Aylsham Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre in Aylsham has had a really successful first couple of weeks of the open season with lots of visitors enjoying our new  “History of St Michael’s”  exhibition.  It has been really lovely to see so many people finding out more about such an iconic building in the town.

The exhibition has grown from a project last year when Aylsham Heritage Centre and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse worked together to research Aylsham Union Workhouse. This produced a series of banners which were on exhibition in the library and at Blickling last year. However, so much information was uncovered that a full-scale exhibition was possible.

The exhibition is full of interesting information about how the workhouse was built and what life was like for inmates. It looks at their diet, the work they had to undertake and their daily routines Stories about the staff and Master and Matron of the workhouse are included in a representation of the Master’s parlour. Stories about some of the inmates of the workhouse show that not all stories ended as tragically as may be expected.

The exhibition traces the use of the workhouse buildings for troops in WW1, through to the development of the Cottage Hospital in the 1950s through to a centre of excellence for rheumatology where many pioneering operations for joint replacements took place.  The final board explores the closure of the hospital and the development of new housing.

Our annual series of talks, which are held on Wednesdays in May, is also shaping up well. Tickets are on sale now! All talks start at 7pm and cost £4 per ticket . (One free entry for Friends of the Heritage Centre). All tickets must be booked in advance by either calling in to the centre, or booking via our website www.aylshamheritage.com The programme is a varied one again this year and includes:

Wednesday  3rd May 2017

The Dogs Trust  by Kate Brewster.

Many of the visitors to the centre are of the four-legged variety, and with Alife as the resident Heritage Centre dog, it’s not difficult to see why we have chosen the Dogs trust as our charity talk this year. A donation from the ticket sales for this event will be given to support this great charity.

Wednesday 10th May

Forecasting, Climate Warnings and Norfolk by John Hammond.

John (Whilst not being the John Hammond from the TV Weather!) is a  Met Office Advisor working with emergency responders in Norfolk and across the East of England, by providing information and details of severe weather warnings

Wednesday 17th May

Norwich in the 1970s By Pete Goodrum.

Pete visits the centre again to give a slice of history of Norwich from another decade. His talks are full of pictures and anecdotes and always lead to lots of discussion and conversion.  This mirrors the subject of his latest published book.

Wednesday 24th May

Tales from the Chalk-face – Jayne Andrew.

Stories and anecdotes from a career in the classroom.

Booking Essential!

Contact Aylsham Heritage Centre, book online or call in for a ticket. 07919 962814

www.aylshamheritage.com  [email protected]

Don’t forget that Friends of the Heritage Centre receive one free ticket per year as a thank you for their support.

We are really pleased that the 98th Friends membership was issued this week which puts us almost half way to our target of 200 friends which was the ambition of the Late Alan Quinn.

Who will be the 100th Friend of the Heritage Centre??

Friends membership costs £10 per year.

You can become a Friend of the Heritage centre by completing the Friends membership form (online or in the centre) and make the £10 donation.

The benefits of becoming a ‘Friend’ include:-

  • Two newsletters a year that keep you informed of events and updates at the Centre
  • e-mail notification of events and activities
  • Invitation to events to preview new exhibitions
  • Free entry to one event/activity during the course of the year (some restrictions may apply)
  • Free Heritage Centre magnet
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our website. (You may opt out if you wish).

We would love to have you join our friendly bunch of supporters!

You can pick up an application form from the centre, or email us on [email protected]

You can also enrol online at www.aylshamheritage.com.

We will be most grateful!

Opening times

Monday 10.30 – 1pm

Tuesday – Friday 10.30 – 3.30

First Saturday in each month 10.30 – 1pm


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