Aylsham Heritage Centre

Aylsham Heritage Centre Temporary Opening Hours. Wednesday -10.30 - 3.30
Friday - -10.30 - 3.30

Next to the War memorial in the churchyard We're located in the ground of St Michael's church in Aylsham, just near the war memorial.
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We have themed exhibtions about Aylsham, and run children's and family craft sessions in school holidays. Visit out website www.aylshamheritage.com for information about upcoming events.

Operating as usual

We are so very pleased to announce that the centre will reopen the doors on Wednesday 19th May at 10.30! It's been a ver...
03/05/2021

We are so very pleased to announce that the centre will reopen the doors on Wednesday 19th May at 10.30! It's been a very long time since we saw you all!! Initially we will be operating with limited opening hours - Wednesday and Friday 10.30 - 3.30 - but as restrictions are lifted we hope to return to normal.

Don't forget about our website www.aylshamheritage.com which has details of all our events and also lots of information and pictures about the history of the town.

We are so very pleased to announce that the centre will reopen the doors on Wednesday 19th May at 10.30! It's been a very long time since we saw you all!! Initially we will be operating with limited opening hours - Wednesday and Friday 10.30 - 3.30 - but as restrictions are lifted we hope to return to normal.

Don't forget about our website www.aylshamheritage.com which has details of all our events and also lots of information and pictures about the history of the town.

A lovely morning wih our virtual Breakfast with Santa event... lots of fun so thanks to everyone who took part and to Sa...
06/12/2020

A lovely morning wih our virtual Breakfast with Santa event... lots of fun so thanks to everyone who took part and to Santa for spending his morning with us direct from the North Pole!

Only a handful of spaces left for our virtual Santa event - Booking closes tomorrow - 29th November. Craft packs deliver...
28/11/2020

Only a handful of spaces left for our virtual Santa event - Booking closes tomorrow - 29th November. Craft packs delivered next week and a zoom chat with Santa on the 6th!

Don't miss out on your place! Booking closes November 29th and there are limited places remaining - so don't miss out! A...
24/11/2020

Don't miss out on your place! Booking closes November 29th and there are limited places remaining - so don't miss out! A craft pack will be delivered to you containing 5 craft activities (suitable for age 3+). A zoom link will be sent to you via email with your time slot for the conversation with Santa on December 6th. A great way to start the festive season!

Booking closes for this event on November 29th! So please don't miss out! Packs will be delivered on the 2nd of December...
20/11/2020

Booking closes for this event on November 29th! So please don't miss out! Packs will be delivered on the 2nd of December and emails with the zoom invitation will follow close behind. Book now www.aylshamheritage.com

Don't forget to book your place for our Santa experience this year. We can't do what we would normally do, and don't want to risk organising something that later has to be cancelled, so we are running our event virtually. £6 per child buys a craft pack (5 craft items and a present from Santa) which is delivered to your home. Then on the 6th December there will be a Zoom chat with Santa.

Letters to Santa can be posted in the North Pole post box in the Heritage Centre during November so that all the letters to the man himself will reach him in time!

Book your place at www.aylshamheritage.com

We're starting to put the craft packs together very soon, so don't forget to book your place for our slightly amended Br...
13/11/2020

We're starting to put the craft packs together very soon, so don't forget to book your place for our slightly amended Breakfast with Santa this year! £6 per child - book via aylshamheritage.com

Don't forget to book your place for our Santa experience this year. We can't do what we would normally do, and don't want to risk organising something that later has to be cancelled, so we are running our event virtually. £6 per child buys a craft pack (5 craft items and a present from Santa) which is delivered to your home. Then on the 6th December there will be a Zoom chat with Santa.

Letters to Santa can be posted in the North Pole post box in the Heritage Centre during November so that all the letters to the man himself will reach him in time!

Book your place at www.aylshamheritage.com

03/11/2020

So tomorrow will be the last day that we are open before we close for Winter. We usually close at the end of November, but I guess the decision has been made for us that we will need to close earlier! We plan to re-open again when we usually would at the beginning of March with a new exhibition to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.
All our Christmas events will go ahead as planned as they are all virtual, so do visit our website to book places for our Santa event and our Quiz night!
Many thanks for all your support this year.

