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We are a modest museum affiliated to the Association of Independent Museums but an independent registered charity. The museum is staffed and run entirely by volunteers.
Although the town had been talking about having a museum for at least twenty years, we only opened our doors in 2009. We still have a long way to go to fully represent the long history and variety of life in Marlow town and surrounding villages of Little Marlow, Bisham, Medmenham, Greater Marlow and Marlow Bottom.
Our ambition is a bigger museum to display a larger collection of objects, photographs, documents and text relating to our district. There’s an old fire engine that we’d love to show you if only we had the room.
Meanwhile we have a permanent collection of smaller objects (the local stocks, General Higginson’s drum captured from the Russians in the Crimean War), pictures, maps and reference books. And at any one time we also have on show one of a series of temporary exhibitions on key topics relating to the district, such as Brewing, Lacemaking, Natural History, Famous People. This means that it’s always worth coming back for another look round – there’s often something new.
We’re not run by the council. We have to raise all our own funds every year for things like rent, insurance, publicity, equipment and exhibition costs. You can donate online or when you visit us. See you soon.
The Museum has been open in Court Garden since 2009. But a group of enthusiasts from the local history group of The Marlow Society had been planning a museum for about fifteen years before that. John Evans, the first chair, and Mike Hyde, the present chair, were the driving forces for the creation of the museum.
Why not find out more about volunteering for Marlow Museum? Visit our Volunteering page, send us your details and we’ll be in touch. No obligation.
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