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Welcome!

Opening Hours: 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.

Locomotive nameplates reunited at last - a long story see Projects page

Entry to the Museum is free however donations are much appreciated.

First World War Centenary 1914-2014

The Museum will be hosting a series of Cambridgeshire Touring Displays from 28th June to 28th September. These will be sometimes be supported by other displays, mostly of a local nature. Each exhibition will last for just two weeks so only open for two Wednesdays and two Saturdays.

We have a crucifix filled with poppies, one for each man who gave his life during the Great War and remembered on the Town's War Memorial.

July 16th - 2nd August - WW1 Exhibition - 'Hidden Stories' -

Supported by a display about Percy Cox of Wimblington and poems, stories and letters from Westwood School March and Thomas Eaton School Wimblington.

For more details of the exhibitions see our Events page.

 

New Loan item see our Artefacts page

 

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.

 

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