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.

18/03/2020

With the health and well-being of all our wonderful volunteers and visitors in mind, we have taken the decision to close the Heritage Centre from today. We will let you know when we are able to open again. All the events for the March and April have been cancelled and we will post further updates here and on our website.
We will not be disappearing though so keep an eye on our website and this page for updates and info!

17/03/2020

We are unable to open the centre this morning.... so many apologies.

09/03/2020

There are lots of events planned in the Heritage Centre this year, as well as a new exhibition for you to enjoy.
One of our most popular fund raising evenings is our Wine Tasting evening, supported by Harper Wells Wine Merchant. We are hosting two of these evening this year, and the first is on Saturday April 25th 7pm. £20 per person.

Tickets go on sale for this event at 11am on Wednesday 11th in the centre and on our website. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

The Heritage Centre is open for the 2020 season with our "Now and Then" exhibition. Our programme of events for the year...
04/03/2020

The Heritage Centre is open for the 2020 season with our "Now and Then" exhibition.

Our programme of events for the year is on our website but the year kicks off this Friday 6th March with our first Crafty Cuppa of the year. Bring your craft project and enjoy a morning of crafting with a cup of tea, some cake and a few laughs! 10.30 - 12.30 free of charge. First Friday of every month.

All welcome!

The Heritage Centre opens again on Wednesday 4th March at 10.30 with an exhibition entitled "Now and Then". It looks at ...
28/02/2020

The Heritage Centre opens again on Wednesday 4th March at 10.30 with an exhibition entitled "Now and Then". It looks at the key events in the history of the town through the eyes of two fictional families - one living between 1900- 1920 and one living in the town between 2000 and 2020. Lots of things are different, and a surprising amount is very similar! Visit the centre to find out more. Free Entry.

08/01/2020

Work starts in full today to write and create the next exhibition at the Heritage Centre. We are on the look out for photographs of the town from between the year 2000 and today - different shops, shots of Red Lion street etc. Do you have any that you would be prepared to donate to us for the exhibition? If so, please do email us at [email protected]. We would love to hear from you!

A lovely photograph of the heritage centre on the evening of the Christmas light switch on with thanks to Ian Gravenell....
10/12/2019

A lovely photograph of the heritage centre on the evening of the Christmas light switch on with thanks to Ian Gravenell.

We are closed now until March and work is currently underway to construct the new exhibition. This will compare a family living in Aylsham between 1900 and 1920 and a family living in Aylsham between 2000 and 2020.

A lovely morning with Santa in the Town Hall today. Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we...
01/12/2019

A lovely morning with Santa in the Town Hall today. Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did .... Santa says to say "See you next year!"

All ready for Breakfast with Santa this morning ..... let the fun begin and the bacon sizzle!
01/12/2019

All ready for Breakfast with Santa this morning ..... let the fun begin and the bacon sizzle!

Fabulous Morning ladies!
22/11/2019

Fabulous Morning ladies!

Great morning with a really fun group! Lots of the ladies this morning were felting for the first time too. An explosion of santas! Well done everyone!

20/11/2019

There are only 9 more days before we close for the winter! So, still time to pop in to get a last look at the exhibition and maybe buy a calendar! We are open late on the light switch on evening so pop in for a mince pie and some mulled wine!

Don't forget that we still have a beautiful calendar for sale in the Heritage centre full of lovely images from Aylsham ...
13/11/2019

Don't forget that we still have a beautiful calendar for sale in the Heritage centre full of lovely images from Aylsham in Bloom for just £6. We are open late for the Christmas light Switch on evening so a perfect opportunity to purchase one!

There are only a handful of places left for Breakfast with Santa - so don't miss out! This is a great event for all the ...
08/11/2019

There are only a handful of places left for Breakfast with Santa - so don't miss out! This is a great event for all the family with loads of crafts, a great Santa, a present and a story and of course food too! Book your places via www.aylshamheritage.com

31/10/2019

It's the last Crafty Cuppa for 2019 tomorrow morning at the Heritage Centre. 10.30 - 12.30. Bring your current project and enjoy a morning of chat and snacks with fellow crafters! Knitters, stitchers, felters ... all crafters welcome!

