The talk by Dr Nick Mansfield Rural Life in the Great War on Thursday 18th September 2014 was very successful.

It was well attended as he spoke to us about the impact the War had on the Rural community.  He started by painting the picture of rural life before the war, then the upheaval of the war itself and removal of a large male section to fight, noting the exceptions, and finished by the ultimate change to society after the War.   We are indebted for his tme, the success was demonstrated by the many questions asked at the end.



APPLEFEST 12th October 2013

This was a very successful event for Tenbury and the Museum had may visitors to their new red tent with children using apples for designs for bird feeders.



There were also many visitors referred to both the Pump Rooms and The Museum although the day started slowly in Cross Street.



TENBURY COUNTRYSIDE SHOW SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST 2013

Once again we presented a stand at the Tenbury Coutryside Show.
For more information about the Show itself follow the link:  http://www.tenbury-countryside-show.co.uk/


THE MUSEUM QUIZ:    Friday 11th January 2013.  This was a very enjoyable and successful event.  11 teams came which was 1 more than we thought we had room for!  Everybody seemed to have a good time with plenty of good-natured banter during the answers.  Food and raffle at half time added to the fun.  More than £100 was made for the Museum funds.



Tenbury’s heritage restored
Tenbury and District Museum Society is delighted to announce that at long last the Spa drinking fountain is to be not only restored, but also moved back to its rightful place in the Pump Rooms. The reinstatement of the fountain is planned for just before Christmas which coincides perfectly with the museum’s closed season when any renovation and conservation work is usually completed.
 
The Victorian Pump Rooms which were opened in1862, never experienced enough popularity or notoriety and the town’s aspirations to become a Spa town in the same league as Malvern or Leamington were short lived.

After a period of dereliction and decline the building was restored in the late 1990’s and is now an iconic feature of the town’s architectural heritage.
 
In recent years, the Town Council had expressed a wish to open up the building more often to encourage more appreciation of its historic importance, so when the Museum Society volunteers approached them to seek a partnership to facilitate the restoration of the items from the spa, they responded with a grant towards conservation. Worcester County Council have also generously allocated an additional grant for the relocation. The work will be carried out by heritage conservators, Treasures of Ludlow.
 
Also part of the current museum display is the cast iron bath from the male bathroom with its unusual feature of four large brass taps – two for hot and cold and two for the spa water, as well as the hand basin and original towel rail as seen in the archive illustrations of the room. These will also be relocated and a flavour of the original bathroom will be created in another side room of the Spa.
 
As the aim is to open the new displays to visitors at weekends by next Easter to coincide with the museum’s new season, then more volunteers will be needed to act asstewards in the Pump Rooms.If you are interested in helping to keep the town’s heritage alive then we would be delighted to hear from you!
 
Or do come along with a team to the Pump Rooms for the next Museum Society Quiz Night on Friday 11th January when you will be able to see history restored!  See 'Future Events'.
 
To express volunteer interest go to the 'Volunteer' tab.

Update:  The first stage of the move was completed on 21st December.  The Bath and Fountain both were moved to the Pump Rooms and located.  Final installation and renovation expected in first week of January.

The Fountain is now restored and in position and can be seen by public access to the Pump Rooms.  However, although the bath and handbasin are in place, the room is in need of some sympathetic redecoration to give a feel of the original style.


Applefest 2012
We had a very successful Aplefest joining our stand with the Tenbury TIC.  We worked well together with the Museum assisting the TIC with Tenbury Tourist issues and the TIC selling Museum DVD's! as well as general informtion.  We had 65 visitors to the stall and the Museum stayed open all day.  24 visitors were recorded at the museum with many sent from the Applefest and the Pump Room in particular.


Tenbury Coutryside Show 2012
Following last year’s successful stand at the Tenbury Countryside Show, the museum was represented once again this year on Saturday 4th August with the added bonus of warm sunshine !

Our gazebo housed the new specially designed hanging banner as well as a display of agriculturally themed items from the museum’s collections. Archive photos provided much discussion and many interesting facts and great stories were gained from visitors who recognised either the people, place or approximate date of the picture.

Over 140 people were officially recorded as expressing interest in the display, a 180 % increase on last year and many people took away details of the museum’s opening hours with them. Several follow up visits have been noted as a result.

Children were not forgotten either with farming collage making proving to be popular.