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Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (PCMAG)

http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/museumpcmag.htm/

Read about my research at Plymouth here

It’s strange that I’ve never actually visited Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery for leisure before, but with fast-approaching plans that might mean it’s closed for a while, and with items on display that I wished to gaze upon, I decided it was about time. (more…)

Red House Museum and Gardens (RHMG), Christchurch

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http://www3.hants.gov.uk/redhouse.htm

Read about my research at Christchurch here

The Red House Museum and Gardens (RHMG) in Christchurch, Dorset, are set within a purpose-built Georgian Workhouse. As with many of the local museums, the focus is on the history of Christchurch and the surrounding area, as well as the past functions of the building. A long room downstairs offers the more recent history, exhibiting insights into life at the Workhouse, the various industries that operated in Christchurch, and a collection of Victorian toys, with replicas to handle and play with. (more…)

Blandford Town Museum

Blandford Town Museum

http://www.blandfordtownmuseum.org/

Blandford Town Museum consists of one long room, which stretches the length of the old coach house it’s set in. You’re immediately met with friendly faces as you step inside and left to your own devices to explore however you please. Blandford is one of those wonderful little museums that is overflowing with stuff and everytime you turn a corner you see and learn so much. Several display cases present the wealth of prehistoric and Roman material from around Blandford, either accumulated by antiquarians or found in recent excavations.

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Allhallows Museum, Honiton, Devon

www.honitonmuseum.co.uk

When I tell people there’s a museum in Honiton, they stare at me blankly. But I promise you there is one. It’s run entirely by the good nature of volunteers and is set in what I think used to be a chapel next to St. Paul’s Church. Like TEHM, it specialises largely in the history or Honiton and it’s overflowing with stuff. Honiton is particularly famous for lace-making and as a Museum info video will tell you people travel from all over the world to visit it, so perhaps the reason most (more…)

Museums

One of the best things about this PhD is that I get to visit loads of museums and call it work. Almost every museum welcomes me in warmly, offers me a cup of tea (and even a biscuit sometimes!), a space to work and then lets me wander around freely afterwards. Many of them are tiny local museums, which people have never come across before, so here I’m going to give a brief account of the museums I visit and what they have to offer, and hopefully encourage anyone reading this to go check them out for themselves 🙂

Totnes Elizabethan House Museum

Allhallows Museum, Honiton

Blandford Town Museum

Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Tea: check. Witty archaeology pun on a mug: double check.

Tea: check. Witty archaeology pun on a mug: double check.

Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, Devon

http://totnesmuseum.org/

Totnes Elizabethan House Museum (or TEHM because i freakin’ love acronyms) is a little gem in South Devon. The museum is set within a 16th century Merchant House, making it a really quaint personable museum (complete with its own herb garden out the back!) Understandably its collections are largely not prehistoric though there’s some Neolithic flint cores and axeheads for anyone interested (and (more…)