Haddenham Museum

Haddenham Museum Buckinghamshire village museum which charts the changes in village life and the people who live here
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06/01/2024

Happy New Year.
Haddenham Museum is now closed until Sunday 3 March 2024. We close during the colder months to save on heating bills and to give our lovely volunteer stewards a break.
During the closure the Trustees undertake a deep clean of the Museum and refresh some of the exhibits. Our page will be updated while we are closed.

Object of the monthAn album dated 1881 and containing a wide variety of Victorian Christmas cards. This charming group o...
12/12/2023

Object of the month
An album dated 1881 and containing a wide variety of Victorian Christmas cards. This charming group of owls caught my eye. Happy Christmas to all supporters of Haddenham Museum.

The Museum's 25th anniversary tree as part of the Haddenham Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church. It features a s...
07/12/2023

The Museum's 25th anniversary tree as part of the Haddenham Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church. It features a silver theme and some pictures from our history. Come and see it over the weekend of 9/10 December. Many other organisations in the village have decorated trees too, making it a worthwhile visit.

A feature of our very successful 25th Anniversary Weekend was the launch of issue number 20 of The Haddenham Chronicles....
20/11/2023

A feature of our very successful 25th Anniversary Weekend was the launch of issue number 20 of The Haddenham Chronicles. Under the editorship of Steve Sharp this series has gone from strength to strength and the latest edition is full of variety as you will see from the contents list.
Now available from the Museum at £3 for members and £4 for non-members.

Object of the monthFor Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday.Remembering the Haddenham men and women who served during the ...
11/11/2023

Object of the month
For Armistice Day & Remembrance Sunday.
Remembering the Haddenham men and women who served during the two World Wars. One of them, Arthur Smith, died on 1 July 1916 age 29 and is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial in France. His medals were donated to the Museum by his great nephew, Jonathan Walters.

25th anniversary celebrationsPlease join us for a series of free events on the weekend of 18/19 November in the Methodis...
29/10/2023

25th anniversary celebrations
Please join us for a series of free events on the weekend of 18/19 November in the Methodist Church. Haddenham Museum was founded 25 years ago and it is time to celebrate. An interesting programme has been put together - everything from weather to dancing girls - so do come along.

Object of the monthAnother agricultural item this month. This root cutter came from the Rose family farm in Haddenham, w...
25/10/2023

Object of the month
Another agricultural item this month. This root cutter came from the Rose family farm in Haddenham, where it was used to chop root crops such as turnips and swedes for feeding to livestock. Similar cutters were in common use until the fifties.
Our item was made by E & H Roberts Ltd of Stony Stratford and was in a rusty condition before being refurbished by Ken Perry.

Busy afternoon at Community Fair. Haddenham Museum stand with video showing scenes ‘Now’ and ‘Then’.
14/10/2023

Busy afternoon at Community Fair. Haddenham Museum stand with video showing scenes ‘Now’ and ‘Then’.

Haddenham Museum will have a stand at the Community Fair to be held on Saturday 14th October in the Village Hall. Betwee...
08/10/2023

Haddenham Museum will have a stand at the Community Fair to be held on Saturday 14th October in the Village Hall. Between 2 and 5 pm. Do come along and meet us. New residents are particularly welcome to join the Museum and find out more about the history of the village.

Haddenham Museum Calendar 2024An excellent Christmas gift for those relatives who have moved overseas or friends who rem...
03/10/2023

Haddenham Museum Calendar 2024
An excellent Christmas gift for those relatives who have moved overseas or friends who remember Haddenham. The 2024 Calendar features photographs of the village taken by the Haddenham Village Society in 1974. It costs £4 for members and £5 for non-members. An envelope costs 50p. Buy now while stocks last!

01/10/2023

Bucks Local History Network
Haddenham Museum will have a stand at the annual conference of the BLHN, to be held at the Oculus in Aylesbury on Saturday 7 October. The programme of talks and exhibitions will be based on the Bucks Local Heritage Project. The progress of this project may be seen on the Bucks CC website under Local Heritage.

Object of the month"A bushel and a peck". Obsolete terms for measures of dry goods, used mainly for grain such as barley...
25/09/2023

Object of the month
"A bushel and a peck". Obsolete terms for measures of dry goods, used mainly for grain such as barley or wheat. This is a peck, equal to a quarter of a bushel, or 9.092 litres. When Peter Piper picked his peck of pickled peppers he could fit 493 pickled jalapeños into a container this size.
Find the peck (and a bushel) in the Agriculture section of Haddenham Museum.

Phil Adlard recently kindly donated 6 china cups and saucers, made to celebrate the Millennium with a Haddenham view on ...
29/08/2023

Phil Adlard recently kindly donated 6 china cups and saucers, made to celebrate the Millennium with a Haddenham view on them. We had not come across these before and wondered if anyone knew who produced them and whether there were other items in the set.

Object of the monthThis fizzy drink machine is a Vantas machine, which was used in the confectionery shop in the High St...
18/08/2023

Object of the month
This fizzy drink machine is a Vantas machine, which was used in the confectionery shop in the High Street run by Mrs Lily Jeffrey in the 1930-1950s. This model is a design from the 1920s and was known as the Soda Fountain. It was manufactured by Sodastream Ltd of Peterborough to provide fizzy drinks or "sparkling" carbonated water by injecting carbon dioxide gas from a connected cylinder. Various flavours were added to sell as "penny drinks".
Donated by Margaret and Peter Aldington

A family reunion spanning two continents with members of the Lawrence and Betts families meeting at Haddenham Museum thi...
30/07/2023

A family reunion spanning two continents with members of the Lawrence and Betts families meeting at Haddenham Museum this afternoon to further research photographs and other records. The visitors from Australia were particularly welcome.

