Bassetlaw Museum

Bassetlaw Museum Bassetlaw Museum is run by Bassetlaw District Council which covers North Nottinghamshire, and includes the two market towns of Retford and Worksop.

The museum is situated in Retford town centre in Amcott House, an 18th century town house which retains many of its original features. The Percy Laws art gallery was built in 1994. The refurbished museum was re-opened in 2008 with the inside of Amcott House completely transformed and with a new purpose built building housing Rural Heritage Centre. The collections include local history, archaeology, decorative and fine art, agriculture, costume and textiles.

Operating as usual

Visit the Pilgrims Gallery to learn about Thanksgiving and the National Day of Mourning.You can also pick up a free LED ...
25/11/2021

Visit the Pilgrims Gallery to learn about Thanksgiving and the National Day of Mourning.
You can also pick up a free LED candle to acknowledge the positive aspects of the holiday: gratitude & generosity. Display the candle in your window tonight and share with
#OneSmallCandle

21/11/2021
21/11/2021

Our fabulous Christmas decorations make Amcott House look magical! Come along between 10:00-4:30pm Monday-Saturday to see the beautiful displays!
#christmas #christmasdisplays #internationalchristmas

Starts today at 4.30pm!If you missed the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers cultural showcases in the museum grounds, ...
20/11/2021

Starts today at 4.30pm!

If you missed the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers cultural showcases in the museum grounds, you can watch their live stream performance at JFK Middle School Library

➡️ ➡️ ➡️ https://bit.ly/3298D50

Our elves are working hard to get the house ready for the Retford Christmas Lights Switch On. 🎄🎄🎄Come and see our Intern...
18/11/2021

Our elves are working hard to get the house ready for the Retford Christmas Lights Switch On. 🎄🎄🎄
Come and see our International Christmas displays. The museum will be open this Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. #Christmas #retford #BassetlawMuseum Retford Christmas Market & Light Switch On

We love welcoming school groups to the museum! Get in touch with our Education officer if your school would like to book...
18/11/2021

We love welcoming school groups to the museum! Get in touch with our Education officer if your school would like to book a visit. We cover a wide range of topics including Romans, Victorians and the Stone Age!
"I just wanted to thank you again for the fabulous day that you provided for the children on Tuesday. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to come and see you again soon!"

Illuminate Retford & Bassetlaw - Pilgrim Roots
17/11/2021
Illuminate Retford & Bassetlaw - Pilgrim Roots

Illuminate Retford & Bassetlaw - Pilgrim Roots

Illuminate Bassetlaw with generosity in 2021 On Thursday 18th November 2021, we will be working with Bassetlaw Foodbank to deliver an opportunity for people to provide gifts of food to help those less fortunate. This will be a way for people to give thanks for their own lives whilst helping others t...

15/11/2021

🎟️🎟️ FUNDRAISING EVENT 🎟️🎟️
Join us tomorrow at our Fashion Show at North Notts Arena #Worksop - tickets are available!
Date: Tuesday 16 November
Time: 7pm - 10 pm
Price: Tickets cost £10pp.
Call 01909 470985 to book.
Find out more here: https://aurorawellbeing.org.uk/the-fashion-show-is-back/
#localcharity #cancersupport

13/11/2021
Simplify me when I'm dead by Keith Douglas.

We will remember them. A moving poem written by Keith Douglas, a War poet who served with the Sherwood Rangers. Illustrated by images from the Bassetlaw Museum collection.

Or current art exhibition 'by John Fretwell and John Turner runs until Sat 20 Nov.All paintings are available for purcha...
08/11/2021

Or current art exhibition 'by John Fretwell and John Turner runs until Sat 20 Nov.
All paintings are available for purchase.

John Fretwell said: ''I enjoy working with different media and would find it difficult to choose a ‘favourite’. I have always been intrigued by the reasons why a particular subject catches my eye. It may be indoors or out, large or small. For some reason I want to do something with it and depending on the subject, I decide which medium I want to use. The next step then is to enjoy the journey.''

