Aylsham Heritage Centre

Aylsham Heritage Centre Monday-10.30-13.00 Tuesday-Friday 10.30-15.30 Also open the first Saturday of every month 10.30 - 1pm. Next to the War memorial in the churchyard
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We're located in the ground of St Michael's church in Aylsham, just near the war memorial. 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.

Another extract from the current exhibition all about the pubs and inns of Aylsham. The exhibition is open Monday - Frid...
15/05/2019

Another extract from the current exhibition all about the pubs and inns of Aylsham. The exhibition is open Monday - Friday - entry is free, but donations are always welcome. Why not come in to discover more....

THE UNICORN and a tale of two towns
In 1949 to 1974 the publicans of the Unicorn were Edwin and Nadia Laxen. Edwin was descended from the Laxen family – some of whom were saddle and harness makers in Aylsham Market Place, and some were bakers in Red Lion Street. A Richard Laxen (born in Aylsham in 1887) went to Canada and helped to set up a settlement in Saskatchewan, and named it Aylsham!

There is a talk in the Heritage Centre on Wednesday 29th May all about the two towns given by Richard Laxen (not the one born in 1887!) The talk starts at 7pm and costs £4 per person. Places can be booked via aylshamheritage.com or by contacting the centre.

Photo reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive

15/05/2019

The Raptor Trust are bringing some of their lovely birds to meet us this evening - still some tickets available if you would like to come! £4 per person. 7pm start.
Next week the talk is SOLD OUT, so it should be a full house for "Behind the Scenes at Who Do You Think You Are."
The final week's talk will be about Aylsham in Canada

For more information visit aylshamheritage.com

08/05/2019

The Heritage Centre May talks start this evening at 7pm with a talk called - "Don't Panic" - all about the Norfolk Home Guard in WW2. There are still a few tickets left! £4 per person.

Next week - 15th May - the Raptor Trust are coming to tell us more about the work of the trust, and they are bringing some of their lovely birds too!

The talk on 22nd May - "Behind the Scenes of Who do You Think You Are?" is SOLD OUT.

We finish the month with a talk about Aylsham in Canada - Wednesday 29th May 7pm. £4 per person.

For more details visit www.aylshamheritage.com

What a lovely time we had this morning at the Needle Felting workshop making chickens .... 9 very lovely ladies who all ...
26/04/2019

What a lovely time we had this morning at the Needle Felting workshop making chickens .... 9 very lovely ladies who all made a very lovely creation! Well done everyone!

Our season of talks starts again in May. Book your tickets via aylshamheritage.com or call into the centre.
26/04/2019

Our season of talks starts again in May. Book your tickets via aylshamheritage.com or call into the centre.

A few extracts from the current exhibition to whet your appetite...The Ship Inn opened in 1850.  The first publican of T...
24/04/2019

A few extracts from the current exhibition to whet your appetite...

The Ship Inn opened in 1850.
The first publican of The Ship was a shop keeper and tea dealer in White Hart Street. The original name for The Ship was ‘The Scugger’ – which seems to come from an old dialect word, ‘scugger’ meaning a smuggler. A good name for a dealer in tea which, due to its value, was once a frequently smuggled commodity!

An interesting project which is happening along Marriott's Way. Information evening in the town hall on May 1st
17/04/2019

An interesting project which is happening along Marriott's Way. Information evening in the town hall on May 1st

A great morning - many thanks to Ed and all of his lovely friends
12/04/2019

A great morning - many thanks to Ed and all of his lovely friends

Our Summer season of talks starts in May. Every Wednesday evening in May - 7pm, £4 per person. Different topic each wee...
10/04/2019

Our Summer season of talks starts in May. Every Wednesday evening in May - 7pm, £4 per person. Different topic each week. Booking essential, so contact the centre to book places, or book online via www.aylshamheritage.com

10/04/2019

Do you have a couple of hours to spare on a Tuesday afternoon twice a month? Do you enjoy meeting people and talking about the history of the town? We are looking for some new volunteers to help to meet and greet visitors in the heritage centre - particularly on a Tuesday afternoon. You won't be left on your own, and you don't need to be an expert! If you think this is something you may be interested in then please do call the centre on 07919962814 or email us at [email protected]

Less than a week to go - get your tickets quickly to avoid missing out!!
07/04/2019

Less than a week to go - get your tickets quickly to avoid missing out!!

