Museum of Country Bygones

The Museum of Country Bygones is a unique and comprehensive collection of Country Bygones mainly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection was put together over fifty years by George Tims, a Marton resident. He amassed a collection of tools, equipment and devices from the locality that would be used by local people either in their home or in their work. Everything that he could find, from the local farmer, thatcher and village constable, to the washerwoman and dairy maid became part of the collection. George was active at a time when the old ways of the countryside were dying; what he preserved gives us today an insight into ways of life that no longer exist. There is something for all ages and tastes in the museum, from a hand pumped harmonium from the village chapel to wheelwright's tools, dairy equipment or children's toys. If you have any mystery objects, you are welcome to bring them along as the volunteers have learnt a lot through cataloguing the collection. Even if they don't know it, they'll know a man who does. Many items are more than a hundred years old and some much older, including the clock mechanism from a local church tower that dates back to more than three hundred years ago and a man-trap that is more than two hundred years old. Other notable pieces include an egg gender detector, domestic appliances from the past and a sock making machine. After Mr. Tims' death, the collection remained neglected for a while, until a group of enthusiastic villagers started getting it back in shape. The volunteers have also been looking at ways that the collection can be used to best effect, not just by opening to individuals and groups but also by taking items out to groups such as dementia sufferers and schools, where they can be a valuable resource. Visitors in a wheelchair: please note a ramp is available to access the museum, but there is no space for wheelchairs to move about inside.
Free, but donations towards the museum's improvement appreciated
No dogs allowed
Contact David on 01926 632936
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