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We need your help to win Co-op Community Fund cash!

Tiverton Museum has been selected to be one of the charities supported by the Co-op Community Fund. The museum will be using the money raised to support a ‘Mini Brick Trail’ which will take place at the museum from July to the end of October. There will be small building block interventions throughout the museum alongside the museum displays (housed in display cases) with related topical scenes and mini figures. It will be designed to encourage families to explore the displays through a new and fun way using construction toys. There will also be play areas around the museum for families.

Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum, says: ‘We are asking anyone who is a Co-op member to select the museum as their local cause online so that we can raise as much money as possible for the museum. The Mini Brick Trail will be a really fun event for the summer, and is a great way to follow on from our incredibly successful All Aboard sculpture trail that we ran last year.’

Every time a Co-op member buys Co-op branded products and services, 1% of their spend goes to a local cause. For the 6 months the museum is part of the fund, the money builds up. Throughout the 6 months, members can choose which cause their contribution goes to. The museum has already built up £142, and the fund is open for votes until 7th October 2017.

 


We're looking for more volunteers

Tiverton Museum is looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to join our volunteer team.

We are looking for people to join our front of house team on Saturdays. Are you interested in working on the front desk welcoming visitors to the museum and Tourist Information Service, and selling items from the museum shop? This requires using a till, card machine and answering telephone enquiries. Please contact Carrie Thomas on 01884 256295 or email tivertontic@tivertonmuseum.org.uk

Our Education Department also needs more volunteers. If you are interested in assisting with school visits to the museum, helping with our family craft days in school holidays or in delivering our reminiscence service to people in care and residential homes please contact Holly Jarrett on 01884 256295 or email education@tivertonmuseum.org.uk

We are also looking for one or two people who would be interested in undertaking oral history interviews for the museum using digital recorders. Finally, we are also looking for someone to help keep our outside areas nice and tidy. This would involve a little light gardening, sweeping and tidying. We have the brooms, but need the people! Please contact Pippa Griffith on 01884 256295 or email curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk

For all of these roles we will provide the training as long as you bring the passion and enthusiasm for Mid Devon and its history, playing a key role in helping visitors to enjoy their visit. As a registered charity, volunteers play a vital part, in both the front of house and behind the scenes at Tiverton Museum. Over 80 local people currently give their time to keep their local award winning museum running. The time that all of our volunteers give us equates to more than 6 full time members of staff per year!

   

 


More dementia friends at the museum

More of our staff and volunteers were delighted to become Dementia Friends today thanks to a session with Tiverton Dementia Action Alliance. 

 


All Aboard! auction raises thousands for the museum

Tiverton Museum hosted a really exciting auction evening on Friday 18th November. Twenty of the All Aboard sculptures of the Tivvy Bumper steam engine that were around the town over the summer, were auctioned by Brian Goodison-Blanks of Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood.

All 20 of the sculptures found new homes. £4940 was raised for the museum, and £500 for Tiverton's Market Drop In Centre. The remaining sculpture was the prize in a raffle which raised a further £1000 for the museum. 

For a full report on the All Aboard! project please click here. 

 


All Aboard! wins award!

We are delighted to have won the regional award for 'Art in the Landscape' from South West in Bloom for the sculpture trail!  

 


Preparing for the All Aboard! auction

Now that the All Aboard! sculpture trail has come to an end, we are getting ready to auction the sculptures at a special event at at Tiverton Museum on Friday 18th November at 7:30pm. The proceeds from the auction will go to Tiverton Museum and a donation will be made to the Market Drop In Centre. The auction is an open event, no prior booking required. The museum is taking commission bids if you are unable to attend the auction but would like to put in a bid. Please email Pippa on curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk for a copy of the commission bid form. The reserve price for each sculpture is £150. 

The auction catalogue can be viewed here.

