The Flintham Museum
Rural life through the eyes of a village shopkeeper
In 1990 unsold shop stock and related paperwork were found buried beneath decades of dust in outbuildings behind the closed village shop. The find led to a community project which resulted in the opening of the Flintham Museum in May 1999.
Owned and run by volunteers, the museum was a finalist in European of the Year 2001. Since then, the volunteers have gone on to win a number of local and regional awards for innovative community projects using the museum collection combined with different aspects of village history.
Based in a small building, which has a fascinating history of its own, the unsold shop stock and advertising material is used to dress shop window displays. There is a different theme each year and in 2019 the theme is ‘animals’. The shop window displays are always colourful, fun, quirky, sometimes controversial and are great for encouraging memories and conversation.
The museum opens on Bank Holiday Mondays and every Sunday afternoon from Easter Monday through to the end of October, 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Entry is free although donations are welcomed. Group visits at other times are available. There is a charge for a group visit, but it includes a short talk in the church, a conducted walk in the village with a look at a rare mud dovecote, tea and biscuits as well as the museum. Further details are on the museum’s website www.flinthammuseum.org.uk
The museum volunteers specialise in working with older people, especially those who have dementia and their carers. Activity kits about life in the 1960s are taken to memory cafes, hospital wards and nursing homes. Further information is available at 01636 525111.
Sundays, after Easter Sunday, to the end of October 2:00-4:30pm
Bank Holiday Mondays, Easter to August 2:00-4:30pm
Visits at other times by appointment
Free admission, although donations are always welcome