The Museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday. It is suggested that you allow at least 60 minutes for your visit to the Grandma Flew Spitfires exhibition, especially if you want to fly the Spitfire simulator. If you are coming any distance specifically to fly the simulator, please phone in advance to check that it is fully serviceable – 01628 780555
Maidenhead Heritage Centre is a voluntary-run charitable museum with no financial help from the government. The huge investment in the Grandma Flew Spitfires project means that we have to make a modest charge for visits. With GIFT AID, tickets are valid for 12 months.
At peak periods, timed tickets may be issued.
Children (aged 10-16) £2.00
Children under 10 FREE
Friends of Maidenhead Heritage Centre FREE
There is a supplementary charge for flying the Spitfire simulator, currently £7.50 per 15 minutes including instruction. Recently a Spitfire enthusiast flew the simulator for almost two hours, although he did need to land for a comfort break!
GROUP BOOKINGS AVAILABLE
We are delighted to welcome pre-booked visits from families, corporate groups, clubs and schools. Please contact us for details.
HOW TO FIND US
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MUSEUM IS NOT SITUATED AT WHITE WALTHAM AIRFIELD.
You will find us in the centre of Maidenhead at this address:
Maidenhead Heritage Centre, 18 Park Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1SL (behind Town Hall). 2 mins from Maidenhead High Street.
Maidenhead Railway Station – 7 mins walk
Your visit to Grandma Flew Spitfires begins with a short introductory film before you move upstairs past photographs of some of the amazing men and women who made ATA such a success. Our gallery has been packed with uniforms, flying equipment, navigation equipment and ATA memorabilia. Displays explain how ATA pilots came from 25 different countries, how they managed to fly so many different planes and how they flew all over Britain in a single day. Pilots’ log books are on display together with more than 150 photographs, and you can listen to recordings of ATA aircrew telling their own stories. If you want to explore ATA in more depth, computer terminals give access to filmed interviews, log books and historic photographs from the museum’s archive.
Best of all, you can fly a Spitfire simulator, just like the intrepid men and women of ATA!
The large ATA collection at Maidenhead Heritage Centre includes:
Over 100 pilot (male and female) and flight engineer log books
Hundreds of photographs, many from private collections
Uniforms and flying clothing, including a ladies uniform worn by Ann Wood (USA).
Personal diaries and letters
Maps used by ATA pilots
Aircraft delivery chits
A complete list of all ATA employees
Newspaper, magazine articles and obituaries.
It is intended to make the ATA collection catalogue and certain documents available on-line.