Museums of Tuxford

by | 28 January 2024 | Community facility, Heritage, Sherwood

Can you remember waiting for the Valentine’s card that never came?

Saint Valentine was a Roman Catholic martyr. Legend has it that he was imprisoned in Rome for ministering to Christians. He befriended his jailer’s daughter and healed her from blindness, sending her a letter the night before his execution signed ‘your Valentine’.

One doesn’t think of the Americans as particularly romantic, but they produced some charming heart shaped stirrups which would have made a delightful valentine present. These can be seen in the Museum of the Horse in Tuxford, together with the most beautiful silver slippers stirrups which would have made lovely presents for the girl of your dreams. Just two of the stories the museum tells.

Love is not just for people. Love for animals is a lasting bond. Imagine the stress of taking your horse to war. At the Museum of the Horse on Sunday 4th February, 2.30pm, an illustrated talk entitled ‘Horses at War’ (not for the faint hearted!) is followed by a guided tour of the museum. Email if you would like to go along.

The Walks of Life Museum has lots of examples of people’s love of creating practical objects and making them a thing of beauty. Books were often given as a love token. Letter-writing was a very serious activity, as evidenced by Mrs Beeton’s book on letter writing which includes how to write love letters.

Love between a parent and their child is always and forever. The Museums are supporting the family and friends undertaking a 33km fundraising walk as a tribute in celebrating the life of Carrianne Franks for TB Alert and RAF Benevolent Fund.

Carrianne was a Sergeant Flight Nurse in the RAF who contracted TB while supporting the NHS during Covid 19. Diagnosed too late, Carianne died aged just 30.

You can learn more about Carianne and donate to the fundraising at