Welcome to Earlswood Village Museum!
30th June 2018
4th August 2018
1st September 2018
6th October 2018
The aims of the museum are to preserve the local history of the area and to provide the opportunity for young and old to learn about their heritage. School visits and youth groups are welcome by arrangement. We can offer Schools the opportunity to borrow artefacts, documents and photographs for history projects in line with the National Curriculum.
For those interested in Family history we have copies of Parish Registers for Tanworth and Earlswood in the museum. We also have a rare copy of the Census from 1821 for Tanworth and Earlswood. This gives the names, ages of every member of every family and the occupation of the head. This census also shows the families in receipt of Poor Relief or resident in the Workhouse.
The Earlswood Village Museum was founded in 1977, by a group of dedicated members of the Earlswood Historical Society. They undertook to research the history of Earlswood. Artefacts were collected and members of the local community donated items of interest and photographs. The museum was set up in a small room at the Earlswood Village Hall, under the care of a dedicated Curator who continued to build up the collection until 1991. Since that time the museum has continued to grow with more and more visitors returning again and again.
It soon became apparent that we needed more space to make room for a growing collection and this was achieved with the help of grants from Earlswood Village Hall Trustees, Stratford Council, Tanworth in Arden Parish Council, Cheswick Green Parish Council and a local charity. We had a brand new extension which was opened in May 2013.
The Museum is run by Mrs. Valerie A. Tonks M.A. (Hon. Curator) and Mr. Chris Moss (Assistant Curator) with volunteers. New volunteers are needed, especially at busy times. No experience is necessary, just an interest in preserving our history and to be on hand to help out.
The museum is open from March until October from 2.30-4.30pm on the first Saturday of the month (with some exceptions when we need to change the date). There is no charge for admission, but we do welcome donations to cover our costs in the work of developing the museum and in conserving and maintaining a suitable environment for the collection. Special visits for U3A, W.I. or Local History Groups can be arranged by contacting the Curator.
Special visits outside normal open days can be arranged by contacting Val Tonks 07791 584 029