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Tavistock Museum needs you!

Tavistock Museum is looking for new volunteers to join our friendly team. We currently have vacancies for extra stewards to welcome visitors, particularly on Fridays

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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.

Illuminating Darwin – Arabella’s Light

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.

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‘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.

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

Restoring Our Brentor Banner

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.

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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 Such china is rarely used today and has been replaced by cheaper plain crockery.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.

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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.

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