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Marlow Town Mayor Cllr Richard Scott re-opened the Marlow Museum on Saturday 5 September 2020 after nearly 6 months of its closure due to Corona virus.
The Stewards are ready to welcome visitors to attend FOR FREE.
The museum opening times are:
Mar-Oct: Saturdays 1-5pm, Sundays 1-5pm, Wednesdays 2-5pm.
Nov-Feb: Sundays 2-4pm
We aim to open as many Bank Holidays (Mar-Oct) as we can 2-5pm.
We can also open by special appointment for groups, schools, etc.
Admission is Free
The procedures for operating safely in the current circumstances, are:
We look forward to seeing you at the Museum. Please follow the Stewards’ instructions. Thank you.
Marlow Museum has been nominated for the Heart of Bucks - Peoples Choice Award. You can view all organisations nominated here. Voting closed on 4th October; thank you to all who have voted for us.
OBJECTS IN FOCUS
Featuring some of our artefacts or stories, this section will grow over time.
One by one we bring forward an object and tell you its provenance or an interesting story about it.
Do let us know by email what you think.
Mike Hyde, Chairman.
Objects in Focus - River Finds - part 2
It is not surprising what you find in a busy river like the Thames, or is it?
To operate a motorboat on the Thames you need a licence. When obtained these are usually placed where river officials and Lock Keepers can see them often on the windscreen rather like the old car tax discs. In the past these were made of metal often enamelled with the boat licence number and the date of expiry, usually the year end.
The museum has a number of these from different sources some going back to the Thames Conservancy in the 1920 and 30’s and even earlier. It is said that local lads would go ‘fishing’ with magnets looking for them, with a tankard awarded to the fellow who collected the most trophies.
Here are some examples -
An even smaller item recovered from the river is a lead seal which would have been crimped over ties closing a bag or box. We wonder what was being protected by it.
(sorry no photo)
Here is a question for viewers of this page. The attached photograph shows an earthenware pot, some 5½ inches tall and 9 inches diameter with a single handle. The interior is glazed and the exterior base shows signs of burning, ie, being on a fire. Probably not a potty then but maybe a cooking pot. But no lip for pouring and only one handle. It has been suggested that it is Roman Samianware so we are seeking professional advice especially on use, age and originality. What is your opinion ? firstname.lastname@example.org .
We do have other river finds but not yet ready for display. Have you any finds to donate or loan the Marlow Museum?
This is number 15 of Objects in Focus
The Marlow Museum presents a Photography Exhibition entitled
MARLOW IN WINTER – Past and Present
The display of photos, from the 1890s until today, includes many lent by Michael Eagleton and Barrie Lea. Thank you also to all who responded to our request for your photos; these further enhance the exhibition.
Over the next few months the Marlow Museum at Court Garden, Pound Lane, Marlow SL72AE is open Sundays 2-4pm FREE.
If you are out for a walk in the park why not call in to see us and the exhibition. Note that the well received exhibition– The Story of Marlow (5,000 years) - is still on.
Mike Hyde, Chairman Marlow Museum.
Marlow Museum - An interesting and informative selection of displays and exhibits providing an insight to the history of this beautiful and historic town and the surrounding area. Admission is free. The Marlow Museum is handy to the town centre, Court Garden Leisure Centre, Higginson Park and the Pound Lane car park.
As well as the permanent displays, there are feature displays that are changed to something new every few months. Our past displays have included: General Higginson, 20 Women of Marlow, Borlase, Lace Making, Marlow Donkey, Natural History of the River, Little Marlow, Archaeology.
In school holidays there are often special activities for children, some of which continue throughout the summer.
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Some Current Displays:
The current feature display is -
The Story of Marlow
From Prehistoric Times to the Present Day.
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Marlow Museum.
Marlow in Winter - an additional pictorial display - 1st December to end of February.
The photos are quite stunning when seen all together, and it’s really very interesting to see Marlow in its winter clothes. The picture above shows less than a quarter of the display.
Looking for Gifts?
- or an interesting read for yourself.
Our booklets from recent exhibitions might make a good, easily-posted gift to a friend who used to live in Marlow. There’s quite a choice now.
- Rebels, Royals and Community Champions - Twenty women who left their mark on Marlow - £3.
