On Sunday 6th October, Flora Woodruff completed the Maidenhead Boundary Walk with a group of friends, raising nearly £800 for Maidenhead Heritage Centre. She would like to thank everyone who kindly sponsored her and was proud to be listed in the Maidenhead Advertiser as raising the most funds out of everyone who took place on the walk.
Halloween and local film heritage come together in a special showing of the iconic Hammer Horror film DRACULA, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Dracula was one of the best of the 80 films made by Hammer during their 16 years at Bray Studios. This special showing will be at Maidenhead Heritage Centre Tuesday 31st October at 3pm – before it gets dark and spooky outside! Tickets £8.
A special finds identification day is being held at Maidenhead Heritage Centre on Saturday July 22nd. Many people have found mystery objects while out walking or digging in their garden: an old coin, an old bottle or a piece of pottery, or in the case of the Centre’s chairman a wedding ring whose owner was eventually traced!
At this special event being staged as part of the UK Festival of Archaeology, you can bring along your mystery object for expert David Williams (Finds Liaison Officer) to inspect and hopefully identify. Perhaps you have a real treasure.
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!