Our “Evening with the War Poets” on 26 May was great success, with a near capacity audience at Norden Farm’s Studio. War poems were read – and sung – by Great Dixon, Edward Dixon and David Hazeldine, with our chairman Richard Poad acting as master of ceremonies. A replica of the uniform of Julian Grenfell DSO, Maidenhead and Taplow’s own soldier poet, was kindly loaned by SGI-UK at Taplow court. The uniform was lit dramatically, standing in a circle of red poppies in honour of Julian Grenfell, who died of wounds exactly 100 years ago on 26 May 1915.
25 children came to our free Family Craft Day on Tuesday, making masks based on river wildlife and learning more about the River Thames at Maidenhead. All but one of the families were coming to the Heritage Centre for the first time. This week’s Maidenhead Advertiser has a great photo of our learning officer Virginia Jenner with one of the youngsters.
The next free Family Craft Day will be in May half term, on Tuesday May 26th from 10am to 4pm
MAIDENHEAD FROM THE AIR
HURRY! EXHIBITION MUST END ON SATURDAY MARCH 12TH!
Only ONE WEEK left for you to come and take a look at our series of fascinating aerial photographs of Maidenhead and the surrounding area, dating from the 1920’s to the present day. Some of the photographs were taken by Fairey Air Surveys, based at White Waltham for 20 years, while others have been taken by modern drones. You might even be able to spot your house!
Our popular monthly lunchtime talks start at 12.45pm and last approximately 40 minutes.
A £2 donation is requested.
Thursday 10 March – “Maidenhead and the Beer Business”
Speaker: Keith Parry
Thursday 14 April – “Daniel Gooch – Brunel’s Engine Man”
Speaker: John McGuinness
Thursday 12 May – to be announced
2016 RIVER THAMES CRUISES – SEE THE RIVER FROM THE RIVER!
Tickets are now available for this year’s cruises on Thursday 1st and Tuesday 6th September, price £23 (£18 for Friends of the Heritage Centre). You will enjoy a leisurely 5-hour cruise leaving Maidenhead at 10am, heading upstream through Cookham and Marlow to Temple Lock. The boat turns around there and we continue back downstream as far as the Waterside at Bray before arriving back in Maidenhead at approx. 3pm. Along the way there is a live commentary about the history, wildlife, boats, buildings and people of the river – including lots of scandalous stories! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a great day out on the river.
For bookings please phone 01628 780555 (open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Saturday)