Tavistock Museum Looks Forward To A Busy Season

Press Release - March 2014

When Tavistock Museum¬†re-opens on Saturday 29th March 2014 there will be a display of military WW2 vehicles in the Guildhall Square including a replica of ‘Vixen Tor’ the control jeep used by Major General Gerhardt, commander of the 29th Infantry Division of the US Army. (The original “Vixen Tor” – carrying Gen. Eisenhower – is pictured on the right.) It is also reported that Group Captain Bigglesworth will make an appearance with his Ford Prefect RAF staff car.

The original "Vixen Tor"

The main exhibition in the museum will again be on the popular theme of the United States Army in Tavistock during WW2. This exhibition will concentrate on the departure of the Americans for D-Day seventy years ago and the role played by the 115th Field Hospital on Plaister Down which treated casualties brought back to Tavistock after the landing. Other exhibitions will include the story of the Abbotsfield Artists, and Marie Grace Pearce, a miniaturist who had a studio in the town.

On the ground floor of the museum there is an interpretation room for the mining world heritage site. Here the new HD promotional films of all ten mining areas in Cornwall and West Devon which go to make up the world heritage site may be seen. In the main museum there is an amazing map showing all the significant mines in the Tamar Valley and Tavistock Area, together with an interesting collection of mineral specimens from some of these mines.

Roderick Martin, secretary to the Tavistock Museum Charitable Trust said “The Museum Trust looks forward to another busy but challenging season. Last year the museum had over 7,500 visitors but we will be trying to do even better this year. We are to re-open earlier than previous years and we believe that this season the museum will have an important role in supporting local tourism.”

The museum will be open daily 11.00am to 3.00pm until the end of October.