Heritage Centre in Aylsham history

Some information about upcoming events in the Heritage Centre in Aylsham

The Heritage Centre in Aylsham has been bustling with visitors since we opened which is lovely.  We are hoping to be able to return to our usual opening hours as soon as we can so watch this space! It will be so lovely to have our lovely volunteers back to welcome people through the door. In preparing for our full reopening, we have found that our volunteer rota has a few gaps, so if you have a couple of hours to spare on a Thursday morning and fancy joining us when we do all come back, then please do get in touch. You don’t need any experience nor do you need masses of knowledge about the history of the town. You just need to be able to welcome people with a cheery smile! Each session is 2.5 hours 10.30 – 1pm and you are always on duty with someone else to keep you company!

Our 10th birthday is fast approaching. Our beautiful building was originally the old Parish Rooms and was built in 1890 by Benjamin Cooke, a miller in the town, for the grand sum of £400. It was equipped for £60 and then donated to the church. It opened on 1st October 1890. The building has had many uses ranging from wedding receptions, children’s parties, a temporary library and as a meeting room for the church choir and for the WI. 10 years ago, the building was nearing the end of an extensive renovation. A mezzanine floor had been added, a toilet installed and a new floor laid to replace the beautiful but rotten parquet. We officially opened on 2nd July 2011 and our first theme was “Celebrations and Events” and included costumes from the Masque of Anne Boylen on loan from Blicking Hall. Since then we have staged around 14 exhibitions in total – covering topics such as the war, street names, oral history, shops, transport and childhood, as well as hosting exhibitions from Aylsham Rotary and the History society.  We hope we will be here for many more years too!

Aylsham history Summer Walk

One celebratory event will be illustrated evening walk on Friday 2nd July which is exactly 10 years since the centre opened. The route will take in the Market Place, Red Lion Street, Millgate, Cawston Road and Hungate street – a distance of around 1.6 miles and lasting 90 mins (approx.) covering many aspects of the history of the town. The walk will start and finish at the Heritage Centre and ticket price will include refreshments on our return. Booking is essential as numbers will be limited. Ticket prices £7 per person.  Book via www.aylshamheritage.com or call in to see us.

Our needle felting workshops

Our needle felting workshops are also making a return too. The first of these will be Friday 30th July and we will be making a bunny. Suitable for complete beginners, all materials and tuition provided, £18 per person – 10.30 – 1pm Book places online at www.aylshamheritage.com or pop in and see us.