Autumn Astrantias, £40
Exotic Fruit, £75
#artgallery #art #artexhibition #painting #bassetlaw #retford #worksop

08/11/2021

Have you visited us yet? Our beautiful refurbished Tea Room serves light bites and refreshments!! ☕ 🍰🍴😋

Some spaces have become available on our Spooky Pumpkin Pottery session so if you are wondering what to do on a rainy da...
30/10/2021

Some spaces have become available on our Spooky Pumpkin Pottery session so if you are wondering what to do on a rainy day like today, come along at 12pm, 1:30pm or 3pm and have a go!

29/10/2021

Nellie Barker died from tuberculosis on the 27th December 1890, aged 12 years and 9 months. Members of the present family donated to the museum a collection of items relating to Nellie including a portrait of her, which is on display in the museum, and her workbox.

Nellie's mother wrote: 'She has been ill more or less these 4 or 5 years, and we have the satisfaction of knowing that she remained with us until the body was quite worn out, the doctor stating that the lungs were quite gone... It was very comforting to hear her talk so calmly of passing away, giving me instructions concerning many things…
There were two old friends she wished to have at her funeral; she knew they were not very blessed with this world's goods, and also feeble on foot; she left money to pay their tram fares, also a trifle to give them. Ten shillings she left to Dr Barnardo for the waifs and strays of London…'

Paul Cookson is going down a storm today! If you can't make it for his 1pm or 3pm performance, have a look at his latest...
28/10/2021

Paul Cookson is going down a storm today! If you can't make it for his 1pm or 3pm performance, have a look at his latest collaboration on YouTube, Bluenoses, full of funny poetry and great animations!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZL_uNleiug

Paul Cookson is going down a storm today! If you can't make it for his 1pm or 3pm performance, have a look at his latest collaboration on YouTube, Bluenoses, full of funny poetry and great animations!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZL_uNleiug

These little monsters enjoyed creating little monsters in our Halloween Lego Masterclass today! Getting help from an exp...
27/10/2021

These little monsters enjoyed creating little monsters in our Halloween Lego Masterclass today! Getting help from an expert and seeing some of the models he had created was great fun. The Lego ghost enjoyed looking around the museum when everyone had gone!

Photos from Pilgrim Roots's post
27/10/2021

Photos from Pilgrim Roots's post

'It’s good to be back!'Art exhibition by John Turner and John Fretwell runs until Sat 20 November 2021 John Turner was b...
26/10/2021

'It’s good to be back!'
Art exhibition by John Turner and John Fretwell runs until Sat 20 November 2021

John Turner was born in Sheffield in 1943. He was educated in the city and studied art at Sheffield College of Education before qualifying as a primary school teacher in 1965. His working life was in primary schools before retiring in 1997.
Since his retirement he revisited his love of art, joining Worksop Society of Artists where he served for several years on the Committee, later becoming Chairman of the Society for six years.
John has had an interest in art from a very young age and his work explores a variety of media including watercolour, pastels, acrylics and various drawing materials.

Staithes Pots, mixed media, £100
Cornish Coast, watercolour, £40
Conker, mixed media, £45

There have been some amazing builds today in our Lego Workshop! Tomorrow's Lego Masterclass with Nate Dias (5 sessions) ...
26/10/2021

There have been some amazing builds today in our Lego Workshop! Tomorrow's Lego Masterclass with Nate Dias (5 sessions) will be exciting! It is a ticketed event, please attend if you have a ticket or let us know if you are unable to so we can pass the tickets on.

There have been some amazing builds today in our Lego Workshop! Tomorrow's Lego Masterclass with Nate Dias (5 sessions) will be exciting! It is a ticketed event, please attend if you have a ticket or let us know if you are unable to so we can pass the tickets on.

We've had great (but messy!) fun today screen printing Halloween bags! Join us tomorrow when we will be creating spooky ...
20/10/2021

We've had great (but messy!) fun today screen printing Halloween bags! Join us tomorrow when we will be creating spooky shrunken heads from apples! 10-3pm, no booking required. Why not have a go at our super Halloween trail as well?

