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Museum seeking Trustees

Tiverton Museum is an award winning independent museum located in the historic centre of Tiverton. It serves communities across Mid Devon, providing a wide range of outreach activities and learning programmes.

We are planning a major re-development of the Museum incorporating the Visitor Information Centre that will transform our visitor offer and provide a new community hub for the town.

Following a governance review we are seeking to appoint up to four new Trustees to join our Trustee Board who can bring experience and skills in marketing and communications, fundraising, commercial operation and museum development to help us deliver this exciting project and develop our longer term ambitions.

The role of Trustee is non-executive, providing a rewarding opportunity to use your expertise and experience to support and shape our future. For an informal exploratory conversation please contact Pippa Griffith on: 01884 256 295 or email: curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk

For a recruitment pack please contact Sam Hunt on: henleymanor@btinternet.com

Deadline for applications:  Monday 15th October 2018.

Interviews will be held on Friday 2nd November 2018

 


We need YOU to help shape our future

As you have seen from earlier news articles, Tiverton Museum has exciting plans for the future. This includes some big changes which will allow us to make the most of our large site, and improve the visitor experience.

This project will mean that people will be able to learn more about the history of Tiverton and the wider area as well as have many more opportunities to take part in activities and events, have fun and enjoy the special site and vast eclectic collections!

But it’s still early days and we want to know what YOU would like us to do as well as see what you think of some of our ideas.

We are undertaking a survey to help shape this work, and would really appreciate it if you could spare 5 minutes to complete it:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TivertonMuseum

 


Museum seeks Branding and Marketing Consultant

Tiverton Museum has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant, for a project ‘Attracting Audiences; Securing our Future’. The project includes essential work strengthening the museum to secure its future.

The project includes several strands of work, including a new business plan and building master plan, which is being followed by a governance and staff review, the creation of a new audience development plan and then finishing with a new branding and marketing plan for the museum.

The Branding and Marketing tender involves: 

An experienced consultant is required to provide branding recommendations and a Marketing Plan for Tiverton Museum. The plan will be informed by findings in a new Audience Development Plan (being created as part of this project during the summer 2018) to shape the future marketing of all of the museum’s services to current and potential audiences.

 

The consultant will conduct the following tasks:

  • To identify the museums USP in line with the new Audience Development Plan findings.
  • To review existing marketing practices, and create a marketing plan to attract audiences identified in new Audience Development Plan. To also provide the following within the marketing plan:
    • Recommendations for creating a (or developing the existing) brand to reflect the museum’s identity, purpose and aims which will work across all marketing platforms (print and digital).
    • To produce a design specification for a branding strategy and guidelines to apply to all signage, printed media and website (including brand identity, typography, font, graphic identity, colours, photography style, tagline).
    • To produce recommendations for a website re-design (we will be fundraising for a new website following this project).
    • To produce a design specification for supporting assets including leaflet template, site plan, letter heads, poster template and advert template.
  • To commission an image bank of photographs to be used in new marketing materials. The cost of this is included within this tender. The museum to retain the copyright of all images produced.
  • Tiverton Museum will retain full copyright for all marketing and branding materials created.
  • All marketing materials must be fully accessible, and text to confirm to DDA guidelines and simple English standards.
  • To ensure that Trustees, Staff and Volunteers are given training/development opportunities to have a better understanding of marketing and are equipped to undertake the actions in the Plan.
  • Provide a list of suggested actions/equipment/materials needed to realise the marketing plan and implementation of new marketing materials.
  • To provide a clear practical report with recommendations for achieving the above, identifying realistic targets and recommended methods of evaluating each element.

Fee: £8,000 including VAT and all expenses including travel.

The full tender brief and information on the application process can be found here.

Closing date for applications is end of the working day 17/09/2018. Interviews will take place between 1/10/2018 and 12/10/2018. The work should ideally begin by 22/10/2018. The report should be presented to the museum by 07/01/2018.

Please email applications to Pippa Griffith, Director at curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk. For an informal chat please contact Pippa on 01884 256295.

 


Museum seeking Governance and Staffing Review Consultant

Tiverton Museum has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant, for a project ‘Attracting Audiences; Securing our Future’. The project includes essential work strengthening the museum to secure its future.

The project includes several strands of work, including a new business plan and building master plan (currently underway), which is being followed by a governance and staff review, the creation of a new audience development plan and then finishing with a new branding and marketing plan for the museum. For information the draft tenders for these other areas of work are available by clicking on the links in this paragraph (and will be advertised later in 2018).

 

The Governance and Staffing Review tender involves: 

A review of the people involved in the museum ensuring that the roles, skills and expertise are appropriate for delivering the new business plan (to be completed by early May).

The consultant will conduct the following tasks:

  • To undertake a skills audit of our current board and identify gaps in skills and expertise.
  • To work with the board and recruit new members to fill identified gaps in skills and expertise from audit (eg grant writing, development, and marketing) in line with the new business plan. 
  • To design a programme to develop the skills of all of the board members to ensure effective management without overall reliance on a small number of people.
  • To produce a succession plan for the board.
  • To review the existing staff roles in line with the new business plan created as part of this project, to ensure the best use of staff time is made in line with a balanced budget.
  • To review the use of volunteers at the museum and to identify ways in which volunteers can further support staff and trustees in day to day delivery at the museum. To identify how an increased number of volunteers will be managed (eg the creation of a volunteer co-ordinator).
  • To provide a clear practical report with recommendations for achieving the above (including identifying any required training for staff and volunteers), identifying realistic targets and recommended methods of evaluating each element

Fee: £8,400 including VAT and all expenses including travel.

