A museum filled with fascinating artefacts from times gone by is open to the public for the first time in over a decade.
The Marton Museum of Country Bygones contains many forgotten but vital parts of Britain’s countryside heritage and is now open once a week for the rest of summer. Thanks to a hard-working team of volunteers and a grant from Cemex, guests can visit every Sunday between 2pm and 4pm during July and August.
David Fry, managing trustee of the museum, said: “The collection was put together over 50 years by George Tims, a Marton resident. “He amassed a collection tools, equipment and devices from the locality that would be used by local people either in their home or in their work. So everything that he could find from the local farmer, thatcher and village constable to the washerwoman and dairy maid.
“He was active at a time when the old ways of the countryside were dying and only a few visionaries like George could see the value in objects that others thought only fit for the rubbish heap.
“Today we are very grateful to have available what he preserved which give an insight into ways of life that no longer exist.”
Highlights of the collection include a hand-pumped harmonium from the village chapel, a 300-year-old clock mechanism from a local
church tower and a200-year-old man-trap. There’s also much more simple, every day objects that will charm and inspire guests such as finely crafted workman’s tools, children’s toys and farm, labour, and cooking equipment.
David added: “George did not enjoy very good health towards the end of his life and after remaining neglected for a while a group of enthusiastic villagers have started getting the collection back in shape.
“They have also been looking at ways that the collection can be used to best effect, not A treasure tro just by opening to the public and to groups but taking items out to dementia groups and schools where they can be a valuable resource.
“Having received generous support from Cemex the museum volunteers are also putting together an ap-plication for £50,000 lottery
funding to minimise the temperature and humidity fluctuations in the museum and to improve the displays and storage.”
To find out more see the museum’s pages at marton village.com.