Norma Shepherd – Capt Fryatt, Town Hall Assembly Room 7pm for 7:30pm
We can give a talk to your organisation on the various subjects,
loan a box of goodies for education or reminiscence,
or answer enquiries into the archives.
Discover Downham opens for Heritage Open Days
We'll be opening our doors to the public as part of Heritage Open Days on Sunday 13th September from 10am to 1pm.
Work on the building is almost complete, and visitors will be able to see how the site has been transformed from a derelict fire station into new bright airy spaces, ready to be fitted out with displays and a meeting space for schools and local community groups to hire.
Members of the project team will be on hand to discuss ideas for the new displays, and will be gathering feedback about design work so far.
Chairman of the Trustees of Downham Market and District Heritage Society, Dave Flowers said ‘September marks another milestone in our exciting project, as the building work will be coming to an end, and we’ll really be able to see the space inside as a blank canvas for our new displays. We’re hoping to welcome lots of local people to come and see the changes made so far. We’re also looking for more volunteers to join us, so please come along and have a chat with the project team’.
The Old Fire Station, Priory Road, Downham Market, PE38 9JS will be open free on Sunday 13th September 10am -1pm.
Downham Market and District Heritage Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Elaine Brown as part-time Learning Officer for the new heritage centre. Elaine will continue to work locally as a teacher of history and Spanish alongside her new role. Elaine trained as a language teacher and taught English all over the world before settling in Norfolk. Elaine was also the Learning Officer at Swaffham Museum. Elaine starts in post on 14th September; her role will involve developing a learning programme for schools ready for when the centre opens in 2016.
After twelve years of the Heritage Centre being based at the Town Hall in Downham Market, we are packing up to get ready for the move to our new home at the Old Fire Station in Priory Road.
The building work at the centre will be completed in the Autumn, and then we’ll begin fitting out the centre with the new displays over the winter months.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, WREN, and other local charitable organisations; Discover Downham will be a brand new heritage and learning centre, with space for community groups to hire for meetings. Permanent displays will chart the history of the surrounding area, and there will be a programme of changing exhibitions. The new Centre will open in Spring 2016. Our last day of opening at the Town Hall is Friday 31st July, working Parties will continue in the Town Hall on Tuesday mornings between 9.15am and 12 noon until further notice
Our programme of talks listed on What’s On will continue. Thank you for all your support, and we look forward to warmly welcoming you to Discover Downham next year.
Funding has been secured and we are pleased to announce that work has begun on the Old Fire Station to build a new Heritage and Learing Centre. Projected opening of the building is expected to be Easter 2016
A collection of historical photos taken in Downham Market and the surrounding areas.
Discover Downham Photos
Approached from the west across wide acres of flat Fenland, Downham Market lies ahead on the first high ground.
Here our prehistoric ancestors had dry land, safe from flooding, on which to build their homes, raise their cattle and crops, and still enjoy the wealth of fish, eels and wildfowl from the fens.
Through exhibitions and displays the Heritage Centre tells the story of the area and its people through the ages.
The Heritage Centre is currently closed (see top of page), working parties will continue in the Town Hall on Tuesday mornings between 9.15am and 12 noon until further notice