Don't forget to book your place for our Santa experience this year.  We can't do what we would normally do, and don't wa...
30/10/2020

Don't forget to book your place for our Santa experience this year. We can't do what we would normally do, and don't want to risk organising something that later has to be cancelled, so we are running our event virtually. £6 per child buys a craft pack (5 craft items and a present from Santa) which is delivered to your home. Then on the 6th December there will be a Zoom chat with Santa.

Letters to Santa can be posted in the North Pole post box in the Heritage Centre during November so that all the letters to the man himself will reach him in time!

Book your place at www.aylshamheritage.com

The final post in our Wednesday "Dip into the Decades" thread explores some of the events in Aylsham between 2010 and 20...
28/10/2020

The final post in our Wednesday "Dip into the Decades" thread explores some of the events in Aylsham between 2010 and 2020.

This time period saw plenty of Royal Celebrations in the town. The Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Friday 29th April 2011 was celebrated by many of the schools in Aylsham. John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery school had a street party to celebrate, with both children and adults dressing up in suitable royal clothing!
2012 and 2017 saw the celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee and Sapphire Jubilee. A traditional street party filled the Market Place.
The Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016 was another cause for celebration in the town with another street party.

2011 saw the first of several successful years of the Aylsham Festival. The first was called Looking Up and included a programme of different events and concerts in the town.
It was also a really important year for us as it was the year that the Heritage Centre opened its doors to the public. The centre is housed in a building which was once the church rooms, it was built in 1830 by Benjamin Cook. We have hosed many exhibitions and events during this time and look forward to celebrating 10 fabulous years next year!

In 2012 Aylsham was part of the route travelled by the Olympic torch in the run up to the London Olympics.

It has also been a time to mark centuries of significant events in the town. Probably the most significant is the commemoration of those who gave their lives in the First World War. Commemorative Ringing of the church bell during 2014-18 remembered the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of men, especially the 66 Aylsham men whose names appear on the war memorial. Each of ‘the 66’ were remembered by the tolling of a bell one hundred times at noon on the date of their death, one hundred years ago.
The second centenary marked 100 years since the 1912 floods which saw the end of the Navigation between Aylsham and Yarmouth. A token cargo of barley was taken down what is left of the navigation, to meet the wherry Albion at Coltishall.

All photographs reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive and Council.

23/10/2020

The Heritage Centre is closed this morning for a workshop. We will be open again this afternoon. Many apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The penultimate post in our Wednesday "Dip into the Decades" thread explores some of the events in Aylsham between 2000 ...
21/10/2020

The penultimate post in our Wednesday "Dip into the Decades" thread explores some of the events in Aylsham between 2000 and 2010.

2002 was the year of the Golden Jubilee. Events such as a parade, a fete and a dance were part of the celebrations.

Aylsham Motor Company, located on Norwich Road, was demolished in December 2003 to make way for the Tesco store which opened in this period.

Coopers garage on Red Lion Street was demolished and an archaeological dig took place on the site it had occupied in 2003. Evidence of Roman occupation was found. New shops and houses were built on the site.

An old basketball court on the Rec became an area for a permanent skate park, and an “Awards for All” grant from Broadland District Council was obtained, which meant the park could be properly equipped, ready for the opening in May 2003.

In 2004 a group of parents formed a working party to improve the facilities for children in Aylsham, and the concept of the Smile Park was launched. After five years of fund-raising work began to build the park, which was opened in 2009.

All photographs reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive and Council.

For the last 5 years we have been running our Breakfast with Santa event. Due to "Elf" and Safety and the various rules ...
16/10/2020

For the last 5 years we have been running our Breakfast with Santa event. Due to "Elf" and Safety and the various rules and "Clauses" in place this year, Santa finds himself in "ice"olation and so can't come to breakfast! But, we are determined to bring the Breakfast with Santa experience to you! So, we are really excited to bring you our virtual event! We supply the crafts and Santa ... you supply the breakfast! JUST £6 per child!

Your Santa pack includes 5 different craft activities to make and complete at home and a present from the man himself. This will be delivered to your door (for those outside Aylsham a postage fee will be added as our local elf delivery service may not be able to get to you!)

On Sunday 6th December there will be a individual Zoom chat to Santa so that you get to tell him all about your year, your Christmas wish list and probably suffer a few of his terrible jokes! (details will be sent nearer the time) We ask that children are supervised during this call.

