18th Century, Document, Museum Highlight, On Display, Whittlesey History

Replica of Whittlesey’s Town Charter, 1714

A copy of the Charter granted by George I giving Whittlesey the right to hold a weekly market and three annual fairs. This Charter is known as Patent Roll I, George I, Part 9, No. 4: Of a grant to a Downes gentleman. It was witnessed by the King at Westminster on the 17th day… Continue reading Replica of Whittlesey’s Town Charter, 1714

21st Century, Document, On Display, Post-War, Straw Bear, Whittlesey History

Straw Bear Festival Programmes

Whittlesey Museum holds a set of programmes from the Straw Bear Festivals since their revival in the late 1970s. The programmes not only commemorate the history of the Straw Bear but are an interesting local history reference due to their adverts for local businesses and other events. The Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival was spun off… Continue reading Straw Bear Festival Programmes

Museum History, Post-War, Private Communications

Invitation to a Luncheon celebrating the opening of Whittlesey Museum

Whittlesey Museum opened in 1976, this is an invitation to a luncheon held to celebrate the opening. The Museum was set up by a group of local people and initially existed as an off-shoot of the Whittlesea Society. It was run entirely by volunteers until 1995, when the first professional Curator was hired. Whittlesey Museum… Continue reading Invitation to a Luncheon celebrating the opening of Whittlesey Museum