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The Museum of Cider

      
Hereford Herefordshire England
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The Museum of Cider is a social history museum housed in an original 1889 cidermaking factory. There's far more to the building than first meets the eye, and no wonder – it's designed to look at the whole cidermaking industry, from its earliest beginnings through to the mass production methods which exist today. Visitors can find out about methods– how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider – and about Herefordshire's history.

The original champagne cider cellars are very atmospheric, displaying over ten thousand bottles in racks where the "Méthode Champenoise" (a bottle fermentation process used in French Champagne production) was first applied to cider in 1905. Other parts of the cellars contain a cooper's work-shop and a vat house.

Push-button oral history recordings of Bulmer's workers are fascinating, and so too are the accompanying vintage films. Two highlights of the collection are the rare English lead crystal cider glasses dating from 1740 onwards and stunningly accurate 19th century watercolours of cider apples and perry pears.

The museum has simple interactives for children and we like to see families visiting. A group booking form can be downloaded from the website, with discounts for groups of 15 or more people. Guided tours are also available for an additional charge and must be pre-booked in advance. Visits to the shop and tearoom only are also welcome. We have been told we sell the biggest selection of craft ciders in the county!

See our website for further details of forthcoming events.

Opening times:
Monday-Saturday, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Open Bank Holiday weekends

Everyone is welcome.

Further details call 01432 354207 or [email protected] 

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Black and White House Museum

      
Hereford Herefordshire England
Description : 

September 2020 Update:

Now re-opened Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm and Thurs, Weds - Sat 10am - 12 noon and 1pm - 4pm, Sundays 12 noon to 3pm

History Lives Here !


bw 2A magnificent Jacobean half-timbered building in the heart of Hereford City, now a wonderfully preserved house, furnished in period style. 

Built in 1621 and home, in the past, to butchers, saddlers and bankers, explore the rooms which give a glimpse into daily life during the 17th Century.

The Black & White House Museum is a very welcoming place in the heart of the city. The house was built in 1621, and the museum gives an insight into 17th century life: after passing through the reception area and shop (where you can buy replica goods from the civil war period), the ground floor room tells the history of the period, with plenty of information panels and a model of Hereford at the time.

Moving upstairs to the re-created rooms from the 1640s, the museum visit becomes a lot more interactive: there is a dressing up rail of clothes, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to try them on and even to have pictures taken around the dining table.

The second floor has reproduction furniture and visitors are encouraged to be hands-on here - try out the bed and see how it was put together, discover what the bedstaves were for (to loosen up the bedding), and to examine (but not use!) the 'stool of ease.' Finally, don't miss the prodigal son story on the wall hangings in the smaller bedroom.

The museum is a welcome slice of history in the
centre of the commercial heart of Hereford and well worth the visit.

"loved dressing up and activities"
"it was amazing, it was great, we loved it"

The whole focus of the museum is firmly on the 17th Century and visitors can dress up and fully immerse themselves in the period.

Enjoy the hands-on activities for children and look out for special family events.

If you would be interested in volunteering at the Black and White House Museum please email us at [email protected]

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.blackandwhitehouse.org
Telephone 01432 260694
High Town, Hereford, HR1 2AA

Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Sunday 11.30am-3.00pm Museum shop.
Wheelchair access ground floor only

Bringing history to life !

16th Century Painted Room

         
Ledbury Herefordshire England
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16th Century Painted Room, Town Council Office

In the late 1980s, during major restoration work being carried out to number 1 Church Street in Ledbury, then, as now, in use as the town council offices, wall paintings were discovered in an upper room at the lower end of the building. They have been dated to the late 16th century and represent the expensive tapestries and leather wall hangings owned by the aristocracy. The building stands at the junction of the 'Kings Highway' with the east/west track, leading from Hereford Cathedral to Ledbury Parish Church, which has undoubtedly been the site of continuous human activity for more than 1000 years. Ring dating carried out in 2007 shows that the lower end of the building dates from 1510. Yet despite having records for Ledbury going back to 1557 and beyond, for this building – unlike others around it- there is, as yet no exact record of either its purpose or its inhabitants. However, Ledbury Parish Church Archives tell us that in the late 15th or early 16th century, there may have been built here a new Booth Hall to replace the early 15th Century one sited where the Feather's Hotel now stands. Resident in the Booth Hall was the Town Constable who had responsibility for the proper conduct of markets and fairs, market toll gathering, control of vagrants, the distribution of poor law monies, with an upstairs room to be set aside for use as a court of Piepowder. Possibly it was the upper room with the wall paintings that was used for this purpose.