The full tender brief and information on the application process can be found here.

Closing date for applications is end of the working day14/5/2018. Interviews will take place between 29/5/2018 and 8/6/2018. The work should ideally begin by 18/6/2018. The report should be presented to the museum by 3/8/2018, and board recruitment completed by 7/9/2018.

Please email applications to Pippa Griffith, Director at curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk. For an informal chat please contact Pippa on 01884 2566295.

 


Museum seeking Audience Development Consultant

Tiverton Museum has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant, for a project ‘Attracting Audiences; Securing our Future’. The project includes essential work strengthening the museum to secure its future.

The project includes several strands of work, including a new business plan and building master plan (currently underway), which is being followed by a governance and staff review, the creation of a new audience development plan and then finishing with a new branding and marketing plan for the museum. For information the draft tenders for these other areas of work are available by clicking on the links in this paragraph (and will be advertised later in 2018).

 

The Audience Development Plan tender involves: 

Providing the organisation with clear and achievable targets and outcomes for engaging, developing and evaluating ongoing relationships with the specified audiences.

 

The Audience Development Plan will work with the new Business Plan (being created as part of this project, available from early May) to shape the future activities and programmes across all of the musuem’s services with current and potential audiences.

 

The consultant will conduct the following tasks:

 

  • To include research and analysis of current visitor data and consultation with existing and potential visitors.
  • The Plan must identify the most productive visitors to create a more resilient museum (it is vital to increase the income through admission). We need to engage with those who will visit most frequently and support us.
  • The Plan should also identify ways of engaging with a more diverse audience (eg families from known areas of deprivation, young people and people with disabilities).
  • Provide clear action plans to help the museum develop ways of serving existing audiences and engaging with new ones, earning income and seeking new opportunities and partnerships.
  • To include recommendations for attracting a wider, more diverse audience into volunteering at the museum to support the review of governance, staffing and organisational development which is a separate part of this project.
  • The results of this Plan will be used to develop the museum’s brand and USP, and shape a new marketing plan (a separate outcome from this project).
  • To ensure that Trustees, Staff and Volunteers are given training/development opportunities to have a better understanding of audience development and are equipped to undertake the actions in the Plan.
  • Provide a list of suggested equipment/materials needed to support audiences if needed.
  • To provide a clear practical report with recommendations for achieving the above, identifying realistic targets and recommended methods of evaluating each element.

Fee: £8,000 including VAT and all expenses including travel.

The full tender brief and information on the application process can be found here.

Closing date for applications is end of the working day14/5/2018. Interviews will take place between 29/5/2018 and 8/6/2018. The work should ideally begin by 18/6/2018. The report should be presented to the museum by 28/9/2018

Please email applications to Pippa Griffith, Director at curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk. For an informal chat please contact Pippa on 01884 2566295.

 


Museum seeking Freelance Business Planning Consultant

Tiverton Museum has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant, for a project ‘Attracting Audiences; Securing our Future’. The project includes essential work strengthening the museum to secure its future.

The project includes several strands of work, including a new business plan and building master plan (this tender), which will be followed by a governance and staff review, the creation of a new audience development plan and then finishing with a new branding and marketing plan for the museum. For information the draft tenders for these other areas of work are available by clicking on the links in this paragraph (and will be advertised later in 2018).

The business plan tender includes undertaking: 

  • A strategic review of Tiverton Museum identifying opportunities for cost saving, to increase income by recommending new approaches to fundraising, trading and other income generating activities, and alternative income streams.
  • To identify current risks and how these can be mitigated to provide economic sustainability for the museum.
  • Review the use of the building through the creation of a building master plan. The plan should include feasibility study for transforming the way the building is used. To include an examination of kerb appeal and potential for letting, retail and catering opportunities, and to consider ways in which the site can enable us to both serve our audiences better, and support the museum's financial resilience. 

Fee: £23,000 including VAT and all expenses including travel (breakdown to £8,000 for business plan review and £15,000 for building master plan to RIBA work stage 1).

The full tender brief and information on the application process can be found here.

Closing date for applications is end of the working day 5/2/2018. Interviews will take place in the week 19/2/2018 – 23/2/2018. The work should ideally begin by 5/3/2018. The building master plan and business plan should be presented to the museum by 4/5/2018.

Please email applications to Pippa Griffith, Director at curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk. For an informal chat please contact Pippa on 01884 2566295.

 


Animation available on line

Click here for the link to an animation made by our fabulous work experience students from Tiverton High School who built the Lego Mini Cooper for our #MiniBrickTrail this summer

 


Urgent appeal for more volunteers

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

We are urgently 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.

The museumwill 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 75 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!

Pippa Griffith, the museum’s Director says ‘The museum is totally dependent upon volunteers to deliver all of our different services. This is an urgent plea for more people to join our front desk team to keep the museum open on Saturdays which is a busy day for us, especially over the summer.’

