South Holland has a brand new museum displaying technological breakthroughs from 1830 through to 1980, including early gramophones, mobile phones resembling bricks and artefacts from world wars.
The Museum of Technology – subtitled the history of gadgets and gizmos – has moved, lock, stock and barrel from its former home in Hemel Hempstead to Throckenholt in the parish of Sutton St Edmund.
Founders and partners Trevor Cass and Rosie Hourihane have put up a new 4,000sq ft building in South Eau Bank to house their amazing and eclectic collection. And the day they have been waiting for – opening day – is on Thursday.
The retired couple moved to Throckenholt in 2011 and started work on their purpose-built museum the following year.
Rosie said: “We decided at the time to use all local people. We had a local brickie and his brother, we had a local roofer and we had another chap who helped Trevor put all the roof trussing up.
“Trevor has done all the plumbing, all the electrics and he manages to get all the old technology that can work working.
“I keep saying people will be amazed. I don’t want to sound too proud but I am proud.
“Don’t take our word for it, come and visit us and see for yourselves how technology has changed the way we live between 1830 and 1980.”
She’s convinced people will leave with the word “wow” on their lips.
Rosie belongs to South Holland Heritage Forum, which includes figures from some of the local key heritage sites like Ayscoughfee Hall, Chain Bridge Forge and Crowland Abbey.
Now the museum that she’s so proud of is about to become a living part of the local heritage trail.
The Museum of Technolgy, which has a cafe and ample parking, will open 10am-4pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through to October.
Trevor first launched the museum in 2000 with a selection of telephones but it wasn’t many years before the ever-widening collection of items threatened to burst the walls of its original base.
Vintage pieces include ‘A and B’ public telephones, wartime items ranging from weaponry and pieces uncovered on battlefields to personal letters and medals that have been donated by families.
Trevor’s working history as a radio and television engineer means he’s often restored vintage pieces to working order, giving new audiences a chance to experience life from bygone eras.
The museum is a charity and would welcome volunteers to join its mission of exhibiting early technology for the education and enjoyment of all.