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Preserving the History of the Vale of Pewsey
The Pewsey Heritage Centre collections highlight the social, agricultural and industrial aspects of the Vale of Pewsey over the past 150 years or so, a period which includes the rise, fall and rise again of the Kennet and Avon Canal, and the Railway with its rapid links to both east and west.
Find out about the history of the beautiful Vale of Pewsey
The Pewsey Heritage Centre collection is housed in what was once the foundry building of Whatley & Hiscock, agricultural engineers. Indeed, the machinery of this firm formed the basis for the Pewsey Heritage Centre collection. When engineering work ceased, the local history society set up a museum to conserve the heavy machinery. This has grown with items from Pewsey and the Vale into the resource you can see today.
The 2023 display features Pewsey's sporting history, with items on show from Shelley Rudman, a skeleton bobsleigh athlete. She was the 2013 world champion, won an Olympic silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and is a former World Cup and European champion.
Also we have the story of Bill Amor a local policeman, who played amateur football for Reading FC and competed in the England Team at the 1948 Olympics, where England came 4th. Bill scored in the 3rd/4th place playoff match.
We also celebrate the 100th birthday of the Pewsey Vale Bowling Club, and have displays covering Football, and Tennis in the Vale, plus there is a display outlining the history of the Pewsey Hospital.
The Pewsey Heritage Education Centre is ready to hire.
The Pewsey Heritage Education Centre, is a self-contained unit comprising of a space that will sit up to 35 people, there is access to a projector, audio equipment, a screen for presentations, and there is also free wifi access.
The Education Centre has its own kitchen facilites and toilet, which allows for disabled access, plus there is a decked area by the river, for when the weather permits.
This facility is available all year round for hiring. For more information please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pewsey Heritage Centre offers life long learning and welcomes educational groups.
16 years and under are allowed free entry into the Pewsey Heritage Centre, accompanied by an adult.
We also have activity sheets for the younger ones so they can play Heritage Bingo!!
We have close links with local schools who have exhibited in the Heritage centre at Chistmas and Easter.
£2 per Adult, Free for 16 year olds and under