The Society has many thousands of photographs and artefacts connected with village life over the past 150 years. Many are already on display but there are an increasing number still in storage, a situation that has now been partially remedied by the completion of the extension to the existing building.

However, our existing displays seem to have proved interesting to young and old alike and we are regularly receiving donations of artefacts photographs, and media articles connected with the village. Featured below is one of our major acquisitions.


On Saturday 9th December 1961 a Tudor merchants house was hoisted onto a wheeled timber frame and moved 90m to a new position on Edmund Street, near the old West Gate.
Said to date from around 1500 and of historical importance, the City Council was put under pressure by local archeologists to save the building when it was earmarked for demolition to make way for a new road - Western Way.

Brian Nickolls and his wife ran The Dolphin Miniatures Gallery, in The Square in Whimple - whereThe Jays B&B is today. It closed in 1996. Brian was a boat builder by trade but with the advent of fibreglass he moved into house and furniture restoration. He then turned his hand to toy and model making and found he had a great skill in making dolls house models – for which he was world famous. In 1972 he and his wife established Dolphin Miniatures. Each house was meticulously researched and the finished product was a masterpiece. In 1987 Brian was given an award by the Toy Makers Guild - but these were not toys for children. They are more like works of art or, as Brian described them, 'toys for adults'.

It should be remembered that our artefacts do not have to be 'old'. Yesterday is history as much as 100 years ago and if you feel that something from yesterday may be of future interest then don't hesitate to donate it, if that is your wish. One of our founding members and first Chairman of the Society, the late John Shepherd, was at pains to stress that he envisaged a 'Heritage Centre' and not a 'museum'. It is true that there is probably a fine line between the two - but a distinction is there, especially if we can encourage various groups and organisations within the village to take an active part in the Society's aims.



Information and updates on the Centre can be found on the Heritage Centre page.


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