Piskies – Are You A Believer?

Piskies – Are You A Believer?

Ever since visitors have been arriving to experience and enjoy Dartmoor, those with a nose for business have been selling them lucky piskies in all shapes and sizes. But why do they sell so well? Is it just a bit of fun or deep down do we want to believe that these...
I Am a Cider Drinker!

I Am a Cider Drinker!

A recent acquisition for our museum collection is a wonderful, small cider barrel. Just as today we may carry around a water bottle to refresh ourselves when we are out and about, in times past some working men would carry their own apple nectar to work. One such man...
Safety First

Safety First

On the first floor of the Museum, under a perspex box for protection, is an item that itself was used for protection.  This woven wicker and leather helmet came to us from Belstone where it was originally used in the mines there during the 1800’s. Sadly there were...
Dartmoor Under the Microscope

Dartmoor Under the Microscope

On the back stairs of the Museum, in a collector’s cabinet, is a small brass microscope. In the Museum’s archive we discovered a box of microscope slides that had been produced in the 1930’s and belonged to local man Gordon Parsons, a naturalist by hobby. They were...
A Touch of the Vapours

A Touch of the Vapours

This expression is often used today when being melodramatic or just for comedic effect, but for centuries it was associated with many different conditions that mainly affected women. Smelling salts have been used to rouse people from a faint since at least the 13th...