Exhibition – June 2013

To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Whitchurch Heritage Centre are putting on an exhibition about life in the 1950s. Visit us to remember, or discover, what life was really like in Whitchurch sixty years ago!

  • Special display and video of the coronation itself
  • Life in the home – what was cooking like in the 50s?
  • The High Street then and now
  • Entertainment and travel – how people enjoyed themselves
  • If you have any special items from the 50s that you’d like to share with others, bring them along on Tuesdays and add your memories to our exhibition.

Did you know that half-day closing started in Whitchurch in 1892 ?

While cleaning copies of the Whitchurch Herald volunteers Tracy and Sheenagh came across the following notice


In the nineteenth century it was quite common for shops to open from 6 am to 10 pm, Monday to Saturday. Shop assistants and their supporters campaigned for a half-day holiday and it looks like by 1892 they were successful in Whitchurch.

Did you know Leiden museum has a similar Roman mirror to Whitchurch Heritage Centre ?

On display at Whitchurch Heritage Centre is a Roman mirror. It was found in the 1970s near the junction of Sedgford and Edgeley Road.

One of our volunteers, Abi Taylor, is studying for her master’s degree in Leiden, Holland and visited the local musem (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden). There she spied a Roman mirror very similar to ours.

Spot the similarities


Mirror on display at Whitchurch


Mirror on display at Leiden

Mirror on display at Leiden