One of the 20 sculptures, the ‘Fiery Fox’  will not be auctioned, but is the prize in a raffle which will be drawn on the same night. The sculpture features characters from the Peter’s Railway books who sponsored it. The books are for children who love railways and engineering. The author, Christopher Vine, has generously donated some signed books which will also be part of the raffle prize. The raffle tickets are now on sale at Tiverton Museum for just £1 !!!

 


Last chance to complete the All Aboard! trail

 

The All Aboard! Family sculpture trail ends on the 30th October! If you haven’t completed the trail yet, there is still time to follow the trail map and find all 21 sculptures in the shape of the Tivvy Bumper steam engine.

When the trail is finished, Tiverton Museum is auctioning off the sculptures in a special event at Tiverton Museum on Friday 18th November at 7:30pm. The proceeds from the auction will go to Tiverton Museum and another local charity. The auction is an open event, no prior booking required. The museum is taking commission bids if you are unable to attend the auction but would like to put in a bid. The reserve price for each sculpture is £150.

One of the sculptures, the ‘Fiery Fox’ which is on display outside Phoenix House will not be auctioned, but is the prize in a raffle which will be drawn on the same night. The sculpture features characters from the Peter’s Railway books who sponsored it. The books are for children who love railways and engineering. The author, Christopher Vine, has generously donated some signed books which will also be part of the raffle prize. The raffle tickets are now on sale at Tiverton Museum for just £1 !!!

 

 


Museum coach trip great success

A great time was had by all on our coach trip last week. Museum supporters visited the Kennet and Avon Canal. The photograph below shows the Avoncliff Aqueduct which was built in 1801 by John Rennie & John Thomas featuring 60ft long arch, still the longest span ever built. The trip made over £700 for the museum! For details of our forthcoming events please see the events page. 

 


Railway events at Tiverton Museum

Linking in with the All Aboard! Sculpture trail, Tiverton Museum is running a series of railway related events this autumn. Tickets for all of these events are on sale at the museum’s front desk, and are already selling fast!

The first is a trip up the Exe Valley in a vintage bus retracing the old railway line on Saturday 8th October. The day will include unique access to private property and the day will be led by railway historian Amyas Crump. Tickets are £40 p/p and advance purchase is essential. The last time the museum ran a similar event the tickets sold very quickly!

On Thursday 20th October Cine Star Film Archive will be showing their archive railway films at the museum on Thursday 20th October at 7:30 pm. Tickets are £5 (£4.50 for members) including light refreshments,advance purchase essential.

Behind the scenes of the railway collection: we're offering a unique opportunity to see items from the museum’s railway collection which are normally in store on Thursday 10th November. From an engineer's notebook, information posters to photographs there will be a lot to see. Railway historian Amyas Crump will be on hand to answer your queries. Tickets are £5 (£4.50 for museum members). Advance purchase essential as this will be a popular event. 

 


We need more Front of House volunteers

Tiverton Museum is looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to join our front of house volunteer team. Are you interested in working on the front desk welcoming visitors to the museum and Tourist Information Service, and selling items from the museum shop? This requires using a till, card machine and answering telephone enquiries. We provide the training as long as you bring the passion and enthusiasm for Mid Devon and its history, playing a key role in engaging visitors and helping them to enjoy their visit.

As a registered charity, volunteers play a vital role, in both the front of house and behind the scenes at Tiverton Museum. Over 70 local people currently give their time to keep their local award winning museum running. The time that all of our volunteers give us equates to more than 6 full time members of staff per year!

We are particularly looking for people who can help out on Monday afternoons and Saturdays. If you are interested in joining the museum’s friendly team and can spare a morning or afternoon every week or two please contact Pippa Griffith, Director on 01884 256295 or email curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk

 


Recruiting for Saturday Visitor Information Officer

We're looking for someone to join our team on Saturdays.

 

Appointment Type: Part Time: 4.5 hours (October to March) or 5.5 hours (April to September) per week (Saturday). Fixed Term for 6 months.