Still time to book one of the last remaining places for the Mini Monsters session on April 12th at the Heritage Centre. Make sure you don't miss out!!

Still time to book one of the last remaining places for the Mini Monsters session on April 12th at the Heritage Centre. ...
05/04/2019

Still time to book one of the last remaining places for the Mini Monsters session on April 12th at the Heritage Centre. Make sure you don't miss out!!

Special delivery arrived in the centre today - a fabulous leaflet which outlines two walks around Aylsham to visit the s...
27/03/2019

Special delivery arrived in the centre today - a fabulous leaflet which outlines two walks around Aylsham to visit the site of all the pubs that have traded in the town. Why not pop in and pick one up? You can find out lots more about all the pubs in the exhibition too while you are here!

Don't miss out on the chance to come and meet some fascinating creepy crawlies when the Mini Monsters come to visit the ...
27/03/2019

Don't miss out on the chance to come and meet some fascinating creepy crawlies when the Mini Monsters come to visit the Heritage Centre on April 12th at 10.30. Only £6 per child - book early to avoid disappointment! Contact the centre or book online at www.aylshamheritage.com

Had a great workshop on Friday with some lovely people, making some needle felted bears. Each one was so different! Well...
26/03/2019

Had a great workshop on Friday with some lovely people, making some needle felted bears. Each one was so different! Well done everyone - next workshop is Friday 26th April to make a chicken.

Following several popular needlefelting workshops last year, we are happy to announce there will be more this year!March...
08/03/2019

Following several popular needlefelting workshops last year, we are happy to announce there will be more this year!
March 22nd Teddy Bears - £25 all day
April 26th Chicken £15 10.00-1pm
June 21st Fox £15 10.00 - 1pm.
September 27th Squirrel - £25 all day

Booking is open now for the Teddy Bears workshop via www.aylshamheritage.com

We are getting ready to welcome back the Mini-Monsters to the Heritage Centre in April. Lots of creepy crawlies to meet ...
08/03/2019

We are getting ready to welcome back the Mini-Monsters to the Heritage Centre in April. Lots of creepy crawlies to meet and hold. Only £6 per child. Booking essential as places are limited. Friday 12th April 10.30 am. Visit https://www.aylshamheritage.com/events-and-news.html to book a place.

The new exhibition is open - all about the history of the Aylsham through its numerous pubs! We are very grateful to the...
06/03/2019

The new exhibition is open - all about the history of the Aylsham through its numerous pubs! We are very grateful to the Feathers, The Unicorn and the Black Boys for their support and sponsorship of this exhibition. Why not pop in and see it? We are open Monday 10.30 - 1pm, Tuesday - Friday 10.30 - 3.30 and the first Saturday of the month 10.30 - 1pm. Free Entry.

The Heritage Centre re-opens with a brand new exhibition on Wednesday March 6th at 10.30. This one is all about the hist...
24/02/2019

The Heritage Centre re-opens with a brand new exhibition on Wednesday March 6th at 10.30. This one is all about the history of the many pubs and inns which have traded in Aylsham over the years. Free Entry. Hope to see you there!

05/12/2018

The Heritage Centre is closed for the winter break and will reopen again on Wednesday March 6th at 10.30 with a brand new exhibition about the pubs of Aylsham. Thank you to all the visitors who have been in to see us this year and to our fantastic group of Friends who support us. Thanks too to all the volunteers who give up their time to help to run the centre. See you all next year!

Fabulous morning making wreaths with Peter and Jane from Woodgate. Lots of impressive and beautiful wreaths made. Well d...
05/12/2018

Fabulous morning making wreaths with Peter and Jane from Woodgate. Lots of impressive and beautiful wreaths made. Well done everyone and thank you to Peter and Jane for all the materials, time and guidance. Same again next year!?

02/12/2018

A busy morning with Breakfast with Santa ... loads of crafts, some corny jokes, tasty breakfast and a story too. What a lovely way to start the festive season. Thanks to everyone who attended and to those who helped. Same again next year??!

Breakfast with Santa 2018
02/12/2018

Breakfast with Santa 2018

02/12/2018

What a fabulous Breakfast with Santa event this morning - and some lovely words from a happy family too ...

We have just had breakfast with Santa. It was our first time and we were really impressed. Father Christmas was amazing with the children and the story at the end was a lovely touch.
There were so many lovely craft activities for the children we had to take some home. I haven’t seen my kids so quietly concentrating for so long. We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers involved and we look forward to coming again next year.

