Amersham Museum Re opens July 12

Date:  Wednesday 12 July

Time:  12noon

Venue:  Amersham Museum, HP7 ODP

 

After four years of planning and fundraising and a 10-month closure, Amersham Museum will re-open to visitors at noon on Wednesday 12th July.  The museum has undergone a substantial expansion into the neighbouring Victorian building.  A new, stunning glass reception space, has enabled the museum to reveal the medieval building, previously hidden to the High Street.  The museum’s wonderful garden has also been re-landscaped to enable wheelchair access and features new planting.

The extension has created new exhibition space, activity space and dedicated stores for the museum’s collection.

The collection has been completely redisplayed with more emphasis on the 20th century and much greater access to parts of it, including maps and oral histories. There are also more activities for children and discovery boxes full of objects, photos and documents.

New Activities:  A wonderful activity programme has been developed for the reimagined museum, with activities for people of all ages, including a new schools programme from September. The activities kick off with a series of family activities on Saturday 15th July (free after admission).

The museum will be open from 12 – 4.30pm Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.   Admission is £3 adults, children free. Many of the activities for families are free after admission.

Chiltern Arts Launch Concert 2 – Old Amersham – 1st October

Carolyn Sampson,  Fleurs : Chiltern Arts Launch Concert 2

Carolyn Sampson (soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano) perform a
selection from their celebrated album, Fleurs, in quaint Old Amersham

date: Sunday 1st October 2017

time: 8:00 pm

venue: St Mary s Church, Church Street, Amersham, HP7 0BD

cost: £10.00 – £25.00

event-email: naomi.taylor@chilternarts.com

event-web: https://chilternarts.com

event-tel-nos: 07943 875640

Former Resident is a Brigadier Expert

Former resident of these parts Mark Jones is compiling a quiz book on the Brigadier, the character from the classic Dr Who Series who first appeared in the late 1960s.

This is the second project he has done for Candy Jar Books, http://www.candy-jar.co.uk/books/index.html  The first story he wrote featured the nearby village of Aldbury

http://merchandise.thedoctorwhosite.co.uk/lethbridge-stewart-quiz-book/

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2017/04/united-in-blood-260417220008.html

Rotary in Amersham Celebrates its 70th Charter This Year

Rotary in Amersham celebrates its 70th Charter this year.
The inaugural meeting of The Rotary Club of Amersham was held at The Mill Stream, Amersham on the 15th May 1946.
The Chairman was Mr F.G.Penman M.A.  Founder Members included :- Mr G.F.Brazil, The Reverend E.M.Page, Mr E.S.Gates,Mr H.R.Hoare, Mr A.T.Sly.
 At the meeting Lt. Col. Gordon Spencer Marston D.S.O M.C was elected as founder President.
Since then, Rotary in Amersham  has raised many thousands of pounds for charities it supports and contributes to the community with events and activities, including the Young Chef and Young Artist Competitions, popular with local schools.
As the result of a charity golf day Rotary in Amersham President, Derek Bryant was recently able to present a cheque for £5,000 to Claire Redrup, Community Fund Raising Manager for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. If you would like to know more about the activities of Rotary in Amersham please contact :- David Bevan 01494 775805

New book provides fascinating insight into Amersham in the 1940s

New book provides fascinating insight into Amersham in the 1940s

 
Although the independent Amersham Museum is a community-centred host of lively events for
the young and old, it also contains an interesting archive of documents and ephemera relating
to people and places in Amersham.
Some years ago during a routine audit of the document collection a handwritten journal was
discovered written by a local resident. The journal had been donated by a lady in Norfolk who
had found it in the drawer of a piece of furniture she bought at auction. The museum is very
grateful that she did not just throw it away, but thought to offer it for the collection.
The name of the journal’s writer was evident from the correspondence placed within the pages
of the journal, and it matched the name of an author of a book in the museum’s library. The
writer was Mabel Richmond Brailsford, a writer of historical biographies of religious
personalities, such as William Penn and John Wesley.
Thanks to a research volunteer transcribing the journal and a volunteer typographer designing
the book, this journal has now been published by the museum to enable everyone to learn at
first-hand about life on the homefront during World War Two. Within the journal are 40,000
words of wonderful stories of Amersham residents, descriptions of war-torn London, tales of
national personalities, the trials of providing a home for bombed-out Londoners and general
uninformed gossip. The well-educated writer splatters her entries with French, Italian, German
and Latin phrases. She writes with intelligence and wit, but still displays her prejudices,
admiration for her favourites and an undercurrent of cultural snobbery. This lucid and
entertaining account of her thoughts and descriptions of events and people give us a vivid
account of life in Amersham during World War Two.
As well as the journal, the book includes a biography of the author, researched in archives in
Manchester and Ilfracombe; a bibliography of her published work; and mini biographies of the
150 people and places contained within the journal. It is an exciting new addition to the
understanding of the deprivations and conditions endured on the homefront during world war
two.
Copies are available from the publisher, Amersham Museum, for £10 each. Proceeds will
support the museum’s development project into the neighbouring building.

http://www.amershammuseum.org

Entry is £2.50 per adult and under 16s are free.
The Museum is open March to August Thursday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons
2pm – 4.30pm The Museum is also open from 10-4.30pm on Saturdays.
There are guided walks of the town every Sunday at 2.30pm April to August. The walk lasts an
hour and a half and costs £2 per adult with under 16s free. Martyrs walks to the martyrs
memorial are led by guides in Tudor costume on the last Saturday of the month at 2.30pm,
April to September. The martyrs walks last two hours and a quarter and cost £2 per adult with
under 16s free.
The Museum is located at 49 High Street, Old Amersham, HP7 0DP. There is free parking on
the High Street. The nearest car park is located just off the Broadway, about 350m from the
Museum

Old Murder Mystery in Amersham – Can Anyone Help?

I have received an email asking if I can help with a possible old mystery about a murder in Amersham many years ago.  The writer tells me “I recall that a popular woman GP was murdered in the woods above Old Amersham, her name might have been Davison.  On the widely held belief that a murderer always returns to the scene of the crime, my father was allocated the night watch, which he spent up in a tree, my guess quite high.  Probably to his intense relief the murderer did not appear and I believe was never caught.”

Can anyone remember this case and what the outcome was?  A Google search has not revealed anything, but it was probably reported locally.