Maidenhead in the 1950s
Using the archive of the Maidenhead Advertiser newspaper, this exhibition will take you back to Maidenhead in the 1950s. At the start of the 50s, the country was still recovering from the effects of World War II, but the Coronation in 1953 raised everybody’s spirits. By the end of the decade Maidenhead’s population had risen by 30% and teenagers had created their own identity and culture.
In the 50s Maidenhead still had lots of manufacturers and creative artists as well. 1957 was a glory year for Vanwall racing cars (driven by local boy Stirling Moss), Fairey Aviation whose Rotodyne made its first flight, and for Gerry Mr Thunderbirds Anderson, who made his first puppet films in a riverside mansion in Maidenhead. Oh – and 1954 was VERY important because sweet rationing finally ended!
Bring the oldies along and wallow in nostalgia! Exhibition open Saturday 24th June, runs until 30th September.