We usually open the 16th Century Painted Room to the public for the season on Good Friday. Continuing Covid-19 restrictions mean that we will not be able to open until a little later this year, hopefully at the latest by 17th May. For at least the first month of opening we will be continuing with the social distancing measures that we had in place for the whole of last year's opening. We have removed the chairs in the 16th Century Painted Room and have replaced them with socially distanced, floor marked standing positions for visitors. We have reduced the number of visitors at a time to a maximum of ten and we are operating a booking system visits every 15-minute, so that visitors don't need to queue.

You can pre-book your visit either by calling in on the day of your visit and booking your slot for later in the day, or by contacting the tour guides on [email protected]. Tours start at 11.00a.m. and continue every 15 minutes until 1.00p.m., then start again after lunch at 2.00p.m. continuing until closing time at 4.00p.m. Masks must be worn unless you are exempt. We will be using the panelled room in the town council offices as our booking and waiting area, where you will find a socially distanced entrance and exit system in operation. For the early part of the season, we will therefore be using the first door on the left on Church Lane as our entrance door. Later in the year, if Covid-19 regulations are eased, we will revert to our previous practice of using the first door on the right on Church Street as our entrance and offering our normal turn up and wait system, with visits to the 16th century Painted Room every 10 minutes or so. If you are bringing a large group or coach party, please contact us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate your visit. This might be outside of normal opening times for which we charge a small entrance fee.

Opening days this year will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday and Saturday, 11.00a.m. to 1.00p.m and 2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. All being well we hope to finish our season as usual at the end of October. All the latest information about opening for the 2021 season can be found at https://www.ledburytowncouncil.gov.uk/en-gb/what-we-do/16th-century-painted-room

Last year we were unable to open the Market House to visitors at all, due to the Covid-19 restrictions we had in place. This year we hope to open the Market House as normal when restrictions are eased, if all goes well this should be by late June. As we do not have a dedicated guide available to open the Market House, normal service is that this is 'on request' to the guide at the 16th Century Painted Room, which can only be accommodated when the tour guide does not have visitors waiting to see the wall paintings.

We also offer School Activity Days for key stage 2 children. Please contact the tour guides if you would like more information or to discuss a visit.

Entrance is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. 2020 was a very difficult year for everyone involved in tourism and heritage, with donations and sales being much reduced for us as well as across the whole sector. We rely heavily on donations and sales to keep the wall paintings open to the public. Please be aware that we do not have a contactless payment system in place and operate on a CASH ONLY basis.

Further information about the 16th Century Painted Room can be found on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ledburys-16th-Century-Painted-Room-103137957970785 where there is a series of videos that we made last year during the first lockdown period.

 

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Butcher Row House Museum

         
Ledbury Herefordshire England
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The museum, in Church Lane, is one of a row of 15 burgage houses and shops, many of them butchers which ran down the middle of what is now the High Street. They were bought out by public subscription in 1830 and one or two were re-erected; this one used to be in the back garden of 14 High Street before moving to its current home.

 


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Leominster Museum

         
Leominster Herefordshire England
Description : 

Started in the 1970s, Leominster Museum has reflected town life for over 40 years. In 2015, it was selected to join five other small museums across England in the Arts Council funded Creative Museums project (see http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/03112015). Exciting times ahead!

The Museum tells the story of Leominster and its people from pre Roman times to the present day. It has a cider house, stables and agricultural implements as well as the main building which also houses the collection of artefacts, pictures, photographs, postcards and documents, including a gallery holding an important collection of paintings and drawings by famous Leominster Victorian artist, John Scarlett Davis.

The Museum will open on the 26th of March, and close on the 29th of October 2016. The 2016 temporary exhibition will tell the story of some of the lost buildings of Leominster.

 

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