Timeline Photos
18/10/2021

Timeline Photos

Are you intrigued by local heritage & interested in how it can support wellbeing?

We have new ✨Heritage Hub✨ Volunteer roles @AuroraCentres

Heritage Hub Volunteers will have a key role to play in sharing the history of #Worksop

Find out more and get involved ✨ https://bit.ly/3n1g8C1
#HeritageAndHealthWorksop

Come and have a go at our super spooky Halloween trail! Follow the clues around to solve the puzzle and claim a treat!
18/10/2021

Come and have a go at our super spooky Halloween trail! Follow the clues around to solve the puzzle and claim a treat!

Come and have a go at our super spooky Halloween trail! Follow the clues around to solve the puzzle and claim a treat!

Our #WampanoagPerspective seminar is now live on our YouTube channel!
14/10/2021
Wampanoag Perspectives Seminar

Our #WampanoagPerspective seminar is now live on our YouTube channel!

Join Steve, Troy, Hartman and Mark to hear more about the Wampanoag Perspective. The seminar was part of the Wampanoag Perspective cultural exchange visit to...

11/10/2021

You never know what is going to turn up at the museum.
We were thrilled when this mystery box was brought to us and revealed this treasure trove of 1930s social history.

Timeline Photos
11/10/2021

Timeline Photos

🎈 WE ARE OPEN!! 🎈
Pop in to the Old Library Building & Museum today, Monday 11 October, and see the new Aurora community spaces, Tea Room, Heritage Hub, Beauty Therapy rooms, our Cancer Hub, and much more... We can't wait to see you!
Find out more here: https://aurorawellbeing.org.uk/we-are-ready-to-welcome-you-back/

Don't miss our brand new exhibition by John Turner and John Fretwell.Both Johns have had a lifelong interest in painting...
09/10/2021

Don't miss our brand new exhibition by John Turner and John Fretwell.
Both Johns have had a lifelong interest in painting and drawing, which has led to them exploring and using different media. Retirement gave them the opportunity to join art clubs and spend more time developing their skills.
All paintings are available for purchase.

Here is our full list of activities over half term! The Lego Masterclass has places left but they are going fast!If you ...
08/10/2021

Here is our full list of activities over half term!
The Lego Masterclass has places left but they are going fast!
If you want to attend the Animal masks, Anglo Saxon Cauldrons, Apple Heads, Playmobil and Lego free play day you do not need to book. Sessions run from 10-3pm.
Paul Cookson, Bag screen printing and Pumpkin pottery are all fully booked.
See you soon!
Link for Lego Masterclass:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lego-masterclass-with-nate-dias-5-sessions-tickets-188328324087

Here is our full list of activities over half term!
The Lego Masterclass has places left but they are going fast!
If you want to attend the Animal masks, Anglo Saxon Cauldrons, Apple Heads, Playmobil and Lego free play day you do not need to book. Sessions run from 10-3pm.
Paul Cookson, Bag screen printing and Pumpkin pottery are all fully booked.
See you soon!
Link for Lego Masterclass:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lego-masterclass-with-nate-dias-5-sessions-tickets-188328324087

A FANGTASTIC Half Term Halloween event!Get your tickets now for a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween event at Bassetlaw Museum! Brin...
05/10/2021

A FANGTASTIC Half Term Halloween event!

Get your tickets now for a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween event at Bassetlaw Museum!

Bring your critters to be entertained by the hilarious poet Paul Cookson as he reads some of his spooky poems and makes us all HOWL with laughing!!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paul-cooksons-spooky-poetry-show-tickets-185907543467

A FANGTASTIC Half Term Halloween event!

Get your tickets now for a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween event at Bassetlaw Museum!

