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Due to the public health situation we regret that the Marlow Museum is now closed until further notice, however:
NEW FEATURE – OBJECTS IN FOCUS
Rather than have you miss out on some of our artefacts or stories we are introducing a new feature entitled 'Objects in Focus'.
One by one we will 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 - WW1 British Army Helmet
One of the saddest and least regarded items in our collection is a badly damaged and fragile World War One British army helmet. Our steel helmet was donated by a resident of the Frieth Road who discovered it in the ground whilst having a new garage built. Did a former local soldier bury it in his garden out of sentimental regard? Or did it perhaps come from the well-known training trenches on Marlow Common just half a mile away?
We'll never know, but we are able to show you photos of a similar helmet in good condition, courtesy of our very good friend and local collector of militaria, Jon Hilton.
Jon has confirmed that our helmet is a 1915 Brodie Model B because it has a plain rim and the edge is unreinforced.
By mid-1915 the War Office had belatedly realised that cloth and felt headgear offered no protection in this new type of warfare, and that the head was particularly vulnerable to bullets and shrapnel on the battlefield. After an unsuccessful trial of a mild steel prototype, this hardened steel helmet was patented by John Brodie and introduced in October 1915. Production proceeded slowly and the first issues were kept in military stores near the Front and issued to solders engaged on raids into enemy lines. It was not until the spring of 1916 that the helmets were on general issue to our troops.
Our helmet was originally an apple green colour and it measures about 310cm wide by 336cm long at the rim, being longer front to back than side to side. It was not capable of stopping a direct impact from a bullet or a piece of shrapnel, but it might deflect it or reduce the force of the impact, hopefully lessening the resulting injury. The helmet was secured by a canvas chinstrap fastened by bent over prongs and there was an oilskin liner inside for comfort, although this was rather slippery and caused the helmet to move around on the head.
The Model B was quickly phased out in favour of the Brodie Mark 1 which had improved protection and fastenings, and a khaki matt finish. But both types were generally in use up to the end of the war in November 1918.
The museum's helmet has a large jagged hole in the crown and I'm tempted to believe that a piece of shrapnel was deflected by it, thus saving the soldier's life. Perhaps the grateful chap brought it home to Marlow and buried it in his garden as a lucky talisman. Nowadays it has found a home with us and I hope that it continues to bring some good fortune to our little museum.
The Marlow Museum leads walks to the WW1 Training Trenches at Marlow Common. These 1-2 hour walks follow the track of the soldiers and are illustrated by the guide. Group numbers can be from 12 to 20 starting from Bovingdon Green. The Chilterns Walking Festival hold a walk ( in 2020 on Sat 17 October, subject to the Public Health situation ) but other dates can be agreed. Donations are appreciated. If interested contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is number 9 of Objects in Focus
- Below this point relates to when things are back to normal -
( When back to normal opening times will be:
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 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
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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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