Position: Visitor Information Officer (Saturday)
Organisation: Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life
Location: Tiverton, Devon.
Closing date: 5pm 8/9/2016
Salary: £1,872 pro rata 

 

Details:

To ensure the smooth, efficient and effective running of the day to day Front of House, tourist information and trading operation at the Museum, maintaining the highest standard of presentation, customer service and safety at all times. You will be expected to have good computer skills together with an enthusiasm for tourism, Tiverton and the local area.

Including:

·         Duty management of all front of house facilities and activities

·         To act as key holder and Duty Officer as required

 

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life was established 56 years ago, and is accredited under the ACE Accreditation scheme. It provides extensive permanent displays on the history of Mid Devon and a lively temporary events and exhibition programme. The museum is playing a key role in enhancing Tiverton’s reputation as a visitor destination. The profile of the museum has increased greatly in the past few years, winning a number of county and regional awards.

 

Tiverton’s Tourist Information Service has been based at Tiverton Museum since 2013. The Museum Trust is committed to offering the best level of service possible to local people and to visitors to the area. The Tourist Information Service won the Bronze Visitor Service of the Year in Devon 2013.

 

We are recruiting for a Saturday post holder to work 4.5 hours (October to March) or 5.5 hours (April to September) per week at £7.20 per hour. This equates to £1,872 pro rota. This is a fixed-term contract for 6 months. The successful candidate will be asked to start work from Saturday 8th October 2016.

 

For further details of the post please click here.

 

To apply please send a letter of application either to curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk or by post to The Director at Tiverton Museum, Beck’s Square, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6PJ (marked CONFIDENTIAL), with your CV and the names and addresses of two people whom we may approach for references by 5pm Thursday 8th September 2016. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 21st September 2016.

 

If you have any queries please contact Pippa Griffith (Director, email: curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk) or Carrie Thomas (Visitor Information Officer, email: tivertontic@tivertonmusuem.org.uk).


Deadline: 5pm Thursday 8th September 2016
Interviews: Wednesday 21st September 2016

 


Unique chance to win an All Aboard! sculpture

Tiverton Museum is offering a unique chance to win one of the sculptures from the All Aboard! family sculpture trail which is proving a runaway hit over this summer. The trail runs until the end of October. The sculptures will then be auctioned in a special event at Tiverton Museum on Friday 18th November. The proceeds from the auction will go to Tiverton Museum and another local charity.

One of the twenty one sculptures will not be auctioned, but will be the prize in a raffle which will be drawn on the same night. The raffle tickets are now on sale at Tiverton Museum. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a sculpture for just £1 !!! The identity of the sculpture which will be raffled will be unveiled nearer the time.

 


Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life earns 2016 Trip Adviser Certificate of Excellence

Tiverton Museum today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. 

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, said: ‘We’re very proud to have won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the third time. We’dlike to thank all of our visitors who take the time to review us on TripAdvisor. As the Certificate of Excellence is based on customer reviews, the accolade is a great vote of confidence to our volunteers and staff who work on the front desk.’

"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

 


Ticket 1442

We've just sold museum admission ticket 1442 - as that's the number of the Tivvy Bumper we gave away a free All Aboard bag to the lucky family. They were coming to see the real Tivvy Bumper before doing the All Aboard! family sculpture trail. 

 


Heathcoat 200 exhibition opens

Tiverton Museum and Heathcoat Fabrics have worked together to produce a new temporary exhibition which charts the story of the Heathcoat Factory in Tiverton since 1816. The factory has always had a close relationship with the town due to its central location, the numbers of people employed and the amount of housing and public facilities that the factory and the Heathcoat Amory family provided for Tiverton. The exhibition looks at how the factory started, the history of power and equipment used on site as well as the people who worked there. The exhibition also charts the change from making bobbinet lace to technical fabrics with some examples of the types of fabric made on site today which is used all over the world.

The exhibition runs until 23rd December 2016. Entry for the exhibition only is £1 for adults, or free with a full museum admission ticket. 

 


Heathcoat 200 walkers arrive back in Tiverton!

