Museum collections

Introduction
Tenbury & District Museum exists to tell the story of the rich social history and heritage of Tenbury Wells and its vicinity (defined as up to 10 miles from the Round Market) by collecting, preserving, interpreting and displaying objects, photographs and ephemera that represent the history of the town and its vicinity for the benefit of local people and visitors to the area.
Collections and displays
The museum collections reflect life and work in a small market town setwithin a once bustling countryside. Agriculture, especially hop-growing, is represented, as are some associated agricultural trades including coopering and farrier work. The visitorcan find items relating to the commercial, civic and domestic life of Tenbury Wells and its surrounding districts, particularly from the late 19th/mid-20th centuries. As a small museum it is unable to accommodate large items but there is an expanding image and ephemera collection as well as a small audio collection of Tenbury memories recorded in association with Tenbury U3A.
 
Of particular interest are:

  • Seal of Henry III - this is the earliest item in the museum and a very important item for the history of Tenbury as it was attached to the document of 1249 allowing the establishment of a market in Tenbury.
  • Tenbury Spa – During 2012/13 the fountain and bathroom items from Tenbury Pump Rooms, which have been on display in the museum for many years, were relocated to the Pump Rooms and can be viewed in their original location. Conservation of the fountain and the relocation have been supported by grants from Worcestershire County Council. The museum now contains a small display on the spa including a model made in meccano.

  • Greete Cobblers shop – as a district museum on the borders of three counties, the acquisition of the contents of Greete cobblers shop was important to represent the wider region and show one of the prominent trades. The Grete cobbler donated the shop collection in 1976.
  • Edwardian kitchen - a display of domestic items in a room setting.

  • Henry Hickman collection– this, mainly archive material of the family, marks the medical celebrity Henry Hickman (1800-1830) who had a practice in Teme Street and who is now regarded as a pioneer of anaesthetics.
  • Tenbury Advertisers (1871-1993) – digitised copies of the local newspaper available for computer search in the museum, (a copy has been given to the Library for access at other times).
  • Tenbury Voices – press button recordings of memories of Tenbury.