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The museum is currently closed, in compliance with the Government restrictions (details below).
In the meantime, we hope you find our Objects In Focus articles of interest.
The official announcement that Buckinghamshire will be placed, with many other communities, into Tier 2 as from 2 December 2020, means that the Marlow Museum will not be able to reopen until such time as we are placed in Tier 1.
In regard to the proposed Christmas lockdown rules we are contemplating opening on Sunday 27 December 2020 (2-4pm). Please watch this site.
We aim to re-open when the restrictions are lifted:
The museum opening times will be:
Nov-Feb: Sundays 2-4pm
Mar-Oct: Saturdays 1-5pm, Sundays 1-5pm, Wednesdays 2-5pm.
We will aim to open as many Bank Holidays (Mar-Oct) as we can 2-5pm.
and by special appointment for groups, schools, etc.
Admission is Free
The procedures for operating safely, when we do repen, are:
We look forward to seeing you at the Museum when we are able to re-open. Please follow the Stewards’ instructions. Thank you.
In the meantime we hope you enjoy our Objects in Focus section ( see a bit lower down ).
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 - Wethered Brewery
One of the principal industries in Marlow for almost 200 years was the Wethered Brewery based just off the High Street. So it’s no surprise that the museum holds about twenty items connected to the brewery, including bottles of beer and soft drinks (sadly all empty), trays, jars, maps, signs and photos.
Perhaps our quirkiest item is a Corgi Classics Thorneycroft A2 model dray lorry in the Wethered livery, probably made in the 1980s but still commonly available on ebay etc.
The photo shows our model in mint condition and contrasts with the second photo of an actual Wethered lorry in the yard in front of a horse drawn dray behind.
This photo dates from about the point in the mid-1930s at which horses were phased out and the Dray Shed (superbly preserved and still in the yard today) fell out of use. Petrol lorries had in fact been introduced as early as 1911 to replace steam lorries but, with deliveries required to over 200 tied or owned pubs, horses, lorries and the railway continued to be used.
All the dray horses had distinctive names such as Progress, Perseverance and Firefly, and this tradition was continued with the lorries.
The final photo from the 1960s shows just how crowded the brewery yard could become on a busy delivery day.
In spite of successive take overs by Strongs of Romsey and then by Whitbread, brewing continued under the Wethered name until closure in 1988, when there was still a fleet of 44 delivery vehicles in use.
The brewery had been one of the major employers in the town since Victorian times and it inspired a strong loyalty amongst its customers. Feeling amongst the general townsfolk was more mixed because of the strong smell of malt all over the area on brewing days, and because of the large lorries negotiating the High Street and Spittal Street etc. The last Wethered associated with the brewery resigned in 1949 and the last Wethered to live in Marlow was Diana who moved away in 2013. Fortunately for us, the local brewing tradition is alive and well at the premises of our excellent Rebellion micro-brewery in Marlow Bottom.
For those who wish to delve further, I recommend the splendid 2011 book by Ray Evans titled: A Pictorial View of the Last Century at Wethered’s Brewery. The book is available from Marlow Library and we also have a reference copy at the museum.
This is number 17 of Objects in Focus
For when we re-open:
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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Displays - when we are able to reopen:
The current feature display is -
The Story of Marlow
From Prehistoric Times to the Present Day.
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Marlow Museum.
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)
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 for 2020 was by Zoom (due to the public health situation) on 25 June.
In 2019 the AGM was held on Thursday 13 June 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.
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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