Museums of Tuxford

by | 15 July 2023 | Community facility, Heritage, Sherwood

The Museums of Tuxford have been reflecting on the history of leather craft and how it still influences our lives today. The ancient art of leather craft has been practiced for more than 7,000 years.

The Museum of the Horse has been lucky to acquire several special and rare side saddle pieces to add to its collection. An exhibition of side saddles runs to the end of September, comprising 35 side saddles dating from 1780 to the 20th century – thought to be the most side saddles exhibited anywhere.

The saddles are all different and have special features, including a six Selle Fermier and a pillion saddle. A particular rare piece is one with two folding heads.

The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm and Saturday 10.00am to 2.00pm. Email or phone 01777 838234.

The Walks of Life Museum has the Wyle’s Brothers leather for the people hand cart. They were a major boot and shoe manufacturer. Some Tuxford residents may remember Mr Smith the cobbler who lived in Cobbler’s Cottage on Lincoln Road, the museum has his simple tool box.

Recently they were privileged to receive a book on boot and shoe making, tools of the trade and a photograph of Howard William Monk who was born in 1879. A summary of his working life was provided by his granddaughter Barbara Parry.

The art of leather craft is still practiced today, and the museum has several large pieces of leather. If anyone has skills in working with leather and would be interested in running a workshop, please contact them.

Monthly craft fairs are on the first Saturday of the month. They welcome people wanting to sell tabletop items, plants etc. On Saturday 9th September there is a chance for voluntary groups to promote their work by having a free stall in the museum’s barn to celebrate International Charity Day.

The Museum also offers group visits by arrangement. It is open on Thursday and Saturday at 11.00am to 4.00pm. For more information email or phone 01777 872776.