‘Tavistock Turtle’ made by the Tuscan Pottery

Turtle Returns To Tavistock

The museum has added the ‘Tavistock Turtle’ made by the Tuscan Pottery to its collection of crested-ware porcelain china. It is a rare object as it is likely this little sea creature would not have been a popular seller in our inland town.

Read More »
Decorative china from Princetown Wesleyan Methodist Chapel 1889

Decorative Chapel China

Decorative chapel china belongs to a bygone age. Such china is rarely used today and has been replaced by cheaper plain crockery. In 2019, a large quantity of chapel china was donated to Tavistock Museum by The Tavistock Methodist Circuit.

Read More »
Victorian-era wooden police truncheon belonging to Mark Merritt

Victorian Police Truncheon

This police truncheon is believed to have been used by Victorian policeman Mark Merritt, to defend himself during a number of violent assaults. The truncheon was donated to Tavistock Museum following many years in the Merritt family.

Read More »
Medieval coin discovered in 2015 by a metal detectorist in Milton Abbot

Medieval Coins

In 2015 a metal detectorist found two medieval silver groats in a field in the parish of Milton Abbot near Tavistock. These have been donated by the landowner and the detectorist to the museum where they are on display.

Read More »
Button from a military tunic belonging to a member of the Tavistock Volunteer Corps

Military Button

Recently donated to the museum by a Tavistock resident, this small button comes from a military tunic and is about the size of a 20p piece. It is a rare – possibly unique – survivor from the days when the Tavistock Volunteer Corps helped defend our shores from a French invasion force.

Read More »
Victorian porcelain pot lid from T.E. Pearce, a chemist trading in Tavistock

Pearce Potlid

The Museum has received a generous donation of a rare late-Victorian pot lid, which dates from the 1880s. The lid was found in a garden in Egham, Surrey and is only the second pot lid from a Tavistock business known.

Read More »