August 5, 2019

This weekend (10th & 11th August) there is public access to a dig at the site of the former Ramsey Abbey, along with associated entertainment and re-enactors.  I'm interested in this because the history of Ramsey in some ways parallels Thorney, and their medieval abbey...

July 14, 2019

I really enjoyed the series of readings of Francis' new book "The Fens" - and Thorney got a name check!   Worth catching up on the Omnibus edition...

July 8, 2019

The first of five episodes serialising Francis Pryor's new book on the Fens was broadcast today at 9.45am.  There are 4 more episodes to come this week, and they are repeated in the middle of the night!  Francis is famous for being an archaeologist on Time Team and oth...

July 8, 2019

There is a large consultation taking place at the moment about the next ten years' funding plans of the Arts Council England.  It is available at  One thing which struck me was the section of proposals about Creative Communities (pag...

July 3, 2019

 We were tipped off by Peterborough Civic Society that this large and expensive volume was now reduced in price, so we have added it to the records of the Thorney Heritage Museum.  It is available from the Oxbow Book company at £19.95...

July 1, 2019

Actually, we were well sheltered under a gazebo, with displays people found interesting.  Steve, Margaret and Dot looked after the stall, sold some books and met a lot of people! A useful day for the Museum, and the show was a good event for the local people.

June 28, 2019

Tomorrow, Thorney Heritage Museum wil be represented in the 1940s area at Crowland Show - do come and see us if you are there.  We will have information boards about the Prisoner of War Camp (later the European Voluntary Workers' Camp) and a copy of the catalogue from...

June 21, 2019

Yesterday Thorney's Curator visited the Octavia Hill Museum in the morning, by invitation of Peter Clayton who has been involved in the Society which runs it since it started.  I was invited to revisit to see recent developments and also to meet the Chairman of the Cha...

June 17, 2019

After some time being kept in quarantine, and also after being treated with a museum-quality insecticide, this wartime fire-watching ladder has been taken to the Museum to add to the new wartime room which will open in early 2020.  It has GRVI (King George VI) and 1942...

June 17, 2019

"A silver-plated spoon" on Thorney history

When I visited Woburn Abbey on a wet day last month, one of their helpful guides suggested reading this book, published by the 15th Duke of Bedford, whose family had owned Thorney, in 1959.  It is an autobiography, but with a l...

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