Look what arrived today! Beautiful photographs from the Aylsham Open Gardens event this year. On sale in the Heritage Ce...
23/10/2019

Look what arrived today! Beautiful photographs from the Aylsham Open Gardens event this year. On sale in the Heritage Centre £6

Tickets are selling fast for our Breakfast with Santa event! Don't miss out! Book your tickets today via our website, or...
23/10/2019

Tickets are selling fast for our Breakfast with Santa event! Don't miss out! Book your tickets today via our website, or pop into the centre.

Aylsham Heritage Centre and Aylsham in Bloom have produced a 2020 calendar full of beautiful images from the Open Garden...
18/10/2019

Aylsham Heritage Centre and Aylsham in Bloom have produced a 2020 calendar full of beautiful images from the Open Gardens event this year. This will be on sale from Wednesday next week in the Heritage Centre. £6 per calendar.

09/10/2019

Another extract from the current exhibition 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 ....

PUBS, THE TWO WORLD WARS AND CHASTITY!

During WWI and WWII soldiers were an everyday sight around the town.

In WW1 those billeted at the Staithe and Millgate would frequent The Royal Oak at Dunkirk, The Anchor and the Stonemasons.

The pubs were ordered to close to soldiers at 9pm, but civilians could stay until 10pm.

So many young men and women were away from home during WWll and mixing together in a way not encouraged before the war. This prompted the Bishop of Norwich to write a letter to be read from every pulpit:

“…..it is always our duty to keep our bodies in temperance, soberness and chastity…..I would be grateful if you would personally do all you can by the grace of God in this way, and would also try to shield our soldiers and all our young people from temptation.”

Thank you to Brian from HarperWells and to everyone who came to the wine tasting evening last night. A really enjoyable ...
06/10/2019

Thank you to Brian from HarperWells and to everyone who came to the wine tasting evening last night. A really enjoyable evening with some lovely wine and tasty cheese too. Missed out this time? Not to worry, we are planning on having two wine evenings in 2020, our usual one in October and another probably in April ……. More details to follow!
Cheers everyone!

03/10/2019

It's the first Friday of the month tomorrow, so that means two things! - First is the monthly Crafty Cuppa meet up! Bring your craft - knitting, crochet, felting - whatever it may be, and enjoy a cuppa, a chat and cheeky cake. 10.30 - 12.30 - It's free too!

The second is the monthly 100 club draw. Want to be in the draw with a chance to be a cash prize winner? All you need to do to have a chance to enter is become a friend of the Heritage Centre. Visit our website for more information

25/09/2019

Another extract from the current exhibition 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 ....

HOW PUBS GOT THEIR NAMES
Pub and inn names and signs were first introduced by the Romans. Most people couldn’t read so pictures were used.

In 1393 King Richard II made it a law that all pubs and inns had to have a sign outside.

Their signs were displayed on a tall pole or hung from a bracket. This was to make sure they could be seen by coaches and carriages.

Names were chosen for different reasons. The Anchor, The Swan and The Star were often near rivers and linked to sailing. Many were named after kings and queens or other powerful local people. The Red Lion, for example was the emblem of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster who was granted the Manor of Aylsham by Edward III. The Angel was a religious name, the picture often depicting St Michael carrying a sword and shield. This is the earliest name of a pub in Aylsham, possibly after the church here.

Lots of people have been asking us about our wreath making sessions - so here is all the information!
13/09/2019

Lots of people have been asking us about our wreath making sessions - so here is all the information!

