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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The museum building itself dates to the 15th century
The museum's large collection of local photographs can be explored easily through a special touchscreen display, and you can order prints of the images for a small fee.
Local companies are featured throughout the museum. There is a display of Goya Toiletries products, including scented soaps.. Goya had their premises in the old Weller brewery buildings from 1946 - 1985.
Two prized possessions in the museum collection are a pair of 18th century longcase clocks made in Amersham by the Rogers firm.
Perhaps the single greatest record of Amersham's past is the George Ward photography collection. This huge collection contains photos taken by Ward of Amersham and its surroundings over 5 decades from 1880-1930.
Among the oldest objects on show are 14th century floor tiles from the nearby village of Penn, a wooden window frame from a Tudor hall house on the site of the current King's Arms pub. One medieval feature has not been brought to the museum from elsewhere; a series of witches marks are carved on the timber frame of the museum building. These marks date to the 15th century and were thought to prevent evil from entering the house via the hole used to let smoke from the central hearh escape through the roof.
A much more fun and friendly exhibit is a collection of Dinky toys once owned by the local Mr Butler's toy shop on Market Square. There is a collection of local lace and lace-making tools, for Amersham was at the centre of a thriving cottage industry in lace in Victorian times. The area was best known for black lace, and there are several samples of Amersham black lace on display.
About Amersham Museum
Address: 49 High Street, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England, HP7 0DP
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: Amersham Museum
Phone: 01494 723700
OS: SU957 974
Photo Credit: Basher Eyre, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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