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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 enquiries@cidermuseum.co.uk 

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Black and White House Museum

Hereford Herefordshire England
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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 culturalvolunteering@herefordshire.gov.uk

Email: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk
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
Description : 

16th Century Painted Room, Town Council Office, Ledbury re-opening on Saturday 4th July 2020.

In line with the latest government guidance on Covid-19 we will be re-opening the 16th Century Painted Room on Saturday July 4th 2020.

Opening hours will be:

Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11.00 A.M. to 1.00P.M. and 2.00P.M. to 4.00P.M.

Numbers will be limited so we are offering regular 15-minute tours which will take place on the hour, at quarter past, half past and quarter to the hour.

We will be using the entrance door on Church Lane.

Although you can just turn up and see if space is available, we have set up a simple daily booking system. To avoid unnecessary queuing, we suggest that you call in and book your visit on arrival in Ledbury,
If you would like to book in advance please email us at tourguides@ledburytowncouncil.gov.uk or contact us through the 16th Century Painted Room Facebook page
We hope to have an online booking system up and running soon.

Entrance is free but we rely on sales and donations to help to keep the 16th Century Painted Room open to the public. Please note that we are a CASH ONLY organisation so please bring with you all that money that you haven't been able to spend anywhere during lockdown!

Please observe all the restrictions we have put in place to protect both staff and visitors.

We look forward to welcoming all our visitors new and old back to the 16th Century Painted Room, Ledbury. 


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Butcher Row House Museum

Ledbury Herefordshire England
Description : 

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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