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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.

We’re looking for new 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

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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

Evacuees in Tiverton

Evacuees in Tiverton

During WW2 it's estimated that around 3.5 million people were evacuated from big cities and areas that were expected to be targeted by enemy attacks, to more rural parts of the country to keep them safe. Tiverton and surrounding villages were one of the areas evacuees...

Run Down Nation

Run Down Nation

In late January 1922, Britain was described in the Tiverton Gazette as a ‘Run Down Nation’. It went on to say ‘The nervous strength of her population has diminished because of the stress and strain of the weary years of war through which her people have passed’. There...

Effects of the Weather

Effects of the Weather

In early January 1922, the effects of the weather were reported widely in the Tiverton Gazette: ‘the full force of the south-west wind was experienced on the hill just above Bolham on which the Mount Pleasant Sanatorium is situated   .... a gust of exceptional...

Evacuees in Tiverton

Evacuees in Tiverton

During WW2 it's estimated that around 3.5 million people were evacuated from big cities and areas that were expected to be targeted by enemy attacks, to more rural parts of the country to keep them safe. Tiverton and surrounding villages were one of the areas evacuees...

Run Down Nation

Run Down Nation

In late January 1922, Britain was described in the Tiverton Gazette as a ‘Run Down Nation’. It went on to say ‘The nervous strength of her population has diminished because of the stress and strain of the weary years of war through which her people have passed’. There...