richard Burnell, Sir Stirling Moss and many more.
Photos below show the golden postbox at the junction of High Street and Park Street- within sight of Maidenhead Heritage Centre!
Next is Sophie Christiansen celebrating her third gold medal at Greenwich Park (photo EPA)
Third are Katherine Grainger and her partner Anna Watkins proudly showing off their gold medals at Eton Dorney on August 3rd.
A selection of pictures taken on the day follows this news item If you wish to see the full set of pictures please click here.
23 veterans of ATA and other guests assembled in Maidenhead on October 19th to hear Prince Michael of Kent open the Grandma Flew Spitfires! exhibition and archive. Pilots, flight engineers, air cadets, fitters and parachute packers were represented. AVM Stephen Hillier RAF paid tribute to ATA, and Peter Garrod (Commodore of the ATA association) described the life of an ATA pilot before the Prince declared the exhibition open. Then he toured the exhibition and flew the Spitfire simulator, executing a perfect barrel roll!
After the opening ceremony Prince Michael and the ATA veterans moved on to White Waltham airfield (home of ATA's HQ during World War II), where they enjoyed a private lunch at the West London Aero Club.
Chairman Richard Poad greets Air Vice Marshal Stephen Hillier of the RAF.
Chairman Richard Poad greets Prince Michael of Kent.
ATA Veterans Don Hoare and Peter George.
The ATA Veterans wait for the speeches to begin.
VIP's, Prince Michael of Kent, Councillor Asghar Majeed (Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead), Peter Garrod (Commodore of the ATA Association), Minnie Churchill (daughter of Gerard d'Erlanger, Commodore of the ATA) and Air Vice Marshal Stephen Hillier.
Prince Michael with the assembled ATA Veterans.
Prince Michael and the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Prince Michael declares the Grandma Flew Spitfires! Exhibition and Archive open.
A row of photographs of ATA members catches the attention of Prince Michael.
Richard Poad explains the ATA Time line to Prince Michael.
Prince Michael flies the Spitfire Simulator.
Prince Michael chats to representatives of the Spitfire Society, Steve Williams, Chris Brice and David Evans.
Prince Michael examines Peter George's ATA Log book with Martin Nicholson, John Cochrane and Edna Taylor.
Prince Michael chats to ATA Veterans, Wyn Roper, Molly Rose, Mary Cuningham, Joy Lofthouse and Jaye Edwards.
Prince Michael chats to some more of the ATA Veterans, Primrose Ratcliffe, Larry Lambourne and Mary Ellis.
Prince Michael signs the Visitor's Book.