Object of the monthWomen in Haddenham in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries frequently made lace. Buckinghamshire l...
19/07/2023

Object of the month
Women in Haddenham in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries frequently made lace. Buckinghamshire lace is known as bobbin lace and the Museum has examples of the decorative bobbins used with a lace pillow. The bobbin in the picture is rather different. It was known as a "Thumper" and is heavier than most lace bobbins, with pewter rings and a solid feel. It would be easy to pick out among the other, slenderer bobbins. Our example has beads or spangles which help to weigh it down but these were probably added at a later date.
The income from lace making was an important part of a household's economy, especially when male farm labourers were short of work at certain times of the year.

29/06/2023

Annual General Meeting
A reminder for all members that the Museum AGM is on Thursday 6th July at 7.30 pm in the Methodist Church. Please attend if you can. After a short business meeting there will be the screening of short films from the museum's collection.

Object of the MonthWe sometimes receive donations of Haddenham-related items and were very pleased to accept this planni...
18/06/2023

Object of the Month
We sometimes receive donations of Haddenham-related items and were very pleased to accept this planning map, given by Barry Dix-Williams. The key indicates that it was drawn up by the County Offices, Aylesbury in 1955. Green areas marked O/A means open spaces used as non-statutory allotments and O/C indicates cemeteries. The green shaded shape on Stanbridge Road is a bit of a mystery. Was it ever designated as a cemetery?

Object of the MonthInteresting to look at the cost of living in the 1930's. This account book from C.R. Armstrong in Had...
27/05/2023

Object of the Month
Interesting to look at the cost of living in the 1930's. This account book from C.R. Armstrong in Haddenham shows a typical household's purchases perhaps for a week. 2 pounds of sugar costs 8 pence. Of course, this is pre-decimalisation.
The telephone number for the shop is Haddenham 1, perhaps because it was part of the Post Office Supply Stores.

08/05/2023

Volunteering
On the day of 'The Big Help Out' it seems appropriate to remind people that our Museum depends on volunteers. We are always looking for more stewards to supplement our team, in particular on Sunday afternoons between 2 and 4.30 pm. It is an excellent way to meet people and learn more about the village.
If you would like to find out more please contact Ken Perry on [email protected] or phone him at 01844 290448 (please leave a message).

Object of the MonthThe Hotspur glider kit featured in the September 2022 Museum Newsletter has now been assembled and pa...
17/04/2023

Object of the Month
The Hotspur glider kit featured in the September 2022 Museum Newsletter has now been assembled and painted by Will Rose. It is shown here against a background of one of Jane Rose’s paintings.
The kit was produced in the USSR so it is not surprising that the decals had disintegrated with age and had to be acquired elsewhere. The colours on the underside were those used for training purposes.
Haddenham (RAF Thame) was No 1 Glider Training School for a year before they moved to RAF Croughton.
Haddenham’s airfield was used for gliders for many years after the end of the war with their final disappearance in 2016 when the Upward Bound Trust closed. The Hotspur name is commemorated in Hotspur Close, one of the new roads on the old airfield site.
Photo courtesy of Alan Rose

MembershipAnnual membership of the Museum is still £5.  We encourage payment by standing order, bank transfer or by cont...
11/04/2023

Membership
Annual membership of the Museum is still £5. We encourage payment by standing order, bank transfer or by contactless card in the Museum. One of the benefits of membership is reduced rates for the Haddenham Chronicles, our regular collection of articles by local historians and others on stories related to the village. The last issue, number 19, is pictured here and the next edition will be published in November to tie in with our 25th anniversary celebrations. Copies of all past issues are available at the Museum.

Object of the monthThis mass of decayed limestone is witchert (or wychert or whichert - nothing to do with The Witcher -...
20/03/2023

Object of the month
This mass of decayed limestone is witchert (or wychert or whichert - nothing to do with The Witcher - but a dialect term meaning 'white earth'). When mixed with chopped straw it formed a cheap and locally available building material which can be found in many of the cottages in Haddenham. Walls have a stone base and need a good roof to keep the witchert dry. Haddenham Museum is housed in the Old School Room, which is a witchert building.
For more information see Alan Rose's article in issue 13 of the Haddenham Chronicles and visit the permanent display in the Museum.

Museum Slide ShowMichael Whitney will give one of his inimitable slide shows on Thursday 30th March in the Methodist Chu...
13/03/2023

Museum Slide Show
Michael Whitney will give one of his inimitable slide shows on Thursday 30th March in the Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm. Admission £3 at the door.
The photo below was taken in 1974 on behalf of the Haddenham Village Society and shows Fort End with two Robert G. Green establishments. The one on the left is now the Norsk cafe and the other one is now Harpers Estate Agents.

Haddenham Museum was opened in 1998. It is run by The Haddenham Museum Trust, a registered charity (no. 1071828) assiste...
13/03/2023

Haddenham Museum was opened in 1998. It is run by The Haddenham Museum Trust, a registered charity (no. 1071828) assisted by volunteer stewards. It will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this year (18th and 19th November). More details to follow.

Address

The Old Schoolroom, Methodist Church, High Street
High Street
HP178ES

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 12pm
Sunday 2pm - 4:30pm

Telephone

+441844291269

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