Anglo-Saxon Bradford

Anglo-Saxon Bradford

. The Museum’s latest publication is slightly different from its predecessors, because it is a scholarly work that goes deeper into its subject and is full of information about a fascinating time in our history.

Anglo-Saxon Bradford-on-Avon, by Martyn Whittock and his daughter Hannah, experts on the history of the period,  is the first of our Monograph...

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Lidar exhibition moves to Chippenham

Lidar exhibition moves to Chippenham

. The Museum’s exhibition about the Ancient Landscapes of Bradford project is now on display at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.

The exhibition “A land through time” was held at Bradford on Avon Museum in November last year. Now it can be seen as a temporary exhibition in the entrance foyer of...

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Beau Street Hoard Roadshow

Beau Street Hoard Roadshow

Saturday 18th October 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, at Bradford on Avon Museum

Come and discover the Beau Street Hoard, a unique find of 17,577 silver Roman coins uncovered by archaeologists in Beau Street, Bath.

Learn about the Hoard and its discovery

Handle coins from the...

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The Community Dig

The Community Dig

Monday 11th – Sunday 24th August, Hen Field and Victory Field

The defensive bank showing both side of field boundary wall (click the image to see a larger version)

We are off again! Our dig in April produced a surprising result. A slight bank on the edge of the paddock east of the tithe barn...

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Exhibition: Bradford At War, 1914-18

Exhibition: Bradford At War, 1914-18

Monday 4th – Monday 25th August, in the Library Meeting Room

Bradford on Avon Museum’s exhibition commemorating the First World War, will be focused on the themes: The Eve of War, The Front, The Home Front, and Twin Towns.

The exhibition will include photographs and WWI objects, as well as...

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Acquisitions: Milking stool and yoke

Acquisitions: Milking stool and yoke

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Among the agricultural objects that a local museum should have in its collection are two that were very common in the dairy, but somehow they had not come to Bradford on  Avon Museum until now.

The milking stool is low, to get down to the level of a cow’s udders and is three-legged, because that is more stable on...

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The Museum’s Millennium Embroidery on show in Bath & Bradford

The Museum’s Millennium Embroidery on show in Bath & Bradford

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Bradford on Avon Museum’s Millennium Embroidery is going to be on display at the Friends Meeting House in York  Street, Bath from 2nd until 16th August, Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

It will join there some of the panels of the famous Quaker Tapestry, other panels of which will be displayed in Bath Abbey for...

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Museum booklet: Geology, landscape and building stone

Museum booklet: Geology, landscape and building stone

Bradford on Avon Museum’s latest addition to its list of booklets comes with the publication of this one about the foundations of our local area. It has been written by Isobel Geddes who was the author of a book about the geology of Wiltshire a few years ago.

Like the others in the series, this booklet is lavishly illustrated. It is available from the Museum, Tourist Information...

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Exhibition: Peter Maundrell’s Bradford

Exhibition: Peter Maundrell’s Bradford

. Bradford on Avon Museum has mounted an exhibition of black and white photographs of subjects taken in and around Bradford from the last three decades of the 20th century.

They are the work of Peter Maundrell, a keen  amateur photographer who was born in Bradford in 1932 and has lived here all his life. He was joint-author, with...

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New Booklet: The Domestic Woollen Industry

New Booklet: The Domestic Woollen Industry

. The next in our growing series of museum booklets is The Domestic Woollen Industry at Bradford-on-Avon, which has been written by Kenneth Rogers, a well-known expert on the West Wiltshire woollen cloth industry and former Archivist at the Wiltshire Record Office.

Beautifully illustrated, it details the early years of cloth...

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A Brewery Outing in 1899

A Brewery Outing in 1899

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The photograph shows the members of a party from the Newtown brewery of Willkins Brothers & Hudson on a trip to Ilfracombe on the north coast of Devon in July 1899. We haven’t yet found the exact location, but it is pretty reasonable to assume that it is a pub.

It is not...

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Museum Booklet: A Land Through Time

Museum Booklet: A Land Through Time

The eighth in the Museum’s series of booklets is a follow-up to our successful Heritage Lottery-funded LiDAR project. This measured tiny differences in height of the land surface of part of the Bradford Hundred area by the reflected beams of lasers fired from a plane.

It produced amazingly detailed images of large numbers of features in the landscape that have...

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Call for new Honorary Secretary

Call for new Honorary Secretary

Our Hon Secretary, Anne Willis, has stepped down after many years of sterling service – and we need to replace her, urgently.

If you are interested, please contact Mervyn Harris on 01225 863440

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Museum re-opens for 2014

Museum re-opens for 2014

Bradford on Avon Museum opens after its short winter break at 2pm on Wednesday 15th January.

As usual, except for the seasonal festivities and the recent floods, the time has been used in general house-keeping like painting, cleaning and replacing worn labels. It has also been used to refresh some of the displays and to add a showcase for some of the items that the...

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Winter closing 2013-2014

Winter closing 2013-2014

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Monday 2nd December will be the last day that the Museum will be open in 2013, before going into its brief period of hibernation.

Normally, it would have closed on the last day of November, but this year it will continue to be open for another two days, including an unusual...

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Museum members at the Roman Baths

Museum members at the Roman Baths

. A small party of Museum Society members were treated to a tour of the stores of the Roman Baths Museum in Bath. The serious reason for the trip underground in Bath was towards identifying and understanding the Roman and Medieval pottery that has been found in Budbury and other places in Bradford. They had the opportunity to examine some fascinating sherds...

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New Museum booklet: Bridges of Bradford-on-Avon

New Museum booklet: Bridges of Bradford-on-Avon

The latest in Bradford on Avon Museum’s series of publications is a well-illustrated historical survey of the town’s bridges -across the river, canal and railway. Ivor Slocombe has included new research from his delving into records in the Wiltshire & Swindon Archives and has section on the footbridge which (so far) never was.

The booklet is on sale at the Museum,...

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NEW – Museum Discussion Group

NEW – Museum Discussion Group

From September, we are starting up a new Museum group for Members.  The Discussion Group will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm in the Library Meeting Room.  These informal sessions are FREE to Members and will cover a broad range of topics, with a different speaker introducing the theme each month.

Here are the topics for the first four months:

Wednesday...

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Millennium Embroidery at Fringe Festival

Millennium Embroidery at Fringe Festival

The Museum’s Bradford on Avon Millennium Embroidery will be displayed as part of the Bradford Fringe Festival. The twelve panels depict episodes in each of the centuries between the two Millennium Years of 1001 and 2001 and were sewn by hand by Bradford people, based on paintings by the late Jeanne Walpole. It can be seen for the period of 1st to...

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‘Flog It!’

‘Flog It!’

Hot on the heels of ‘Antiques Road Trip’ another BBC-tv crew has visited Bradford on Avon Museum. As part of making an insert for a ‘Flog It!’ programme, another antiques and auctions-based series, they videoed some of the museum’s old images of Bradford, then headed off with presenter Paul Martin to shoot around the town.

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