Myrtle sampler

  
The Sampler      

Museum Displays

Welsh afternoon tea


 
The Samplers   Needlework Tools and Paraphernalia Fossils 
Pembrokeshire Shipwrecks Pembrokeshire in the War The Home Front Experience
2000 years of British History from the foreshore of the River Thames

   
The Samplers

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 examples.

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.

Sampler 1
Sampler 1

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.

Sampler 2
Sampler 2

Sampler 3
Sampler 3

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.

Fossils

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 beaches.

Pembrokeshire Shipwrecks

We have a collection of items recovered from local Pembrokeshire shipwrecks and created a display illustrating the many wrecks around our coast.

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
Museum and Displays

Down the stairs to the Museum
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.

   

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