Pewsey Heritage Centre

Pewsey Heritage Centre

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The Pewsey heritage Centre is now open between 10.00 – 16.00 hours Monday to Saturday. £2 for adults and free admission for u16s accompanied by an adult. Come and see the photographs and memorabilia depicting the history of the village as well as artefacts and exhibits relating to Pewsey and the surrounding areas of the Vale over the last 100 years.

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ROGER POPE


The Trustees of Pewsey Heritage Centre regret to announce the recent death of Roger Llewellyn Pope, long time Patron and Trustee and latterly, after a severe stroke left him housebound, the Centre's genealogy expert and, along with his wife Shirley, fount of all knowledge of past people and events in Pewsey Vale.

Roger, a man of strong socialist principles, was born, brought up and educated as a youngster in Pewsey, his secondary education being at Dauntsey's School near Devizes. Very much a 'people' person, Roger was for a time on the parliamentary staff of Anthony Wedgewood Benn, a man he very much admired. Roger married Shirley, begat two sons Simon and Will, settled down in Pewsey and commuted via Pewsey's none too efficient train service to London for many years. Roger was always keen on things Pewsey, was a staunch supported of the Carnival and published several much missed local history books of old photographs (all now unfortunately out of print). He had a large collection of Vale-based ephemera, some items of which were mounted in scrapbooks now held in the Centre.

When in about 1986 Pewsey Local History Society agreed to take on the task of setting up a small Heritage Centre based around the Victorian machine tools in the old Foundry building then belonging to Whatley and Co, Roger provided a deal of support to Michael Duckenfield, who, with a band of volunteers and the co-operation of Whatley management, took on the responsibility of setting up the Centre on behalf of the History Society. He donated many items from his personal collection to the Centre, and proved invaluable as a source of advice and information. When the Centre opened in 1992 Roger accepted the position, proposed by the other Trustees, as Patron of the Centre. Roger continued to provide support, aid and assistance to the Centre management, although having a full-time job stopped him from taking part in the minutiae of routine daily tasks. His active support was abruptly terminated by his severe stroke in 2014, although for a while he continued to offer support to Trustee meetings by telephone.

But thanks to modern technology and the internet for the last five years Roger and Shirley between them have run the Heritage Centre genealogy service, answering questions on Vale families from all over the world, giving advice, contacts and information, and more than once putting different branches of the same family in touch with each other. The Trustees have been very grateful for this, as it has kept the Centre as a real focal point for the world-wide and local Pewsey Vale and ex-Pewsey Vale families.

Roger will be sadly missed by his family, his friends both local and world wide, and not least by the Trustees and his co-volunteers in Pewsey Heritage Centre.


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Pewsey Heritage Centre is open to the public Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm. We are very short of stewards, so need volunteers to help in the Heritage Centre during these times, collecting the admission fees and being the “public face” of the Heritage Centre.

If you have any time available on Monday to Saturday either 10am to 1pm or 1pm to 4pm, we would love to hear from you!

Here is a recent Tripadvisor review about the Heritage Centre: “We really enjoyed exploring this centre which is full of fascinating items - really well displayed and labelled. A mention should also be made of the lovely volunteer!”

If you feel you would like to help us and be one our team of “lovely volunteers” then please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


OKTOBERFEST!

Friday, 1 November 2019 at 19:30

Bouverie Hall, Pewsey

Oumpah Band

Join us for a fantastic Oktoberfest with Kennet Bavarian Brass!
Raising money for Pewsey Heritage Centre.
Oompah band entertainment
Food and drinks will be available to purchase.


Your chance to influence a proposed White Horses Project!

The North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team is hoping to develop and deliver a project based on the theme of the ‘Landscape of the White Horses’, but the staff need your help!  Please take a couple of minutes to complete the brief survey in the attached link.  Answering the questions will help the AONB team better understand the extent to which the White Horses are valued as well as tap your thoughts on how funding to support the project should be spent.  Please complete the survey by 31st October 2019 and share the link with others, so that they may participate. Many thanks.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VDH8BDP


Volunteer Trustees Required

Pewsey Heritage Centre are looking to fill vacancies for Trustees and, in particular, to widen our expertise base by looking for volunteers with Finance, IT and Legal knowledge. However, we would be very keen to speak to anyone who feels that they have the appropriate skills and a willingness to serve on the Board. Importantly we have a very urgent requirement for the roles of Company Secretary; Centre Manager; and Chief Steward. If you think you could help and would like more information please CLICK HERE.


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The Museum

The Pewsey Heritage Centre collection is housed in what was once the foundry building of Whatley & Hiscock, agricultural engineers.

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Indeed, the machinery of this firm formed the basis for the Heritage Centre. When engineering work ceased, the local history society set up a museum to conserve the heavy machinery. This has grown into the resource you can see today.

You will find more information about the history of the building and the collection in the Museum History section of this website.

 

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Pewsey - the village that gave the Vale its name.

This view is from Pewsey White Horse, on the edge of Salisbury Plain

3D tour of the Pewsey Heritage Centre

To move about position the mouse pointer on the floor and click the arrow. To turn use the compass on the right. Use the link to Google Maps to see full screen.