Doreen Benning

DB_PlayhouseDoreen grew up in Plantation Road and both her parents worked locally. At age 14, Doreen began to work at Brazil’s, the sausage factory in the old town. She then moved on to work in a curtain factory in Copperkins Lane. She recalls happy memories at the Pheasant pub, recently demolished.

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Ron Haddock

RH_PlayhouseRon Haddock lived and worked around Amersham all his life. He was a dispenser at Kennards Chemists shop before opening his own photography business. Latterly he owned and ran local film company, Chess Valley Films.

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Pam Spater

PS_CinemaPam Spater grew up in Chesham Bois and Amersham-on-the-Hill. Her father opened the Pavilion silent film cinema on Station Parade (which later became the Playhouse theatre and is now Amersham Auction Rooms). He later co-owned and established the Regent Cinema on Sycamore Road. At this time Pam lived on Sycamore Road with her family. She lives in Chesham Bois.

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Sylvia Dollemore

SD_RegentA resident of Chesham Bois since 1948, Sylvia attended Dr Challoners school when it was co-ed. She recalls cycling everywhere and it not being a problem as it can be today. Sylvia remembers Chesham Bois when it had more shops and there was not always the need to go into Amersham-on-the-Hill.

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Plan Your Visit

Opening hours:

Wednesday to Sunday, and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon to 4:30pm

49 High Street
Old Amersham

01494 723700
[email protected]


“Enjoyed our visit to this wonderful interactive museum where you are positively encouraged to touch things!”

“Visited Amersham museum yesterday – lovely place, provides many details on the history of the place. Plenty of cute cafes, pubs and shops around also… not difficult to find free parking nearby. ”

“A well-run, informative and interesting small museum on the main street. It’s mostly volunteer-run and they do a great job in keeping it and making you feel welcome…Check out the herb garden too.”

“Enjoyable film and television location guided walk around Amersham hosted by Amersham Museum – here are the Sun Houses on Highover Park and further up the hill is High & Over.”

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