Bring your critters to be entertained by the hilarious poet Paul Cookson as he reads some of his spooky poems and makes us all HOWL with laughing!!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/paul-cooksons-spooky-poetry-show-tickets-185907543467

Bassetlaw Museum's wetu from start to finish.Our friends from the Wampanoag Nation completed it only last Friday, but it...
01/10/2021

Bassetlaw Museum's wetu from start to finish.
Our friends from the Wampanoag Nation completed it only last Friday, but it feels like it really belongs to the grounds of Amcott House. We are certain that Stephen Pegler, the last owner of the house, would have loved it!

SmokeSygnals Bassetlaw District Council Arts Council England Nottinghamshire County Council

Woodland animal mask workshop-Come along and decorate a cute mask to wear.No need to book, pop along to the museum on th...
30/09/2021

Woodland animal mask workshop-Come along and decorate a cute mask to wear.
No need to book, pop along to the museum on the 18th October between 10:30 and 3:30 to make a mask to take away!

Woodland animal mask workshop-Come along and decorate a cute mask to wear.
No need to book, pop along to the museum on the 18th October between 10:30 and 3:30 to make a mask to take away!

Come and try screen printing and create a unique swag bag for all your Halloween treats! Workshop on the 20th October, p...
29/09/2021
Screen Printing Halloween Bags

Come and try screen printing and create a unique swag bag for all your Halloween treats!
Workshop on the 20th October, places are FREE but limited. Tickets available on Eventbrite at the link below.

Halloween Bag Screen Printing workshop

Halloween is approaching so keep an eye(ball?) on our events as we release them! Places are limited and tickets must be ...
28/09/2021
Halloween Pottery Pumpkin Tea Light Holder

Halloween is approaching so keep an eye(ball?) on our events as we release them! Places are limited and tickets must be booked in advance.
Come and have a go at creating a tealight holder to take home and decorate!

Join our fun workshop with potter, Shaun Clark, to create your very own pumpkin tealight just in time for Halloween!

Welcome to the final day of our #WampanoagPerspective project! The wetu is complete in @BassetlawMuseum grounds and we w...
25/09/2021

Welcome to the final day of our #WampanoagPerspective project!

The wetu is complete in @BassetlawMuseum
grounds and we will be celebrating with cultural showcases at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Come and join in! Pilgrim Roots Bassetlaw District Council Arts Council England BBC Radio Nottingham BBC East Midlands

We are nearly there! The wetu is almost 'ready to move in' and the first school group has just arrived. Come down to the...
24/09/2021

We are nearly there! The wetu is almost 'ready to move in' and the first school group has just arrived. Come down to the museum today or tomorrow to meet the #WampanoagPerspective team.
More info http://bassetlawmuseum.org.uk/?p=4563

Bassetlaw District Council @nottinghamshire Arts Council England BBC Radio Nottingham BBC East Midlands BBC Look North Pilgrim Roots SmokeSygnals #wampanoag #Bassetlaw #WampanoagPerspective #wampanog SmokeSygnals

Address

Amcott House, 40 Grove Street,
East Retford
DN22 6LD

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10am - 4:30pm
Friday 10am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10am - 4:30pm

