Buxton Transport Museum

The Buxton Transport Museum was relatively short-lived, open for only three years. It was established in 1980 by Peter Clark, a vintage car enthusiast. The site is now occupied by Buxton Mineral Water company. Images and information via Badge Collectors Circle and Derbyshire Through Time by Margaret Buxton on Google Books.

The Douglas Museum

The Douglas Museum was the brainchild of Randolph Osborne Douglas, who created it in his home in Castleton, Derbyshire with his wife Hetty. Douglas was a silversmith, locksmith, and amateur escapologist with the stage name of The Great Randini, inspired by his childhood hero Houdini. His collection included miniature houses, locks, models of the world’s […]

Edinburgh Wax Museum

Edinburgh Wax Museum

Edinburgh Wax Museum opened in 1976 and was soon attracting more than 230,000 visitors a year. Displays included Scottish historical figures, fictional characters, and, as you might expect, a chamber of horrors.  The museum was curated by Charles Cameron, a professional magician, who also performed as Count Dracula in night-time shows in the Castle Dracula […]

guernsey tomato museum postcard

Guernsey Tomato Museum

Little is known about the Tomato Museum, which is said to have closed in 1989. Hudson and Nicholls’ Directory, an invaluable resource for museum researchers, describes it in 1985: History of tomato-growing on the island, in [a] group of glasshouses built at various dates between the 1890s and 1970s. Crops illustrating the history of the […]

Dinting Railway Centre

Dinting Railway Centre

The Dinting Railway Centre was open between 1968 and 1990. The brick engine shed was built between 1888 and 1898 for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway. The centre was run by the Bahamas Locomotive Society, who are based at  Ingrow on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. An old badge marks the connection between Dinting and […]

Teddy Bear Museum, Dorset

The Teddy Bear Museum

The Teddy Bear Museum is in Dorchester, Dorset. It first opened in Bournemouth in 1990 as The Bournemouth Bears and in 1995 relocated to Dorchester, where it was renamed Teddy Bear House. It moved again to accommodate a growing collection, and became The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum. It is Britain’s oldest teddy bear museum and […]

The Micro Museum, Kent

The Micro Museum

Despite its name, this is not a contender for the UK’s smallest museum. The Micro Museum in Ramsgate, Kent, contains all manner of personal computers, games, small televisions, calculators, and electronic toys. The collection is run by Mike and Carol Deer, whose first computer was the venerable Sinclair ZX81. The addition of a BBC Micro […]