To mark the 200th anniversary of John Heathcoat's relocation to Tiverton, a group of walkers recreated the walk that some of Heathcoat's workers undertook from Loughborough to Tiverton in 1816. The walk was organised by the museum's Chair of Trustees, Andrea Rowe. It took two weeks and followed canal towpaths and footpaths across the country. 

The walkers were welcomed back to Tiverton with a big tea at Heathcoat Fabrics - still operating on the same site where Heathcoat established his mill. 

The walkers visit Tiverton Museum's new temporary exhibition 'Heathcoat 200' with HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon and Sir Ian Amory. 

 


All Aboard! trail launched

The All Aboard! family sculpture trail was officially launched at Tiverton Museum on Saturday 2nd July. About 200 people joined in the celebrations at the museum where the first trail maps were handed out and families headed off to find the sculptures.  

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, said ‘We are very excited to be launching the trail today. It has been a huge community project with 29 local businesses sponsoring the trail, 18 local artists and 13 local schools have been involved in designing and painting the sculptures. Not to mention, one Olympic athlete, Jo Pavey, who came up with one of the designs. Many hundreds of volunteer hours have been spent getting the trail ready. All Aboard is a project for Tiverton and the local area, and we hope people have fun doing the trail over the summer.’

Bampton Heritage Centre organized the grand unveiling of the two Bampton sculptures on the same day. Pupils from Bampton Primary School had all submitted ideas for one of the designs, which were combined into a design celebrating Bampton.

All Aboard! is an exciting family sculpture trail in Tiverton and the surrounding area over this summer. Follow the trail map and find all 21 sculptures in the shape of the Tivvy Bumper steam engine. The trail maps are available from Tiverton Museum, Jo Amor on Bampton Street, Tiverton Library, Grand Western Canal Visitor Centre, Exe Valley Leisure Centre, Coldharbour Mill and Bampton Heritage Centre. The trail runs for 17 weeks until 30th October 2016. 

 


Valentine's Appeal Success

A recent appeal by Tiverton Museum for public help to purchase a posy ring resulted in immediate success thanks to a generous donation from Elizabeth Hughes in memory of her late husband, Ronald, a former volunteer at the museum. 

Following an appeal on BBC Devon, Mrs Hughes contacted the museum. Pippa Griffith, Director of the museum, says ‘We are thrilled that the appeal resulted in such immediate success, and are very grateful to Mrs Hughes for her support. The ring will be a wonderful addition to our collection, and the inscription is very evocative and makes one wonder about who gave the ring and if the love was reciprocated!’ Mrs Hughes popped into the museum last week with her daughters to see the ring (pictured above).

Posy rings are gold finger rings with a short inscription on the inside surface, and were popular in England as lover's gifts during the 15th to the 17th centuries. This ring was found at Uffculme and has the inscription ‘I live in hope’., and dates from between 1500 to 1700.  The ring was offered to the museum through the Treasure Act.  

 


First All Aboard! sculptures delivered

Museum staff were excited to collect the first Tivvy Bumper sculptures for the summer's All Aboard! trail from Aden Hynes Sculpture Studios. These sculptures will be sent off to different sponsors and artists to be deocorated before the trail opens in early July.

 


Huge History Lesson and the Tivvy Bumper

Tiverton Museum offers many congratulations to Jamie from Chumleigh Community College for doing so well in the national Huge History Lesson competition!

Schools were challenged to choose a museum object, carry out an enquiry and share their findings. Jamie made a fab website all about our very own Tivvy Bumper steam engine - please click here to see it. 

For more information on the Huge History Lesson please click here.

 


Heathcoat workers sought by Tiverton Museum

Tiverton Museum is busy planning a new temporary exhibition exploring the impact that the Heathcoat Factory has had on the town in the past two hundred years.

Staff and volunteers at Tiverton Museum are busy planning a new temporary exhibition to open later this year, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the arrival of John Heathcoat in Tiverton. The exhibition will examine a variety of topics, including the contribution to local employment and the growth of West Exe with the building of houses and other community resources.

