After spending a very comfortable and relaxing night at Manley’s B&B in Sampford Peverell we made our way to the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. The museum is situated in the Devonshire town of Tiverton which features the Grand Western Canal running through it. There is lots to see and do at the museum and Nathan and I spent a good hour or so wandering round the varied exhibits.
There is a vast collection of items relating to agricultural Devon life. The exhibits take you back to the farming days in Devon and you can imagine how live would have been many years ago. The agricultural hall features tools that would have been used to plough, mill and sow on the farms.
You can explore an old-fashioned kitchen exhibit which features ovens through the ages – some of the older ones are so basic you wonder how people ever cooked anything! There’s clothing mangles too which show how hard it must have been to wash and dry clothes – seems like way too much effort these days!
The upper armoury gallery features lots of intricate clocks and other items from local trade companies. I really enjoyed looking at all the grandfather clocks and listening to them all tick away at the same time! I think they always look so striking.
World War Displays
Moving on through the museum there is information and exhibits relating to the world wars. I always find exhibits on the war really interesting and this one was no exception. You could look at ration books and gas masks and lots of other war related memorabilia. There’s even an anderson shelter for you to try out.
Outside in the courtyard is a selection of agricultural tools and ploughs. Again, it is hard to believe these all would have been used to farm fields before tractors existed. Outside there is also an old fashioned British phone box which I rather liked the look of.
Choo Choo All Aboard
Nathan’s favourite part of the museums was the section related to travel through the ages. There’s a former Great Western Railway locomotive which is an impressive sight. You are able to climb aboard the engine and pull the horn. There’s lots of railway memorabilia and signs from local Mid Devon train stations. A full size mini was also on display – such a classic British car.
At the time of our visit an exhibition event entitled ‘Meet the Metal Detectorists’ was on. This was in partnership with the East Devon Metal Detectorists Club and visitors could try their hand at metal detecting to see what trash or treasure they could find. Nathan enjoyed having a go!!
The Museum of Mid Devon Life is open Monday to Saturday and costs £5.50 (with gift aid) for adults. Children who are accompanied by a full paying adult can visit for free which seems like a good deal to me! We had a good time exploring the varying exhibits and would recommend visiting for a few hours on a rainy Devon day!
Quick Stroll to Church
After visiting the museum we took a quick walk to St Peter’s Church which was a stunning building! The architecture was amazing. It was a really wet day and so after a quick look around it was time to head back to the car and make our way home to dry off!
Do you like visiting museums? What would be your favourite thing to viist here? Let me know in the comments below 🙂