There will also be a North pole post box in the centre (or via email!) where letters can be posted to reach Santa before the 6th.

All this for just £6 a child (+£3 outside Aylsham)

Booking via https://www.aylshamheritage.com/2020-children-and-family-events.html

Last Orders today!!!!!
16/10/2020

Last Orders today!!!!!

Friday is the last day to book places for our online wine tasting. £40 per household with 3 wines to taste with commentary from Harper Wells of Norwich. Don't miss out! Wines will be delivered to you next week and the zoom invitation will be sent to you via email. Booking via https://www.aylshamheritage.com/2020-talks-walks-and-social-events.html

The next post in our Wednesday "Dip into the Decades" thread explores some of the events in Aylsham between 1990 and 200...
14/10/2020

The next post in our Wednesday "Dip into the Decades" thread explores some of the events in Aylsham between 1990 and 2000.

During the late 1990’s the journey of twinning Aylsham with another town began, La Chaussee-Saint-Victor (in Loir-et-Cher, France.) about 100 miles from Paris. In August 2000, the first formal twinning ceremony took place at the Aylsham Show, attended by a party of 50 from La Chaussée. The official ceremony was in the grand ring. A corresponding twinning ceremony was also held in France in October 2000, which a group of 63 Aylsham people attended.

On the 10th July 1990 Bure Valley Railway opened on the site of the Aylsham South station by journalist and TV presenter Miles Kington. It runs between Aylsham and Wroxham, with a nine-mile-long footpath running alongside.

During this time period, several new buildings appeared in the town. The Market Surgery appeared in 1993/4 and the Hungate surgery was also built. The new development which led to the new library, Kings Chemist, a bakers, and a fruit shop was also completed during this time around 1992. These buildings were on the site of the old North Norfolk Supply Stores which collapsed in 1960. Buildings which housed Budgens were initially erected here but were demolished for the new development which remains today.

All photographs reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive and Council.

Friday is the last day to book places for our online wine tasting. £40 per household with 3 wines to taste with commenta...
14/10/2020

Friday is the last day to book places for our online wine tasting. £40 per household with 3 wines to taste with commentary from Harper Wells of Norwich. Don't miss out! Wines will be delivered to you next week and the zoom invitation will be sent to you via email. Booking via https://www.aylshamheritage.com/2020-talks-walks-and-social-events.html

The next post in our Wednesday “Dip into the Decades” thread looks at some of the events in Aylsham between the years 19...
07/10/2020

The next post in our Wednesday “Dip into the Decades” thread looks at some of the events in Aylsham between the years 1980 and 1990.

Maingay House sheltered housing opened on 18th July 1983 with an official visit from Princess Anne. The complex was named after Dr Maingay.

Watt Bros garage on Norwich Road was demolished 1987-8 to make way for the new Budgens store. The new store opened on 25th October 1988. The car park used to be the site of a bowling green for the Dog public house.

Aylsham Bypass was opened on 2nd May 1980 by County Councillor Mrs Roualle.
In order to carry it over the river a bridge, 46 metres long had to be constructed.

All photographs reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive and Council.

Half term is fast approaching and we pleased to be able to host a children's Paper Batik workshop on Friday 23rd October...
07/10/2020

Half term is fast approaching and we pleased to be able to host a children's Paper Batik workshop on Friday 23rd October 10.30 - 12.30 to design and create some lovely wax resist art. Its a really fun process involving wax crayons, paint and an iron!! Places are £5 per child (all children must be accompanied by an adult) and booking can be made via our website https://www.aylshamheritage.com/2020-children-and-family-events.html
Places will be limited to ensure that the workshop can take place under covid secure conditions.

Following the success of our first online wine tasting event, we are happy to be able to host another! Saturday October ...
07/10/2020

Following the success of our first online wine tasting event, we are happy to be able to host another! Saturday October 24th 7pm via zoom. Tickets cost £40 per household (not per person!), which includes 3 bottles of wine (which will be delivered to you in the week before the event) and commentary on the evening from Harper Wells of Norwich.
(When organising your "household group" please ensure you observe all the current guidance about group sizes and social distancing.)
Places are limited, and booking closes on the 16th October. Tickets can be booked from our website https://www.aylshamheritage.com/2020-talks-walks-and-social-events.

