The Maidenhead Heritage Centre and ATA exhibition & Archive explores the history of Maidenhead and its surroundings, including the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), which was headquartered at White Waltham airfield during World War II.

The history of Maidenhead stretches back from before the Romans to racing cars, aeroplanes, Hammer Horror films and scandals at Cliveden. The town grew up when the first bridge was built across the Thames in 1250, and became a Victorian boom town when the Great Western Railway opened.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre is just the place to explore this amazingly varied history. Their permanent ‘Story of Maidenhead’ exhibition is supplemented by five free exhibitions each year, so there’s always something new to see. 

In addition to the free galleries the Heritage Centre is home to the Spitfire Simulator Experience. The ‘Grandma Flew Spitfires’ exhibition tells the story of courage, skill and sacrifice of the amateur pilots of Air Transport Auxiliary. Men and Women who were employed to fly dozens of different types of war planes between factories and front line squadrons during WW2.

The Air Transport Auxiliary’s headquarters airfield was at White Waltham, just 2 miles from Maidenhead, and the Heritage Centre owns one of the largest collections of ATA memorabilia and records anywhere in the world. This Air Transport Auxiliary collection is on permanent display for the public to discover the inspiring story of ordinary men and women who achieved extraordinary things. 

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