Welcome to Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre

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Keeping you up-to-date on all the latest news and events at Henley-in-Arden heritage Centre.

Check back regularly for all our news.

The Heritage Centre will be part of the National scheme: Heritage Open Days 2019

Monday 9 September 2019

The Centre will have a display from Henley CoE School from Tuesday 17th to Sunday 22nd September. The Centre will also be open longer from 10:30 to 4:30 during this period.

The Guild Hall will also open as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd September from 12noon to 4pm. For more information go to: www.heritageopendays.org.uk

New for 2019

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Heritage Open Days

We are planning to join the ‘Heritage Open Days’ scheme in September along with other venues in Henley. Further details to follow.

The Heritage Centre is now closed until April 2019.

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Can you identify what this recent acqusition is?

We now have a facebook page which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/HenleyinArdenHeritageCentre

Earthing Exhibition

Wednesday 4 April 2018

The Hub & Henley Primary School have set up a Special Exhibition that will run in the Learning Room until 4th May

Express powers of your imagination.

Inspired by local artist and writer Julie de Bastion & Herbalist Laura Yarham

Be prepared for the unexpected

The Heritage Centre will open on Tuesday 3rd April.

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War

A display commemorating the people of Henley who took part in the First World War will be installed for 2018.

Opening on Tuesday 4th April 2017

Sunday 26 February 2017

New for 2017 Mediaeval Room & Entrance Hall Makeovers

Work over the Winter has included improvements to the Entrance Hall and the Mediaeval Room.

The Entrance Hall has been given a different layout and a model showing the history of the building.

The Mediaeval Room has had a change of layout; new information boards; new lighting and a new castle model.

'Henley in Arden – A Splodge in the Arden Forest' by Ray Evans

Sunday 26 February 2017

Ray's book will be on offer at the Heritage Centre at a discounted price of £10.

Ray Evans is a local author, playwright and dramatist, and has recently published a local history book entitled ‘Henley in Arden – A Splodge in the Arden Forest’ which is a whimsical account of life in Henley in the past 700 years or so.

The Book Guild have taken the option to publish Ray’s latest tome – ‘Churchill’s Boomers’ an account of life in Birmingham in the fifties, available later this year.Further details about Ray’s work can be found at www.bardofhenley.co.uk

New Update to the Website

Thursday 1 September 2016

Schools and Groups Page

We have added more information on our website for school visits including what we can offer.

For societies and groups we have a dedicated page on what kind of visits we can offer.

The Heritage Centre can also help you in your visit to Henley-in-Arden, the Guildhall, and other places in the town.

New Beaudesert Castle Model

Thursday 25 August 2016

Progress Report on the New Model

In order to improve our presentation about Beaudesert Castle, a new model is currently being designed and built. It will be smaller than our existing model but will be more accurate in terms of the shape of the hill and in how it looked in the 14th century. Mike Quinney and Ray Holding have been doing all the hard work shaping the earthworks. Hopefully we will have the new model on display next year.

New for 2016

Wednesday 27 July 2016

New Display on Local Historical Documents

A display focusing on documents concerning Henley has been installed in the Learning Room. It includes copies of the four market charters for Henley & Beaudesert along with an example of a Court Roll. There is also an entry from the Warwickshire Eyre, and indentures from the Centre's own collection.

We're open again!

Monday 6 April 2015

The Centre reopened to the public on 1st April, after its winter "rest".

Our 2014 display commemorating the outbreak of the Great War a hundred years ago has been enhanced by the addition of a remarkable model of a WW1 battlefield trench. This splendid model was made by ten-tear old Oscar Hook Evans, as part of a school project about the War. The detail is impressive, down to individually - made sandbags and wall supports. Well done Oscar - a fine piece of work, and thank you for letting us display it!


Sunday 2 November 2014

The Heritage Centre has now closed at the end of its 2014 season. Here the last stewards on duty on 31st October, Anna Best and Maggie Riley, turn the key for the last time in 2014.

The winter period is used for maintenance, development and restoration work at the Centre. We reopen on 1st April 2015 but anyone interested in arranging a group visit during next year can contact us via the website at any time now. And anyone thinking of volunteering as a steward should get in touch now!

100 years on

Wednesday 22 October 2014

From August,,marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, we have had a display in the Reading Room showing a small part of Henley's own story.

With the enthusiastic help of pupils of St Mary's School, Henley, a collection of documents and other memorabilia from the war years was put together. This will remain in place at least until the early part of the 2015 open season. It includes some brightly imagined newspapers of the nations and a colourful display of national flags and statements. Also included are a handful of extracts from the new book by Dr R D Bridgewater and the story of Henley's voluntary auxiliary hospital.

Derek Sharman: a founder trustee

Saturday 6 September 2014

The trustees of the Joseph Hardy Trust, which owns and runs the Heritage Centre, said a sad goodbye to one of the creators of the Centre, Derek Sharman, who passed away on 18th August.

Starting with an empty house after its acquisition by the Trust in 1995, Derek and his wife Rosemary conceived and created the museum very much as it now presents itself. Derek himself ran it as curator for its first sixe years. This was but one of Derek's numerous contributions to Henley's community life, its societies and its well-being. He was one of those irreplaceable people whose word and deed were consistent, dependable and non-judgemental.

100 years on ....

Monday 28 July 2014

On Monday 4th August between 10.00am and noon, Dr Douglas Bridgewater will be on hand at the Heritage Centre to sign copies of his new book.

The book, entitled "A Small Town and the Great War" is launched on the occasion of the centenary of the outbreak of war on 4th August 1914. It presents a meticulously researched account of the lives of two hundred men of Henley-in-Arden who were on active service during the hostilities. It follows their fortunes after the war and records how Henley now commemorates her war dead.

Renewing an old "friendship"?

Wednesday 16 July 2014

The German 500lb bomb displayed in our Wartime section was re-united with an earlier acquaintance

Mrs Veronica Butler, who visited us recently, lived here as a baby during the war and was rudely awakened by a falling bomb.... which happily didn't detonate, or we wouldn't have this story!.

We don't know for sure but it may well have been this same weapon. It was retrieved after the war by Sappers, who rendered it harmless.

Endless sifting and sorting!

Wednesday 9 July 2014

There's a steady stream of "new" documents and other artefacts, kindly offered by interested people.

Needless to say, it sometimes overtakes us and there's a backlog to sort out. Keiran Mallinson, on a work experience placement from Henley School and shown here working with curator Ray Holding has been helping us "bottom" the latest pile, adding to our collection of artefacts and displays. It's vital work.

We're open!

Wednesday 2 April 2014

The Heritage Centre re-opened for the 2014 season on 1st April 2014. We're now open until the end of October and look forward to welcoming you!

School and adult groups are particularly welcome, by prior arrangement. Just phone or e-mail us to book a date for a guided tour of the Centre. Refreshments are provided for adult groups. It makes a great day out.

The Reading Room, shown here, is a mine of information and you can browse through all the records in comfort. People come looking for information about their ancestors!

And - new this year - young folk (of all ages!) can enjoy our short film show and test their knowledge on the touchscreen quizzes.

How was it for you??

Saturday 4 January 2014

We're closed for the winter but we'd like to hear from you if you visited during 2013!

If your visit was between 1st April and the end of October 2013,do please tell us what you thought about the Heritage Centre, its displays, archives and stories and the help you received from our stewards. We'd really like to know what you found most interesting.

You can use the CONTACT US page on this website for your reply. Please state the area you live in and how you first heard about us!

And of course, come again. Some really cool stuff installed for 2014!