Tavistock Museum

Illuminating Darwin – Arabella’s Light

Cover of the novel "Illuminating Darwin - Arabella's Light" by Jill George. The story is a fictional retelling of the life of Arabella Burton Buckley.

Last year American historical fiction author Jill George contacted Tavistock Museum to advise us of her forthcoming visit to undertake research in Tavistock. Arabella Burton Buckley, the heroine of her new novel, “Illuminating Darwin – Arabella’s Light”, lived close to the town from 1893-1895 at Walreddon Manor.

Restoring Our Brentor Banner

Brentor Band-of-Hope banner made for the congregation of the Brentor Bible Christian Chapel in about 1900

Each year Tavistock Museum tries to repair an object in its collection. This summer textile conservators at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) in Exeter are restoring the Brentor village banner.

Building Work Starts

Building works outside Tavistock Museum

A contractor A D Williams was appointed by the Tavistock Town Council earlier this month and they have now started work on the dry rot repairs at the Tavistock Museum. The scope of work involves removing a timber beam supporting a masonry wall and replacing it with a steel beam, replacing several timber window lintels with concrete, and replacing any timber floor joists affected by the dry rot.

Judo, The Avengers & Me

Judo, The Avengers & Me author, Chris Gallie

Chris Gallie (stage name Cyd Child) was a stunt girl and European judo champion. She was the stunt double for Diana Rigg and Linda Thorsen in the Avengers, personal trainer for Joanna Lumley in the New Avengers and stunt double in numerous films and many well-known TV shows.

Roof Drainage Improvements

7m high down pipe before and after replacement

This autumn roof drainage improvements have been carried out on the Guildhall Square side of the museum building. Two of the original downpipes have been replaced with new larger diameter pipework and two new gutter boxes have been installed at roof level.

A Better Year For The Museum – 2021

People walking in Tavistock

This year has been a better year than expected for Tavistock Museum. Furthermore the museum has proved resilient against a number of challenges.

The first challenge came as a result of the prolonged closure of the public passageway beneath Court Gate on account of infrastructure work in the Guildhall Square. This adversely affected our sales income. However, in mid-April this year we re-started our second-hand book sales which has surpassed its former popularity now the passageway is open again.

Sunday School Banner Comes To Tavistock Museum

United Reform Church Sunday School banner

A large banner previously displayed in the United Reform Church at Tavistock has found a new home at Tavistock Museum. The cloth banner shows a painting of the imposing Congregational Church, a gothic structure with a tall spire, built in 1873 which once was a feature of Duke Street.

Tavistock Museum Bags £4000 From Tesco’s Community Grant Scheme

West Street, Tavistock

Tavistock Museum is pleased to announce that it has been successful in bagging £4000 from the Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme for its new film project.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Mary Freeman – An Outstanding Local Historian

Mary Freeman, local historian and supporter of Tavistock Museum

Mary Freeman died on the 4th March 2018, aged 93. During her working life she was a marine scientist of international repute, and in her long retirement an acknowledged expert on the history of Tavistock.