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What's on:

Wednesday 18th November

Jacqui Horton - The Scotts of Norfolk (Architects Extraordinaire), Town Hall Assembly Room 7pm for 7:30pm

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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.


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"Double your tenner" has ended

Charities like ourselves obviously embraced this latest campaign and the current funding has run out already ..........so if you donate now the money WILL NOT BE DOUBLED.

The campaign started on 13th October and some of you were very quick off the mark. This means the Society has raised £645 (plus £360 to come from Direct Debits over the next 3 months). This money will be used on Discover Downham at The Old Fire Station.

So a very big thank you to everyone who donated and for the encouraging messages you sent. It is really great to have that support.

Another milestone for Discover Downham Heritage Centre

We’ve moved another step closer to the opening of the new Heritage and Learning Centre in Spring 2016, as we have recently received the keys to the old fire station. Local builder Steven Seals has completed all the major refurbishment works and now our hard work starts to fit the building out with new displays.

The building works took around seven months, during which time, internal walls were knocked down to provide a bright open space in the centre of the building, a smart new kitchen has been put in for the use of community groups who will be hiring the space, and offices and a store for our collections have been incorporated. Original features such as the crittall windows and parquet flooring have been restored.

Over the next few months, volunteers will be working hard researching themes for the new displays. Our new Learning Officer Elaine Brown is liaising with local schools who we hope will be regular visitors to the centre. We are also pleased to welcome Alex Meiser-Stedman to the team as our administration officer.


Our fundraising efforts are continuing as we particularly need to raise funds for our rather dilapidated garden area at the front of the fire station.

And if you shop online at all, there are thousands of retailers who give a smaller percentage of what you spend with them to your chosen charity. You don’t have to spend extra on your shopping – they donate – couldn’t be easier! Find out more here: www.easyfundraising.org.uk

Discover Downham Photos

A collection of historical photos taken in Downham Market and the surrounding areas.
Discover Downham Photos

The Downham Market & District Heritage Society welcomes new volunteers and members.

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Welcome to the Downham Market & District Heritage Centre Website.

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.


Opening times

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

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