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Carrie Thomas on 01884 256295 or email tivertontic@tivertonmuseum.org.uk

 

 


Appeal for information on Toc H

Tiverton Museum is making a public appeal for anyone remembers the Tiverton branch of Toc H. Toc H is an international charity and membership movement that emerged from a soldiers' club in Poperinge, Belgium during World War I, with hundreds of branches opening across Britain in the 1920s. The Tiverton branch started in 1929 and continued until 1963 when it closed due to low membership.

The museum is taking part in a regional project to conserve, interpret and display a range of banners from 10 museums across the South West. The Toc H banner is currently being conserved, and the museum would love to hear from anyone who has items or photographs connected with the Tiverton branch (or if anyone was a member). Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum says ‘We would particularly like to see photographs connected to the Toc H branch or parading the banner. We have such a large collection of local items at the museum, but very little relating to this particular organization’. If you can help, please contact Pippa Griffith on 01884 0256295 or email curator04@tivertonmuseum.org.uk

 


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!

   

 


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 Valentine�s appeal for lover�s ring

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 temporary exhibition open 'Hats Off'

Hold on to your hats! Tiverton Museum has re-opening today for 2016 with a new temporary exhibition featuring hats from the museum’s collection. Not so long ago, hats were worn by everyone but have now generally fallen out of fashion. The exhibition examines how headwear developed, with bonnets being among the oldest hat style. More recent popular styles are looked, including the bowler, top hat and the trilby. Women’s hats have also changed with the fashions, growing quite large in the Victorian period with exotic decorations. Hats can also help to reveal a person’s job – from a chef’s hat to a police helmet.

The number of hat related idioms reflect the importance of headwear in the past. No eating of hats is required, just throw your hat into the ring and come to see more than a hat trick of old hats (but no old hat!) The exhibition runs from 1st February to 23rd April 2016. Entry for the exhibition only is £1 for adults, or free with a full museum admission ticket. 

 


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.’

 


Seals Appeal

Tiverton Museum has been offered an extremely rare chance to purchase a collection of 22 lead cloth seals from Tiverton featuring a range of merchant’s names and marks. 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 on offer to the museum have been found in Holland and date between the late seventeenth centuryand the late eighteenth century. This is a unique chance to acquire a comprehensive collection that will help the museum to improve its displays on the local wool trade.

The merchants represented in this collection include Samuel Footewhose 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).

The museum only has two seals in the collection at the moment which were found in Holland by a metal detectorist. These seals both feature the mark of Samuel Burridge. Burridge was a cloth merchant who owned the Great House in Tiverton, and was Mayor in 1723.

We are asking for donations to help us buy the collection and to display the seals when they arrive. For further information on how you can help please contact Pippa Griffith at the museum (01884 256295).  

 


Tiverton Museum among the finalists for two awards at the Devon Tourism Awards 2015

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life if among the finalists for Small Attraction of the Year Award and for the Access & Inclusivity Award in the Devon Tourism Awards 2015. Reaching this stage means that the museum will win a Gold, Silver or Bronze award in each category.

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director said ‘We are very pleased to be among the finalists for the third time for the Small Attraction Award. We are even more delighted to be up for the Access & Inclusivity Award as this is the first time we have entered this category. It is really important to us that we make the museum as accessible and inclusive to our local community as possible. Reaching the finals is a wonderful recognition that we are achieving this.’

Tiverton Museum is no stranger to the Devon Tourism Awards, winning the Gold Small Visitor Attraction in 2013, and Bronze in 2012. The Tourist Information Service, run by the museum won Bronze Information Service of the Year in 2014.

 


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.’

 


New temporary exhibition open

Tiverton Museum’s summer exhibition ‘Munitions and Matrons; Tiverton’s role during World War One’ was officially opened by BBC Radio Devon presenter Jo Loosemore. The exhibition showcases a project which has examined the contribution that the Heathcoat Factory made to the war effort during the First World War. The project and exhibition have been funded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme.

The factory was heavily involved in the war effort from 1915, producing shell cases and net for very early respirators after the first gas attacks on the Western Front. Museum staff and volunteers have undertaken hours of research using photographs, newspapers and documents. Museum staff have talked to local people who had family members who worked in the factory during the war which has helped to build up a better picture of individuals behind the story.

The Museum has been working with Knightshayes Court, which became a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital in 1915. Knightshayes is also running a special exhibition ‘Knightshayes at War’ looking at the history of the hospital which runs until November.

The exhibition ‘Munitions and Matrons’ runs until 19th December and entry is free.

 


New collector's corner display

We are inviting local collectors to showcase their exhibitions in the museum, and are starting with a local person who has a collection of vintage Penguin Books. If you have a collection you would like to see on show in the museum please contact us!

 

 


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.’ 

 


Community display area used by Mid Devon Natural History Society

Mid Devon Natural History Society have put on a special display in our community display area showing some local (and not so local) wildlife, including a Tawny Owl. Discover what a door mouse's nest looks like and a variety of birds' nests.