The museum is running an accompanying oral history project with people who have worked at the factory over the years. Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, says ‘We are currently looking for people who worked in the factory and who are happy to have their memories recorded. Among things we are particularly interested in are families with more than one generation who worked there, wartime memories, the 1960 flood, factory housing and people who spent most of their career working at Heathcoats.’ If you would like to contribute to this project please contact Pippa Griffith, Museum Director on 01884 256295

 


All Aboard! Tivvy Bumper trail on track

Tiverton Museum is delighted to announce that plans for the ‘All Aboard’ sculpture trail this summer are on track! The twenty one sculptures in the shape of the Tivvy Bumper are currently being made by Aden Hynes Sculpture Studio. Each sculpture has a local business which has sponsored it: Heathcoat Fabrics on behalf of Heathcoat Primary School, Heathcoat Fabrics, Hepco Motion, Kaba Ltd, GWR, Watts and Sons, Mid Devon Gazette, Blundell’s School, Tiverton Learning Co-operative, Peter’s Railway, The Globe Inn at Sampford Peverall, Age UK, Coldharbour Mill, Bampton Heritage Centre (2), Tiverton Museum, Tiverton Portas Company, Tiverton Trade Association, Mid Devon District Council (2) and Tiverton Town Council.

A number of Trail Sponsors have also signed up including Heard & Sendell, Ashfords LLP, Forest Glade and Mid Devon District Council. There is still the opportunity to become a Trail Sponsor for £200 + VAT. Ken White Signs have generously agreed to be Supply Sponsors for the trail by supplying signs for each sculpture.  Further supply sponsors are currently being sought to help make and install the plinths for the sculptures.

The trail will run from early July to the end of October. It will be a high profile event for local families and tourists alike, encouraging enjoyment and appreciation of Tiverton and Mid Devon. The locations of the sculptures will help to raise the profile of some of the local leisure and tourism facilities and benefit local businesses. It is planned that the Bumper sculptures will be decorated in many different ways, involving local artists, celebrities, school children and local community groups. At the end of the trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for local charities. 

 


Seals Appeal Success!

We are delighted to announce a successful result of a public appeal Tiverton Museum held at the end of November last year. The appeal was to help purchase a collection of 22 lead cloth seals featuring a range of Tiverton merchants’ names and marks. The museum received a really positive response and the funds were raised for the purchase (£310). Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, says ‘We want to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this appeal which enabled us to respond to this rare chance and purchase the cloth seals. They were sold to us by a metal detectorist from Holland who found them, and he added a 23rd seal in for good measure. We have put the seals on display in our entrance area for the time being, so anyone coming into the museum and tourist information service can see them.’

Small lead cloth seals have been found by metal detectorists in Germany and Holland, often featuring the names of Tiverton merchants. From the late seventeenth century through most of the eighteenth century, there was a large export trade in serges from Topsham to Rotterdam or Amsterdam. The seals were attached to bolts of cloth and often discarded when all the lengths of cloth were sold. The seals are not often found in this country, but usually at market sites on the continent where Tiverton's cloth was sold.


The seals in this collection date between the late seventeenth century and the late eighteenth century. The merchants represented in the collection include Samuel Foote whose business was taken over by his son-in-law Robert Burridge, after Samuel’s death in 1691, and then by his grandson Samuel Burridge (who is also represented in the collection). There are seals from other well-known Tiverton merchants including:

-       The Lewis family who built a grand house on Fore Street after the fire of 1731.

-       Oliver Peard who lived where Boots the Chemist is today who was very wealthy, but killed himself with a blunderbuss in 1764.

-       Benjamin Dickinson, Peard’s nephew, who eventually took over his business and rebuilt his uncle’s house on Fore Street to become a mansion that was said to ‘be finished with great taste, having every convenience suited to a very superior station in life and furnished throughout with costly elegance.’ To improve the view from his new house, Dickinson ordered the removal of the Market Cross which had stood at the centre of the street since the mid seventeenth century. In the same year, 1787, work was completed on his new country mansion at Knightshayes (which was of course rebuilt by John Heathcoat’s grandson).

