Soap, Cider and Sewers…
Not things which normally go together, you’d think?
Well, they do if you start thinking about Thornbury’s industrial past. Thornbury was a market town for over 900 years – but it had industry and manufacturers too.
Over the centuries, the town has been a hive of industry, with some occupations quite clean and fragrant and others – leather tanning, soap-making, installing sewers – a bit on the smelly side. All very essential though, to keep people healthy and provide the necessities for their everyday lives.
Jane Marks and Pauline Montgomery will reveal many details of the town’s numerous trades and small manufacturing businesses – many of them not smelly at all! – together with some of the colourful characters who have played a key role in Thornbury’s industrial past.
Tea/coffee and biscuits are included in the ticket price.
Tickets should be booked in advance by phoning or emailing the museum.