So lovely to see so many people in the Heritage Centre last night enjoying a mulled wine and a mince pie. Especially nic...
01/12/2018

So lovely to see so many people in the Heritage Centre last night enjoying a mulled wine and a mince pie. Especially nice to see all the lovely people from Aylsham in Bloom after they switched on the lights. Well done again for that fabulous gold medal!

28/11/2018

Just under a week left until we close for the winter break! So, why not come down on Friday 30th for the last chance to see this exhibition about the street names of Aylsham. We will be open late for the Christmas light switch on. Join us for a mince pie or a glass of mulled wine. Also the last chance to grab one of the 6 remaining calendars!!

Had a lovely morning making Santa tree decorations... well done ladies, more again next week with a robin workshop - (wi...
23/11/2018

Had a lovely morning making Santa tree decorations... well done ladies, more again next week with a robin workshop - (with cake obviously!)

14/11/2018

Breakfast with Santa is now fully booked! Should be the biggest one yet!

11/11/2018

This extract from the diary of the unknown serviceman, which is on display in the Heritage Centre until the end of November shows the reaction to announcement that the war had ended. Each word is underlined several times. The diary continues beyond this date but we have no idea what happened to this man after the war. It has been a privilege to be able to display such an interesting and personal document from such a difficult time.

Wednesday November 13th

War Finish Johnnie

Cheers

Aylsham celebrated the end of WW1 with traditional festivities in the market place, as well as a church service. This ex...
11/11/2018

Aylsham celebrated the end of WW1 with traditional festivities in the market place, as well as a church service. This extract from Sapwell's History of Aylsham records the events.

"Juvenile sports were held in the afternoon on Mr. Durrell’s meadow in Burgh Road. Mr A.J. Dazeley gave joy-rides (Then a comparative novelty) to 320 children in his two motor cars. At 5 p.m. children under sixteen were given tea in the market place. Adult sports followed and there were also a fancy dress cycle parade and displays by the Scouts and Guides. In the evening there was a bonfire on the Unicorn bowling green. "

11/11/2018

The two minutes silence is a tradition which began by Royal request as a mark of remembrance for those who fought and died in the First World War. It was inspired by the daily silences observed in Cape Town during the Great War: one minute of thanksgiving for those who returned safely and a second minute to remember the fallen.

11/11/2018

To mark this anniversary of the end of the First World War, it is fitting to look back at the archive reports of this event from 1918. This passage has been taken from the EDP from 1918 and reports on the reaction to and celebration of the declaration of peace at the end of WW1.

"As soon as the good news was received the Union Jack was hoisted on the church tower and several houses displayed flags. The bells were pealed and at three o’clock the Vicar (Canon Hoare) conducted a service of thanksgiving, which was well attended by civilians and soldiers. The National Anthem, “All people that on earth do well,” and “Now thank we all our God” were sung. The Vicar made a few feeling remarks. At the Cawston Manor Hospital (Commandant Mrs J. C. Cheetham) where there are over 200 wounded boys, an entertainment and supper were speedily arranged, and the festivities were kept up until the early hours of Tuesday morning. "

10/11/2018

This extract from the diary of the unknown serviceman, which is on display in the Heritage Centre, looks at events which took place in the conflict in October 1918. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and joined up as an office orderly.

OCTOBER
Tuesday 1
Peace negotiations in progress, we are very busy still with flu patients

Tuesday 8
We have been on Bully biscuits for umpteen days

Monday 14
Resting for to-day but hear are off to somewhere near Lake Dorian.

09/11/2018

The next extract of the diary of the unknown serviceman which is on display in the Heritage Centre until the end of November is from September 1918 and details some fairly graphic incidents from the conflict and the various battles - which he calls "stunts". He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and joined up as an office orderly.

SEPTEMBER
Sunday 8
Left in Motor Lorries & arrived in the line at Kilendar on B Sector of the Dorian front all ready for a stunt.

Monday 9
Very busy out at night collecting patients.

Thursday 12
Out in the front line all night fixing up pointers and direction boards for the wounded during the stunt.

Friday 13
Had orders to proceed to Tortoise Hill, a proper hot shop. Guess we shall work from here during the stunt.

Sunday 15
Out all night collecting wounded from the trenches, under heavy shell fire, and machine gun fire, got to bed 5.30 am

Monday 16
6.30 barrage started, which woke us up. Got some chaps out of a blown up gun pit under heavy fire

Tuesday 17
No sleep 50 casualties in our camp, digging chaps out of pit, and working very hard, Very heavy barrage and plenty of gas which was returned with interest.