The next post in our Wednesday “Dip into the Decades” thread looks at some of the events in Aylsham between the years 19...
30/09/2020

The next post in our Wednesday “Dip into the Decades” thread looks at some of the events in Aylsham between the years 1970 and 1980.
Two schools opened in Aylsham during this period. In 1971 Aylsham Junior School Opened its doors for 7-11 year olds. Expansion of the building in 1978 saw it become a Middle School catering for boys and girls in the 8-12 age range. The school reverted back to a Junior School in September 2001, becoming Bure Valley Junior School. John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery school was opened in 1977. Initially the school shared a premises with St Michael’s Infant school until the building was completed and the new building could be moved in to on 20th September 1977. It opened with 80 pupils on roll, but by the end of the first full year, it had reached 150.

This period again saw another Royal Celebration – this time the Queen’s Silver jubilee in 1977. Schools celebrated the event with vibrant displays. Events took place in the Market Place and the town band played in the church.

All photographs reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive and Council.

On this day, 138 years ago, Joseph Clover died. Joseph Thomas Clover was born in Aylsham in 1825.  He was the nephew of ...
27/09/2020

On this day, 138 years ago, Joseph Clover died. Joseph Thomas Clover was born in Aylsham in 1825. He was the nephew of Joseph Clover the artist responsible for three of the civic portraits in St Andrews Hall Norwich.
Joseph Thomas Clover became the first full time consulting anaesthetist in England.

Clover made enormous contributions to anaesthesia. He developed equipment - including the Portable Regulating Ether Inhaler (1873) which continued to be in general use in London hospitals until 1930 - which improved safety for patients. His contribution is acknowledged by his inclusion in the Royal College of Anaesthetists crest in Britain.

Joseph Clover was involved with the care of many famous people including Florence Nightingale, Napoleon the Third and H.M Queen Alexandra, while the Princess of Wales.
Joseph Clover died in 1882 after a long illness.

A plaque to commemorate him can be found in the market place and lots more information about his life a work can be found at http://www.josephclover.com/

Photograph reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive and Council

The next post in our Wednesday “Dip into the Decades” thread looks at some of the events in Aylsham between the years 19...
23/09/2020

The next post in our Wednesday “Dip into the Decades” thread looks at some of the events in Aylsham between the years 1960 and 1970.
In 1960 the front of the North Norfolk Supply Stores collapsed during renovation works. There is a fascinating film of the aftermath of the collapse which is available to view in the Heritage Centre. During renovation work in 1960, the front of the shop collapsed. The new building was home to Budgens and Rusts originally, until this was rebuilt to house the bakers, a fruit shop and the chemist.
In January 1962 the education committee agreed to purchase County Cinema on Caswton Road to convert this to a Youth Centre. The new centre was opened on September 30th 1963. The youth club itself had been running since 1950 and was held in both the Scout Hut in Petersons Lane and in the Drill Hall.
During the 1960s St Michaels hospital was flourishing and eventually became a centre of excellence for Rheumatology. Pioneering operations for joint replacements were also carried out here. In the 1960s it was the first hospital in Norfolk to offer joint replacement other than hips. Patients came from all over the country due to the hospital’s reputation. A new Hydrotherapy Pool and Occupational Therapy departments were also opened.
All photographs reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive and Council.

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☺️ PLEASE SHARE 🙂 My father-in-law FRED BECKETT is looking for his long lost sister JUNE WARD. Her birthday date is 3rd June 1943. The last time they saw each other was over 60 years ago. They had an argument about their dying father and never spoke again. Fred moved shortly afterwards to Thornton-Cleveleys Lancs, from Norwich Norfolk. She married a man called WALLY WARD and they lived in Aylsham Norfolk. He misses her and would love to know what happened to her and her family. If anyone has any information please PM me. Thank you.
A new page has been added to www.oldshuck.info - 'Birth and Death in Aylsham Union' (transcripts of the birth, baptism, death and burial registers that were kept by the workhouses at Buxton, Oulton and Aylsham).
Hi Jayne, please save me a place on the Edith C thing next year. Mx
a preview of Aylsham Heritage Centre New Exhibition that opens on wednesday the 28th of Feb at 1030
Sorry to mention the C word but are you doing Breakfast with Santa at Christmas this year?