New booklet: Bradford Leigh Fair

New booklet: Bradford Leigh Fair

The Museum’s latest addition to our growing list ….

It builds on the talk that Rob gave to the Museum Discussion Group about Bradford’s now extinct annual fair. The subtitle tells you something of the subjects covered beside the long history of the fair.

Price £4 from the Museum or Ex Libris Bookshop in The Shambles. Roll up! Roll...

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Millennium Embroidery on display

Millennium Embroidery on display

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Bradford on Avon Museum’s Millennium Embroidery will be on show in the Library Gallery/Meeting Room from Wednesday 28th March to Saturday 28th April during Library opening hours and on Sundays and Easter Monday 2-4pm when the Museum is open. Admission is free.

The Embroidery...

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Spencer Moulton tennis balls

Spencer Moulton tennis balls

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The George Spencer Moulton rubber company in Bradford on Avon made a wide range of things of rubber, including sports goods. A special line was tennis balls, but their absence from the Museum collection has at last been filled by a donation of a set of three in their original tin container. The base of the tin is embossed “LTA”, which probably means that the balls had been...

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Opening for 2018

Opening for 2018

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The Museum is open again from Wednesday 17th January at 14.00.

As usual, the winter closed period, from the end of November, has allowed some work that can’t really be carried out between times when we open to the public. Time to get things out of some usually inaccessible cupboards, spread them about and take stock. Time to...

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New acquisition- a medieval lion

New acquisition- a medieval lion

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Despite being surrounded by medieval buildings, Bradford on Avon Museum is a little short on medieval objects. So, we are delighted to have received a small stone carving of a lion from early in the period. He was carved out of fine oolitic limestone and has been dated to the 13th/14th centuries- confirmed by Oxford romanesque scholar John...

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Closing for Winter 2017-8

Closing for Winter 2017-8

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Bradford on Avon Museum will be closed for its annual hibernation for the whole of December and the first half of January.

The last open period will be 14.00 t0 16.00 on Thursday 30th November, reopening on Wednesday 17th January...

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Great War exhibition success

Great War exhibition success

 

Bradford on Avon Museum’s exhibition about the Great War has now closed and has been a great success. Just under a thousand visitors were counted during the times when a Steward was on duty and there must have been many more uncounted when it was not stewarded too.

A special event was the opportunity for children to dress up in military and nursing...

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Great War exhibition extended

Great War exhibition extended

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Over the August Bank Holiday weekend there will be two extra opportunities to see the the Wiltshire at War -Community Stories exhibition, which is being hosted by Bradford on Avon Museum.

Both the exhibition and the Museum will be open on the afternoons of Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th August in addition to the...

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Wiltshire at War exhibition

Wiltshire at War exhibition

. The Museum will be holding a special exhibition about how communities in Wiltshire were affected by the Great War, 1914-1918. It features display material from “Wiltshire At War – Community Stories” that has been put together at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and we will showing items and photographs from our own collection...

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New book: a history of the rubber industry

New book: a history of the rubber industry

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Riding on rubber” is the Museum’s biggest publication to date, produced in collaboration with Ex Libris Press. A history of Bradford on Avon’s rubber industry, which was so important to the town’s economy until recently, has long been needed. Dan Farrell of the Moulton Bicycle Company has admirably...

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Museum re-opens for 2017

Museum re-opens for 2017

Bradford on Avon Museum begins its new year 2017 by re-opening at 2 pm on Wednesday 18th January.

Since closing at the beginning of December the Museum has had its usual refreshing and some reorganisation of the displays.

Notably new for 2017 is a focus on the history of Bradford’s Fire Brigades; see the Fire Brigade page on this website.

The Museum is on winter...

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The Museum’s Winter Closing 2016-2017

The Museum’s Winter Closing 2016-2017

December is now upon us and Bradford on Avon Museum has closed for its winter break and will open its doors again on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at 2 pm.

During this period we will carry out some cleaning, painting and generally refreshing and hopefully some changes to the displays. Watch this space for more detail later.

Meanwhile, the largest item in the Museum’s...

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Millennium Embroidery film

Millennium Embroidery film

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A video that was filmed at the opening exhibition of Bradford on Avon Museum’s Millennium Embroidery in 2003 has now been put on the web.

You can watch it by clicking here -this is a link to the YouTube site and opens in a new tab.

 

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Films about the Avon rubber works

Films about the Avon rubber works

The films that were shown in the Vaults at the events connected to the unveiling of the Iron Duke are now available on line:

Remembering the Avon -reminiscences of people who worked at the factories in Bradford on Avon- can be seen here.

The Iron Duke film can be seen here.

Both links are to the Vimeo website and open in...

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Bradford on Avon Fire Brigade

Bradford on Avon Fire Brigade

The Museum has added to its collection of items relating to the history of the fire service in Bradford with a new donation. We have received helmets, one of the Wiltshire County Brigade and another two from the previous Bradford Urban District Brigade, an axe with its leather case that would have been clipped to a belt, a heavy jacket with county brigade buttons and a county cap.There are...

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The Iron Duke unveiled

The Iron Duke unveiled

At last, the culmination of so much work and fund raising, on Saturday 24th September the historic Iron Duke rubber calender machine was unveiled. A large crowd, amongst whom were were many who worked at the rubber factory, watched as the curtain fell.

Associated with the ceremony were activities in the Vaults, including films of ex-workers’ memories and a history of the machine...

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The Iron Duke is glazed

The Iron Duke is glazed

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The historic Iron Duke rubber calender machine has now received its partial glazing. The 15mm-thick toughened glass was carefully measured  and manufactured to fit under the COR-TEN roof and delivered from Bristol. The left side went smoothly, but the rough ground on the other side presented some difficulty.

The roof and glass give...

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The Iron Duke has his hat on

The Iron Duke has his hat on

After years of planning, fund-raising and conservation work the historic Iron Duke calender machine has finally been reassembled by Dorothea Restorations of Bristol. It now sits on its concrete plinth next to Kingston House, in Kingston Road.

It sat out in the rain for a few days, but now has its stylish roof of COR-TEN weathering steel that is held up by temporary steel supports. The...

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King John and the Millennium Embroidery

King John and the Millennium Embroidery

Bradford on Avon Museum’s Millennium Embroidery will be displayed in the library’s exhibition/meeting room for the whole of August.

One of the twelve panels depicts King John crossing the Town Bridge during his visit to Bradford in August 1216, so this is an 800th anniversary of the event.

The embroidery can be seen during the hours that the library is...

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Barton Farm Booklets

Barton Farm Booklets

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Latest addition to Bradford on Avon Museum’s list of publications is this booklet The buildings of Barton Farm, Bradford-on-Avon which has been written by Pam and Ivor Slocombe. It is of a slightly larger format than the usual range and is illustrated with many photographs, plans and drawings and full of scholarly...

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