I'm really sorry to mention the "C" word, but we thought you'd like to know that Breakfast with Santa is back for the 6t...
13/09/2019

I'm really sorry to mention the "C" word, but we thought you'd like to know that Breakfast with Santa is back for the 6th year! Sunday December 1st 9.30 - 11.30 Aylsham Town Hall.
Booking is essential as places are limited and sell out fast! On Sale Now!
https://www.aylshamheritage.com/tickets-and-events.html

Not long until we host this workshop to make a felted squirrel. Book places through our website or by contacting the cen...
11/09/2019

Not long until we host this workshop to make a felted squirrel. Book places through our website or by contacting the centre

Another extract from the current exhibition about the pubs and inns of Aylsham. The exhibition is open Monday - Friday -...
04/09/2019

Another extract from the current exhibition 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 Dog was situated on the corner of the Market Place and Norwich Road. It was a venue for many meetings and entertainments such as cock fighting.

One day a lion, named Wallace, visited with Wombwell's circus which was made a stop in Aylsham on its was to Kings Lynn. Just before feeding time, Henry Rix of The Dog Inn went too close to Wallace's cage. The lion attacked through the bars of the cage and Henry ended up with a lacerated arm!

Photograph reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive

28/08/2019

Just a few days left to complete the Aylsham treasure hunt! Pick up your copy from the centre and pop it in the box when you have finished! Free entry and you could win a prize!!

Another extract from the current exhibition about the pubs and inns of Aylsham. The exhibition is open Monday - Friday -...
21/08/2019

Another extract from the current exhibition 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 New Inn first opened on 1509 and closed in 1953. It was situated on Red Lion Street, just south of Blofield's Loke. Eventually the site became Coopers Garage and later shops and flats. The grounds of the pub included gardens and a bowling green. For some years Mrs Abbott's travelling theatre would be set up here between Christmas and Easter in a large waterproof tent with a wooden stage Seating varied in price, with the most expensive having padded seats and being close to heaters!

Image reproduced courtesy of Aylsham Town Archive

16/08/2019

It looks very much as though the weather has conspired against us for our "summer" walk this evening. However, as the saying goes, the show must go on! So, we have a plan to ensure that we are able to share all the elements we had planned for you for the evening, without us having to be soaking wet.

So, if you have booked a place this evening, the plan is to meet at the Heritage Centre at 7pm. (NOT at Woodgate as the marquee has no sides and no power so probably wouldn't be that comfortable in the rain and the wind!)
Beer and Nibbles will be available (as will wine!)
I will then lead you through an illustrated seated talk without leaving the Heritage Centre to give you all the information I would have shared on the walk - and some extra bits too! (dogs still welcome obviously!)
The route will also be available for you to take away so that you can enjoy the walk when the weather is feeling kinder!

We very much hope that you will still join us, as we have enjoyed putting this information together to share with you.

It's happening again today! Two great detective games to play for free at the Heritage Centre. Great fun for all the fam...
16/08/2019

It's happening again today! Two great detective games to play for free at the Heritage Centre. Great fun for all the family! We're welcoming detectives between 10.30 and 3pm today!

Final preparations are underway for our detective games on the 9th and 16th August.
Two different games to play - can you find the identity of a mysterious thief in game one? Can you solve all the clues to unlock all the boxes in game two?
Free to play.
Play as a team! Suitable for those aged 6 and up.

We still have a couple of spaces on our walk beer and nibbles on Friday 16th August. The walk starts at 7pm from Woodgat...
14/08/2019

We still have a couple of spaces on our walk beer and nibbles on Friday 16th August. The walk starts at 7pm from Woodgate Nursery and lasts between 60 - 90 minutes. We will return to the nursery for beer and nibbles afterwards. £7 per head, booking essential. visit www.aylshamheritage.com to book places.

The weather may be a little gloomier today, but we are having so much fun in the Heritage Centre today! Lots of budding ...
09/08/2019

The weather may be a little gloomier today, but we are having so much fun in the Heritage Centre today! Lots of budding detectives have been trying their hand at solving all the clues and puzzles to complete the challenges. Will you be able to go to Queen Victoria's Jubilee party? Will you find the identity of the mystery thief?All free - Why not pop in today to have a go? We are also running this event next Friday 10.30 - 3pm

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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?