News and Events

Monday 23 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Heritage Centre will remain closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

In accordance with measures taken by the UK Government to reduce the risk of infection, it has been decided that the Heritage Centre will not open on the 1st April.

The Trust has an obligation to look after our volunteers, the majority of whom are classified as vulnerable, as well as visitors.

We will continue to review the situation but hope to open on the 1st May.

Tuesday 3 March 2020

Henley-in-Arden Museum & Heritage Centre re-opens to the public for the new season on 1st April 2020.

A re-branding of the Centre has taken place over the winter with new leaflets and a new look website.

The website has been re-developed from scratch to be responsive, accessible and clearly legible on all devices. At the same time the look and feel of the site has been redesigned to make it more contemporary, generally more appealing and easier to read and navigate.

A new feature to the site is a ‘this week in history’ section which has been introduced to communicate the rich history of the town.

Monday 9 September 2019

The Heritage Centre will be part of the National scheme: Heritage Open Days 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: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Wednesday 3 April 2019

New for 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.

Wednesday 31 October 2018

The Heritage Centre is now closed until April 2019.

Can you identify what this recent acqusition is?

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

Wednesday 4 April 2018

Earthing Exhibition

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

Wednesday 21 March 2018

The Heritage Centre will open on Tuesday 3rd April.

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.

Sunday 26 February 2017

Opening on Tuesday 4th April 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.

Sunday 26 February 2017

Henley-in-Arden: A Splodge in the Arden Forest by Ray Evans

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 http://www.bardofhenley.co.uk

Thursday 1 September 2016

New Update to the Website

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.

Thursday 25 August 2016

New Beaudesert Castle Model

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.

Wednesday 27 July 2016

New for 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.

Monday 6 April 2015

We're open again!

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

CLOSED FOR THE WINTER

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!

Wednesday 22 October 2014

100 years on

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.

Saturday 6 September 2014

Derek Sharman: a founder trustee

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.

Monday 28 July 2014

100 years on ....

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.

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Renewing an old "friendship"?

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.

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Endless sifting and sorting!

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.

Wednesday 2 April 2014

We're open!

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.

Saturday 4 January 2014

How was it for you??

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!