 


Museum celebrates 55 years

Tiverton Museum celebrated its 55th birthday recently with a special volunteer tea party generously hosted by Sir Ian and Lady Amory. Around 50 of the museum’s 78 volunteers joined staff and trustees for the celebration where a cake featuring the museum’s logo was cut by Charlie Jackson, the museum’s oldest volunteer.

cake with museum logo on the icing

The museum is dependent upon volunteers who are involved in every aspect of running the organisation including welcoming museum visitors and helping with tourist information queries, caring for the collections, dealing with research enquiries, helping with school groups and family holiday activities, delivering our reminiscence service, maintaining the Grade II listed building and much more! People from all walks of life and all ages help out at the museum. Last year volunteers gave more than 11,800 hours to the museum – an in kind contribution of well over £107,420.

The museum attracts many local visitors from all over the world, many of whom comment on the warm welcome they receive from the volunteers on the front desk. Recent comments reflects how much visitors to the town enjoy our museum:

‘A Wonderful world class museum!’ – Visitor from Swaziland

‘Fantastic museum for a small town.’ – Visitor from France

‘Amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Could spend hours here.’ – Visitor from Australia

‘One of my favourite museums ever.’ – Visitor from California

 


Munitions Workers Descendants Sought

Tiverton Museum is looking for relatives of people who worked in the Munitions Department at the Heathcoat Factory during World War One. The museum wants to add to the list of people known to have worked in the department, and also wants to record people’s family stories of the factory at that time.

Munitions workers at the Heathcoat Factory during the First World War

Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum, says: ‘At the museum we have a small number of photographs of munitions workers, and know the names of some of them. We would love to hear from anyone who can help us to build our knowledge of the Factory during World War One. The first six women employed in the Munitions Department on 22nd May 1916 were Miss Aslett, Miss Cosway, Miss Elson, Miss Lake, Miss Moore and Mrs W. Thorne. Later on we know that Miss C. Dally, Miss Robjohns, Mrs Minnie Ellacott (nee Sydenham), Miss J. Norman, Miss F. Stuckey, Mrs Edbrooke, Mrs Hodsdon, Miss B. Warren, Ellen Boobier and Mr Baker were working in the department. A photograph from 1917 shows that around 90 people were working on making shell cases – over half of whom were women. If anyone recognises any of these names, or any of the people in the photographs it would be fantastic to hear from them. We’re also on the hunt for the triangular ‘On War Service’ badges which you can see them wearing in the photographs.’

This research is part of the Museum’s project ‘Munitions and Matrons’ which has been funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on the contribution that the Heathcoat Factory made to the war effort during the First World War. Tiverton Museum’s project will examine the history of the Heathcoat lace factory, which from 1915 produced shell cases and components for very early gas masks. Museum staff and volunteers will collect and research photographs, newspapers and documents, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like for the local people who worked in the factory. 

 


Tivvy Bumper turns 80!

Tiverton Museum ran a special day of celebrations to mark the commissioning of GWR locomotive 1442, known affectionately as the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ 80 years ago. There was lots to see and do, with model railways including the Culm Valley Model Railway Club’s layout of Uffculme Station. The were also family activities galore with badge making, making a key ring, decorating Bumper biscuits and a special trail. 

The Museum’s shop now stocks even more railway related goodies than ever, including a new booklet by Amyas Crump on the Exe Valley Line, and a new children’s T-Shirt featuring the Tivvy Bumper.

The name the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ originally applied to all trains working on the branch connecting Tiverton Station and Tiverton Junction at Willand. Between 1884 and 1964 trains ran daily, connecting the main line trains at the junction with the Exe Valley trains at Tiverton. 

Children doing craft activities at the museum

 


Tiverton Museum awarded HLF grant to mark First World War Centenary

This week, Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has received £6,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project ‘Munitions and Matrons’ in Tiverton. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on the contribution that the Heathcoat Factory made to the war effort during the First World War.

Tiverton Museum’s project will examine the history of the Heathcoat lace factory, which from 1915 produced shell cases and components for very early gas masks. Museum staff and volunteers will collect and research photographs, newspapers and documents, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like for the local people who worked in the factory.

This information will be gathered together for a temporary exhibition at the museum running from August to Christmas. The museum is planning to work with the local community as much as possible: we are looking for descendants of people who worked in the munitions department of the factory who would be happy to have their family stories recorded for the project. 

The Museum is working with Knightshayes Court, which became a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital in 1915. Knightshayes is also running a special exhibition looking at the history of the hospital which will be on from August to November.

Commenting on the award, Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are very excited to start researching the history of the factory to discover what impact the war had on the factory, its workers and the town.”

Photograph of munitions workers at factory with shell cases in 1917

 


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.’

 


Working with local partners on exciting WW1 project

Staff from museum and Knightshayes with DAISI promoting First World War project

Tiverton Museum is delighted to be working with arts education organisation, Daisi, and Knightshayes Court on 'What it means to us…’ commemorative World War One project. 

Daisi has been awarded £34,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to support an exciting commemorative project for young people- Remembering the First World War: what it means to us. 

The project runs over two years (2014 – 2016), and enables four separately drawn geographical communities in Devon to explore local stories and happenings from that time providing opportunities for local young people to then make creative responses to the research which will be shared widely through exhibitions, film and a touring show.

The first community to start work is Tiverton. Young people from local schools including Tiverton High School and their families will be invited to take part. Workshops in animation, print making and the creation of memorial artefacts will take place at National Trust property Knightshayes and Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life during February and May half term. In addition there will be a schools’ programme of activities. 