In all, 19 of the seals feature Tiverton merchants and 3 of Exeter merchants. A very unusual seal is of John --- of Uffculme. Until this seal came to light, it was thought that local seals only carried the names of merchants from Tiverton, Exeter or Wellington. Research is ongoing as to the identity of this merchant. Space on the seal requires it to be a short name, maybe How, recorded as a sergemaker in 1771.  

 


Update on Posy Ring Appeal

The appeal to purchase a posy ring was picked up by BBC Devon yesterday and was featured on both the local news and Radio Devon. This resulted in a listener, Mrs Hughes, coming forward to offer us the money needed in memory of her late husband Ronald Hughes. Mr Hughes volunteered on the museum’s front desk in the late 1970s.

Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum, says ‘We are thrilled that the appeal resulted in such immediate success, and are very grateful to Mrs Hughes for her support. The museum is a registered charity and dependent upon donations to help fund all of our activities.’

 


Tiverton Museum is asking for help from the public to purchase a gold posy ring. Posy rings are gold finger rings with a short inscription on the inside surface. They were popular in England as lover's gifts during the 15th to the 17th centuries. This ring was found at Uffculme and has the inscription ‘I live in hope’. It has engraved diagonal lines on the outside which may have once held enamel decoration. It dates from between 1500 to 1700. The ring is misshapen, perhaps due to plough damage.

Pippa Griffith, museum Director, says ‘This posy ring is a really evocative object. It makes one wonder who the lovers were and whether the love was requites. We’ve also been thinking about how it got lost, was it thrown in a fit of rage into a field, or did it fall off causing great distress to the wearer? Whatever the story is, it is a wonderful opportunity to acquire an object from an earlier period as many of our objects date from the Victorian period onwards.’

The ring has been offered to the museum through the Treasure Act. As the landowner has generously waived his share of the reward, we only have to raise £87.50 to purchase the ring. We are asking for donations to help us buy the ring and display it when it arrives. For further information on how you can help please contact Pippa Griffith at the museum (01884 256295). 

 


New Facebook page for the Tivvy Bumper Trail

Follow all the latest trail news on our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TivvyBumperTrail2016/

 


Tiverton Museum steaming ahead with plans for Tivvy Bumper trail for 2016

Tiverton Museum is delighted to announce the first sculpture sponsors for the Tivvy Bumper Sculpture Trail 2016. Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, says ‘we are really pleased to have attracted support from a range of organisations so far. As part of their 50th anniversary next year, Watts and Sons will be sponsoring a sculpture. Other Sculpture Sponsors include Mid Devon District Council, Portas Company, Coldharbour Mill, Bampton Heritage Centre, the Gazette, Blundell’s School, and Peter’s Railway (books for children who love trains and engineering) have all signed up to be Sculpture Sponsors. Ken White Signs have generously agreed to be Supply Sponsors for the trail, and Ashfords LLP are the first business to become a Trail Sponsor.’

‘The trail presents a great opportunity to celebrate the local area, and encourage footfall to the retail areas, leisure facilities and attractions. It will attract thousands of people including the local community, families and tourists.’

Following the success of sculpture trails elsewhere, Tiverton Museum is planning a trail based on the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ steam engine house in the museum. The trail will run between July and October in Tiverton and the surrounding area.

The trail will be a high profile event for local families and tourists alike, encouraging enjoyment and appreciation of Tiverton and Mid Devon. The locations of the sculptures will help to raise the profile of some of the local leisure and tourism facilities and benefit local businesses.It is planned that the Bumper sculptures will be decorated in many different ways, involving local artists, celebrities, school children and local community groups. At the end of the trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for local charities.

