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...
The Peat Industry on Dartmoor

The Peat Industry on Dartmoor

Peat has been exploited on Dartmoor for centuries, both for domestic use and as a commercial product. In the 19th century, there were several attempts to produce peat on an industrial scale, but these were ultimately unsuccessful. The last commercial peat works on...
Dartmoor Wool Walk

Dartmoor Wool Walk

A group of strangers gathered outside the Princetown tourist information centre on a misty Sunday morning. They had one thing in common, a desire to know more about natural dyes and the history of the woollen industry on Dartmoor. Led by qualified Hill and Moorland...
A car trip down memory lane

A car trip down memory lane

If you visit our lovely museum, on the ground floor you will find an amazing old car, a Bullnose Morris, that dates from 1923. Amazingly, in the 1920’s, 45% of all cars on the roads in the UK were Bullnose Morris, mainly because of their reliability. All the engines,...
Where did you get that hat

Where did you get that hat

We have a really interesting mining section. We look at the tools used and the ore mined but it’s the people that carried out the work that impresses the most. Imagine being deep underground, in the 18th and 19th centuries, it would have been dark and dusty, water...