 


Autumn Celebration Day enjoyed by all

Tiverton Museum's Autumn Celebration Day proved very popular with families today. There was loads to do including helping with apple pressing, butter making, craft activities and basket making demonstrations. A huge thank you to Jane Welsh for the basket making and the Sampford Peverell Community apple press!

Visitors watching apple pressing at the Autumn Celebration Day        

 


Information Service up for an award!

Tiverton’s Tourist Information Service is among the finalists for the Tourist Information Service of the Year award in Devon Tourism Awards 2014. Reaching this stage means that the Tourist Information Service will win a Gold, Silver or Bronze award. Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has been operating the new Tourist Information Service for a year. Andrea Rowe Chairman of Trustees commented ‘We, at the Museum, were quietly confident that we could provide an excellent information service for the Town.  Our nomination for one of these prestigious Tourism Awards is welcome confirmation that we are on the right track.  We thank all who wished us well and worked with us to produce such a good outcome.’

Pippa Griffith, Museum Director said ‘We thrilled with the news that the Information Service is among the finalists especially as it is for the first year that we have operated the service. It is a fantastic achievement 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.’

TivertonMuseumis no stranger to the Devon Tourism Awards, winning the Gold Small Visitor Attraction in 2013, and won a Bronze award in 2012. The museum did not enter the Small Visitor Attraction category this year as we thought we’d have a year off!

 


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 open Saturday afternoons throughout August

Tiverton Museum has extended its opening hours for the summer holidays, and will be open 10:00-4:30 on every Saturday in August.

 


Peter's Railway Treasure Hunt

Tiverton Museum is delighted to take part in Peter's Railway Treasure Hunt again this year. The competition has a cash prize and is open all summer (closing date 30th September).

Download the form here and pop in to the museum to find the answers!

 


Gold Street businesses sponsor Tourist Information Service

Tiverton’s Tourist Information Service, based at Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has recently received generous sponsorship from the Lantic Gallery, Mojos, Mademoiselle Mojo’s and Frou Frou. The sponsorship enabled the service to purchase some new display units in time for the new tourist season.

Bev and Jan Wheatley (owners of Mojo’s, Mademoiselle Mojo and Frou Frou) commented: ‘Visitors to Tiverton are key to the success of the Town as a destination or as a stop over. We have a lot to shout about, the canal, Knightshayes, 2 castles and some of the best independent shops and restaurants around. Thanks to Tiverton Museums' Tourist Information Service for putting us out there!’

Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum commented: ‘Support from local businesses is very much appreciated and helps the Tourist Information Service to promote Tiverton and the local area to visitors. We work closely with local partners, including the Mid Devon Attraction Group (which is currently chaired by me). We are looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to the area this summer.’

Staff from local businesses who sponsored the Tourist Information Service

Representatives from Frou Frou, the Lantic Gallery, Mademoiselle Mojo, Mojo's and the Tourist Information Service show the new sponsorship board at the museum.

 


New display in the Exe Valley Leisure Centre

We have a new summer display in the entrance of the Exe Valley Leisure Centre with some lovely vintage swimming costumes and this fantastic photo of a race in 1949.

 


Tiverton features on BBC today!

Tiverton's World War One story is featured on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Spotlight today. The programmes examine the role that the Heathcoat factory played during the war making shell cases. The programmes feature extracts from the factory log books which are held at Tiverton Museum and interviews with two of our volunteers.

 


Tiverton Museum wins BRONZE!

Everyone at Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is overjoyed to have won the Bronze Award for Small Visitor Attraction at the South West Tourism Awards for the second year running!

Andrea Rowe, Chairman of Trustees of the museum commentedThis regional Award is testimony to the  professionalism of The Museum Director, Ms Pippa Griffith.  Without the support of Tiverton Town Council and the MDDC, the Trust could not afford a full time post.  She leads our many volunteers who come from across the district and who contribute hugely to the success of the Museum. We have an exciting and varied programme of events and exhibitions for 2014 so do continue to support your FAMOUS local Museum.’

Pippa Griffith, Director at Tiverton Museum commented ‘This is a fantastic achievement to be recognised again as among the very best attractions in a huge region that has literally hundreds of small attractions. We would particularly like to thank West Pitt Farm (who were Highly Commended in the Self Catering Establishment category) for sponsoring our award tickets which meant that we were able to attend the awards ceremony.’

Museum staff receiving the bronze small visitor attraction of the year award at the South West Tourism awards 2014

Vice Chairman Philip Sealy and Director Pippa Griffith collected the award at the awards ceremony at The Holiday Inn, Plymouth which was hosted by ITV Westcountry news presenter Ian Axton, with a stimulating opening presentation by travel writer Sally Shalam.

Nearly 350 entries were considered for the Awards, with all entrants undergoing a rigorous short-listing process and 213 going on to be visited by a team of 35 mystery shoppers. Up to four Award winners from each category in this year’s awards will all now go on to represent the region at the National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in May.

Chair of Judges, Alistair Handyside, said: “It’s that time of year when the tourism industry get together to present the top businesses in our region with their well-deserved awards. This year we have had the most entries ever and the most challenging judging, the list of finalists really does look like a who’s who of the best in the South West. Once again the entrants have surpassed themselves in showing that investment, innovation and creativity remain at the heart of the visitor economy in the region.” 

