The Tivvy Bumper

The Tivvy Bumper

The biggest object in our collection is the GWR steam locomotive 1442, known as the Tivvy Bumper. The name the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ originally applied to all trains working on the branch connecting Tiverton Station and Tiverton Junction at Willand. Between 1884 and 1964...

A craze for home-dyeing hits Tiverton

A craze for home-dyeing hits Tiverton

In February 1921, the Tiverton Gazette revealed: ‘The fascinating craze for home dyeing has without a doubt come to stay. The majority of women seem to take a delight in constantly changing the colour of their blouses, dresses, lingerie etc. No doubt this is is due to...

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...

Christmas

Christmas

In the two editions of the Tiverton Gazette in mid to late December, it becomes clear that Christmas is coming. There are advertisements for Christmas presents and special offers on alcohol. Even at 12/6d (62.5p) for whisky and 12/- (60p) for gin this was beyond the...

Smoking Concert

Smoking Concert

There was very little in the Gazette of 6th December 1921, apart from this advert for W H Smith, to herald the coming of the Christmas season. There was a report of a ‘Smoking Concert’ held in the Oat Sheaf Hotel in Crediton. These were a popular form of entertainment...

Football Season

Football Season

In late November 1921, the football season was well underway. Reports of the matches in the Tiverton and District Association League Charity Cup appeared regularly in the Gazette. This describes the match between Tiverton Athletic and Silverton: ‘a large crowd saw a...

Armistice Day

Armistice Day

On November 11th 1920, the War Memorial Library was opened in the building which previously served as the Angel Hotel. The Gazette reports how the Library was used during its first year: 2173 volumes in the library of which 500 are fiction 5289 books were issued of...

Join the Team

Join the Team

Position: Learning and Participation Officer Organisation: Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life Location: Tiverton, Devon, UK Closing date: 9am Monday 29th November 2021 Job Type: 2 year fixed term contract, full time (37.5 hours per week) Salary: £25,000 Tiverton Museum...

Carnival Season

Carnival Season

Towards the end of October there were reports of the ‘Carnival Season’ in the Gazette. Although just over the border into Somerset, the long established Dulverton Carnival, was described in some detail. It was a 3 day celebration in 1921 and included amongst others ‘a...

Join Our Trustees

Join Our Trustees

Are you looking for a new, fulfilling challenge? Would you like to bring your skills and experience to make a real difference to the future success of an important local museum? We’re seeking new people to join our board of trustees.  No specialist knowledge of...