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What's on:

Wednesday 21st October

A.G.M (Annual General Meeting), 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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Local Giving and Easy Funding

Just a reminder that donations can be given to the Heritage Society through Local Giving, Starting on Tuesday 13th October at 10am is Double your Tenner campaign on Local Giving.

Please help us raise funds by signing up on easy funding. It's so simple, you can raise money for us when you shop online, and no extra cost! Take a look. So far we have managed to raise over £450 using easyfunding.org.uk.

New member of staff appointed to work with local schools

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.

Discover Downham moves a step closer

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 was 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.

Discover Downham

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

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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