 


Pop Up Museum pops up in new location

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life’s Pop Up Museum has moved into the old Bike Shop window on Gold Street. New banners are on display on the wool trade, the Heathcoat Factory and how Tivertonians have spent their leisure time over the years. The differently themed banners that form the Pop Up Museum reflect the many topics that are covered in the museum’s extensive collection.

Pippa Griffith, Director of Tiverton Museum, says ‘This is the third venue that the Pop Up Museum has been in so far; it’s a great way of sharing some of the wonderful photographs from our collection and for reminding people that the town has a large, award winning museum! We are very grateful to Bill Maynard for allowing us access to the shop, which is now to let.’

The Pop Up Museum was funded through Mid Devon District Council’s High Street Innovation Fund.

 


Tiverton Museum among the winners at SW Tourism Awards 2013/14

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has been selected as one of the Winners in the Small Visitor Attraction category of this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards, as well as being selected as one of the region’s representatives in the national VisitEngland awards.

Tiverton Museum is up against Geevor Tin Mine, St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, and National Trust Coleridge Cottage in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category. As one of the finalists, the museum is guaranteed to be awarded gold, silver, bronze or commended status.

Andrea Rowe, Chairman of Trustees of the museum commented ‘We are delighted that Tiverton's small Museum has again taken on the big boys in the tourism awards.  We are in the Finals this year, against a world famous Cornish tin mine, a Brewery and a National Trust property. We work very hard to make the Museum family friendly and fun to visit.’

  

About the South West Tourism Awards:

After assessing nearly 350 entries, a record 213 visits and 20 hours of panel meetings, an expanded list of 63 Finalists and 34 Highly Commended entries have been announced in this year’s South West Tourism Excellence Awards.  59 of the Finalists will also go on to carry the South West’s flag in the national VisitEngland awards in May.

The South West Tourism Excellence Awards are the ‘official’ tourism awards for the region, offering entry to businesses in Somerset, Bath, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol and the Isles of Scilly as well as linking closely with the awards in Cornwall and Devon and the new awards scheme in Dorset.  They also form the regional heat of the national VisitEngland awards, to which eligible winners will now progress.

 


Tiverton Museum wins GOLD!

Everyone at Tiverton Museum is delighted that the museum won the Gold Small Visitor Attraction award at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2013! The award is a fantastic endorsement of all of the hard work, passion and enthusiasm of the museum's large volunteer workforce and the small number of paid staff.

Museum staff receiving Gold award for small visitor attraction of the year at the Visit Devon awards

Vice Chairman Philip Sealy and Director Pippa Griffith collected the award at the awards ceremony at The Grand Hotel  Torquay which was presided over by popular Devon celebrity Judi Spiers.  

Successful businesses in the Devon Awards will now be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in January 2014 and then possibly on to the National Visit England Awards later in May 2014.

 


Tiverton's winner of the Peter's Railway Treasure Hunt

Congratulations go to Eleanor the winner of Tiverton Museum's prize for taking part in Peter's Railway Treasure Hunt! The lucky prize winner was sent a goody bag of railway items from the museum's shop.

Peter's Railway Treasure Hunt had an overall prize of £500 First Prize which was won by Sam (7 years old) from the North East. The runner up prize of £250 went to Thomas (9 years old) from Nottinghamshire. The other £250 prize, for competitor who visited the most railways and museums, went to Cameron (aged 11) from Derbyshire. There were also 39 Local Prizes (including this one from Tiverton Museum), donated by the railways and museums, awarded to lucky winners.

 


Official Launch of Tiverton's new Tourist Information Service

Tiverton's new Tourist Information Service was officially launched on Friday 11th and opened by the Museum's President, Sir Ian Amory. Also in attendance were Cllr John Berry and Cllr Janet Rendle, the Mayor of Tiverton.

 


Special trip along the Exe Valley Railway Line

The museum ran a special event on the 5th October to make the 50th anniversary to the day of the closure of the Exe Valley Railway Line in 1963. The museum ran a Bedford OB vintage coach along the old route of the line from Brampford Speke to Dulverton, stopping at a number of the old stations along the way. The day was run by museum trustee and railway historian, Amyas Crump and was greatly enjoyed by everyone. Tickets for the event sold out very quickly and the museum is planning to run similar events using the vinage coach again in the future. The day would not have been possible without the support of the owners of a number of former stations who generously opened their homes to our tour.

The Exe Valley line was completed in 1885 and finally gave Tiverton a direct connection to Exeter with services running from Exeter St David’s, through Tiverton, to Dulverton. The services continued for 78 years until the Beeching Report listed the line for closure.

 

 


Summer Seaside Family Day was a great success!

Great fun was had by all at our Seaside Family Fun Day at the end of the summer holidays. We were joined by special guests Armband Alfie, and Helen who was an Olympic torch bearer at last year's Olympics, not forgetting Issachar the donkey!

    

 

 

 


Pop Up Museum now in the town

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life’s Pop Up Museum is now in shop windows around the town. One window of the old Julian Graves shop on Fore Street features a timeline of local history, and a banner promoting local attractions such as Knightshayes, the Castle, Bickleigh Mill and the Grand Western Canal. The old Busy Bee Shop on Gold Street displays themed banners on topics reflecting some of the museum’s extensive collection, such as transport, the market and shopping in Tiverton.

