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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Building Bradford in old photographs

Building Bradford in old photographs

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Bradford on Avon Museum has recently acquired a collection of photographs and other items that relate to the Long family who, through several generations, were responsible for constructing many of the town’s 19th and 20th century buildings, especially Victorian terraces and villas.

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Roman painted plaster returns to Bradford

Roman painted plaster returns to Bradford

. When a Roman bath complex was excavated in Bradford in 1976, many jumbled pieces of painted plaster were collected. They would have fallen from the interior as the walls became ruined. They were put into Wiltshire County Council’s store along with other finds from the dig.

In 2004 volunteers from the Bradford on Avon...

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The Iron Duke is getting closer to home!

The Iron Duke is getting closer to home!

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The project to bring the Iron Duke back home to Bradford has just taken two big steps forward. We have heard that we have been awarded £55,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund and another £18,000 by the PRISM Fund (it stands for the Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material), an Arts Council fund which is administered by the Science...

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Re-opening for 2016

Re-opening for 2016

. After its midwinter break from the end of November, Bradford on Avon Museum will be open again from 14.00 on Wednesday 13th January.

As usual, the closed period was spent in cleaning, repainting and tidying. Redisplay has largely been concerned with the Museum’s collection of signs -road signs, shop signs and others- mostly rather heavy,...

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Agatha Christie in Bradford on Avon?

Agatha Christie in Bradford on Avon?

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The Christopher Pharmacy in the Museum has been used as the setting for several television programmes. Usually these have been about antiques -Antiques Road Trip and Flog It- and for British television. The latest film crew was Japanese and wanted a suitable location for part of a film about an episode in the life of crime writer Agatha Christie. Like Jane Austen, Agatha Christie is...

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Annual winter closing

Annual winter closing

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Bradford on Avon Museum will be closing for its usual mid-winter period. The last scheduled opening for 2015 will be on the afternoon of Sunday 29th November and the Museum will re-open at 2pm on Wednesday 13th January 2016.

The usual cleaning, painting and general re-newing work...

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New for the collection: A Roman Finger Ring

New for the collection: A Roman Finger Ring

. This ring turned up in a garden in Bradford on Avon and initially was thought to be a piece of relatively recent costume jewellery. However, seeing a similar one on display in Salisbury Museum and from subsequent research, it appears to be of Roman date. Pieces of Roman pottery and a coin have been found in the garden before. The site lies below the Iron Age hillfort of Budbury,  where a...

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New booklet: The Medieval Town

New booklet: The Medieval Town

Bradford-on-Avon: the medieval town is the latest addition to the Museum’s stable of booklets and the second of our Monograph Series, in which words take precedence over pictures and includes full references. It is the work of Ivor Slocombe, a dedicated researcher of historical archives and his wife Pamela, who draws on years of experience with the Wiltshire Buildings...

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See the Millennium Embroidery

See the Millennium Embroidery

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Bradford on Avon Museum’s Millennium Embroidery is currently on display in Holy Trinity Parish Church.

It features twelve hand-sewn panels that depict episodes from a thousand years of the town’s history and was undertaken by a group of local volunteers to celebrate the Millennium.

The church is open for...

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Be part of Bradford’s history

Be part of Bradford’s history

Good things often come in small packages – and that’s certainly true of Bradford’s museum, upstairs at the town library. Our main ‘wow factor’ exhibit is Miss Christopher’s chemist shop, relocated in its entirety from Silver Street to the museum in 1990, when the library opened. In addition, curator Roger Clark has created numerous themed displays which tell the story of our town...

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The Lost Milestone

The Lost Milestone

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The cast iron plate that was fixed to the milestone on the Bath Road in the dip between Cumberwell and Farleigh Wick has not been in place for a good many years. This was a pity because three others -in Market Street, at Widbrook and Trowle Common- still exist.

Luckily, it has now turned up and has been given to Bradford on Avon Museum. It...

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A good start for 2015

A good start for 2015

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2015 has started well for Bradford on Avon Museum with 166 visitors in the two weeks since re-opening in mid-January and some interesting new acquisitions.

. A large enamelled steel road sign that was put up at one of the entrances to the town by the Royal Automobile Club. It lists the...

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New to the Museum: Roman brooch

New to the Museum: Roman brooch

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Bradford on Avon Museum, Wiltshire

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A recent addition to the Museum’s small collection of Roman items is this bow brooch (fibula in Latin) that was found in a field near the Ashley Road, close to Bradford’s St...

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Re-opening for 2015

Re-opening for 2015

. Bradford on Avon Museum opens for the New Year at 2pm on Wednesday 14th January.

New for this year is a small case of items relating to the J. & T. Beaven leather and glove factories in Holt and we have also put on show a box of tools that were used at the Uncles iron foundry and were purchased by the Museum at an auction in...

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The Museum’s Christmas Tree

The Museum’s Christmas Tree

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Bradford on Avon Museum Society has again joined with many other Bradford organisations and businesses in the Holy Trinity Church Christmas Tree Festival.

Our little tree -living and recycled from last year- has been decorated with lights and baubles that are copied from bottles and labels from the Christopher Chemist shop...

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Annual winter closing

Annual winter closing

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Bradford on Avon Museum will be closed after Sunday 30th November for its annual period of hibernation.

Actually, it will be a rather active hibernation, as we will be having a deep clean, touching up of paintwork and making some changes to the displays, amongst other things. So, no time for...

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