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...

Silverton

Silverton

In early July 1922, the Gazette reported a meeting of the Devon Main Roads and Bridges Committee. As well as discussions about Baulk Bridge at Cullompton, there were topics of interest to inhabitants of Halberton, Silverton and Culmstock. ‘tenders were opened for...

Life, Death and Sanitation

Life, Death and Sanitation

In late May 1922, under the heading ‘Life, Death and Sanitation’, the Medical Officer of Health for Tiverton presented his report for the previous year. The population of the Borough, as shown by the census taken the previous year, was 9715. 9000 lived in the town and...

International Stores

International Stores

In early May 1922, there was a letter from London in the Tiverton Gazette. ‘You will notice during the last few weeks that the International Stores Advertisement has been devoted to advertising Ceylindo Tea; and drawings from Dickens’ books, prepared by a very well...

10 Things to See in Tiverton Museum

10 Things to See in Tiverton Museum

Our history is bigger than you think... The Tivvy Bumper, our biggest and most iconic object, is well known, but there is much more to see in our galleries! Our visitors say the museum is like a tardis with so much more than they expected hidden inside our walls....

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday in 1922 was, like this year, a late one on April 16th. The Gazette reported: ‘Although heavy storms were experienced in Tiverton on Easter Sunday there were large congregations at the various places of worship. At St Peter’s Church the Rector, the Rev E...

Uffculme Station

Uffculme Station

The Tiverton Gazette of the 1920s has a section devoted to village news. This appeared in the Uffculme news in early April: ‘A rough grey stone has been erected at the approach to the Memorial ground during the past week. It is inscribed “These grounds were bought and...

Ayshford School

Ayshford School

The following was part of a letter written to the Editor of the Tiverton Gazette in late March 1922: ‘It is indeed surprising that no voice has been raised against the imminent suppression of Ayshford School. It is a very striking fact that although we are spending...

Award Success for the Museum!

Award Success for the Museum!

The whole team is thrilled to announce their success at last week's Devon Tourism Awards 2021/22! This year the awards were slightly different, with the event taking place virtually via Zoom. There was a still excitement in the air as Museum Director, Pippa Griffith,...

Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life is a family friendly and welcoming home to our large and outstanding collections that tell the story of the fascinating history of Mid Devon. In 2019 we reviewed our governance, resulting in the formation of a new Charitable...