Merry Christmas to everyone! We hope you have a wonderful day and that when 2017 arrives you will have a happy and healthy new year. Please note that the museum is now closed until 10am on Saturday 7 January 2017, although our office will be open from January 3rd.
Tickets are now on sale for this special talk by Taplow historian Nigel Smales, which ties in with our Story of Skindles exhibition. From an 18th century inn at Maidenhead Bridge, Skindles developed to become ‘the most famous hotel in the world’, frequented by princes, politicians, pop-stars and the rest. In the early 1980s La Valbonne nightclub at Skindles was voted the best nightclub in the world, and many local people have shared their memories of the club. “In 1985 our daughter met her future husband in the Valbonne” wrote one visitor to the exhibition and “Met my man in the swimming pool” wrote another anonymous visitor! But in 1995 the doors closed for the last time and the building lay derelict for 20 years. Now top-end housing is rising on the site of the iconic hotel. Nigel Smales traces this amazing part of Maidenhead and Taplow history in this fund-raising talk. Tickets cost just £8 and are available from the Heritage Centre or by calling 01628 780555.
Date: Wednesday 14 September at 7.30pm
Venue: Maidenhead Heritage Centre (parking at Grove Road or Maidenhead Town Hall – free for Advantage card holders)
Our next free family fun day will be on Wednesday 24th August, when we will be celebrating all things Spitfire! You can drop in to the museum at 18 Park Street any time between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Join us for a day dedicated to the magnificent Spitfire. Try on replica flying equipment,including flying helmets and goggles, have your photo taken as a Spitfire pilot and enter a competition to design and fly a paper plane and win a flight in our superb Spitfire simulator!
Our next free family fun day will be on Wednesday 17th August, when you can drop in to the museum at 18 Park Street any time between 10.30am and 3.30pm. The link to our History of Skindles exhibition continues with the Royalty Chef! We have several historic menus on display in the exhibition, so this is a chance for youngsters to design their own delicious and decadent 1930s menu to serve to royalty, who were frequent visitors to Skindles Hotel, along with the film and pop stars of the day.
A few tickets are still left for this illustrated talk on Wednesday 20th April, celebrating the 90th birthday of The Queen. Our Chairman Richard Poad will start with a swift gallop through the royal connections in Maidenhead history before concentrating on visits to Maidenhead and nearby villages by the Queen and other members of the royal family.
Venue: Maidenhead Heritage Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 (£6 for Friends of Maidenhead Heritage Centre). Phone 01628 780555 for tickets.