History in the Making – back by popular demand

Exhibition: Wed 14 Sep 2016 - Thu 22 Dec 2016
Venue: The Museum Admission: FREE

Back by popular demand… celebrate History in the Making – the stories of things made in the Thornbury area.

This is our autumn exhibition running up to 22nd December.

It is an exhibition about things made and produced in our area (hence the title: History in the Making)– from leather items to ploughs – with stories of gunpowder and pigeon poo along the way!

The photo above shows workers at Cullimore’s Sawmills in Thornbury.  The sawmill specialised in producing wood from English elm and larch, the timber being mainly used for coffins and pit props.

Did you know that the Mumtaz restaurant in Thornbury stands next to the site of an Elizabethan tannery? Katherine Rippe, who died in 1594, left the Tan House to her nephew.  Hers was just one of many Thornbury leather-making businesses over the centuries.  (There were seven different Thornbury tanners in 1784, for instance.)

There are lots of fascinating tales, all based on local historical documents and researched by museum volunteers. Don’t forget the gunpowder and pigeon poo!

Alongside the stories are hundreds of objects made and used by local producers. One visit won’t be enough to take it in.  Luckily, entrance is free, so you can come back often!

As always, museum volunteers will be keen to hear your stories of locally made items  We value your local knowledge!

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