Behind the Scenes – Collection and conservation work

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We think it is very important for the general public to be able to peak behind the curtain and get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in museums. Today we wanted to explore some work we have been doing in Collections. We were recently gifted a wine crate from Applegate Wine Merchants […]

Object Highlight #17 – Trilox

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Our Object Highlight for this week is the Trilox ‘Invalid Carriage’ and it was chosen by our Collections and Exhibitions Officer Nikki. Trilox In 2013 after finding a Trilox ‘Invalid Carriage’ on Ebay. the Friends of Trowbridge Museum put a call out, looking for someone ‘who has a reasonable understanding of simple bicycle technology, who […]

Shop Focus – The Eco-friendly Card Co


Our Shop Focus this week looks at The Eco-friendly Card Co. ‘Glebe Cottage was founded by art college student, Scott Morrish back in 1993 with the intention of supporting his passion for photography. With a plan that barely scraped a “D” in A-level business studies he obtained a small bank loan sufficient to set up […]

WEFT Focus – Dorset Buttons

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One of our fantastic WEFT workshops is being led by Jen Best of Beaker Buttons where she will be teaching the wonderful art of Dorset Button making. In celebration of this workshop we wanted to give you a bit of history in to this wonderful cottage industry. On the face of things the history of […]

Object Highlight #16 – Rotary Fuller

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The Object Highlight for this week was chosen by Kathy one of our Museum Assistants. The Rotary Fulling Machine This ‘new’ type of fulling machine was invented and patented in Trowbridge by engineer John dyer in 1834. It gradually replaced the noisy larger fulling hammers as it was smaller, quicker and easier to work with. […]

Closures for WEFT

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We will be closed from around 12pm on Friday 17th June in order to finish off the set up for our latest exhibition WEFT – West of England Festival of Textiles 2022. We will also be closed in the morning on Saturday 18th June for a private screening of the exhibition before we open to […]

Shop Focus – Children’s Craft Books


Our Shop Focus this week once again returns to our selection of book ranges, specifically our children’s craft and activity books. At Bumble Dust we try to keep a varied range of books to appeal to all sorts of visitors. Our book selection changes regularly so if you see something that tickles your fancy, snap […]

WEFT Focus – Mending

As part of WEFT this year we have the Slow Stitch Club coming in to teach a workshop on visible mending and darning. We thought this would be a good opportunity to explore the history and traditions of garment mending. The rise of fast fashion meant a decline in the ‘make do and mend’ which […]

Holiday Opening Hours Update

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We are having to update our holiday opening hours as we have managed to get booked in to have our leaky roof fixed – Yay! We are now going to be closed from Thursday 2nd June (for the Jubilee) through to Tuesday 7th June. We always try to close the museum when we are having […]

Object Highlight #15 – Aesica style Brooch

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This week one of our Museum Assistants, Hannah R, has chosen our Object Highlight. Aesica style Roman brooch: Jewelry is always one of those things that will always grab our attention in museums, not just because of their beauty but also because they are highly personal items. Jewelry is a outward expression of ourselves, our […]