For our young visitors!
If you can find all the little knitted mice that are hiding around the museum, you can choose one of these to take home.
Meanwhile, for Mum, Dad, Granny or Grandpa ….
… check out the story of the Roman coin hoard, dug up in a Thornbury garden
… find out about 100 years of aerospace at Filton
… and discover a very choice collection of old smoothing irons (from the days before you could just plug ’em in!).
Something for everyone!
The museum has just published a new 28-page booklet, a Guide to the Thornbury Heritage Trail. You can see an extract from the Trail Guide in the photo above.
Pop into the museum and pick one up for just £2 – a bargain, for all the research that has gone into it – and then you can while away a sunny hour with friends or family as you explore each stage of the Heritage Trail.
More information here.
Photo credit: Wellcome Images
Well, obviously, there are any number of ways … but using Warming Pans is one solution!
You can hear a local collector of Warming Pans recount The History of Keeping Warm in Bed at the museum’s next Winter Talk.
And it’s a two-for-one bargain of a talk, because Reg King will also be exploring The Mystery of Rolling Pins. He has collected over 500, many of them beautiful, historically interesting and made of a real range of materials (we’ve counted at least fifteen, from Bakelite to glass, from plastic to – well, come to the talk and find out …)
More details here.
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Are you good at hunting for things?
Ask your Mum or Dad – or your granny or grandpa – to take you for a quick visit to the museum in Chapel Street. (It’s next to the Armstrong Hall.)
There, you’ll be given a quiz sheet which asks you to hunt for golden Christmas bells – and to answer some simple questions about where you’ve found them.
Give the quiz sheet back to the friendly people on the front desk – if you’re lucky, there may be a treat as a reward.
It’s all FREE – the museum, the quiz, the hunt for the bells … just pop in and have a go!
Hurry though – the Christmas Quiz is only running until Thursday 22 December, which is our last open day before Christmas.
More information here.
Do you remember the opening of the First Severn Bridge in 1966? Or the Aust Ferry which preceded it? We’re having a small display to mark the anniversary. Check it out – and maybe contribute to it!
Fancy finding out about the history of Thornbury’s pubs, past and present, during a free evening stroll of the town centre?
And following it up with some free tea and cake?
Find out more.
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Join us for a stroll around Thornbury Castle’s grounds on Wed. 24 August and hear about the history of the site over the centuries. You’re bound to discover something you didn’t know!