Tiverton Beagles

Tiverton Beagles

At this time of year, the Gazette reports on the various Hunts taking place locally. Tiverton Beagles feature most weeks and at the beginning of January 1924, they describe the Meets they held over the Christmas period. They were invited to join the Otter Vale Beagles...

Conservation Management Plan Consultant

Conservation Management Plan Consultant

We are seeking a consultant to develop a Conservation Management Plan for Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. It will help create a clearer understanding of all aspects of the significance of the Museum site, the historic former school and associated buildings, but not...

Motorbike Trials

Motorbike Trials

The London to Exeter Trial was first run in 1910 when it attracted 71 riders. During the 1923 trial, the weather was bad, it rained very heavily and ‘the roads, already very bad, were converted into a horrible quagmire’. Motorcycle ownership greatly increased at the...

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas… a Museum Tale

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas… a Museum Tale

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the museum, Not a creature was stirring, you couldn’t even see ‘em. The stockings were hung on exhibits with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.   The children had visited all through December,...

Tiverton Museum reduce energy use as part of resilience project

Tiverton Museum reduce energy use as part of resilience project

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has taken an important step in reducing its electricity consumption. The museum worked closely with J.V.Lee Electrical to install motion sensors on most of the lighting in the museum’s galleries, and to complete the transition to LED...

‘Shop Early’

‘Shop Early’

By the beginning of December adverts were beginning to appear enticing the reader to ‘shop early’ for Christmas. The Tiverton Tobacco House, in Gold Street, was amongst them. The dangers of smoking were far from people’s minds in the 1920s.        ...

Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards

  Unlike today, the earliest references to Christmas in the Gazette of 1923 didn’t appear until well in to November. One of the first to appear was a description of the annual ‘package of Christmas and New Year cards, stationery, post cards, calendars and books...

Memories of the River Exe

Memories of the River Exe

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life has recently teamed up with Friends of the River Exe to undertake a project together recording people’s memories of the river as part of this year’s Festival of the Exe. The memories captured included people’s experiences of spending...

‘Poppy Day’

‘Poppy Day’

In the very early days of November 1923, an article in the Gazette was appealing for ladies to help with ‘Poppy Day’ in Tiverton which was to take place on Saturday 10th November. Ladies were asked to help with the sale of poppies in aid of ‘Earl Haig’s appeal for...

H C Wakefield

H C Wakefield

Some people will remember H C Wakefield’s shop in Gold Street. It regularly advertised in the Tiverton Gazette and these two adverts are from the late October editions in 1923.                   In the Gazette of the 23rd...

We Need Your Help

We Need Your Help

We're struggling to pay our bills each month due to soaring running costs. As the winter chill approaches this will only become harder.   We have reduced our energy use where we can, but we have to have some heating for the comfort of our visitors, including hundreds...

Ploughing On

Ploughing On

The first evidence that the ploughing match ‘season’ was upon us, was this advert for caterers for one of the later matches to be held in Cruwys Morchard. The 24th annual Witheridge Match, held at West Worlington, was one of the earlier ones. The report in the...