The museum is  very grateful to Cllr Sue Griggs from the Town Team for offering us a window in Julian Graves and to Shawn Grace from Busy Bee for generously allowing access to his old premises on Gold Street. 

The Pop Up Museum was funded through Mid Devon District Council’s High Street Innovation Fund.  

 


Display opens at Exe Valley Leisure Centre

Tiverton Museum is delighted to announce that a new display has opened at the entrance of Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton. The display promotes our current temporary exhibition 'Harvesting Memories' which looks at the memories and experiences of local farmers. Many thanks to the staff at the Leisure Centre for giving us the space for the display!

The museum has also installed part of its Pop Up Museum in the old Julian Graves shop on Fore Street this week. The museum would like to thank the Town Team for inviting us to share their space in the shop. 

 


New additions to railway collection

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon is delighted to announce four significant additions to its local railway display.

Tiverton Museum is well known for its much loved 1935 built GWR Loco 1442 ‘The Tivvy Bumper’, as well as its extensive collection of railwayana from the iconic Culm Valley and Exe Valley Branches closed by the Beeching Axe fifty years ago.

From the Culm Valley comes HEMYOCK EAST GROUND FRAME and the GWR half harp gas lamp that hung over the booking office at Uffculme Station (pictured below). 

Another cast iron sign TIVERTON JUNCTION BOX comes from the signal box which formerly controlled the junction of the West of England main line, Culm Valley and Tiverton branches.   

  

Exe Valley services ran from Exeter   St David’s via Tiverton to Dulverton on the Taunton-Barnstaple line where valley trains had their own platform. From the Down platform comes the sign that hung under the footbridge ‘To THE EXE VALLEY TRAIN’ (pictured below).

 

  

 


Harvesting Memories exhibition now open

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is delighted to announce that the summer exhibition ‘Harvesting Memories’ opened to the public last week. The exhibition is the culmination of an inter-generational oral history project examining the changes in farming from the Second World War to today. Students from Tiverton School and Uffculme School interviewed and recorded local people about their farming memories and experiences. It is these interviews that form the core of the exhibition which also features the some wonderful photographs.The role of women on farms, a farmer’s leisure time and the change from horse power to tractor are just some of the topics covered in the exhibition.

The ‘Harvesting Memories’ project started about 18 months ago, and resulted in 60 students interviewing 30 people. These interviews will be added to the museum’s archives; extracts are available to listen to in the exhibition and will be added to the museum’s farming gallery when the temporary exhibition ends.

The project was funded through generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots grant programme, as well as support from the Devon Heritage Services and three County Councillors (Des Hannon, John Berry and Polly Colthorpe) using part of their Locality Budgets. 

The exhibition opening was attended by Julie Finch and Doug Hulyer from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s South West Committee, as well as some of the students from both schools and people who had contributed to the project. Representatives from Devon County Council, Mid Devon District Council and Devon Heritage Services were also present. 

  

The exhibition is family friendly with a play area for younger visitors. The museum will be running a special family   day linking to the exhibition on the 10th August with children’s activities, vintage tractors and more! The holiday ‘Build Craft Create’ family activities will also relate to the exhibition. 

The exhibition runs until 20th Decmber and entry to it is free. The museum is open 10:30-4:30 Monday to Friday and 10:00-1:00 Saturdays.

 


Tiverton Museum takes part in Peter's Railway Treasure Hunt

Tiverton Museum is delighted to be taking part in the Peter's Railway Treasure Hunt. Lots of heritage railways are taking part in the Hunt over the summer!

This free competition is for children of 14 years or under. The 1st prize of £500 will be awarded to the entrant who has collected the most correct answers over the summer. There is a Runner up prize of £250. Another prize of £250 will be won by the entrant who has visited the most railways or museums in the Hunt.

The more places you visit during the summer, the more points you can win. How many can you visit and how much treasure can you collect?! Good luck!!

Please click here for the Tiverton Museum quiz sheet

 


And the Bronze Award for Small Visitor Attraction at the South West Tourism Awards goes to...

TIVERTON MUSEUM OF MID DEVON LIFE!
 

We are delighted to have won this prestigious award which places us among the very top of the South West's many visitor attractions.

Andrea Rowe, Chairman of Trustees of the museum commented ‘We are delighted with the award. We are only able to open the Museum to visitors because of the support of so many volunteers from our community who are passionate about Tiverton's intriguing past and Mid Devon's varied social history.’

The South West Tourism Excellence Awards are the ‘official’ tourism awards for the region, offering entry to businesses in Somerset, Dorset, Bath, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bristol and the Isles of Scilly as well as linking closely with the awards in Cornwall and Devon.   

300 entries were considered for the Awards, with all entrants undergoing a rigorous short-listing process and 164 going on to be visited by a team of over 30 judges and mystery shoppers.

This year’s judging was the tightest ever, with winners separated by fractions in their mystery shop scores and requiring lengthy debates amongst the Judging Panel.