- Travellers Tales, with Marlow connections - £4.50.
- Hidden Bisham - £4.
- A stroll Around Marlow - Then and Now - £4.
- From Tin Town to Des Res - The Story of Marlow Bottom - £4.50.
- The Story of Marlow - £4.50
- Marlow Stories (for children) - £2.00
Available from the Museum, along with other interesting Marlow history publications.
- please see above for opening times
Activities and Events:
The Visit Buckinghamshire organisation have put together a 17 mile Visit Midsomer Marlow trail in and around Marlow, taking in a range of the picturesque settings used in the filming of the TV series Midsomer Murders.
Why not start your tour from the Marlow Museum where you can pick up the trail leaflet.
Activities for Children at Marlow Museum
some of our dressing up outfits.
(Thank you to the Knight's able assistant for the photo)
Volunteers' coffee & cakes - for current volunteers and anybody wishing to find out about being a volunteer at Marlow Museum.
- Enjoy finding out about your local area?
- Want to know what happened here in the past?
- Like talking to people and making new friends?
.... Our Volunteer Stewards do too.
Call in for a chat with coffee and cake on
Sat 7th March 2020 - 10am-12noon in All Saints Church Hall, The Causeway.
or email us: email@example.com
The Museum and Buckinghamshire Lottery
Some Past Events:
Below are a selection of our past events and displays in recent years.
With the conclusion of WW1 in 1919 our regular Great War display updated every quarter has now ceased. Nevertheless Records of the deceased are still held in the museum for reference.
Their stories and that of the battles and the Home Front featured in an exhibition called "Marlow and The Great War - Finale". This was held on Saturday 8 June 2019 at the All Saints Church Hall on the Causeway, Marlow. 11.00-16.00. Entry was Free. The records and findings of 5 years of research by members of the Association were available to see.
The Marlow Remembers WW1 Association has been selected by the British Association of Local History for the 2019 Research and Publication Award - for the publication and display: From Beer to Bombs.
Marlow Then & Now.
This exhibition displayed history highlights of the area of Marlow within walking distance of the museum.
The accompanying booklet is available to purchase at the museum: 'A Stroll Round Marlow Then and Now', complete with the route to take in all the sites featured.
Friday 21st June 2019 7-9pm- we were open with musical entertainment by The Wycombe Steel Orchestra.
Friday 28th June 2019 7-9pm - Marlow’s very own Club Django provided their unique take on the vintage music of the Hot Club de France with the marvellous jazz tunes of Django Reinhardt & Stefan Grappelli.
The AGM was held on Thursday 13 June 2019 at 7.30pm in the Garden Room, Liston Hall, Marlow.
All Members, Friends, Supporters of the Museum were invited to attend.
The short meeting was followed by an illustrated talk by
Jacqueline Roberts of local charity SV2G on George Alexander Gratton ('The Spotted Boy' in the painting in Marlow's Parish Church) and St Vincent.
Drinks & nibbles were available throughout the evening. Suggested donation £5 per person.
On Sunday 17th Sept 2017 Marlow Museum was bedecked with examples of Marlow Lace with up to 3 lady demonstrators working on their lace pillows with bobbins.
Expert Pamela Johnson, a regular Steward at the museum, was on hand to speak to the scores of visitors, many of whom went on to visit the museum itself. People came from far and wide and were reminded of the very fine craft the was carried out in South Bucks.
A film show on the subject was displayed in the museum and descriptive leaflets were available. Some examples of local lace are on display in the museum.
Marlow Ukelele Band entertains at Marlow Museum
The Marlow Ukulele Band were playing a wide range of favourite songs on Sat 5th August 2017 at 3pm and Sat 9th September at 3pm. This created a musical and lively atmosphere, much enjoyed by visitors to the museum.
The Story of Marlow Bottom – from Tin Town to Des Res. The exhibition compiled by valley residents and designed by the Marlow Museum tells the fascinating story over centuries of how the once open countryside and farmland became an important residential area with shops, church, school and businesses. Entry is Free and a booklet (revised and expanded second edition) covering the story with pictures is available to purchase. Greetings Cards featuring the Valley are also available.
Sat 24th June 2017 - Ice Cream was made, the Victorian way, at the museum. Free demonstrations 1pm - 5pm.
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