The primary focus in our Museum is on old
Samplers and we currently have about 50 antique samplers
displayed, the oldest at the moment is from 1728 by Martha
Mottershead (In the year of our lord 1728 In the reign of King
George and Queen Caroline I finished these lines) ranging
through to one worked during air raids in 1940 by Nevarte Kurk.
Our aim is to display a wide variety of
types and styles of samplers to illustrate the diversity
of the craft, rather than focus on more valuable perfect
Accordingly we have a slave sampler, an
acrostic sampler, memorial samplers, miniature samplers,
military and schoolroom samplers, map sampler.
We renew the display on an annual basis and
sometimes base it around a theme. Examples of past themes
have been Samplers of Wales, the work of Men and Boys etc.
When you visit our teashop, there is
information for you to read about the research we have done on
the samplers, whilst enjoying your cream tea or cappuccino.
Most samplers can be of genealogical interest, and some
fascinating family histories have emerged.
We are always interested in buying samplers and welcome
information about any looking for a good home where they will
be appreciated by many. If you need advice about a sampler in
your possession we are happy to try and help or recommend
where you should take it for more expert advice.
As part of our ongoing research we are
running and collecting information for a Sampler Index - this
is being undertaken in co-operation with the Federation of
Family History Societies. We would be very grateful to receive
details of samplers in your possession - ideally with a
digital photo - please download a form to fill in from this
site and email it or post it to us - thank you.
Needlework Tools and Paraphernalia
We have recently been collecting some tools
and items of interest that are connected with Sampler making -
these are on display in the tearoom cabinet.
We have a display of
fossils from around the coast of Britain and further afield,
and examples of some you can watch out for yourself on local
We have a collection of
items recovered from local Pembrokeshire shipwrecks and
created a display illustrating the many wrecks around our
Pembrokeshire in the War
Quite a lot went on in Pembrokeshire
during World War II, despite its remoteness and we have done
some research to find out a bit more about this and put
together a small display to illustrate it.
The Home Front Experience
In our cellar WW2 Air Raid
Shelter, we have items displayed of the war on the Home front
- from fireguards, to ARP wardens and bomb disposal - aspects
of air raid precautions and many items that our older
customers remember with nostalgia. The background music is
taken from the archives of the period.
Museum and Displays
Down the stairs to the Museum
2000 years of
British History from the
foreshore of the River Thames
Chris has a long standing
interest in archaeology – in particular he used to spend time
‘mud-larking’ on the Thames foreshore. He has put together a
fascinating display of some of his finds including roman and
medieval coins, pottery and artefacts (with even a tudor
childs shoe!) with detailed information on their history.
Copies of all our information notes are available to purchase
at minimal costs if you don’t have time to study them at the
time of your visit.