March Museum temporarily has no heating so, until it is fixed make sure you are well wrapped up.
Wednesday and Saturday
10:30 - 15:30
All Year Except Christmas and New Year
Group Visits are available at other times, please visit the Group Visits page for more information.
Entry to the Museum is free however donations are much appreciated.
Golden Age of Steam
Exhibition of memorabilia of the steam era that ended 50years ago in November 1963 when the last steam locomotive left March shed.
The exhibition includes documents and artefacts on loan to the Museum by a local collector. There are a selection of photographs of the steam era on display and lots of history and information about the shed, the locos, the footplatemen and incidents involving local men and engines. There is also a copy of the recent archaeological excavation, which took place before phase two of the Network Rail development on the site.
Last chance to see?
Since 2004 March Museum has managed to borrow, from the British Museum, 12 coins from th Iceni hoard of 872 coins found at Field Baulk Farm, March in 1981. They are still on display in our West Room but only until February 2014. The British Museum is planning some research into the Iron Age and its coinage coinage and wants the coins back. If you have not seen the coins in the town where they were found there is less than a year to do so. We suspect the coins will not be on display at the British Museum in the foreseeable future.
New - Children's Corner with historic dressing up outfits for approximately 6-10 year-olds - see the 'Fun Learning' page.
See our 'Projects' page to appreciate the joys of 1920s washday
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About the Museum
The March and District Museum Society was established, initially as an Historical Society, by a group of prominent March people in 1972. The Museum building was erected in 1851 by March Consolidated Charities as a girls' grammar school to be known as the South District Girls' School. It was one of three Carr stone buildings in the town, probably built by Morton Peto, who was involved in the building of the March railway.
As the population of March grew the School Board School, which replaced the National School, fast became overcrowded and the girls' school became an annex for both boys and girls from the Board School. After 1904, when a new school for senior pupils was opened in Burrowmoor Road, it was used for both mixed infants and juniors.In 1934 because of the rapid increase in the population of the town, a new senior school was built in Robingoodfellow's Lane and the Burrowmoor School became the junior school.
The Museum building then became the South District Infants School and remained so until the school closed in 1975. In 1976 the premises were purchased by March Town Council to be used as a Museum and was opened as such in 1977.
Set up as a local folk museum, there are a number of displays showing the life and times of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries and ongoing to the present day.
The museum is run by volunteers, and there are no paid staff. It is a registered Charity - number 286115. We are also accredited by the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council, accreditation number 672.