The Museums of Tuxford

by | 2 April 2023 | Community facility, Heritage, Retford

The Walks of Life Museum was very grateful to Mr Whitlam for donating the Tuxford Railway sign. This instigated research by Elizabeth Szarelise, and the production of a timeline display alongside the railway carts.

Thanks go also to Tuxford Goods Yard, who have donated a collection of images on a memory stick. This will be unveiled on Thursday 6th April at 2.00pm. Go and share your railway stories, especially if you or your family worked on the railways, and enjoy tea and cakes.

The museum will be open on Good Friday 7th April and Easter Saturday. Look out for the chickens and eggs round the museum and enter the draw to win an Easter egg! If the weather is fine, it will be a good chance for the little ones to race around the field with the hobby horses.

The Museum of the Horse has a racing department. Famous jockey Pat Eddery (1952-2015) was born in Ireland the son and grandson of jockeys. His greatest wish was to win the Derby; he won three, and rode 4,632 winners in England and all over the world, becoming Champion jockey 11 times. The Museum is lucky enough to have his boots, britches, whip and saddle. The life of a jockey is hard; constantly having to watch your weight and often going to more than one racecourse in a day. Sadly, Pat suffered from alcoholism and died at 63 of a heart attack.

Do call in at the museum and explore how many different aspects of your history and life today are influenced by horses.

The Walks of Life Museum holds a Craft Fair on the first Saturday of the month. On 4th May, election day, the Lincoln Road polling station will be at the Museum. There will also be a cake stall, a fruit, vegetables and plants stall and a craft stall on site – as well as the Museum itself being open.