To mark the 75th anniversary of the first British women flying a fighter (see https://www.maidenheadheritage.org.uk/ata-news-events ) we are offering for this week only (19-23 July) a free 15 minute Spitfire simulator flight to all female visitors to our Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition. Please phone 01628 780555 to book your flight.
Congratulations from everyone at Maidenhead Heritage Centre to our MP Theresa May on becoming the UK’s second woman Prime Minister today, July 13th 2016. The new PM has been a long-standing supporter of Maidenhead Heritage Centre, and on a private visit with her husband Philip she flew our Spitfire simulator. She took off from White Waltham and then became the first Home Secretary to ‘land’ a Spitfire at Heathrow Airport. On our facebook page (click on the symbol at the bottom of this page) you will find film of her having a flying lesson from our Chairman Richard Poad. He commented on the ease and speed with which Theresa absorbed his instructions. “She has plenty of practice with all those red boxes which keep her up half the night!” said Richard. You too can have a Spitfire simulator flight – just phone 01628 780555 to make a booking.
Our new exhibition “The Story of Skindles” is now open and will run until October 1st 2016. The exhibition covers the whole history of Skindles from the 18th century to its final closure in 1995, but will concentrate on the glory years of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras and the ‘swinging Skindles’ of the 1970’s, when Louis Brown owned the hotel and its nightclub La Valbonne (below right). Memories of a misspent youth for some of our visitors, perhaps! On display are a large stained glass window salvaged from the ruins of Skindles as well as menus, china and crockery and other memorabilia. If anybody reading this new item has any Skindles items which they would be willing to loan, we would be pleased to hear from them.
“The Story of Skindles” has been sponsored by Braxtons, who are the selling agents for the homes being built on the Skindles site by Berkeley Homes.
Radio and TV presenter Anne Diamond visited the museum on 4 May, a week after interviewing chairman Richard Poad about royal visits to Maidenhead. But this time she came to fly our Spitfire simulator – and what fun she had. The photos show Anne with volunteer flying instructor Bernie Kuflik and the view from the cockpit as she approaches Tower Bridge at high speed. She flew the Spitfire cleanly through the centre of the bridge. Well done, Anne!
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.