 


Museum awarded Bronze for Visitor Attraction at Devon Tourism Awards

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is delighted to have won the Bronze Award for Devon’s Visitor Attraction of the Year. Philip Sealy, the museum’s Vice Chairman joined the cream of Devon’s tourism industry at the Saunton Sands Hotel in North Devon on 22nd November for the glitzy awards presentation which was presided over by popular BBC Radio Devon celebrity Judi Spiers. The museum would like to thank Exeter Airport for the ticket enabling us to attend the awards ceremony.

Successful businesses in the Devon Awards will then be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2013 and then possibly on to the National VisitEngland Awards later in 2013.

Quote from the mystery shopper who judged the museum:

‘A truly excellent museum with a brilliant range of exhibits covering a wide range of topics. It’s particularly refreshing to see children enjoying the museum and the steps taken to actively engage them are a credit to the management. An engaging and fascinating look into the past and I suspect rather a ‘hidden gem’ that deserves wider recognition.’

  

 


Fantastic Big Draw day!

Tiverton Museum worked with local schools throughout October and asked hundreds of local children to draw a picture following the Big Draw's theme of the year '2012 in lines'. We were inundated with responses and displayed all of the pictures all over the museum on 31st October. The museum looked fab with over 1500 pictures displayed and more being added by visitors throughout the day.

The event wouldn't have been possible without the support of NADFAS and Tiverton's Rotary Club, and of course the local schools and organisations who took part; Blundells, Castle Primary, Cullompton Brownies, Heathcoat Primary, St. John's Primary, Two Moors Primary and Tiverton High School.

  

 


Victoria Cross grave site cleared

The grave site of Thomas Sage V.C. has recently been cleared and the headstone cleaned by a volunteer from the Victoria Cross Trust. Tiverton Museum has been in touch with the Victoria Cross Trust recently about the work as Thomas Sage is featured in the museum’s displays.

 

Thomas Sage was born in Tiverton in 1882 and served with the 8thBattalion Somerset Light Infantry during the First World War. In 1917 at Ypres Private Sage was in a shell-hole with eight other men, one of whom was shot while throwing a grenade. The grenade fell back into the shell-hole and Private Sage threw himself onto it saving the lived of several fellow soldiers but severely wounding himself. He survived and returned to Tiverton where he worked in the brewery after the war. Thomas Sage is one of 4 known V.C.’s from Mid Devon.  

 


Great time had by all at World War Two evening!

We all had a great time at our recent (sell out) World War Two evening. Families enjoyed the varied activities that were on offer,  there was lots of reminisence going on - especially around our Anderson Shelter, and the Camp Coffee proved a surprising hit at the wartime supper!

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for the night and to our volunteers who made it such a success.

 


Olympic torches united

We were delighted to take part in Devon In Sight's roadshow today at Tiverton's Pannier Market where we had the opportunity of uniting our 1948 Olympic torch with one from this year. Bary Goodfellow, Olympic torch bearer and visually impaired artist brought his torch along giving people the opportunity to compare the two.

The museum's torch was carried by Ken Holland (from Tiverton) on August 27th the day the Olympic flame was lit in Torquay. Mr Holland ran just over two miles from Honiton leaving around 5.45 in the morning.  The 1948 torch is on permanent display in the museum.

 

 


Recommended in The Guardian!

We were delighted to be recommended by a reader in The Guardian magazine on Saturday 2nd June:

'In Tiverton with a toddler and baby, we weren't that hopeful... until we stumbled on Tiverton Museum: great staff, loads of toys for the kids and exhibits for all. Couldn't have hoped for more.' - Stephanie Sercombe, London W3.

Thank you so much Stephanie for taking the time to write to the paper and for being so complimentary!

 


Museum long listed for Sunday Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award!

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is among a long list of 20 museums for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.  

The longlisted museums have been nominated because they go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome.  

‘Museums are changing and visitors are becoming more and more discerning – including my three kids!’ says Dea Birkett, Director of Kids in Museums. ‘It’s no longer enough to offer a few finger paints for five year olds. Visitors have said in their hundreds that they want the whole family – from fifteen to a few months – to feel they belong among the Mummies and Old Masters. That’s the challenge they’ve set museums. And that’s what the long list are working so well towards meeting.’
 

A distinguished panel of judges, chaired by Jenny Abramsky, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, pick a shortlist. The shortlisted museums are road-tested anonymously by families.

Everyone at the museum is thrilled with the news. We'd like to say a big thank you for the nominations we received for the award! 

 
 

 


Our paintings are now online

We've taken part in a BBC Your Paintings project and our paintings are now available to view on line with thousands of others. Click here to view.

 


Award winning volunteers!

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life’s education volunteers have won the Marsh Trust Awardsfor volunteers for museum learning in the South West region.

 

The museum’s volunteers who work in the education department, fought off stiff competition from a large number of entrants from the region to win the award.

This exciting award recognises best practice and the innovative ways in which volunteers work in museums and galleries to engage the public with collections. The award was presented to the volunteers themselves at an awards ceremony at the British Museum on Thursday 23rd June 2011.

 

The museum is thrilled that the volunteers' dedication and excellent standard of work has been recognised. We are proud of all of our many volunteers who work in every area of the museum.

 


Link to video of our Night in the Museum held earlier this year

Please follow this link to see a short video about the Night in the Museum which we hosted earlier this year in partership with DAISI and Tiverton High School.

www.vimeo.com/raprojects/natm 

 


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