Telephone

+441777713749

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Happy Christmas missing you all BIGGEST hugs all round
One of the frustrations of William Bradford’s account of the Mayflower crossing in Of Plymouth Plantation is how few words he expends on the voyage. Given its world changing nature one could hope for more, though, of course, he would have had no idea that the hand of history was steering their ship. We know there was a dangerous leak and fierce storms, but he is more excited about John Howland falling overboard and being dragged to safety at the end of a boat hook. He positively gloats over the death of ‘an insolent and profane’ sailor who had spent much of the voyage insulting the passengers, even threatening to throw the weakest of them overboard only himself to be struck with a ‘grievous disease’ and hurled into the deep. The only other name to be mentioned is William Button, ‘a youth.’ He died on about November 6 (November 16 on today’s calendar). It is somehow ironic that his name lives on because we know next to nothing about him. He seems to have been a member of the Leiden congregation who, when his father died, was indentured out as a servant to the family of doctor, and passenger, Samuel Fuller because his mother was too poor to support him. The village of Austerfield in Yorkshire, where William Bradford was born, has a large plaque celebrating the fact that Button came from there, but more diligent researchers than I, reckon that though here were a couple of William Buttens baptised in the village they would have been in their 20s or 30s and not likely to have been referred to as ‘a youth’ by Bradford. Another William Button was baptised on March 13, 1605 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, which was a haunt of the original Separatists before they fled to Holland. That would make him about the right age - but as so often the truth is elusive. He died only three days before land was sighted. Did he know how close he was? Was he eager to start his new life or too sick to care? Did he want to be on the voyage at all or merely following his master’s lead? I was struck by his very anonymity when I was writing Voices of the Mayflower. As Susanna White, one of my ‘voices’ reflects rather ruefully, she had scarcely noticed him during the voyage before prayers were murmured and he was dropped overboard. I find it rather moving that he was famous, if at all, for one fact - that he died on the voyage. A poignant footnote to the Mayflower story. Pictures: the sign in Austerfield and his name on the passenger list.
Son of a gun! The Mayflower birth at sea It was rare enough for ships to carry women, let alone children, in the 17th century as the Mayflower did. But giving birth! Imagine poor Elizabeth Hopkins having the well named Oceanus somewhere deep in the Atlantic with the ‘cross winds and many fierce storms’ which William Bradford recalled shaking the ship. Terrifying. And imagine the conditions below deck after a few weeks at sea. Perhaps best not. Poor Oceanus lived only for six or seven years after the landing in Plymouth but mother, three other children and father Stephen, whose notorious reputation went before him, survived. Hopkins obviously appears in Voices of the Mayflower which is out now and I wrote him for a magazine in Hampshire, England: https://www.hampshire-life.co.uk/people/hampshire-locals-on-board-the-mayflower-1-6715120. Let me know if it’s behind some annoying paywall. By the way in the 18th century when wives were a more familiar fixture on ships, a slow birth was often hastened by a blast from the ship’s gun, hence the expression ‘son of a gun.’ Not many people know that.
Did the Halloween Hunt with my 4 year old son and wife today, it was fantastic and we all really enjoyed it! Thank you 😊 perfect for all ages, and safe and friendly staff ❤️
This might interest some of your followers
Bassetlaw Museum's Pilgrim's Gallery celebrates its 1st Anniversary and discusses the plans for the future! https://fb.watch/BQmEC33Jh
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=717070138879209&extid=0xThiWA1ifV73GIn The historic Mayflower 400 Apple tree has been planted today by John Stirland in the grounds of Bassetlaw Museum. Watch the video here.
Mayflower mothers - the unsung heroes This piece was due to appear in the Daily Telegraph but a far more important story pushed it off the pages - the launch of the next season of the cookery show Great British Bake Off. Maybe it helps add a little more context to the Mayflower story which involves so many towns, ports and villages - not least Scrooby, home of Mary Brewster. Everyone has heard of the Pilgrim Fathers. Doughty, God-fearing souls who sailed to America on the Mayflower to create a world where they could follow their religious beliefs without fear of persecution. But what makes the voyage remarkable are the mothers, the unsung heroes who sailed alongside their men on the momentous enterprise which began in July 400 years ago. There were 18 women and of those, ten took their children with them. Incredibly, given the tumultuous adventure they were about to undertake, three were pregnant and another breast feeding her infant. Just as startling… Too long to reproduce here and though the story did appear online (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/unsung-female-heroes-mayflower/) few pe*****te behind the paywall so, if you like, read more in the blog on richardholledge.com
Would you like to see behind the scenes at Bassetlaw Museum? Join our tour Guide Derek as he pokes around in some shady corners! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1463944277326910&extid=iTzMMA8ydrmrdnwo
Hi make sure you take the kids for a treat .to see the wonderful retford museum its like an Aladdins cave full of surprises for all ages !!xx
Lovely xx
Love our retford museum fascinating things to discover !!!###