The Covid-19 crisis means that Maidenhead Heritage Centre is closed until further notice. The published schedule of exhibitions and events will inevitably change but our online services will continue.
There are typically three temporary exhibitions each year. Currently: ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE.
All The World’s A Stage: Community Theatre in Maidenhead
From 27th February.
The exhibition has been moved online due to Covid-19 causing the temporary closure of Maidenhead Heritage Centre. Please follow the link below.
Community theatre is alive and well in Maidenhead and a taster of what it is and what it does can be seen at the Heritage Centre’s current exhibition.
On display are costumes, programmes, props, set boxes, photographs and even acting trophies, all of which add up to staging a show from page to stage.
Learn about some of the terminology, myths and superstitions attached to theatre; break a leg, the green room, LX, DSM, the tech and why the Scottish Play is NEVER referred to in the theatre and whistling back stage is bad luck.
Become a Director of your own production on a model stage, plotting your characters moves and acting out the scene.
Enter the world of Theatre and see how team work and commitment brings a production to the stage ready to open the house for the audience, house lights down and curtain up.
There will also be information on the various groups in Maidenhead and how, if you wish, to get involved both on the stage, back stage and front of house.
A Lost Kingdom?
The Middle Thames Region and the Making of Early Historic England
Wednesday 6 May – Sunday 21 June
This temporary exhibition follows the discovery by Maidenhead Search Society metal detectorists in early 2018, of the site of a high status Anglo-Saxon burial, not far from Maidenhead.
Drawing inspiration from new archaeological finds, this exhibition evaluates the role of the Middle Thames region in the wider political, social and economic dynamics of southern England over the 5th to 8th centuries A.D.
A one-day conference at the Desborough Theatre in Maidenhead will be held on the 30th May which coincides with the exhibition. For more information and to book a ticket for the conference, go to Eventbrite and search for ‘A Lost Kingdom? The Middle Thames Region and the Making of Early Historic England’.
NHS Research in the Thames Valley
Friday 12 June – Tuesday 21 July
During the summer, we will be hosting a free photo exhibition about NHS research in the Thames Valley.
The NHS in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire has collaborated on a stunning series of life-sized images (see above and below) that showcase the breadth of research taking place across the region’s health service, featuring public participants in studies, researchers at work and eye-catching microscopic images. Many studies require volunteers, even if they are healthy. We hope the exhibition will raise public awareness of the importance of research to find new tests and treatments to change and save lives.
The exhibition highlights research supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care to improve the health and welfare of the nation through research.
Summer on the River
26 June – Sunday 13 September
What better exhibition for the summer months than a colourful look at all the ways that local people enjoy the River Thames. Sailing, canoeing and paddleboarding, dragon-boat racing, rowing, punting, swimming (hard to imagine in March) and of course day trips and holidays afloat. In mid July we might even spot the Swan Uppers at work and for those of us who enjoy a gentle stroll along the footpath, the river scene is delightful. No wonder it attracted artists such as Turner and Tissot. While the exhibition is on, please bring us your memories of the river.
Maidenhead United Football Club 150th anniversary
16th September – Christmas 2020
The first match was played 17 December 1870
RESCHEDULED FOR 2021
BBO Big Band concert in aid of Maidenhead Heritage Trust
Thursday 25th March 2021, 8:15pm
Join us for an evening of Jazz, Swing and Big Band Music on Thursday 26th March when The BBO Big Band will be supporting Maidenhead Heritage Centre at their monthly Big Band concert, held at Marlow British Legion.
The BBO Big Band plays classic big band swing music to raise funds for local charities, and since their formation the band has raised over £400,000 for good causes in the area.
The event will be featuring vocalists Tricia Bassett and Steve Bailey, as well as a raffle draw with some great prizes to be won. Funds raised will go to the Maidenhead Heritage Trust, supporting future exhibitions and the work we do at the Heritage Centre.
Tickets are £8 on the door, so please show your support by joining us for what will be a great evening.
Venue: Marlow Royal British Legion Hall, Station Approach, Marlow SL7 1NT. Tickets £8 on the door.
More information: http://www.bbobigband.co.uk/
Usually at 12:45 on the second Wednesday of the month. Check back for details.
Venue: Maidenhead Heritage Centre. Tickets £3 on the door and FREE to Friends of Maidenhead Heritage Centre.
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