Doreen Benning

DB_StreetsDoreen 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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Jennifer Robinson

JR_ShopsOriginally from Chesham, Jennifer moved to Chesham Bois and was a regular commuter into London, witnessing the transition from steam to electric trains and seeing how the countryside changed to accommodate the increased building.

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Sylvia Dollemore

SD_BoisA 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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Pam Spater

PS_ShopsPam 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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 Ray Wainwright

RW_BetweenNow in his 80s, Ray went to school at The Turret in Amersham and then Berkhamsted. He spent his school holidays in the war years working on Weedon Hill Farm, with no electricity or other power available. He also recalls the difference in atmosphere locally pre-war, when Highland Road was unmade.

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John Fox

JF_ShopsJohn Fox has lived in Amersham all his life. His family owns Fox’s Outdoor in Amersham and has lived here all his life. With friends, he recalls life and the businesses in the old town and 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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