Wednesday 25 October 2023
The Centre will open again in April 2024. We will still be able to open for group bookings during our closed season.
Friday 31 March 2023
New items on display include a wedding dress made from a RAF parachute in 1947. It has gone on display next to a wedding gown dating to 1867 and is part of a larger display of clothing.
Also new for 2023 is a medical case belonging to a former doctor. Dr Farr’s surgery was at Greengates from the 1930’s until the 1960’s. His medical case is a time capsule of medical history.
Monday 9 January 2023
Joseph Hardy was only Lord of the Manor for a relatively short time but he left a lasting impression and legacy in Henley including the creation of the Heritage Centre.
Statements from the Hardy family, Nemacolin and 84 Lumber:
“Many knew Joe as a brilliant businessman and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Even with his vast success, Joe always remembered what matters most: people. He will be greatly missed.”
“From the beginning to the end of his life, Joseph A. Hardy III was truly a man who did it all. This embodied his favourite phrase and philosophy ‘nothing is impossible’."
"Mr. Hardy was a significant philanthropist for many universities and charitable organisations and has received numerous awards for his philanthropy.”
Wednesday 10 August 2022
The final item really strikes a chord with organ restorer David Burville. Norman Kench and his daughter Sarah have brought in the town of Henley-in-Arden’s barrel organ, which is in dire need of David’s expertise. The organ has played a major role in community celebrations and fundraising events for decades, but it is now scuffed, shabby and terribly tuneless. This project is a huge undertaking for David, but he rolls up his sleeves and cannot wait to start work.
Sunday 3 April 2022
This year we have had to change our opening times. We shall now be open 12 until 4pm on weekdays (Tuesday to Friday) and 2pm to 4pm on Weekends.
The Centre is closed on Mondays and we shall also be closed on Good Friday (15th April).
Saturday 5 February 2022
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. After Derek’s death in 2014, Rosemary continued to be a volunteer and was a fountain of knowledge about Henley.
The Trustees would like to thank Rosemary Sharman's family and those who gave donations at the service of thanksgiving. Currently we have received over £2,500.
Tuesday 21 December 2021
The winter period is used for maintenance, development and restoration work at the Centre. We hope to re-open on 1st April 2022. 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!
Friday 23 July 2021
We have introduced a number of temporary measures for our visitors.
Our opening times have been reduced for the rest of the year. Due to the centre having small rooms and narrow corridors, a limit of 20 people inside the building at any one time has been introduced. Hand sanitiser is available for use. Face coverings are no longer mandatory to wear. We respect every individual's personal choice on the wearing of masks including our own volunteers.
We hope everyone understands why we have introduced these changes and enjoy their visit.
Wednesday 19 May 2021
The Heritage Centre is currently closed.
With yesterdays announcement by the Government to delay the final phase removing restrictions, the Trustees have decided to put back the re-opening of the Heritage Centre until after the 19th July. ++ we are now planning to re-open on Sat 31st July ++
Certain measures may be still in place when visiting including the limit on numbers, the wearing of masks and the provision of hand sanitiser.
The Centre is always looking for new volunteer stewards. It involves giving 2 hours a fortnight of your time to help keep the museum open. Use our 'contact us' details on the website if you wish to volunteer.
Sunday 24 January 2021
Covid-19 [Update on Re-Opening]
The Heritage Centre is currently closed for the Winter. The latest government announcement concerning the roadmap of easing restrictions indicate that the earliest that indoor museums may be able to open is 17th May 2021.
The trustees are currently planning how and when the Heritage Centre will open considering that certain social distancing measures will continue in the short term.
Monday 16 November 2020
Because of Coronavirus and government social distancing measures the Heritage Centre was unable to open this year.
It is hoped that we will be able to open as normal on 1st April 2021.
The Trustees recognise that measures to reduce infection may continue on well into next year. In those circumstances there may well be changes to how the Centre normally operates as we have an obligation to look after our visitors and volunteers.
During the year we have been able to make some repairs and improvements to the property ready for when we are able to open.
Sunday 8 November 2020
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Wednesday 6 May 2020
In accordance with the measures taken by the UK Government in response to Coronavirus Covid-19, the Heritage Centre is currently closed until further notice.
We will continue to review the situation and will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Friday 17 April 2020
In accordance with the measures taken by the UK Government to reduce the risk of infection, the Heritage Centre will remain closed until further notice.
The Trust has an obligation to look after our volunteers, the majority of whom are classified as vulnerable, as well as our visitors.
The Trustees are continuing to review the situation in light of current Government guidance whilst making preparations including Risk Assessments and will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.
Tuesday 3 March 2020
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 â€˜this week in historyâ€™ section which has been introduced to communicate the rich history of the town.
Monday 9 September 2019
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: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Wednesday 3 April 2019
We are planning to join the â€˜Heritage Open Daysâ€™ scheme in September along with other venues in Henley. Further details to follow.
Wednesday 31 October 2018
We now have a facebook page which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/HenleyinArdenHeritageCentre
Wednesday 4 April 2018
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
A display commemorating the people of Henley who took part in the First World War will be installed for 2018.
Sunday 26 February 2017
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
Ray Evans is a local author, playwright and dramatist, and has recently published a local history book entitled â€˜Henley in Arden â€“ A Splodge in the Arden Forestâ€™ 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 Rayâ€™s latest tome â€“ â€˜Churchillâ€™s Boomersâ€™ an account of life in Birmingham in the fifties, available later this year.Further details about Rayâ€™s work can be found at https://www.bardofhenley.co.uk
Thursday 1 September 2016
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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