The Objects

 

Some harvesting tools

Some harvesting tools

We have a very eclectic mix of objects on display in the museum. Only after extensive cataloging by volunteers over the last couple of years have we been able to establish exactly what we have got! It adds up to more than 3000 items. These range from a couple of carts and a threshing machine through to small decorative items.

The bulk of the collection reflects working life in Marton a century or more ago. So there are various displays on different aspects of farming:

  • Sowing
  • Harvesting
  • Sheep and cattle rearing
  • The Dairy
  • Pest Control (including poaching techniques)
  • Horse power

Other displays focus on other village trades such as

Part of the wheelwright display

Part of the wheelwright display

  • Thatching
  • Wheelwright
  • Blacksmith
  • Tanning
  • Cobbler etc.

The important aspect of domestic life in rural Marton is also well featured:

  • Washing
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Childhood
  • Clothing
  • Decorative objects
Some of the domestic items

Some of the domestic items

Then there are many objects covering a whole range of miscellaneous interests:

  • The seventeenth century clock mechanism from a local church tower
  • Three biers used for village funerals
  • a small collection of typewriters
  • A display of clock makers tools
  • A selection of old typewriters
  • Lighting through the ages

 

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A World War One clasp knife

Hand powered sheep shearing machine

Hand powered sheep shearing machine

Wooden nutcrackers

Wooden nutcrackers

Lighting by taper lamp

Lighting by taper lamp

One of our many seed fiddles

One of our many seed fiddles

Village constables' handcuffs through the ages

Village constables’ handcuffs through the ages

 

Marton's own branded Codds bottle

Marton’s own branded Codds bottle