The museum has been awarded funding through Mid Devon District Council’s High Street Innovation Fund to start this very exciting project. The success of the trail lies in raising the sponsorship needed to cover the rest of the project costs. Businesses or individuals can sponsor a sculpture for £550 + VAT. There is also the opportunity to become a Trail Sponsor for £200 + VAT. The museum is also looking for a supply sponsors to help with specific elements of the trail such as making the plinths and helping with transport. The museum wants to have the sculpture sponsors agreed by the New Year so that the sculptures can go into production.

If you would like to get involved with the project please contact Pippa Griffith, Museum Director on 01884 256295. 

Christopher Vine from Peter's Railway (one of the Sculpture Sponsors) with Bongo the engine.

 


Tiverton Museum wins TWO Bronze Awards at Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2015!

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has won the Bronze award for Small Attraction and the Bronze award for Access & Inclusivity at the Devon Tourism Awards 2015.

The awards celebrate the breadth of Devon's tourism offer as a county, and showed the strength of the award’s finalists and winners, with the awards receiving174 entries. Paul Hardingham, Commercial Director at Headline sponsors Hoseasons, said: “We have nothing but admiration for the energy, commitment and dedication shown by this year’s award winners to making sure Devon remains a place people want to go on holiday. Each and every one of them fully deserves the recognition they have received and we wish them all the best for another successful year in 2016.”

Andrea Rowe Chairman of Trustees commented ‘It is always daunting to find the Museum coming up against the likes of Plymouth Gin and Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth in the Small Attractions category and The Calvert Trust in the Access and Inclusivity one, but it is thanks to our hard- working, creative, volunteers and small paid workforce that we gained not just one but two creditable Bronze Awards.’

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director said ‘We are delighted to have won our third Small Attraction Award from Visit Devon, and thrilled to have won our first Access & Inclusivity Award. Ensuring that the museum is as accessible and inclusive as possible is very important to us, and this award is a great recognition of that ethos.’

 


Tivvy Bumper sculpture trail for 2016

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is planning a trail for the summer of 2016 with Tivvy Bumper sculptures being placed around the local area. By using the Tivvy Bumper (the steam engine displayed at Tiverton Museum), the trail will be unique, using a local symbol which appeals to a wide range of people. The museum has been awarded funding through Mid Devon District Council's High Street Innovation Fund to start this very exciting project which has been inspired by the Shaun in the City trail in Bristol, the Big Hoot in Birmingham, Swans of Wells and many others.

The trail will run during next summer and will be a high profile event for local families and tourists alike, encouraging enjoyment and appreciation of Tiverton and Mid Devon. The locations of the sculptures will help to raise the profile of some of the local leisure and tourism facilities and benefit local businesses.It is planned that the Bumper sculptures will be decorated in many different ways, involving local artists, celebrities, school children and local community groups.

Andrea Rowe, Chairman of Tiverton Museum, says ‘We are thrilled that MDDC has provided the initial funding needed to start the project. The success of the trail will lie in working closely with the local community and in raising the sponsorship needed to cover the rest of the project costs. We are confident that the Trail will build on the already powerful pull the Tivvy Bumper attraction creates on visitors to the town.’

 


Long listed for the Family Friendly Museum of the Year award!

Tiverton Museum is among the top 20 family friendly museums in the country. The longlisted museums have been nominated by visitors because they go out of their way to offer a warm welcome to families.

Tiverton Museum has a lot to offer visiting families including: free entry for kids visiting the museum with an adult; ‘Barney’s Bunch’ a new group for 2-5 year olds; explorer backpacks; play areas; step ups; regular craft activities; object handling session; trails; and special one-off events.

Holly Jarrett, Education & Outreach Officer commented: ‘Everyone here at the museum is excited to have been nominated for the Family Friendly Museum Award by so many visiting families. We are passionate about welcoming visitors of all ages and have started a number of new initiatives this year to make sure families get the most out of their visit.’

