Colouring Wool on Dartmoor

Colouring Wool on Dartmoor

The history of dyeing wool on Dartmoor is a long and fascinating one. For centuries, the people of Dartmoor have used natural dyes to color their wool, and the results are beautiful and unique. One of the most common dyes used on Dartmoor was woad, which produces a...
High Days and Holidays

High Days and Holidays

Nothing transformed the leisure activities of the Victorians more than the railways. The wealthy had always travelled but train trips allowed them to reach their destinations more comfortably, quickly and cheaply. But the working classes saw the biggest changes as...
When The Train Came To Town

When The Train Came To Town

‘The completion of the railway to Okehampton gives to tourists and to excursionists the opportunity of visiting a most picturesque neighbourhood, and the valetudinarian may now easily reach the breezy heights of Dartmoor.’ Extract: Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post August...
What Came First – Trike or Bike?

What Came First – Trike or Bike?

Someone asked me the other day, what came first, tricycles or bicycles? They were looking at the lovely Victorian child’s trike we have on display at the Museum and I have to say I did not know. However, after a little research, I was surprised to find out that it was...
Oral histories

Oral histories

Oral histories create a rich world of storytelling around our collections. Interviews are sometimes the only source that is available to remember a certain way of life, place, or person. Oral histories help us to understand how individuals experienced history and they...
Time Travelling Curator

Time Travelling Curator

The Museum has collaborated with Entertainingly Different and Artaura Productions to create five short films, each focused on a different area of Dartmoor’s rich history. Prehistoric, Medieval and Victorian times are covered as well as the importance of mining and...