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Amersham Museum
49 High Street

Telephone: 01494 723700
Email: Curator@AmershamMuseum.org

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Overview of collections

The collection is a series of small to very small collections ranging from fossils(35) to archaeology finds (28), agricultural tools (44) to archives (355), arms and armour (22) to costume and textiles (66) including Friendly Society regalia; social history (150) includes domestic kitchen and household equipment, clothing, shoes and smoking items, craft tools for carpentry, wheelwrighting, milling, lace and straw plaiting (200), photography (600), and archives (355), decorative and applied art has 164 items. There is a pump head of 1801 and a church bell.

Overview of how collections are displayed

The Museum of Local History has a herb garden with 75 culinary and medicinal herbs, roses and shrubs. The displays look the manor of Shardeloes, home of the Tyrwhitt-Drake family for nearly 400 years, traced back to the 14th century through memorabilia, photographs and drawings; locally made 14th century glazed Floor Tiles, "Care in the Community" traces the early days of the workhouse to the harsh regimes in the new workhouse designed by George Gilbert Scott and built in 1839 to comply with the Poor Law Act of 1834, and now part of Amersham’s General Hospital. Weller's Brewery (1762 - 1929) once the largest employer in the town is reviewed as are19th century occupations chair making, lace making and straw plaiting:- black lace was a speciality and fine straw plait went to Luton for making into hats. The World War Two display shows the making of barrage balloons, sea rescue equipment and connections with a submarine. A new lottery funded extension opened in 2001 and the collection of photographs is available on a touch screen.
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