Tavistock Museum Looks Forward To A Challenging Year

Press Release - March 2015

2015 sees two brand new exhibitions opening at Tavistock Museum.  They are:

  • The Challenging Roads To Peace Since World War 1

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  • The Traders of Tavistock
2015 Tavistock Museum exhibit poster

The Challenging Roads To Peace Since World War 1

The Challenging Roads To Peace Since World War 1′ is the exciting subject of the main exhibition at Tavistock Museum when it re-opens on Saturday 28th March 2015. It was clearly ‘not the war to end all wars’ as so many had hoped. In fact peace has still proved to be elusive in many parts of the world. The exhibition arranged by Tavistock Peace Group traces the rise of the peace movement whose prominent campaigners have included several local people.

The Traders of Tavistock

The supporting exhibition is ‘The Traders of Tavistock’. This exhibition arranged by local shopping expert, Linda Elliott, shows by use of now-and-then photographs the changes to some of the best known shopping premises in the town. There are also some interesting items shopping memorabilia on display including a 1905 Grafton and Scott grocery book, listing the weekly shopping account for a prominent Tavistock family.

Since it was extended three years ago over 7,500 visitors annually have visited the Tavistock Museum. Besides being a town and community museum it is in its own right an area centre for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. The museum promotes a regional concept for the mining heritage by showing on its audio-visual system short films of all ten mining areas from the Tamar Valley to West Cornwall.

Roderick Martin, Secretary to the Museum Trustees, said ‘Tavistock Museum at its Court Gate premises has now, after a decade of work by its volunteers and the financial support of its two principal funders, proved itself to be a sustainable asset to the town and local tourism. However we still require more volunteers to assist in a worthwhile range of museum activities which includes stewarding, digitising photographs and researching local history, so if anyone is interested please contact us’.

The museum will be open 11.00 am to 3.00 pm daily from the 28th March – 31st October 2015

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