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Welcome to Tenbury & District Museum Website

 

Housed in a small Victorian school, Goff's School, our museum aims to give a flavour of the development of the market town and district of Tenbury Wells, described by Queen Victoria as her
‘Little Town in the Orchard’.

Come and explore our many and varied collections, including the fascinating Tenbury Wells Advertisers and discover more about the domestic and rural life of the area through objects, images and sound


We are open from Easter to October at the following times

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00am – 1:30pm

Sunday and Bank Holidays 2:00pm – 4:00pm

We also open the Pump Rooms on the 1st Saturday of the month and bank holidays at the same times as the Museum
Throughout the Winter Months (November to March inclusive) we will open on the 3rd Saturday to co-incide with Tenbury Local Produce Market.
(During the week the Pump Rooms are open under control of Tenbury Town Council)


Admission is free however donations are welcome!

Our museum is a registered charity run by enthusiastic volunteers.
 

History

- Goff's Free School -

Goff's Free School Mr Goff was born in Hereford, but moved to London where he made a fortune as a coal merchant. He left money in his will to found a number of free schools in Herefordshire and surrounding counties for the education of poor children.

The one in Tenbury Wells was built in 1819 at a cost of £150 and endowed with £50 a year. It was replaced by the present building in 1863 and continued in use as a school until 1914. Using the ‘Bell’ system the headmaster would teach five of the best pupils each of whom would then pass the knowledge on to five others until the whole class had received the instruction. Later, the school was divided into senior and junior classes. The rods for the curtain can still be seen on one of the beams.

The school was run on Baptist principles, which caused considerable friction with the Church of England. Chapel services were held in the building on Sundays until the present Baptist Church was built. Within living memory the building was used by Tenbury school for carpentry and cooking classes.

In 1977 it was renovated for use as a museum by Tenbury and District Museum Society.