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.

We’re looking for new chair of trustees to help take the museum forward to a successful future. Follow the link for more information.

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

Mid Devon Shows

Mid Devon Shows

In late August each year, the Gazette has at least one page, if not more, devoted to the annual ‘shows’ held in almost every village. In 1922, Silverton celebrated their ‘13th annual show and sports’ and they had a record attendance. The attractions included...

Swimming in Tiverton

Swimming in Tiverton

Tiverton Swimming Club regularly reported their activities in the Gazette. In July 1922, as well as listing ‘handicaps’ in the senior and junior sections for men and ladies, the programme for the annual gala was announced. ‘Mr Scrivens of Exeter will demonstrate the...

Old Newspapers

Old Newspapers

The adverts in local papers of 100 years ago give a fascinating insight in to life at the time. The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) is a huge project which, so far, has digitised millions of pages from national and local newspapers held by the British Library. It is...

Mid Devon Shows

Mid Devon Shows

In late August each year, the Gazette has at least one page, if not more, devoted to the annual ‘shows’ held in almost every village. In 1922, Silverton celebrated their ‘13th annual show and sports’ and they had a record attendance. The attractions included...

Swimming in Tiverton

Swimming in Tiverton

Tiverton Swimming Club regularly reported their activities in the Gazette. In July 1922, as well as listing ‘handicaps’ in the senior and junior sections for men and ladies, the programme for the annual gala was announced. ‘Mr Scrivens of Exeter will demonstrate the...