Wednesday 18
Our boys and Greeks went over at 3 o/c am but after bitter fight got pushed off front by (word crossed out) after once taking it. 1000 cases passed through our hands

Thursday 19
Another attack made but we were forced to retire again. 800 cases passed through our hands

Memo
Very busy, too busy to write letters properly

Saturday 28
Memo
Good roads but one mass of broken enemy guns, wagons, dead horses & men

Monday 30
Bulgars surrender at 12 o/c and sign a 5 day armistice commenced to discuss peace.

08/11/2018

The next extract of the WW diary of the unknown serviceman, which is on display in the Heritage Centre at the moment, looks at details of his involvement in the fighting during the war. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and joined up as an office orderly. He did not have medical training and was a volunteer. He was graded B2 which made him unfit for active service, but he as judged to be “Able to walk 5 miles, see and hear sufficiently for ordinary purposes”. His accounts of the action include details his role in collecting injured soldiers and in support the camp during the "stunt" as he calls each operation. This extract covers March to May 1918. The whole diary is on display in the Heritage Centre until the end of November.

MARCH
Thursday 7
Nothing much doing Johnnie has brought up his battery we were after & lets us have it as hot as before
(Johnnie refers to the Turks)

Friday 8
Rumoured another big Stunt to shift battery again, this time the whole Bgd to take part.

Friday 15
One of our aeroplanes fell in no mans land. Our guns putting up barrage to keep enemy from pinching it. Johnie firing at our guns to stop them from keeping the barrage up. Consequently our gulley shelled to “hell” 6 casualties got nearly blown to pieces & buried in dust and earth.
We arnt half enjoying ourselves

Friday 29
General Holiday for the troops but the War did’nt permit it. Still blizzard raging several deaths and much frost bite

APRIL
Monday 15
Heavy bombing & machine gun fire we captured Gipugs village but were forced to retire, but still held Olmanli. Under very heavy barrage fire.

Thursday 18
Big action again, more heavy barrage & gas shells.

MAY
Monday 27
Nothing to report. Guess we’ve finished stunts for a bit & are living the life of gentlemen for a time

07/11/2018

The next extract of the WW diary of the unknown serviceman, which is on display in the Heritage Centre at the moment, looks at details of his involvement in the fighting during the war. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and joined up as an office orderly. He did not have medical training and was a volunteer. He was graded B2 which made him unfit for active service, but he as judged to be “Able to walk 5 miles, see and hear sufficiently for ordinary purposes”. His accounts of the action include details his role in collecting injured soldiers and in support the camp during the "stunt" as he calls each operation. This extract covers January and February 1918. The whole diary is on display in the Heritage Centre until the end of November.

JANUARY
Wednesday 16
Gun has’nt fired for two day guess our boys did em one in the eye

FEBRUARY
Friday 1 Feb.
Sent over many shells some fell in our lines but no injuries.

Monday 11
Heavy rumours of big stunt Pontoon bridges arriving so guess something on

Tuesday 12
Stunt fixed for to-morrow night umpteen guns brought Oh we shall see life

Thursday 14
Extra guns arriving
Got properly peppered with bullets and shells, direct hit on gun pits

Friday 15
Wireless station opened up in our camp heavy shelling on both sides taking place

Saturday 16
Making ready for the big stunt. Oh law what a game

Sunday 17
4 heavy guns coming up soon. Big preparations going on.

Monday 18
Heavy fall of snow, guess that has delayed the stunt for some time

Wednesday 20
Shelling still heavy, keep hearing many rumours re stunt.

Thursday 21
Heard stunt fixed for Sunday night on to Besoc, which they hope to capture.

Friday 22
All is ready for the doings for day-break, Monday morning

Saturday 23
16 bearers arrived from Hdqrs & everybody busy
Memo
I wonder what tomorrow will bring forth

Sunday 24
Very busy today, feeding all the extra troops for the stunt. Extra guns arrived safely muffled.

Monday 25
Awoke 4AM by bullets tearing overhead, got up and started preparing for the day. We captured village of Busak & Pulida, captured 7 prisoners & Booty & had 16 wounded, 5 killed Very very busy time, the bombardment was terrific while it lasted. Unfortunately the Battery of guns we were after escaped us. We blew up their gun pit, & fired the two villages

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