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

Christmas tree 2014

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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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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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

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 defensive bank showing both sides of field boundary wall

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

A.H. Baker (seated centre), Fitzmaurice teacher

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

Abbey Mill by Peter Maundrell

. 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

Brewery outing 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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Museum members at the Roman Baths

Museum members at the Roman Baths

. A small party of Museum Society members was 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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