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Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life and Tiverton’s Tourist Information Centre welcomes you!

Explore the museum’s large, outstanding collections and trace the fascinating history of Mid Devon. The displays include the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ GWR steam engine, local industries (particularly lace making), farm waggons and the history of agriculture, and the every day home life of Mid Devon folk.

The museum is family friendly and offers a warm welcome to everyone. There is a lively temporary exhibition programme – please look at the events page for further details.

Two girls holding wired telephone handsets to their ears with a woman standing behind them

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Two girls wearing engine driver caps in the cab of a steam engine

Upcoming Events

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About us

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is a treasure trove of fascinating objects and quirky artefacts that weave incredible stories about the people who lived here.

The galleries show everything from lace making to laundry, bicycles to brewing and carts to costume. 

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life was started by a few energetic individuals concerned that many of the objects and much of the information about Tiverton and the surrounding areas would be lost if nothing was done to collect them in the rapidly changing post-war world.

The exterior of the museum building with a watewheel and teasels in the foreground

Latest news

The Ner-a-Car comes to Tiverton

The Ner-a-Car comes to Tiverton

On September 3rd 1921 the Gazette reported that ‘much interest was aroused in Tiverton....by the appearance of a Ner-a-Car, a new form of motorcycle incorporating many car principles’. The following week, an accident was noted between a Ner-a-Car and a lorry. ‘The...

Journeys

Journeys

From August 23rd, you are invited to take a journey around the museum which ends in the cab of the Tivvy Bumper. A hundred years ago, this advert on the front page of the Tiverton Gazette, encouraged local residents to take holidays by train to London, Reading or...

A history of fundraising for the National School building

A history of fundraising for the National School building

Raising money for the buildings in which the Museum stands is nothing new. The National Schools, one for Boys and one for Girls were opened in 1841. As early as 1843 there are newspaper reports for fundraising events. In 1845 the Schools are described as being in an...

The Ner-a-Car comes to Tiverton

The Ner-a-Car comes to Tiverton

On September 3rd 1921 the Gazette reported that ‘much interest was aroused in Tiverton....by the appearance of a Ner-a-Car, a new form of motorcycle incorporating many car principles’. The following week, an accident was noted between a Ner-a-Car and a lorry. ‘The...

Journeys

Journeys

From August 23rd, you are invited to take a journey around the museum which ends in the cab of the Tivvy Bumper. A hundred years ago, this advert on the front page of the Tiverton Gazette, encouraged local residents to take holidays by train to London, Reading or...