My name is Chris Fletcher and I would like to adopt the The Museum of Dartmoor Life.
Tell us a bit more about yourself
I live in Cambridge and work at Cambridge University Press, which I really enjoy. I have a degree in History and love learning about the past, especially the history of the 18th Century. The scandals, riots, feuds, filth and corruption was evident in the daily life of the rich and the poor and I find this fascinating.
Tell us a bit more about your adopted museum
The name gives it away! The Museum of Dartmoor Life displays the history of life on Dartmoor, southwest England, from the Bronze Age, to the Victorians, the World Wars and through to the modern day. The museum is located in Okehampton, Devon, UK, on the edge of Dartmoor. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, but closes over the winter. There is a small admission charge, which is not unreasonable.
Why have you chosen to adopt this museum?
I have chosen to adopt this museum as I think it deserves more recognition than it gets. The museum looks small from the outside, however once you get inside it is packed full of interesting items and local stories. There is a lot to see and do, which touch screens and audio and visual equipment. There are loads of things to do with children, quiz’s and games. I visited during the People’s Record Exhibition, which looked fantastic, was engaging and had lots to do for all ages. The staff was very helpful and informative.
Why would you recommend people visit?
The museum has a lot to do inside for all ages. They also seem to have events and exhibitions happening. Their website has all the details and they have events for all age ranges. Overall the museum is good value for money, engaging, and brings the history of Dartmoor to life.
How would you sum up your museum in three words?
Educational, fun, relevant