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director, said: ‘We are delighted to be longlisted for the award for the second time (we were previously longlisted in 2012), and want to thank our visitors who nominated us. At Tiverton Museum we think it’s important for people of all ages to enjoy the museum. We see a lot of intergenerational interaction at the museum with grandparents showing grandchildren objects they remember and sharing memories about them.’ 

 


Information Service wins Bronze award!

Tourist Information staff recieving the Bronze award for Information Service of the Year award at the Visit Devon awards in 2014.

Tiverton’s Tourist Information Service has won the Bronze award for the Tourist Information Service of the Year award at the Devon Tourism Awards 2014. To reach the final, the service went through a three-stage judging process, including assessment of their websites and entry forms, mystery visits and a final independent judging panel. The judges commented 'This is a small, clean and enticing TIC. The person I talked to is clearly passionate about her town and its surroundings.'

Andrea Rowe Chairman of Trustees commented ‘When people drive into Beck's Square off the Link road and want to find out what there is to do in North and Mid Devon and when local people want to buy coach tickets and book local theatres , the Tiverton TIC is there to help. So many of them have told us how good it is and this Award is the icing on the cake.’

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director said ‘We are delighted to receive this recognition for our two Visitor Information Officers, Carrie Thomas and Mary Davey, and the many volunteers who staff our front desk and help with a wide range of enquiries. We would like to thank the Gazette and Frou Frou café/bar for sponsoring our award tickets which enabled us to attend the ceremony.’

 


Favourite objects highlighted

Tiverton Museum asked our staff and volunteers to pick their favourite objects and to tell us why they like it. We have put up special signs around the museum highlighting these favourites. 

The museum would love to hear from our visitors about their favourite items in the museum. We are asking visitors to fill in ‘Visitor favourite’ cards, or to leave us a message on our facebook page    (TivertonMuseum). Some of these will be picked and featured as visitor favourites.

Holly, our Education and Outreach Officer, has picked a blue and white decorated toilet:

It is so beautifully decorated - for me this sums up the Victorian obsession with beauty and design - even on the most mundane of objects!

It is also part of the very important story of how sanitation improved the lives of people in the Victorian era. Without Thomas Crapper popularising the flush toilet, we may well still be living in an age of cholera, dysentery, typhus and typhoid fever.’ 

 


Tiverton Museum all set for people with a visual impairment to visit

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has recently been working with Devon in Sight and Guide Dogs to ensure that visitors to the museum who have sight loss can enjoy the many and varied exhibits contained within the museum.

It all started last September when Devon in Sight organised a visit to the museum of local people who have a visual impairment accompanied by the volunteers who make up the Devon in Sight Volunteer Visiting Service.

Tiverton Museum’s Director, Pippa Griffith, said, “We were very pleased to welcome so many people with sight problems into the museum and it was the perfect opportunity to ask for feedback as to how we might make the museum experience more enjoyable and worthwhile for visually impaired people.” One of the most popular suggestions of the feedback and one that has been easy to remedy was that of training staff and volunteers to become Community Sighted Guides.

Sighted Guiding training taking place at Tiverton Museum

This is a nationally recognised half day course that raises awareness of visual impairment and also teaches the basic techniques of how best to guide someone safely who has significant sight loss. Devon in Sight is working in partnership with Rick Allbrook from Guide Dogs, who is able to offer this training locally. This partnership has worked well over the last couple of years and many people have benefitted from the training. Along with museum staff and volunteers, a staff member from the local Indoor Bowls Centre, staff and volunteers from Involve as well as Devon in Sight volunteer visitors have all been trained in the two recent sessions that have been hosted by the museum.

Sue Snell from Devon in Sight’s Volunteer Visiting Service commented that, “The museum has been incredibly positive and committed to improving their service to people with sight loss and has genuinely made the museum a much more accessible place for people with visual impairment to visit safely and to have an enjoyable and enriching experience.”

If you think your organisation or company would benefit from Community Sighted Guiding training for some staff members then get in touch with Sue (07580787308) to book places on the next course. 

 


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